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Will Mayo grew up on a horse farm in Thompson’s Station, Tennessee, and now works as a film director, post producer, and cinematographer in Brooklyn, New York. Holding a bachelor's degree in Film and Television Production from NYU, Will is known as a jack-of-all-trades, with a diverse background in narrative, documentary, and experimental forms.

Will's directorial work has been screened at 35+ film festivals around the world and have had a viral presence online. First Night Out was featured by Vimeo Staff Picks, Out Magazine, and international film festivals like Aspen Shortsfest and Outfest LA. As Beautiful Inside, currently on the festival circuit, has screened at Sonoma International Film Festival and Palm Springs ShortFest. He recently produced a short drama, Chandler, by Julia Kennelly, coming early 2018.

Will has extensive experience in post production as an editor, sound designer, mixer, and manager. Notable editing work includes a music video for Good Hurt by Chappell Roan and a web series, The Adulterers. Notable sound design projects include The Mess He Made, official selection of SXSW Film Festival 2017; Buckets, official selection of Tribeca Film Festival 2017; and A New Civilization, nominated for a Student Academy Award. In the past he's worked for NYC-based company Senior Post.

His experience as a cinematographer ranges from award-winning narrative shorts to feature documentaries.


Awards & Recognition:

Vimeo Staff Pick - First Night Out

Vimeo Pride Playlist, Curated by Tegan and Sara - First Night Out

Featured on - First Night Out

The Uncharted Filmmaker's Grant, NFFTY (2016) - First Night Out

Best Super Short, The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival (2016) - First Night Out

Featured on io9 and Kotaku This Is How You Haunt Your House

Honorable Mention, Fun Size Horror's Holiday Filmmaking Contest (2015) - This Is How You Haunt Your House

Craft Award for Sound Design, New Visions & Voices (2016) - Look For Me

Craft Award for Cinematography, First Run Film Festival (2015) - An Crann

Commendation for Achievement in Experimental Film, New Visions & Voices (2013) - Consumed