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producer | director | writer | art director | animator
Maqui Gaona is an award winning filmmaker based in NYC.
She is currently producing branded content as a freelancer for both Vox Media's Explainer Studio and for Rally on Media.
Before then, she worked at CNN's Great Big Story as their sole multi-media producer and lead stop-motion animator. During her time there she converted an old conference room into a blackbox studio and got to work on producing and managing all of their in-house editorial series- one of which was selected to run on HBOMax. As a multimedia producer she wrote short editorial scripts, pitched ideas, tracked down subjects, managed crews, researched a variety of topics, and art directed bespoke shoots.
Before Great Big Story, she worked as a freelance art director and set designer for clients such as Courageous (CNN's branded studio), Bloomberg, Macy's, Adobe, Benjamin Moore, Chrysler, and Panera. Here she learned how to build worlds with little and and large resources, how to use every frame as an opportunity to propel the story, and manage teams of all scales and backgrounds.
She is passionate about all things art and anything that requires problem solving. She also loves to bake, make lace, illustrate, dance, watch animated everythings, and read. She is originally from Texas and is a graduate of the Tisch program at New York University,
"Horizon Award winner Maqui Gaona is finishing up her studies at NYU. Gaona has been featured onThe Hollywood Reporter, IndieWire, and Directed By Women, and we expect you’ll continue to hear about this director for many years to come. " - Interview with Muse's Milk
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