Mothership Imaging is a Creative Studio based out of Los Angeles, California. We are a group of Artists, Filmmakers and Pilots. With a background in Film and Television, we have over 50 years combined experience. With a focus on creating stunning imagery (whether it be on the ground or elevating high above) we pride ourselves in promoting safety and professionalism from the creation of the idea, all the way until completion of the project.
Specializing in Aerial Cinematography, Camera Rental and Crewing, we look forward to meeting and collaborating with new artists and filmmakers.
From a young age, Tyson Smith fell in love with telling stories. His passion for creativity and hard work led him into the film industry as a Camera Assistant. Many of years and hundreds of credits later, Tyson used his on-set experience and focused his energy on creating images from above. As Founder and Chief Pilot for The Mothership, he continues to break new ground as a Drone Operator and Aerial Cinematographer.
A.J. Raitano has been working in the film industry for over 20 years. He started his career working with the visual effects crew of “STAR TREK: The Next Generation”. Working through the union camera ranks, A.J.’s career spans feature projects, television shows, music videos, commercials, motion capture and virtual reality projects. His list of credits include “THE FIFTH ELEMENT”, “ARMAGEDDON”, “THE AVIATOR”, “AVATAR”, “LEVERAGE”, “THE DARK KNIGHT RISES”, “CALL OF DUTY: Advanced Warfare”, and recently wrapped Jon Favreau’s “THE JUNGLE BOOK”.
In 2003, using his film experience and resources, A.J. began to forge a career as a cinematographer. Working as a director of photography for several companies, A.J. is also a freelance cameraman interested in shooting independent, agency, and studio projects.
Multiple award winning cinematographer and director of photography.
Mic has been working in the cinema and live event world for over 15 years.Gaining international recognition for his award winning Steadicam work on Ok Go's music video for the song "This too shall pass". His passion for film making and the understanding of logistics, choreography, and the technical aspects of "getting the shot" have made him an invaluable member to many productions as both DoP and Steadicam operator. His belief in allowing the story to be told with tools and not using tools to tell a story have provided his clients a vision not achievable with other DoP's or operators. Combining his knowledge of the manipulation of light and camera techniques with the directors vision have created a seamless relationship in telling the story. Mic Waugh is excited to be working and partnering with mothership imagining and pilot Tyson Smith to help bring more storytelling tools to clients and directors.
Creative Director/ Camera Department
With a passion for telling stories, Holly Aurelia has a background in sketch comedy writing, directing and musical theatre. After film school, Holly focused much of her energy on camera assisting and has spent most of her freelance days on set as an AC. She has experience pulling focus from cameras in the air and the on the ground. At Mothership Imaging, Holly keeps our images looking “damn good” by supporting our drone and camera equipment all while keeping our pilots and operators safe and prepared.
Hayley Marisa began as actress in theatre and since then has loved being apart of the entertainment industry. When she’s not in front of the camera, she creatively and meticulously sculpts through the art of editing. Hayley is an Avid Media Composer certified editor who continuously creates stunning and high quality visuals for the Mothership with her highly creative editorial skills. Hayley’s passion for storytelling can be seen on or off screen; her hard work and enthusiasm define her skillful work-ethic that can be detected in anything she works on.