CINEMATOGRAPHY, STEADICAM, COLOR

My name is Rafael Abreu-Canedo. I'm a Cinematographer with experience shooting feature length and short narratives, documentaries, commercials and music videos. I also teach film and video production at several universities.

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FEEL SOMETHING, ASK QUESTIONS, ENGAGE...INTELLECTUALLY AND EMOTIONALLY.

With a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a MFA from Carnegie Mellon University, I have spent the last decade studying the way psychology, culture and physical space helps to shape our emotional and intellectual wants and needs. I try to bring this commitment to humanity into my work as a cinematographer by using lighting, composition, camera movement and color to communicate to the viewer, sometimes in subtle ways, layers of emotion, sub-text, character and plot contained within a script, scene or event.

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ARTFULLY CRAFTED STORIES DON'T TELL YOU WHAT TO THINK, INSTEAD, THEY SHOW YOU SOMETHING YOU CAN FEEL.

In other words, not everything needs to be communicated through dialogue or action, because the camera can also communicate aspects of the story...better yet, show the story. Visual story-telling can take a lot of stress away from actors, writers and directors...which can be very helpful on-set. By adding humility, good listening skills, commitment and craft to this approach, I bring a productive and can-do attitude to every set.