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Meet Lucia Rinaldi

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lucia Rinaldi.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Lucia. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
Everything began after my father gifted me with his two old analogic photography cameras. He would often take me to the park and slowly teach me about photography and all the tools used in this art. As I moved forward with my studies, I started to feel that my passion for photography was somehow diminishing. I didn’t feel stimulated by the single image anymore.

Shortly after, I started college in Milan where I studied Media design which finally got me to realize that I was craving for something more than still images. In fact, I found the filmmaking process very challenging, something that would always keep my interest and passion awake. I eventually started shooting very small projects at the beginning until I felt ready to commit to short films with a real crew and budget.

After one year of freelancing, I felt that I was stuck again, I wanted to improve and get to the next level professionally speaking, so I applied for the Cinematography MFA at the American Film Institute which gave me the all the tools to improve technically and practically while growing my awareness about this beautiful craft.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It’s definitely a difficult path the one I chose. Not only for the daily challenges that I encounter when in the pre-production phase of a film but also because the film industry is very alienating sometimes. Filmmaking takes up pretty much all your time and energy. I sometimes find it difficult to maintain relationships with friends or have time for anything else that doesn’t concern this job.

The good thing about this path is that every project I work on pushing me to improve and keep trying despite all the new challenges that I may encounter. Something that I think everyone should do, especially artists. There is nothing more harmful than not being challenged and so not evolving as a person and artist.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I work as a freelance cinematographer based in Los Angeles and London. My work aesthetic aims to bring together the rawness of emotions and intimacy between persons. This is especially emphasized by unconventional framing and composition that want to stimulate the audience curiosity.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
One of my favorite memories from my childhood is definitely the scent of my mom hugs. It’s very difficult to express or to understand how could this happen, but I vividly remember that my mom hugs had a scent of their own.

It wasn’t actual perfume, or it wasn’t anything else that she would spray or wear that would make her hugs smell like that, but somehow every time I would curl up into her arms I would smell this beautiful perfume that would take me to another dimension.

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