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The photographer who shot the
hard edged imagery for the most
recent instalment of Resident Evil was,
surprisingly, a little sad as she rem-
inisced about how she began in the
business, working with film.
"That was when you had to know
something about photography to do
photography," she remarked quietly,
with a rueful smile.
Rafy, the Canadian film set photog-
rapher (rafyphotography.com), who
offers no last name (IMDB offers Win-
terseld as a surname) prefers to be
known by the name that appears on a
long list of film credits, including most
recently, Home Again and Pan, a local
feature film currently in production.
She left analog image capture behind
long ago, switching to digital after work-
ing with film set photographer David
on the film version of the musical
Chicago. She struck up a friendship
with James and he coached her on the
new medium, becoming the first Cana-
dian photographer to go digital.
In an information rich talk given to
local photographers on September 27
at Nalis, Rafy shared her experiences
since then, giving what she acknowl-
edged as her first talk about the busi-
Rafy warns that the work requires a
special mix of people skills on ego driven
sets and hard negotiating with budget
conscious studios to stand any chance
of success, but it s possible to make a
living in the business and even to lever-
age it into work that satisfies personal
While photographing on the Home
Again set, she met Wayne Jordan during
scenes at the Beetham Estate and began
the process of connecting with residents
in the area.
Rafy is currently pursuing a personal
project capturing portraits of Beetham
Estate residents and has returned to
the country five times since then,
adding to work that s scheduled for
display at Nalis next year.
To the assembled group of photog-
raphers seeking her professional guid-
ance on the business, she offered sim-
ple, direct advice.
"Work on student films first," Rafy
advised, "learn how it works, learn set
etiquette. You will never use a flash on
set, for instance, and your best friend
will be the focus puller."
Photographers working on a film set
are capturing slices of the film, often
from a unique perspective for publicity
purposes, and often portraits of the
"You need to know how to light, and
it helps if you aren t shy," she said.
Still shooters on a film can expect
to work 70 hours a week on a feature
set and then add editing and post pro-
cessing on top of that time.
Shotters can do the work with as
little as two bodies and three fast zoom
lenses, but you cannot shoot a movie
while it s rolling without a sound blimp,
which masks the sound of the shutter
from live sound recording.
"You have to disappear, but you have
to get the pictures," she said.
"Imagine a book being made of the
making of the movie," Rafy suggested.
"Those are the pictures you have to
The studio producing the film owns
all the rights to everything that s shot
on the set. A set photographer can t
sell the work, or use it online until the
film is released and even then, it must
be posted with the studio s copyright.
Rafy doesn t always work on big films
though, as her participation in the local
film industry indicates.
She often chooses small films and
documentaries when she has a good
feeling about them and counts her
experiences on Home Again as one of
the more rewarding experiences in her
life.She has also served as the director
of photography for the Toronto Film
Festival for several years and is an
enthusiastic supporter of the work that
local producer Lisa Wickham is doing
in film education.
"I really hope that this is the begin-
ning of more collaboration in film edu-
cation between T&T and Canada," Rafy
said with a broad smile that seemed
to capture all the joy and satisfaction
that she s experienced working in this
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• Rafy's trip to Trinidad was under
the auspices of the Caribbean Film
and Media Academy and sponsored
by the T&T Film Company.
Behind the scenes with Rafy
Rafy speaks to local photographers at Nalis. PHOTO: MARK LYNDERSAY
A scene from Home Again, the award-winning film shot in Trinidad and
photographed by Rafy.
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