We had the good fortune of connecting with Lucia Rinaldi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lucia, how do you think about risk?
Risk is what started my career in cinematography. When it was time for me to choose a path of studies I remember having to take the risk of picking something very unfamiliar and challenging like working in the film industry. Since then I had never been on a film set of known anyone that had so I felt I was walking blindfolded to where it wasn’t really clear. I also remember my parents being very unfavorable to the idea of having their only child undertake a career in the arts. Although they have always been very supportive of me they strongly express their disapproval and still force me to take the entry-level test for Medical school.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
At the moment I’m working as an independent cinematographer in Los Angeles. Arriving to this point in my career wasn’t easy at all. Starting with the fact that where i’m from starting a career in film is something no one can even think of because it’s so unheard off and out of reach. So when I finally decided to go down that route it almost felt I just said I was going to live on the moon. I don’t even remember how I got the idea of becoming a filmmaker, I think the idea slowly crippled into my head when I though to study abroad instead of staying in Italy. I noticed how many more courses universities in the UK had compared to Italy and that opened up my horizon to new possibilities. Since then it’s been a constant fight against people who would not like my choices and try to force me into different work path or just the fact that I didn’t have any connection in any type of film production. So little by little I research what could possibly be the best steps toward this career and applied to pretty much any social event, media event, film festival, film school, anything that could introduce me to some sort of filmmaking community. Slowly I started hitting every possible step/goal that I could think of in order to arrive where I am today, one step close to what I want to do but also not quite arrived to the level of expertise and work I aim to reach soon.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would start off by having the best milkshake in town. You can’t begin your day without the good amount of peanut butter and banana milkshake. I would then go to the park where i usually like to find a secret spot where i can think and read without having to worry about anything. The secret is to keep it secret so not many people will be able to find you there. I would then go to a roof top tea shop and enjoy some warm tea with milk and snacks, while cuddling up in a blanket, looking at the house rooftops and finish off to a nice theater and have a warm cup of mulled wine while enjoying a 35mm print of an old movie.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I will never thanks my parents enough for all the support and help they gave me throughout the years and specially for allowing me to work in such a hard industry such is the film industry. They are the real best people I could ever imagine to always have on my side. Other people that I truly ow my life to is my friends from home, the one that you make when you’re a teenage, the one that can never forget and will never find anywhere else in the world. Friends that only film like ‘stand by me’ can describe, people I will ALWAYS remember even if there is an ocean between us and communication is not our forte. I truly believe that if I’m able to do what I do, to create art, images and emotions is just because I grew up with them and my mind can always tap into those incredible memories together where there was a sense of unity and love that unfortunately doesn’t exist in the adult world.