Rafael Abreu-Canedo

Rafael Abreu-Canedo

Director of photography, steadicam operator and colorist in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

About Rafael

Rafael Abreu-Canedo
Born 1984, Brasil.

With a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a MFA from Carnegie Mellon University, I have spent over a decade investigating the way we see/perform ourselves and the way we see each other, in private and in groups. Film and video has become an invaluable tool in this exploration.

As an artist, I often write, direct, shoot and edit my own work. Professionally, however, my experience is mostly as Director of Photography, Camera Operator/Steadicam Operator, and Colorist...with some Directing gigs here and there.

I use lighting, framing and camera movement to reveal hidden layers of subtext and emotion within the script.

-Sony F65 CineAlta Digital Cinema Camera
-Sony FS700R w/ Odyssey 7Q external recorder

I am available to work for hire and can travel, so please feel free to contact me!

Name: Rafael Abreu-Canedo

Lives in: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Occupation: Director of Photography, Steadicam Operator, Colorist and Director

Unique traits: -I speak, English, Portuguese and Spanish. -I collect records...mostly Soul & Funk, Jazz and Brazilian MPB.


  • Grand Prize at the Festival Internacional de Videoartes de Camagüey. Cuba


  • Storefront Pursuit

    Storefront Pursuit (2016 - 2017)
    Film by Bryce Richardson Cinematographer

  • Wild Clarity

    Wild Clarity (2015 - 2016)
    Film (short) by Pittsburgh Filmmakers / Jennifer Meridian Cinematographer & Colorist Vignettes of explorations of space and psychological spaces through body movement.

  • Create a Dance With Chloe

    Create a Dance With Chloe (2016)
    Series by Ownzones Productions 2nd Unit DoP Chloe Lukasiak is an award-winning dancer, actress, TV star, model and social media personality with millions of fans. Chloe is the former star of Lifetime’s hit series “Dance Moms.” In this series, Chloe shares her vlog and lessons on dance, makeup, costume and design.

  • Inside Passage

    Inside Passage (2016)
    Documentary by Greater Good / Clear Story 2nd Unit DoP A non-traditional documentary project about a woman�s search for her Tlingit Indian foster siblings.

  • #cake

    #cake (2016)
    Internet by Make.Media / Jose Muniain Cinematographer & Colorist

  • 07-06-16

    07-06-16 (2016)
    Series (Drama and Short) Director & Cinematographer On July 6th, 2016, a traffic stop turned deadly was live-streamed on Facebook for the world to see. The complexity of race relations in the USA is larger than what I can grasp. This short attempts to archive one way with which this tragic/traumatic event has permeated the mundane moments in people's lives all over the world; weaving a network of emotions and experiences that are complex and non-monolithic. Written by Rafael Abreu-Canedo

  • Maxamba

    Maxamba (2016)
    Film (Documentary and Short) Colorist The film is focused on the daily life of an older couple descendant of an Indian family, who immigrated from Mozambique, a former Portuguese colony, to Lisbon in the 1970s. The husband and wife both work out of their home in the neighborhood. As tailors, they have a close relationship with the other inhabitants, and they are especially integrated into the Hindu community that lives in this neighborhood. (Festival Scope)

  • Devotion

    Devotion (2014)
    Documentary Director & Cinematographer This is meant to be viewed as a single-channel video installation with a large projection in a black-box like scenario. The shallow depth of field, extreme close-ups and removal of color is meant to remove these portraits from the contexts that normalize them. The hand-held quality of the camera work is meant to add emphasis to the observer and the mediation taking place through the camera. If the camera places us and these faces somewhere, where are we? Where are they?


  • Carnegie Mellon University

  • San Francisco Art Institute

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