Chuanne is an award winning feature film cinematographer
Chuanne Blofield is a South African filmmaker working in the feature film and short content realms. He received his B.A. Motion Picture degree in 2012 at AFDA film university in Johannesburg. Chuanne honed his craft shooting short films and creating content for local broadcasters Kyknet, VUZU and Mzansi, working on multiple productions spanning series and commercials. Chuanne continued developing his skills and expanded his boundaries working on international documentaries for National Geographic and the Namibian Tourism Board. In 2015, he received the honour of serving as the director of photography for the Festival de Cannes’ “ Cannes Factory”, a program giving select international film talent the opportunity to collaborate on a short film. The film, “Gallo Rojo”, had its premier at the 2016 Festival De Cannes as an opening film for the “Directors Fortnight” . The film has subsequent screened for the french public at the Cinematheque Francaise and the Durban International film festival and will continue to travel festivals throughout the 2016 season. In 2014, Blofield signed on for his feature film Photographic debut in the critically acclaimed South African youth culture cult film “ Necktie Youth”. The film had its world premier at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival in the Panorama section to glowing reviews with The Hollywood Reporter praising the photographic work saying “Director of Photography Chuanne Blofield’s stark B&W photography captures the city in a series of gloomy, high-contrast images recalling the photos in Chris Marker’s La Jetee.” The film enjoyed a long and successful festival tour screening in Official Competition at Tribeca Film festival as well as screening in official selection at Sydney Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, AFI Fest, Singapore International Film Festival and numerous others, winning top awards at Durban International Film Festival, World Cinema Amsterdam, Festival Du Cinema De La Ville De Quebec, Geneva Independent Film Festival and Carthage International Film Festival.
In 2016, Chuanne received the highest national accolade in his field for his photography on the film when he was awarded the Golden Horn for “ Best Achievement in Feature Film Cinematography” at the annual South African Film and Television Awards, cementing his place as the most prominent young cinematographer working in the South African Film and Television industry. His work has been described as a classical portrait, sombre, lonely, hyper-realistic yet hyper-romantic with a sad and depressing city as a backdrop by The Hollywood Reporter, Variety and IndieWire.
Chuanne currently expands on his collaborative work with Necktie Youth director Sibs Shongwe-La Mer, attached as the Director of Photography and Creative Producer for political drama “ Colour Of The Skull” currently in development with Whitman Pictures Independent.