Rick Rifici wins Best Cinematography in a Documentary as the D.O.P. for Facing Monsters (2022).
Rick Rifici is nominated for an AACTA award for the 3rd time for his cinematography in the feature documentary Facing Monsters.
You don’t have to be a genius to glean that actor Simon Baker has the makings of a solid director. Having skillfully called the shots on several episodes of The Mentalist, the CBS crime drama he starred in from 2008 to 2015, the Aussie actor is primed to show what he can do in his big-screen directing debut. Turns out he has the chops.
Water cinematographer Rick Rifici (Otherlife, Drift, Adore) has spent a lot of his career capturing surf for TVCs and commercial clients, where the brief typically involves capturing the waves and athletes in sunny conditions and bright blue water.
Rifici had the opportunity to shoot out of the box, take underwater shots from abstract perspectives, and to capture a moody, atmospheric aesthetic. “[Baker] didn’t want anything to be bright, sunny and fluffy.”