Rick Joaquim, SASC Cinematographer

Rick Joaquim (SASC) is an award-winning Cinematographer who is constantly in demand. From short films and music videos for South Africa's leading artists to Commercials for clients including the Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO, KIA Cars South America, Netflix, Doritos, Castle Beer , BMW and Virgin shooting for Sir Richard Branson.

When you see Rick’s work, it takes a minute for you to put your finger on why you simply can’t look away. Soon you get it. There’s a kind of magic holding your gaze in every frame. For sure all the technical genius is present, but it’s his empathy with the subject matter that keeps you riveted. His love and respect for narrative is what drove him to film in the first place, but his dedication to each story - is what makes each picture a joy to watch. “If the composition and lighting don’t bring the audience closer in, I’ve missed the point.” Says Rick. “Telling every part of a story beautifully is why I am here.” Rick is generous, determined and focused on bringing the heart of the piece into the light. He is also one of the best humans you’ll ever meet. Which is probably why he finds the kind of moments ordinary people overlook.

Rick has been fortunate enough to travel the world for his work and win a few awards along the way including "Best Film" at the 48 Hour Film Project Johannesburg both in 2014 and 2016 respectively, “Best Short Film” at the Silwerskerm Festival 2018 Awards for a film he shot titled “Axis Mundi”. Nominated for "Best Cinematography” and "Best Documentary" at the Bokeh South African International Fashion Film Festival in 2018. And in 2019 he was nominated for "Music Video of The Year" at the South African Music Awards 2019 for the music video for Bongeziwe Mabandla's "Bawo Wam" - which he both DoP'd and Directed.

Rick's work was also recently included in the ARRI Camera Showreel 2019.

Rick is currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is free to travel and work Internationally, holds both an EU and SA Passport, and has extensive shoot experience locally and abroad.

Rick is also an Official Ambassador for Easyrig and Fujifilm.


Rick Joaquim - Cinematographer

Some of his Awards and Achievements include: