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Pascale Neuschafer United Kingdom

Pascale is an award-winning female Director of Photography and camera operator. She's experienced across narrative, documentary, music video, and corporate content.

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I started my career as an actor on stage and screen, specialising in dance and movement, before moving behind the lens and completing an MA in Cinematography at Goldsmiths, University of London, where I trained under Witold Stok, BSC.

I’ve worked as the cinematographer on numerous award-winning shorts, documentaries, commercials, music videos, and an international indie feature film, The Bones on Greenwich Shore. My work has been screened around the world at various international festivals, including Hot Docs, BFI Flare, Nashville Film Festival, DIFF, and I have worked on content for an array of broadcasters, including HBO, Showmax, SABC and Silwerskerm.

In 2020, I worked as the cinematographer on the hybrid animation-documentary short, I am Chuma, about a queer artist living on the streets of Cape Town, which won “Best Cinematography” at both the Canadian Cinematography and the European Cinematography Awards.

One of my documentary highlights was shooting Coughing Up for Gold, a multimedia documentary project about South African miners dying of silicosis, which won the African Media Story Challenge.

One of the many joys of my work is the varied places and people it has shown me: from the Scottish border towns, to the Zambian Copperbelt, or the remote, rolling hills of the Eastern Cape in my native South Africa. I speak English, German, French and Afrikaans and am based both in London and Cape Town. I am naturally curious, an unashamed coffee snob and a dog lover; and when I’m not carrying heavy cameras around the world, I like to test my mettle in the confines of the boxing ring.