Alfonso Chin is a cinematographer and visual artist based in Vancouver, Canada.
His journey to Vancouver began in Mexico where he was born. His multicultural background sparked a desire to experience stories from various cultures, which he found through world cinema and painting at a young age. He would later move to Los Angeles before his passion finally led him to Vancouver where he studied film, interactive arts and graphic design at the University of Victoria, Vancouver Film School and Simon Fraser University. He was also part of an academic research group analyzing different narrative forms and structures in various mediums including TV, online media and cinema.
He draws his influences from graphic design, architecture, fine art, photography and painting. His cinematic language and visual influence come from the works by Andrei Tarkovsky, Krzysztof Kieslowki, Lynne Ramsay, Akira Kurosawa, Robert Bresson and Henry-Cartier Bresson, Albert Watson, Gregory Grewdson, and many others.
He has filmed with different formats from 35mm, 16mm to the latest digital emulsions. From commercials to engaging narrative and documentaries, the story and characters always come first, and are always the primary motivation to his approach to lighting and camera movements. He also has a passion and understanding for non-traditional storytelling.
In 2015, he served as visual storyteller for the whitecaps FC #BuckUp for Mental Health campaign, Keys To The Streets campaign, TechPong Refugee Crisis campaign among others. His professional industry credits include work for Disney, Marvel, Netflix, Warner Bro, 20th Century Fox, Amazon Studios among others.
He recently served as cinematographer on the feature film Thunderbird starring Natalie Brown, Duane Howard, Aaron Douglas and others.
2018 Canadian Society of Cinematographers Award Nominee - Best Cinematography in Dramatic Short
2017 Leo Awards Nominee - Best Cinematography in Dramatic Short
2017 Vaughan Film Festival Nominee - Best Cinematography