RUFAI “ROO” AJALA

(they / them / theirs)

Gaffer

Roo is a Gaffer & Lighting Technician with over 10 years experience working in the Lighting Department. Their work mostly focuses on Commercials and Narrative Films.
They have a soft spot for stories and films highlighting LBGTQI+ People Of Colour.
Taken under the wing of Will Bex, Matthew Button and Nathan Matthews (reputable Commercial DOP, Lighting Designer and Gaffer) in 2010, Roo gained an array of Commercial Lighting experience in the earlier stages of their career.
Frequent Film collabators are: Vanessa Whyte (Illuminatrix co-founder), Natalja Safronova, Felix Schliminsky, Justin Brown, Adam Scarth and Phoebe Fleming.
Roo also has a strong foundation in stills photography having worked at i-D magazine and mentored by its Fashion Director Simon Foxton (frequent collaborator of Nick Knight). With this experience, Roo brings their unique specialism and skill — combining continuous and flash lighting for Commercial, Fashion and Portraiture Photography.
Frequent Photography collabators are: George Harvey, Adam Slama, Vivek Vadoliya, Julian Victoria.
Education: BA Film Production – Arts University Bournemouth, UK.
Intensive Cinematography specialisation – FAMU, Czech Republic.

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