Trinidad’s Reginald Pollard takes Caribbean film-making to international standards
As the Caribbean film industry continues to grow it has become more evident that the region has a new platform to expose its culture and to create more opportunities and income for its inhabitants. This creative sector is sustained through the diligence of several creative and technical talents. One such hard-working individual is cinematographer Reginald Pollard.
He has carried out these crucial roles in a long list of productions which include the feature films “The Midnight Affair” and “Secrets of the Shell“, the documentaries “Trinidad & Tobago’s Folklore“, “Wild T&T“, “C’est Quitte” and “The Story of La Brea” and the short horror film “The Wrath” as well as several regional and international commercials.
Pollard had the recent experience of being the cinematographer for the film “Seventeen Colours and a Sitar” which made its debut at the 2010 Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival. When asked about his vision for the look and feel of this particular film, he stated, “The vision was as a result of discussing different films and styles (colour, composition and movement) that we saw as perfect for the topic being discussed. The look and feel of the project (for me) has and will always be a collaborative one”.
Although he admitted that with this project he endured challenges such as not having access to bigger lights and the lack of good weather days, he expressed pleasure about working with the directors of ‘Seventeen Colours’, Professor Patricia Mohammed and Michael Mooleedhar. “It was truly a blessing to work with such a creative team of Directors. Their style was relaxed, reflective and intuitive, allowing for a truly open communication with their collective vision”.
He further shared, “For me the memorable moments in the making of this film would have to be watching Rex Dixon painting and Mungal Patasar playing the Sitar. At times I felt drawn into the colourful liquid that was being spilt and thrown onto the canvas and also drawn into the Music…It was powerful stuff!”
Pollard has been fortunate to work on large projects geared toward the regional or international audiences. These assignments have afforded him the luxury of being surrounded by some of the best production minds, crews and equipment. Despite his confession of being selective about working on local production projects, he will continue to dedicate his abilities and technical expertise towards the upliftment of the film industry in Trinidad and Tobago and in the Caribbean.