Words from creatives and collaborators.
Whenever I am asked to recommend a person to shoot anything for the screen whether it be fashion or features I always recommend Velinda for her commitment, passion, unique vision and ability to understand the various types of project and what they require.
She can blend into the background when required or command a crew to work together to realise the vision. I have watched Velinda’s career progress over the years and I believe she deserves the bright future that lies ahead of her.
From pre to post Velinda is a pleasure to work with. Her understanding of, and passion for, cinematic story telling coupled with an eye for detail and incredible technical knowledge makes her the perfect collaborative partner.
Working on the short film SHIFT, we shot every frame of the storyboard while maintaining the freedom (and fun!) of creative flexibility. There was not a moment of that film that Velinda did not leave her indelible mark.
Working with Velinda was pure magic. I’ve never met a cinematographer with such innate sensitivity and subtlety in her work, and a beautiful and genuine approach to capturing the story.
Everything flows, nothing is forced. She has an intuitive ability to capture actors in their most vulnerable and beautiful moments, finding the magic between the lines. On the set of "Girl Falling", amidst the often tumultuous environment of a short film production, she always found a way to get me the shots that I needed, and never let me compromise the integrity of my story.
Her professionalism and work ethic are second to none, and her commitment to the creation of beautiful films, seeing everything through to the last detail, make her an undeniable asset to the industry. I cannot wait to work with her again, she is definitely my go-to cinematographer.
Velinda loves what she does. And so, despite the pressure of very limited time and resources, the shoot was a joy...and, well, the film was a great success.
I can’t speak highly enough of Velinda Wardell as a cinematographer. Everything I’ve seen of her work is beautiful. She is meticulous and creative, and to me as a fledgling director, she was invaluable.
In 2010, she shot a film I wrote/directed called ‘Not Even A Mouse’, creating an evocative world for the characters and the piece. Restrained though we were by time and budget, Velinda’s skill brought beauty, style and professionalism to my first ambitious project.
She has a wonderful on-set energy; gentle yet strong, with a great sense of humour and a brilliant work ethic.
Velinda and I collaborated on several shorts while enrolled at AFTRS (her in cine, myself directing), and continue to still develop projects together – THE LAST GOODBYE being our most recent (55 mins Red Epic), filmed in Paris in 2012.
I am in constant awe of her dedication and purity of vision. Velinda throws herself into each project with absolute commitment, and always brings a unique and creative perspective to each piece. COSETTE was filmed on 35mm, and mostly hand-held – so there’s no denying Vel’s muscular strength! But it is her creative strength that most infatuates, and I feel blessed to have her in among my team. I am now based in Los Angeles, and look forward to having her join me here on future projects!
I have had the pleasure of working with Velinda Wardell on several projects in 2015 including a music video clip for Triple J Unearthed which was later featured in Jetstar and Virgin domestic and international in-flight magazines.
Velinda is an extraordinary artist whose expert knowledge, dedicated precision and exceptional creative flair are unparalleled. The leadership she demonstrates with her team is exemplary and her experience, generosity and passion deeply inspiring for all who are privileged enough to work with her.
I look forward to many more collaborations in the future as I have found the richness and depth of our creative partnership to be dynamic, inspiring and truly rewarding.