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Taking classes at the Vilmos school

Jul 30, 2015 | No Comments

NZCS member and DP Graham Ritchie reports on what it is like to learn from some of Hollywood’s heavy hitters.   For the last three years, I have been subscribing to the Global Cinematography Institute (GCI) website – it is an organisation in LA that promotes the further education of cinematographers. GCI was set up […]

Mad Max: bigger, faster, more furious

Jul 30, 2015 | No Comments
Mad Max: bigger, faster, more furious

In the second of two parts, John Seale and David Burr reveal more about shooting Mad Max: Fury Road, and call it a sign of things to come for cinematography. Peter Parnham was there when the pair recently visited New Zealand to talk with NZCS members.   Mad Max: Fury Road is a chase in […]

C-Prize finalists set to boost New Zealand UAVs

Jul 24, 2015 | No Comments
C-Prize finalists set to boost New Zealand UAVs

Download NZCS media release 24 July 2015. The winning designs in the first round of the C-Prize Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Challenge have the potential to boost the story telling ability of film makers and propel New Zealand onto the forefront of world UAV technology, says the president of the New Zealand Cinematographers Society (NZCS). […]

UAVs banned from open space around central Auckland

Jul 22, 2015 | No Comments
UAVs banned from open space around central Auckland

Legally flying a UAV in Auckland just got harder but not impossible. Peter Parnham reports. Permission to fly UAVs about most of the Central Auckland CBD has been withdrawn by the operators of the central city Mechanics Bay Heliport. In a widely circulated email, Helilink Ltd Operations Manager Grant Smith says the company will no […]

Hillary: a mountainous challenge overcome

Jun 29, 2015 | No Comments
Hillary: a mountainous challenge overcome

Faced with capturing on screen the essence of venerated Kiwi climber and adventurer Sir Edmund Hillary, New Zealand cinematographer David Paul NZCS knew he would be asking a lot of his camera. For the six-part, prestige drama he needed a camera to capture feature-quality images, but he would need to carry that same camera up […]

Shooting Mad Max: Fury Road

Jun 4, 2015 | No Comments
Shooting Mad Max: Fury Road

John Seale ACS ASC and David Burr talk with NZCS members and industry guests. Peter Parnham reports. John Seale knows how to tell a story on screen using images — one reason he is at the top of the world’s cinematography profession. More than that, in person he also knows how to hook you into a […]

NZCS marks Hillary drama with help to Nepal

May 21, 2015 | No Comments
NZCS marks Hillary drama with help to Nepal

NZCS and Sony New Zealand raised over $1,300 last night for the Himalayan Trust earthquake rebuild appeal. The fundraising came from donations collected during a cinematography event headlined by accredited director of photography David Paul. Donations were boosted by the auction of a Sony DSC-RX100M III Cyber-Shot digital still camera donated by Sony New Zealand, […]

New gear pulls crowd

May 11, 2015 | No Comments
New gear pulls crowd

The shot making potential promised by new equipment proved to be a big draw for a combined Women in Film and Television (WIFT) and NZCS evening event last week. The Panavision Auckland test bays were packed with NZCS and WIFT members and guests keen to see a new ARRI camera, an array of gimbals and […]

Andrew Lesnie: NZCS offers deep condolences

Apr 29, 2015 | No Comments
Andrew Lesnie: NZCS offers deep condolences

As news of Andrew Lesnie’s premature death spread among the New Zealand cinematography community, it was greeted first with disbelief, and then with sadness. As cinematographer, his creative partnership with Peter Jackson spanned eight films and culminated in The Hobbit trilogy. It was a genuine ANZAC friendship and his contribution played a vital part in […]