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NZCS records Hobsonville pitch

Sep 1, 2015 | No Comments
NZCS records Hobsonville pitch

NZCS helped pull back the curtain on the Hobsonville Point grand plan last week during a screen industry forum organised to garner support from the industry. NZCS members Murray Milne NZCS and Guy Quartermain provided gear, shot the event, and recorded video diary-style reactions to help convince investors, Auckland City Council, government, and everybody else […]

New NZCS committee elected under new rules

Aug 25, 2015 | No Comments

A new committee was elected at this years AGM, and its composition reflects an update in NZCS rules which were amended at the AGM held at the Horse and Trap on 19 August 2015. Under the old rules the NZCS president was a figurehead who stepped out at appropriate moments to represent the society. The […]

Maria Ines Manchego wins cinematography opportunity

Aug 6, 2015 | No Comments
Maria Ines Manchego wins cinematography opportunity

Maria Ines Manchego has been awarded the JC CineFem Scholarship for a female cinematographer. Part of  the New Zealand Film Commission’s new gender policy, the JC CineFem Scholarship is the first annual scholarship for female screen practitioners. Twenty-five applications for the scholarship were received and a shortlist of eight was selected by a panel of NZCS […]

Taking classes at the Vilmos school

Jul 30, 2015 | No Comments
Taking classes at the Vilmos school

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 […]