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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 […]

Panasonic Varicam 35

Apr 21, 2015 | One Comment
Panasonic Varicam 35

When Rick Heywood from Provideo Systems approached the NZCS to test the new Varicam 35 it was an opportunity not to be missed. NZCS’s Simon Riera takes the camera through a series of tests and reports back with his impressions of this latest offering from Panasonic. For those of you who want to jump right in and […]

Rigs and Glory

Jan 5, 2015 | One Comment
Rigs and Glory

Leigh Elford has worked in the film industry for six years having graduated from Unitec with a bachelor of screen arts. Since graduating Leigh has worked on films like “The Most Fun You Can Have Dying” and “Shackletons Captain”. He gained experience as a camera Assistant before stepping into the shoes of cinematographer on various […]

Shooting “Sunday” with Ryan Alexander Lloyd

Jan 5, 2015 | No Comments
Shooting “Sunday” with Ryan Alexander Lloyd

SUNDAY is a truly independent self financed feature film set in Christchurch, New Zealand one year after the devastating earthquakes. While it is not an earthquake film, it is a story like the city of Christchurch: one of past devastation, beauty and a chance at rebuilding bigger and better than before. Starring Dustin Clare and […]

A Postcard from Ian McCarroll in India

Jan 5, 2015 | No Comments
A Postcard from Ian McCarroll in India

Ian has been in the industry since 1990 and shooting since ’92 when he became a loader and had access to cameras and short ends. And the knowledge to put the bits together. He mainly shoots TVCs but enjoys drama and has recently finished his second feature. He contributed this “postcard” on his recent trip […]