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The New Zealand Cinematographers Society was established in 2008 to foster the profession of cinematography.  Today we have members from all image related fields. 

Join, and you become part of a network of image-makers working in all genres and across all distribution channels -from the web and TV, through to cinema and live shows.


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  • 14 Oct 2017 6:30 PM Grand Tea Room, Heritage Hotel, 35 Hobson St, Auckland 6001, New Zealand

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  • 11 Sep 2017 2:02 PM | Peter Parnham (Administrator)

    Detailing the photochemical workflow that combined cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema, ASC, NSC, FSF’s 15-perf and 5-perf 65mm film footage into a unified big-screen vision for director Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic.
    Read more on the American Cinematographer site.

  • 11 Sep 2017 1:50 PM | Peter Parnham (Administrator)

    AC magazine contributor Benjamin B explains how to understand the attributes of spherical and anamorphic lenses with this new entry in his ongoing series of posts. Read more on the American Cinematographer site.

  • 05 Sep 2017 10:12 AM | Peter Parnham (Administrator)
    The August 2017 NZCS annual general meeting (AGM) ushered in three new committee members who significantly increase the breadth of experience on the committee and oh, they happen to be women.



     

    The new NZCS committee meets for the first time. (LtR) Mark Lapwood, Nina Wells, Murray  Milne, Aaron Morton, David Paul, Cushla Lewis, Chloe Smith, Donny Duncan, Donny Duncan.


    The August 2017 NZCS annual general meeting (AGM) ushered in three new committee members who significantly increase the breadth of experience on the committee and oh, they happen to be women.

    As one of the country's most experienced news and current affairs cinematographers, Cushla Lewis brings a welcome new perspective to the committee, while Chloe Smith, admired for her support of New Zealand crews on overseas productions, brings a wealth of production experience and business expertise.

    The third new face is Nina Wells whose CV reveals a thoroughly 21st century approach to forging a career as a cinematographer.

    The August AGM voted in the new NZCS committee along with re-electing President Richard Bluck NZCS and Treasurer/secretary Murray Milne NZCS. Incumbent Vice President Dave Cameron NZCS stood down from the position, and Paul Richards was elected to the position.

    The full AGM election results are listed below. 

    Officers:

    President:

    Richard Bluck NZCS

    Vice President:

    Paul Richards

    Treasurer/secretary:

    Murray  Milne NZCS

    Committee members:

    Dave Cameron NZCS ACS*
    Donny Duncan
    Mark Lapwood ACS
    Cushla Lewis
    Aaron Morton NZCS**
    David Paul NZCS
    Guy Quartermain
    Yves Simard
    Chloe Smith
    Marc Swadel
    Nina Wells

    * Dave Cameron is chair of the NZCS Awards committee

    ** Aaron Morton is chair of the accreditation committee



  • 10 Aug 2017 3:36 PM | Peter Parnham (Administrator)
    Chris MacKenzie of Rosco agent PLS, has just confirmed that Rosco is going to sponsor a SoftDrop again this year and NZCS full member Guy Quartermain has agreed to come up with an image. 



    Chris MacKenzie of Rosco agent PLS, has just confirmed that Rosco is going to sponsor a SoftDrop again this year and NZCS full member Guy Quartermain has agreed to come up with an image. 

    All the awards presentation photos looked great against last year's SoftDrop shot my Murray Milne NZCS, and guests were treated to the full effect when as clips or entries were projected the backdrop instantly transformed to a subdued night scene thanks to a single fader on the PLS lighting desk. 

    Keen to show what this kind of technology can do, Chris McKenzie has suggested a country scene that fades to moonlight and Guy Quartermain has agreed to the challenge.  

    A great example of what members, supporters, and sponsors are doing behind the scenes to make the 2017 NZCS Awards a success.

  • 10 Aug 2017 3:11 PM | Peter Parnham (Administrator)
    After doing such a fabulous and professional job of MC at last year's NZCS Awards, Antonia Prebble has agreed to a repeat performance.  




    After doing such a fabulous and professional job of MC at last year's NZCS Awards, Antonia Prebble has agreed to a repeat performance.  

    In case you've been under a rock - Antonia is known and loved for her characters like Loretta West in Outrageous Fortune, and the young Rita West in Westside.

    But it turns out she is an intelligent and accomplished MC that has the talent of making it so exciting and glamorous that you can't wait to see what comes next.  This is why is great to have her back - she somehow makes it all fun.

  • 01 Aug 2017 12:02 PM | Peter Parnham (Administrator)

    NZCS members and friends were given a glimpse of the future at an event hosted by NZCS platinum sponsor A2Z Technologies in July. 





    NZCS members and friends were given a glimpse of the future at an event hosted by NZCS platinum sponsor A2Z Technologies in July. 

    Kellie Hiatt from RAW recording and processing specialists Codex headlined the evening on her way back from SMPTE in Sydney to her home base in Los Angeles.

    A2Z organised a camera scoop with three new cameras on hand to show that RAW capture is now an everyday reality for high-end productions.

    The new Canon C700 and Codex recorder, the Panasonic Varicam Pure, and the latest ARRI Alexa SXTW were kitted out and drew appreciative groups of admirers. 

    And as usual, the technical stuff was book ended by members and friends socialising and catching up with representatives from ARRI, Canon, Pro Video the NZ Panasonic agents. and of course the friendly folks from A2Z Technologies.



  • 01 Aug 2017 11:40 AM | Peter Parnham (Administrator)

    An event in July, hosted jointly by NZCS platinum sponsors ARRI and Xytech Technologies, featured a master class in ARRI SkyPanel cutting edge LED technology.



    An event in July, hosted jointly by NZCS platinum sponsors ARRI and Xytech Technologies, featured a master class in ARRI SkyPanel cutting edge LED technology.

    US-based ARRI SkyPanel Product Manager Mike Wagner went into the theory and practicalities of how to exploit the new technology for maximum lighting control, and save time.

    Although the SkyPanel is not itself new, Wagner explained that they are essentially computers with LED engines attached, so software updates like the recent firmware V3.0 add significant functionality.  For example, firmware V3.0 introduced convincing effects like lightning, cop cars, and paparazzi effects all of which are easily altered and cued.

    Wagner ran through and demonstrated impressive control and communications built into the fixtures,  saving the best for last. 

    In the source matching demo he took a simple household compact fluorescent lamp - notoriously hard to colour match - pointed a hand held spectrometer at it, loaded two CIE colour space coordinates into the fixture for a perfect match. The whole process took all of 30 seconds. For fun, he repeated the process with a rose coloured gel on the compact fluorescent lamp.

    After Wagner’s demonstrations, Xytech’s Stephen Prior surprised the audience by noting hundreds of SkyPanels within Xytech inventory, a build-up that started with Ghost in the Shell.

    The evening was capped off with leading gaffer Sean O’Neill relating the story of how much his thinking has changed and advanced since his attendance at ARRI’s lighting symposium held earlier this year near Munich.


  • 03 Jul 2017 8:20 PM | Peter Parnham (Administrator)
    Long known as “The Cameraman’s Director,” the Master of Suspense regards himself as primarily a film technician while explaining his methods of working with cinematographers, production designers and editors. We detail his approach in this Flashback interview here


  • 09 Jun 2017 4:56 PM | Peter Parnham (Administrator)

    Responding to feedback from users, this NZCS website has begun to display prices GST inclusive.   This means that prices now include 15% GST so you know what your outgoings will be before you begin registering for an event or renewing your membership.

    Many of our members are registered for GST and will be able to claim GST back, and what's more NZCS membership fees are a tax deductible expense, along with most event attendance and the NZCS Awards entry fees.  

    Overseas corporate members should contact NZCS about GST for further advice.

  • 25 May 2017 4:51 PM | Peter Parnham (Administrator)

    The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is undertaking a review of the drone rules introduced a couple of years ago. They are asking for input and feedback via an online survey. 

    The official name of the review is the post-implementation review of New Zealand’s rules for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) / Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS):

    • Part 101 - Gyrogliders and Parasails, Unmanned Aircraft (including Balloons), Kites; and Rockets - Operating Rules; and
    • Part 102 - Unmanned Aircraft Operator Certification.

    Phase one of this review is a short survey developed in consultation with the Aviation Community Advisory Group.

    You can complete the survey here.

    The survey is open until 5 pm 23 Jun 2017. It has been structured to gather feedback on:

    • current and emerging risks;
    • the effectiveness of the current rule framework; and
    • suggested changes to the rule framework.

    Your feedback will provide valuable insight into New Zealand’s RPAS sector, help the CAA determine whether these rules remain fit for purpose, and will inform further policy analysis and next steps.

    This survey and review isn’t limited to RPAS/UAV users and operators - we want to hear from as many people as possible. You can help the CAA by sharing the survey with anyone who has an interest.

    Once the survey results have been compiled and assessed, a summary will be added to this web page, along with other updates. If you’re interested in being kept informed of progress on this review, please email us.

    You can also subscribe to the CAA’s Part 101, Part 102, and RPAS Email Notifications.

    The information on this post is sourced from CAA website: Post-implementation review of New Zealand’s rules for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) / Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS).

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