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The NZCS presently has two positions open for applications, as follows:

1. Camera Trainee through our Diversity & Inclusion Program in Auckland (Spartacus: House of Ashur)

Closing Thurs April 4th, 5.00pm

2. Mid-career Cinematographer Internship through our Diversity & Inclusion Program in Auckland (Spartacus: House of Ashur) 

Closing extended to Monday April 8th, 5.00pm

Note: Our DP intern position on Zombies 4: Day and Night has been awarded to Kelly Chen who starts after Easter for 4 weeks on set.

More positions to be announced in the next month

Please scroll down for complete details on the opportunities and how to apply.

1. Camera Trainee Opportunity on "Spartacus: House of Ashur", through our new Diversity & Inclusion Program in Auckland

The NZCS is pleased to announce we have negotiated a camera trainee placement on the international TV series “Spartacus House of Ashur”, based in Auckland, under our pilot Diversity and Inclusion Program made possible with support from the NZ Film Commission Strategic Development Fund and the local production company, Spartacus Productions NZ Ltd.

The Attachment provides the opportunity for an intern from an under-represented community to work under the guidance of the camera team in a fast-moving shoot, with a hands-on, full-time work role anticipated, for a 10 week / 50 day shoot period, possibly extended to the full shoot of 20 weeks.

Under the NZCS Diversity and Inclusion Program, this internship is directed at applicants who belong to an under-represented group through ethnicity, disability, neuro-diversity or regionality and is restricted to NZ Citizens or Permanent Residents. We encourage applicants from Māori, Pacific peoples, Asian communities, MELAA (Middle Eastern, Latin American, and African), disabled and neuro-divergent individuals, and regional communities (defined for the purposes of the New Zealand screen sector as those outside of Auckland and Wellington).

  • The 10 week placement will commence with prep in Manurewa, Auckland from 13th - 17th May 2024, and shoot from May 20th until 22nd July 2024, + TBC extension to 7 October 2024.

The placement is intended for Auckland region locals or candidates who are prepared to relocate themselves and self-accommodate for the shoot period. This will be a paid Attachment - details available by emailing pd@nzcine.com . The selected candidate will be issued a standard contract by the Production Company and will join the payroll, per other contractors.

The aim of the Attachment:

The program aims to provide an opportunity for an emerging camera trainee to boost their skill-set and confidence through a hands-on role with an experienced drama camera team, and to provide another workplace training pathway to the limited opportunities currently available. 

This is not a creative input role, but as the junior member of the camera team there will be the chance to upskill in professional work practice, technical gear knowledge and observe the creative decision making process in the field.

This mentorship is made possible with sponsorship from the New Zealand Film Commission and the NZCS. We remain committed to a mandate to grow and diversify the pool of upcoming camera talent in New Zealand, to redress the imbalance that exists where not all communities are represented in the make-up of our camera teams, to ensure our stories are told from many different perspectives. 

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a member of the NZCS, or be prepared to join for a minimum of one year if successful.
  • Have a track record of working as an up-and-coming camera trainee/camera assist on web series, short films, music videos, or other genres through film schools or industry. The applicant may not necessarily yet have a full-time career as a camera assistant/trainee.
  • Be prepared to abide by all Covid 19 safety protocols on-set if necessary.
  • Belong to an under-represented group through ethnicity, disability, neuro-diversity or regionality (as described in detail above) and be a NZ Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Note: This is a shoot based in South-West Auckland, so the successful applicant must be able to transport themselves to the studio at varying shoot schedule call-times, as public transport is not an option.

To apply:

Please submit the following in attached electronic documents (Word files or PDF) – do not include the below in body of email.

 to: pd@nzcine.com with “Camera Trainee Attachment, Spartacus” in the subject line:

  • A CV of industry experience, and any tertiary education highlights, including your normal place of residence, ethnicity, residential status,
  • A short written reference (from a screen industry professional or tutor)
  • A proposal (maximum of 1-page) outlining why you wish to apply for the Attachment and what you hope to achieve from the opportunity.

Closing date for applications: 5.00pm, Thurs 4th April 2024.

A shortlist of suitable applicants will be forwarded to the production and an interview (in person or virtual) may be required, at which time further details of the production itself will be provided.

Applicants will be informed of a final decision, by 12 April 2024 latest.


2. Mid-career Cinematographer Internship on "Spartacus: House of Ashur" through our new Diversity & Inclusion Program in Auckland

The NZCS is pleased to announce we have negotiated a DP Intern placement on the international TV series “Spartacus: House of Ashur”, based in Auckland, under our pilot Diversity and Inclusion Program, made possible with support from the NZ Film Commission Strategic Development Fund and the local production company, Spartacus Productions NZ Ltd.

The Attachment provides the opportunity for an intern from an under-represented community to shadow the Director of Photography during pre-production, on set and in post-production, and to experience advanced aspects of the craft of cinematography, on a studio-based shoot.

Under the NZCS Diversity and Inclusion Program, this internship is directed at applicants who   belong to an under-represented group through ethnicity, disability, neuro-diversity or regionality and is restricted to NZ Citizens or Permanent Residents. We encourage applicants from Māori, Pacific peoples, Asian communities, MELAA (Middle Eastern, Latin American, and African), disabled and neuro-divergent individuals, and regional communities (defined for the purposes of the New Zealand screen sector as those outside of Auckland and Wellington).

  • The 15 days on set will commence in Auckland with Prep on Mon 13th May and finish on Wed 12th June, 2024. Note this includes 5 days of prep, 7 days Main Unit, 2 days 2nd Unit and 1 day grading (at a later date TBC) Please note the days are not continuous but spread over a four and a half week period to accommodate scheduling requirements.
  • The placement is intended for Auckland region locals or candidates who are prepared to relocate themselves and self-accommodate for the shoot period. This will be a paid Attachment - details available by emailing pd@nzcine.com. The selected candidate will be issued a standard contract by the Production Company and will join the payroll, per other contractors. This is a shoot based in South-West Auckland, so the successful applicant must be able to organise transport to the studio or location at varying shoot schedule call-times.
  • No overtime will be paid, so the intern is only expected to be present for the standard shooting day.

The aim of the Attachment:

The program aims to provide an opportunity for a mid-career cinematographer from an under-represented group, to observe a working cinematographer mentor on an international TV series. 

The goal is to provide another training pathway to the limited opportunities currently available by giving the intern valuable on-set experience, increased confidence and a renewed skill-set in the world of high quality, fast-paced TV series cinematography. This is not a creative input role, but will be a mentored position, closely shadowing the DP and key technicians at work, and observing the creative decision making process on set.

The NZCS remains committed to a mandate to grow and diversify the pool of upcoming camera talent in New Zealand, to redress the imbalance that exists where not all communities are represented in the make-up of our camera teams, to ensure our stories are told from many different perspectives.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a member of the NZCS, or be prepared to join for a minimum of one year if successful.
  • Have industry experience and have a track record of working as an up-and-coming cinematographer on short films, music videos, web series, or other genres. The applicant may not necessarily have an exclusive career as a Director of Photography.
  • Be prepared to abide by all Covid 19 safety protocols on-set if necessary.
  • Belong to an under-represented group through ethnicity, disability, neuro-diversity or regionality (as described in detail above) and be a NZ Citizen or Permanent Resident

To apply:

Please submit the following in attached electronic documents (Word files or PDF) – do not include the below in body of email.

to: pd@nzcine.com with “DP intern, Diversity and Inclusion Program, Spartacus” in the subject line:

  • A full CV, including your normal place of residence and ethnicity, residential status, and a filmography including links to a showreel or selection of completed works.
  • A short written reference (from a screen industry professional or tutor)
  • A proposal (maximum of 1-page) outlining why you wish to apply for the Attachment and what you hope to achieve from the opportunity.

Closing date for applications extended to : 5.00pm, Monday, April 8th, 2024 

A shortlist of suitable applicants will be forwarded to the production and an interview (in person or virtual) may be required, at which time further details of the production itself will be provided.  

Applicants will be informed of a final decision by Monday 15th April 2024, latest.


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