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    • 22 May 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Department of Post, 19 Newton Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1010

    NZCS welcomes one its accredited members, John Toon NZCS ACS, to share his depth of experience across the topic of lighting in the world of film and television production.

    Join us for an illuminating event in Auckland where we'll explore the art and science of lighting. With JT as our guide, we'll dive into a myriad of topics in a laid-back, 'ask anything' format.

    This is your chance to pick the brain of one of our greatest cinematographers. Wondering what's changed in lighting technology over the years? Curious about the differences between local and international practices? Or perhaps you're keen to unravel the secrets of creating natural, believable lighting on screen? No question is too out there!

    Don't let this opportunity pass you by. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out, this event promises to shed light on key aspects of the craft and ignite your creativity for future projects.

    We'll start with mingling at 6:30 PM, followed by the presentation kicking off promptly at 7:00 PM.

    Limited seating available. RSVP required.
    Free for NZCS Members. Non-members $35.

    WHEN: Wednesday 22 May 2024
    WHERE: Department of Post, 19 Newton Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland

    • 29 May 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Imagezone, 9 Scanlan Street, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1021

    You're invited to join us for an evening with a panel of accomplished cinematographers on the subject of how to build your career in cinematography.

    Aimed towards early-stage to mid-level DPs, our discussion will cover tried-and-tested strategies, shedding light on the pathways that lead them to success and the stumbling blocks encountered along the journey.

    No two people have the same path into cinematography as a career, so this event promises to be both enlightening and inspiring. Attendees will get a rare opportunity to glean wisdom from the diverse experience of the panel.

    Guest panellists include: Jake Mokomoko (cinematographer and director), Ben Cunningham (cinematographer), Kelly Chen (emerging cinematographer), Joe Machart (wears many hats, from cinematography to VFX compositing to sound design) and Pepe De Hoyos (cinematographer).

    Sony will also be showcasing a range of their Cinema Line cameras, allowing you to get hands-on experience with cutting-edge gear before the discussion begins.

    Come early to mingle, enjoy pizza and refreshments, and get acquainted with the gear. The panel discussion kicks off at 7:00 PM.

    RSVP now to secure your spot.
    Admission free for NZCS members & $15 for Non-Members.

    Attention students: NZCS membership is $46 per year. Rather than paying for just this individual event, why not invest an additional $31 to become a member? By doing so, you'll be to unlock access to the organisation's events and benefits for an entire year. Learn more about joining here.

    When: Wednesday 29 May 2024, 6 P.M.
    Where: Imagezone9 Scanlan Street, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1021 

    • 31 May 2024
    • ? - 11:30 PM
    • Email applications (Cinematographer members only)

    PHOTO: Murray Milne NZCS, Accreditation Chair, gives a certificate of accomplishment to newly accredited recipient Andrew Stroud NZCS at the 6th Annual NZCS Awards ceremony.

    If you have been a professional Cinematographer in any field for a minimum of 8 years including at least the last 3 years as an NZCS Cinematographer member, it might be time to think about NZCS Accreditation.

    You'll need to have reached a level of world-class visual storytelling expertise that reaches past professional competence and into the top level of cinematography in your chosen field. 

    NZCS accreditation means recognition in the international camera community as a master cinematographer with a substantive body of work that reaches a consistently high, world-class standard. To find out more read our NZCS accreditation overview. 

    Accredited members are the only people who are allowed to use the letters NZCS after their name.

    To apply, download and complete the application form, and  submit your application, supporting documents and media to the address provided.  

    If you want help or advice please email

    Applications close 31 May 2024.

    The accreditation recipients for 2024 will be announced during the '7th Annual NZCS Awards' ceremony on Saturday 26th October 2024.

    • 31 May 2024
    • 11:30 PM

    Photo by Photographer and Cinematographer Tammy Williams.

    A new exhibition of still photographs shot from a cinematic perspective.  

    This is the first year of the NZCS Still Stories Exhibition, a limited exhibition of selected still photographs captured by cinematographers; inspired by the unprecedented success of the American Cinematographer Society's "Stories in a Single Frame" exhibition, which showcased some truly remarkable images.

    This exhibition brings a special challenge for cinematographers — to distil a powerful narrative down to a single frame. You can either start capturing new photos or sift through your archive of images.

    What story does your image tell? It could be anywhere, of any subject, the stronger the story contained within the image, the better! You can enter up to two hi-res images suitable for large prints, and of course you’ll need to be a member of NZCS.

    Renowned New Zealand film director and screenwriter, Roger Donaldson, himself a published photographer, will make his choice of the best 30 images to go into the public exhibition. From July to September 2024, the selected prints will be exhibited in the main foyer of the New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) across four key regions: Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin.

    Exhibited prints will be available for purchase, with proceeds evenly distributed between the cinematographer and supporting the various educational initiatives provided by NZCS nationwide.

    How to enter

    • Register for each image (maximum two entries) and pay the entry fee.
    • Email your submission to quoting the entry/invoice number and any notes about the image.
    • Submit your entry by 31 May 2024 to be eligible.

    Please note

    • Competition is open exclusively to NZCS members with a maximum of two submissions per member allowed.
    • Submissions close May 31st, 2024.
    • The images must be of a resolution suitable for large prints. Variations in ratios are acceptable, as long as the long edge measures greater than 4500 pixels. However, please note that for optimal A2 prints, a resolution of 300 pixels per inch (ppi) is recommended.
    • You are responsible for any clearance that is needed to sell the photos and display them online.
    • Multiple prints may be sold. You retain copyright over the original image.
    • AI and AI-assisted photos are not allowed.
    • You do not need to print the image. Successful entries will be printed on A2 satin photo paper 190gsm (in Auckland) and A3 on coated silk 170gsm (at Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin) by our friends at Canon NZ, with no colour correction or processing. They will be trimmed without borders to the aspect ratio of the image.
    • Entries are accepted at the sole discretion of NZCS, inappropriate entries will be returned and fees refunded.
    • The selection for the exhibition is independent and made without reference to the entrant’s particulars. The judge’s decision is final.
    • 04 Jun 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Department of Post, 19 Newton Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1010

    Join us in Auckland with Stephen Murphy ISC BSC as we explore the realm of shadows and darkness through a casual evening of storytelling.

    In New Zealand to shoot Heart Eyes, Irish cinematographer Stephen Murphy has offered his time to share his passion for mood and atmosphere across projects such as No One Gets Out Alive, Atlanta, Mr and Mrs Smith and The Tourist S2.

    Stephen's journey into the depths of darkness was initially sparked by his background in comic illustrations, a passion that led him into the world of makeup and SPFX for film, and eventually emerge as a defining characteristic of his cinematographic work. 

    The question for Stephen is not where he will put all the lights; rather, it is which lights he will have so that it can drop off into shadow. The shadow, he continues, is the most evocative part of the image. He uses the interplay between light and shadow to shape the scene and the mood.

    So, come grab a drink, mingle with fellow enthusiasts, and join us as we immerse you in the magic of Stephens cinematic storytelling. You can ask questions, engage in casual conversations, and gain valuable insights that you won't find anywhere else.

    We'll start with beverages and snacks at 6:30 PM, followed by the presentation kicking off at 7:00 PM.

    Limited seating available. RSVP required.
    Free for NZCS Members. Non-members $35.

    WHEN: Tuesday 4th June 2024
    WHERE: Department of Post, 19 Newton Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland

    • 08 Jun 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Hamilton
    • 19


    The New Zealand Cinematographers Society, in association with Waikato Screen and Wintec /Te Pukenga, is delighted to bring a Professional Development Masterclass into the region! After many requests, we have joined with Waikato Screen to bring an Introduction to Cinematography for Drama Masterclass to Hamilton on Sat, June 8th. The tutor will be cinematographer Donny Duncan NZCS, a DP with over 30 years experience locally and internationally. Places on the course will be limited to 20 participants, allocated on a first-in-first-served basis.

    This will be an intensive one-day Masterclass, looking at the basic building blocks of Cinematography for Drama on projects like web series, short films, TV series and feature films.

    This course will appeal to a wide range of intermediate experience levels including OPC camera operators looking at widening their experience, camera assistants on the move up,  directors/producers wanting inside knowledge about the craft and students keen on entering the industry.

    The program will include hands-on demos with recent camera systems, a practical overview of current lighting technology, cinematography theory, tips, tricks and insights from Donny’s career experience accompanied by stills and video excerpts.

    Topics covered will include:

    • Script breakdown, schedule prep and Director/HOD collaboration.

    • Choice of equipment and new technologies - practical demo

    • Camera movement, lens options, continuity and lines of action

    • Virtual Cinematography, Greenscreen and Vis FX work

    • Overview of lighting equipment and techniques - practical demo

    • Attitude and the importance of professionalism

    • Useful apps and resources for cinematography

    Details of the venue will be e-mailed to registrants. Lunch and morning/afternoon tea will be provided.

    Cost is $60 for NZCS members

    $75 for Waikato Screen directory members with code

    $85 for non-members

    To register, please click the link below.

    This event is an initiative of Waikato Screen and supported by Wintec /Te Pukenga

    Any enquiries please email

    Register here

    About the tutor: Donny Duncan NZCS, has been a cinematographer for over 30 years, with a wide-ranging career that includes music videos, short films, documentaries, TVC’s, international television series, local feature films and US tele-movies.  Among his DP credits are five seasons of “Xena: Warrior Princess”, two seasons of “Legend of the Seeker”, four telemovies for the Disney Channel, and NZ feature films “Snakeskin”, “Jack Be Nimble” and “Kiwi Christmas”. He has also lectured in cinematography for 2 years at the Unitec School of Performing and Screen Arts and is currently the part-time Professional Development manager for the NZ Cinematographers Society.


Past events

21 Mar 2024 The Director-Cinematographer Relationship with Carlos González SVC
29 Feb 2024 Pre production processes: What you need to know with Stefan Duscio
08 Nov 2023 What do the The Blue Book changes mean for you?
25 Oct 2023 The Relationship Between Cinematographer & Colourist
19 Sep 2023 What do the The Blue Book changes mean for you?
13 Sep 2023 Kickstart Your Cinematography Career
30 Aug 2023 Sweet Tooth screening + Q&A with Cinematographer Dave Garbett
08 Aug 2023 NZCS 2023 AGM and Catch Up
03 Aug 2023 DMX for Filmies Event with PLS
30 Jul 2023 Introduction to Camera/Lighting for Drama Masterclass
21 Jul 2023 Free screening of 'Oppenheimer' at Imax theatre
13 May 2023 6th NZCS Cinematography Awards & Gala Dinner
13 May 2023 An Afternoon with Erika Addis, President of the ACS
13 May 2023 Lighting Workshop with Renowned Australian Cinematographer, Casimir Dickson ACS
12 May 2023 Leitz & Rosco 6th NZCS Awards prequel drinks
01 May 2023 2023 Accreditation Applications
18 Apr 2023 From AC to NZCS 'Emerging Cinematographer of the Year' with Ray Edwards
23 Mar 2023 Lighting on big pictures: What you need to know with Aaron Morton NZCS
03 Dec 2022 Tools Down - End of Year BBQ
30 Nov 2022 Free Access to Filmmakers Academy Online Courses for NZCS Members
24 Nov 2022 Sony Cinema Line Showcase with Will Prosor and Heath McKinley
07 Nov 2022 2022 Accreditation Applications
10 Oct 2022 6th NZCS Awards for cinematography entries
06 Oct 2022 Conversations with Leon Narbey on 'WHINA'
20 Sep 2022 The versatile Peter Young talks documentaries
16 Aug 2022 The NZCS 2022 AGM and Catch Up
26 Jul 2022 Work Life Balance
13 Jul 2022 VIRTUAL EVENT - Setting the tone with Neil Cervin
13 Jul 2022 Setting the tone with Neil Cervin NZCS CSC
03 Jul 2022 Christchurch: Camera and Lighting for Drama Masterclass with Cinematographer Alun Bollinger NZCS
28 May 2022 NZCS Awards live stream
04 May 2022 WEBINAR: Camera Pathways
21 Apr 2022 WEBINAR: Cinematography, Art and Magic - the DP/Production Designer Relationship
12 Apr 2022 WEBINAR: DP and Camera Operators
31 Mar 2022 WEBINAR: Up Above & Down Below
16 Mar 2022 WEBINAR: Talking Shoot Prep
18 Nov 2021 State-of-the-Art Lighting Discussion
05 Oct 2021 WEBINAR: Virtual Studios with The Mandalorian's DP, Barry Idoine
15 Sep 2021 The 2021 NZCS AGM
17 Aug 2021 The 2021 NZCS AGM and Catch Up
11 Aug 2021 2021 NZCS Awards for cinematography entries
23 Jun 2021 Conversation with cinematographer Jaron Presant in Christchurch
04 May 2021 Conversation with accomplished cinematographer Alex Disenhof
01 May 2021 Auckland: Assistant Camera - One Day Workshop
01 Apr 2021 2021 Accreditation Applications
28 Mar 2021 SEE IT, BE IT - A conversation with an online panel of women in film
07 Nov 2020 Christchurch: Assistant Camera - One Day Workshop
27 Oct 2020 Beyond the Greenscreen
14 Oct 2020 Bolt Motion Control Robot **event postponed to 2021**
16 Jun 2020 The 2020 NZCS AGM and Catch Up
27 May 2020 Webinar Q&A #3: Denson Baker NZCS ACS talks 'The Luminaries'
13 May 2020 NZCS Cinematographer-at-Home Webinar Q&A #2: An approach to local feature length production with David Paul NZCS
24 Apr 2020 2020 Accreditation Applications
22 Apr 2020 Live Web Q&A with Cinematographer Dave Garbett: Tips and tricks for Filming Car Interior Travelling Process Shots
11 Mar 2020 Views from the legendary Victor Armstrong
03 Mar 2020 Conversation with cinematographer Quyen Tran
25 Feb 2020 RE-DEFINING CAMERA MOVEMENT An emotional journey of cinematic immersion with Shane Hurlbut ASC
17 Dec 2019 Questions and answers - the new Sony FX9 in real life
07 Dec 2019 NZCS Masterclass: HDR Grading
12 Oct 2019 NZCS Awards 2019 Gala Dinner
11 Oct 2019 Kick off the NZCS Awards with prequel drinks
10 Oct 2019 Moving Pictures: Filmmakers and the Art of Cinematography
18 Sep 2019 Conversation with remarkable cinematographer Dave Perkal ASC
17 Sep 2019 Phantom Flex4K Light
13 Sep 2019 Conversation with cinematographer Russell Carpenter ASC
13 Aug 2019 2019 NZCS Awards for cinematography entries
13 Aug 2019 The 2019 NZCS AGM and Catch Up
16 Jun 2019 2019 Accreditation Applications
01 May 2019 Unmanned Underwater Camera
20 Mar 2019 Accredited DP Simon Raby talks Mortal Engines
20 Feb 2019 Screening of Utu Redux - Geoff Murphy's classic, enhanced & restored
16 Nov 2018 Meet LED suppliers - Brother, Brother & Sons (BB&S)
20 Oct 2018 NZCS Awards 2018 Gala Dinner
18 Oct 2018 Drop by for a beer, snacks, and catch up
16 Aug 2018 2018 NZCS Awards for cinematography entries
16 Aug 2018 Large Format
15 Aug 2018 Conversation with exceptional DP Denson Baker
03 Jul 2018 Sign here?
24 Jun 2018 2018 Accreditation Applications
12 Jun 2018 HDR for Netflix and beyond
07 May 2018 Frame.UP 2018
11 Apr 2018 Meet the new Panavision DXL2 and new LF Artiste Lenses
07 Mar 2018 Meet RED Techs and the Monstro full frame camera
23 Feb 2018 ARRI ALEXA Large Format camera and Signature Primes launch
18 Dec 2017 Conversation with exceptional UK DP Steve Annis
13 Dec 2017 Combined Guilds Christmas Party Wellington
06 Dec 2017 Combined Guilds Christmas Party Auckland
05 Dec 2017 Waru: 8 directors + 8 perspectives + 8 single shots = 1 feature film
29 Nov 2017 Member Survey: ethics and Hobbits
14 Oct 2017 Celebrate 100 years with ARRI
14 Oct 2017 NZCS Awards 2017 Gala Dinner
14 Oct 2017 An Afternoon Conversation with the Venerable Alex Funke
14 Oct 2017 Softdrop designer makes flying visit
13 Oct 2017 Kick off the NZCS Awards with prequel drinks
20 Aug 2017 Spring car boot gear sale
01 Aug 2017 2017 NZCS Awards for cinematography entries
26 Jul 2017 Shooting RAW: new cameras, tools, and techniques
25 Jul 2017 ARRI's cutting edge lighting and camera workshop
15 Jul 2017 2018 Accreditation Applications
30 May 2017 ARRI Meetup & CineGear Preview
02 May 2017 Chasing big pictures with big lenses
24 Jan 2017 Shortland St set visit
16 Nov 2016 360 AR and VR - get ahead the curve
15 Oct 2016 NZCS Awards 2016 dinner
15 Oct 2016 Pre-Awards scoop: see the RED 8K Helium cameras
15 Oct 2016 NZCS Awards Bonus - A Conversation with Tom Stern
17 Aug 2016 Tab on the bar and AGM
15 Aug 2016 NZCS awards entries
11 Aug 2016 Full Colour LEDs: don't be late to the lighting revolution
21 Jun 2016 Drones: leaving the Wild West behind
31 May 2016 2016 Accreditation applications
18 May 2016 Crossing Rachmaninoff with Simon Raby and Rebecca Tansley
09 May 2016 Leica Cine Lenses and the Nature of Image, with Rainer Hercher
30 Mar 2016 LEDs and lighting: What you need to know
08 Mar 2016 Meet the new baby before it goes home
24 Feb 2016 Evil Dead comes to life in Auckland

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