Vale Chris McKenzie

08 Jul 2024 1:35 PM | Amber Wakefield (Administrator)

In memory of Chris McKenzie

Known for his calm demeanour, witty humour, and unparalleled skills in lighting, Chris embarked on a distinguished film lighting career that began in Wellington in the late 1960s.

Over five decades, he mastered the art of being a great Gaffer, contributing to numerous iconic productions in New Zealand and Australia. Chris was not just a master of his craft but also a mentor and supporter to countless camera crews, serving as the face of PLS (Professional Lighting Services) for over 35 years.

In 2023, Chris retired to the Nelson region, closing a remarkable chapter in his career. His dedication to our society and the wider camera community was unparalleled. Chris generously offered his time, wisdom, and essential equipment to enrich the work of cinematographers across New Zealand. His contributions went beyond sponsorship; they were a testament to his unwavering commitment and passion for cinematography.

Chris was known for his support of film students, emerging cinematographers, and professionals on tight budgets, often providing generous discounts from PLS on lighting and grip equipment for short films, music videos, and passion projects that demonstrated genuine filmmaking potential.

From the inception of NZCS to the establishment of our annual Awards, Chris's support remained unwavering. He played a pivotal role in shaping our community, providing invaluable advice and dedicated efforts through PLS. His kindness and humour brightened every interaction, leaving an indelible mark on all who had the privilege of working with him.

We extend our deepest sympathies to Chris's family, friends, the PLS team, and everyone whose life he touched. His legacy will forever be cherished within the NZCS community.

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