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We ask ourselves, what does it take to be a cinematographer?

A cinematographer is a person who stands behind a camera and is patient and loyal and understanding of actors, directors and producers. As a key person on set, you deal with everything to do with the visual language of the film or television series or moving picture.

The New Zealand Cinematographers Society was established to foster the profession of cinematography. A key component of that is professional development. In 2019 the NZCS committed to launching a series of Masterclasses and Workshops, to offer our members ways of furthering their development, across a variety of stages in their career. 


NZCS collaborate with the Hurlbut Academy

Message from Shane Hurlbut ASC:



In January of 2020, I had the pleasure to work alongside some of the most passionate, loving, caring, and immensely talented filmmakers on a commercial that was shooting in Auckland, NZ. The love and excitement of creating was evident in every New Zealand filmmaker that I met.

After discussions with Murray Milne NZCS, Donny Duncan NZCS, Amber Wakefield, and others, we brainstormed ways to give back during this very difficult time in our world. We have figured out a way for the NZSC and the Hurlbut Academy to collaborate by opening up our ALL ACCESS membership to the society. As we continue to battle this pandemic, we want you to continue to push yourself out of your artistic comfort zones. 

After the dark ages of the Black Plague came the Renaissance period where artists reinvented how they painted, how they sculpted, how they constructed; how they viewed the the world had been changed forever. How are you going to change the channel?

Wishing you and your families continued health,

Shane Hurlbut, ASC


FREE Weekly Online Professional Development courses

While our Professional Development Masterclasses are on hold due to Covid-19, we have struck an incredible deal with the Hurlbut Academy to access FREE weekly courses - for up to a year!

Shane Hurlbut ASC was so enamoured with the reception he received from our local industry, when he visited here shooting in February, that he has extended an amazing offer to our members to allow access to his tutorials.

Each week we will upload a new course for our members to access. The sessions will vary in the number of lessons and the number of hours. Varying weekly between advanced, intermediate, and beginner, there will be plenty to absorb for all levels of skill and experience.

The first course we've loaded is an Intermediate/Advanced level course on Cinematography: Mastering the Image - a whooping 39 lessons over 7 hours. Of course, you can skip to lessons as desired.

To gain access contact us here. For NZCS members only.


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