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Introduction to Cinematography for Drama Masterclass

  • 08 Jun 2024
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Hamilton
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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 pd@nzcine.com

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.


NZCS Major National Sponsor

NZCS Platinum Sponsors

NZCS Gold Sponsors

NZCS Awards Silver Sponsors

NZCS Awards Bronze Sponsors

NZCS Awards additional in-kind sponsors


NZCS other corporate members

Ariel Camera Limited
CR Kennedy NZ Ltd
Halcyon Digital
Rubber Monkey
Gencom Technology
Boxfish Robotics

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