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    • 01 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+13:00)
    • 30 Apr 2021
    • 11:30 PM (UTC+12:00)
    • Email applications (full members only)

    If you have been a full member for more than three years 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.

    Historically, accreditations have been awarded at the New Zealand Cinematography Awards dinner annually in October. (The judging process is completely separate from the New Zealand Cinematography Awards). Alternative celebrations will be made for the 2020 accreditation presentations.

    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

    • 01 May 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM (UTC+12:00)
    • Auckland
    • 12

    The NZCS is pleased to announce an intensive one-day Assistant Camera workshop in Auckland on Saturday, 1st May. The session will be led by highly experienced career 1st AC, Michael Paletta, who has been resident in NZ since 2017, after learning his craft and working in Los Angeles from 2011 onwards.

    Michael has designed an introductory course to the AC profession, that he wishes had been available when he first started his career. A very successful pilot AC workshop was run by Michael in Christchurch in late 2020.

    The agenda will include: 

    • networking
    • set etiquette
    • over-view of Camera Dept positions and responsibilities
    • team work basics
    • AC kit run-down
    • rental house liason
    • practical session on prepping/building a camera kit
    • testing and working with cine lenses
    • focus-pulling techniques and tools available
    • role of the 2nd AC
    • gear management demos
    • practical exercises with blocking
    • marking actors
    • pulling focus and reviewing results

    This course recognises a need in the Auckland industry for upcoming, dedicated, camera assistants to be available to assist the cinematographers in the region in a professional manner. While it takes a lot longer than a one day course to hone these skills, the hope is that attendees with a strong desire to do well in this field will become inspired by the course and will be encouraged to seek further experience, other learning opportunities and mentorships with obliging DPs.  

    This workshop is sponsored by Screen Auckland.  Experienced DP/Operators will be on hand to operate cameras during practical sessions and add their perspective to the proceedings.

    The workshop will be restricted to 12 attendees only, so that numbers are manageable and everyone gets quality hands-on time with the gear. Potential applicants will need to send a short e-mail with a brief summary of their experience, and why they feel this course will benefit their career progression.

    We are looking for attendees whose goal is to work as 2nd or 1st AC's on various levels of productions. If you are a camera operator wanting to learn more about working with an AC, then this is probably not the course for you.

    Please email by Thursday April 22nd if you wish to be considered for a place on the course, and we will confirm positions by Monday 26th April and provide registration details to those who are accepted.

    This one-day master class costs: 
    $75 for NZCS members, and 
    $125 for non-members
    Note: You can join the NZCS as a student member for $46

    Lunch and short breaks will be provided. Details of venue upon registration.

    Event kindly sponsored by:


Past events

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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