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Introduction to Camera/Lighting for Drama Masterclass

  • 30 Jul 2023
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Queenstown
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The New Zealand Cinematographers Society, in association with Film Queenstown Lakes and Queenstown Camera Company is delighted to bring our Professional Development Masterclasses into the regions! After many requests, we are staging an Introductory Camera/Lighting for Drama workshop in Queenstown for those within the Otago/Southland area. The tutor will be cinematographer Donny Duncan NZCS. Places will be limited to 20 participants, so first-in-first-served.

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 the most recent camera systems, 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, prep schedule 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 and will be e-mailed to registrants. Lunch and morning/afternoon tea will be provided.

Cost is $100 for NZCS members, $150 for non-members

To register, please click the link below.

Film Dunedin has generously offered to provide 5 travel grants of $100 each on a first come first served basis to support participants from Dunedin to travel to the workshop.Please contact directly to request this support.

This event is kindly supported by Film Queenstown Lakes and Queenstown Camera. Additional sponsorship from Holiday Inn Queenstown Remarkables Park.

Any enquiries please email

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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.


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