showcase new zealand issue 239 Oct 2010Featuring creative talent and services from the most exciting production locations
Welcome to the debut issue of Showcase New Zealand, brought to you by Production Paradise. We present the very best of the country's visual media industry, with more information available in our dedicated Film and Photo directories.
New Zealand offers an entire world of production possibilities, with stunning locations and an amazing infrastructure that makes shooting in the country a genuinely inspiring experience. Its production professionals and service companies have an impressive track record in providing expert production support to local and international film-makers across all genres and formats, and at all stages of production.
The famous Kiwi "can-do" attitude abounds, and many award-winning production, costume and make-up designers regularly testify to the flair and ingenuity within New Zealand's talented art departments.
Our cover image was shot by Tony Drayton.
- film production companies
AJ Films Christchurch commercial production
AJ Films is a line production service company committed to high end service for television commercials and advertising photography throughout Australasia.
Since 1998 producer Amanda Jenkins has produced around the world in areas such as New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Namibia, California and Canada, and recently teamed up with production partners in the South Pacific region.
AJ Films has a solid reputation for providing unique and fully bespoke facilitation services, and for over 10 years has enjoyed consistant success working with a variety of
international and world-class clients, film companies, directors, photographers and brands.
The company is dedicated to its job and brings together freelance production teams that meet clients with the legendary Kiwi can-do attitude, years of experience, enthusiasm and creative cost effective suggestions that guarantee a successful production.
Contact Amanda for location ideas.
Cherokee Films Auckland commercial production
Cherokee Films is a high quality production service company specialising in facilitating international commercials filming in New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands.
Cherokee is known for successfully producing some of the most challenging commercials shot in New Zealand, for being able to assess and bid for a project realistically and, most importantly, for creating an enjoyable environment to work in.
The company cares about excellence in service and creating a long lasting partnership with its clients. With each job undertaken, Cherokee endeavours to bring it together on time, on budget and with fun.
"We love what we do and it shows."
Joyride Films Auckland commercial production
"There are no boundaries at JoyRide Films when it comes to realising your vision. Here in New Zealand we know the perfect natural canvas, the smoothest pathways for a fruitful journey, the exact blend of craft skills and the secret to delivering sumptuous images within tight constraints. Working here together, your concept can grow wings, and with our help you too can shoot outside the boundaries."
JoyRide is a proven New Zealand production service company providing real ‘bucks on screen’ production value. Contact the team to share creative aspirations and budget concerns.
"We provide solutions to launch concepts."
Shoot New Zealand Queenstown commercial production
For almost three decades, Shoot New Zealand has been assisting international film production companies to achieve their creative goals. As New Zealand's first line production company, it has unparalleled knowledge and experience of every element required for a successful New Zealand production.
Shoot New Zealand’s commitment to its clients' film projects draws on the experience gained from the successful production of more than 250 television commercial projects. The company has well and truly earned its reputation as New Zealand’s premier line production company.
Clients include RSA, Rattling Stick, Independent Films, Blink, Mirror, Form TV, Streetlight Films, MJZ, Radical Media, Premiere Heure, Neue Sentimental, Soup Film and Chelsea Films, to name but a few.
Two Birds Auckland commercial production
Two Birds has more than 40 years experience in getting film and television productions off the ground. Its team has an unparalleled reputation for delivery, both in New Zealand and internationally, as well as a vast knowledge of the country's beautiful, unique and varied locations. This allows the company to offer cost-effective options for every shoot.
Clients can take advantage of fluctuating exchange rates and the convenience of opposite seasons. Clear lines of communication are ensured throughout a project, and because Two Birds doesn't have a nest of directors to feed the company can focus entirely on clients and what they require, from slate to wrap.
- photo agents
IDC Photographers Auckland photo agents
IDC represents New Zealand's leading advertising photographers specialising in print campaigns and TVC stills.
Based in New Zealand, IDC was founded in 1999 and has since been facilitating successful campaigns for internationally acclaimed advertising agencies and clients worldwide.
Whether shooting in New Zealand, Australia or abroad, IDC has full production facilities in most major cities. Its dedicated teams are on hand and ready to manage all types of shoot with a good sense of humour and creative collaboration.
"We are all united in our passion to produce stunning photographic imagery, and if you’re looking to capture a little bit of magic with your idea, then where better to do that than in New Zealand," says IDC's founder, Michele Richards.
Match Photographers Auckland photo agents
Matchphotographers is widely regarded as New Zealand’s premiere photographic agency and has built a reputation for delivering high-end creative output and award-winning print campaigns. The business represents a very select group of the country’s most acclaimed advertising photographers, several of whom are included in Lurzer’s Archive Top 200 Worldwide. The agency's list of awards is as long as it is prestigious.
With over a decade of experience in the industry, Match brings invaluable levels of knowledge and expertise to the production of its clients' shoots. Working both in New Zealand and internationally the company has forged enduring relationships with the industry's most inspiring agencies, creatives, clients and brands.
The Match concept is to offer a stable of New Zealand's finest photographers, each with differing and complimentary areas of specialisation. That, coupled with the very best personal service, has made Match the most successful agency in the country.
Photographers Ross Brown, Paul Ross Jones, Chris Sisarich, Meek, Virginia Woods Jack and Aaron McLean.
Reload Agency Auckland photo agents
Reload Agency is a creative artist management and production agency with offices in both Australia and New Zealand. Reload offers its expertise across the fields of photography, hair, make-up, styling, production and retouching.
The Sydney office joins the well established and successful Reload Agency New Zealand, based in Auckland and managed by experienced industry professional, Vicki Leopold. Reputable agent/producer Katie Shanahan manages the Sydney office. Between them they have more than 15 years experience producing campaigns and looking after some of Australia and New Zealand's most renowned artists, producing campaigns for some of Australia's biggest brands, and working regularly with Australasia's leading magazine titles.
The agency's impressive roster allows it to offer clients the very best creative talent in every aspect of the industry. All are committed to pushing the creative boundaries and Reload Agency can coordinate every step of the process.
The Collective Force Auckland photo agents
After 15 years in business, The Collective Force is the most established photographers' agency in New Zealand and was actually the first dedicated photographers’ agency in the country.
Its founder came from an advertising background in London, and with a roster of 10 photographers - both international and local - the agency has a strong focus on high quality assignments. This is made doubly possible with the support of New Zealand’s top production facility, OPTNZ, located in the same building.
The Collective Force photographers are specialists in global advertising campaigns, including award-winning work currently gracing billboards in London, Europe, the USA and Asia.
- post production
Lightfarm Studios Auckland creative post production
Lightfarm Studios specialise in CGI and creative retouching, including custom 3D modelling, character creation, CGI stills, animated sequences, high-end creative retouching, post production and editing for print and on-line advertising. The company also provides shoot support services such as HDRi captures and realtime 3D pre-visualisation.
Lightfarm works with an extensive list of international clients, building successful creative partnerships and bringing concepts to life. Its team know there is more to it than just the latest technology and understand effective visual communication. "We pride ourselves on the high level of realism and photographic integrity in our work."
Visit the website or email the company direct.
Chris Sisarich Auckland car & transportation photographers
A New York exhibition… the grand prize in the prestigious PDN Curator Awards… his landscapes pulling awards in the 'Art of Photography' competition… it’s been a big year for New Zealand-born international photographer Chris Sisarich.
Commercial clients worldwide have long lauded his distinctive cinematic style, and now it is his purely artistic endeavours that are gaining notice.
In the last few months, Chris' work has taken him from London to Egypt, from Barcelona to New York, and from LA to AKL - his return home a welcome chance to recharge.
Chris is represented by agents in New Zealand, Australia and the UK.
Fraser Clements Auckland advertising photographers
Fraser Clements' sense of humour is evident in much of his work and he is especially adept at placing subjects in strange environments to create an unusual point of view or add a touch of quirky fun.
He is currently one of the industry's most sought-after creative photographers working across people, landscape and lifestyle photography shooting major campaigns for clients worldwide. His work has received numerous awards and has appeared in a number of international showcases, including Campaign Brief, Lurzer's Archive and Communication Arts.
Visit his website for more information.
Hamish Trounson Wellington animal photographers
Hamish Trounson is a professional photographer working out of Wellington where he lives with his wife and two lovely Bernese Mountain Dogs. They are also expecting their first child.
Hamish is passionate about his work and specialises in animals, portraits and architecture. He successfully applies his techniques and artistic abilities both in-studio and on-location to all his assignments covered in New Zealand or abroad.
He also runs a rental company supplying Profoto and Canon equipment.
Hamish is currently seeking representation.
Julie-Maree Southen Auckland food & drink photographers
Julie-Maree Southen is one of New Zealand's leading still life and product photographers. Her creative thinking and ability to bring an image to life has led to numerous awards for her photography. She has the natural ability to take an advertising concept and through creative collaboration produce a truly inspirational image.
Julie is based in New Zealand, shooting international and nationally based campaigns for design and advertising agencies worldwide. The trademark signature to her images is a strong graphic influence in her compositions, as well as a sharp eye for detail that takes the mundane, everyday object and injects life and beauty to transform it into a work of advertising art. She believes in the traditional methods of capturing an image, with all lighting and effects captured in-camera as one image wherever possible. She is also very familiar with digital composite work.
Clients have included Air New Zealand, Campbell's, Kellogg’s, Les Mills, National Bank, Prime TV, Tourism Australia and Vodafone.
Julie-Maree is represented by IDC Worldwide Ltd.
Ross Brown Auckland advertising photographers
Born, and currently based in New Zealand, Ross Brown knew he wanted to be a photographer from a very early age.
His work has a very distinct style and strong emotive quality that can be largely attributed to his mastery of light and form, combined with a sensitivity to, and perceptiveness of, his subject matter. His images are classical, inherently elegant and meticulous in detail, possessing a rich cinematic quality.
Ross has a high degree of technical ability and is particularly skilled at producing multiple composite images. He believes every image should be finely crafted and likes to work closely with his retouchers in order to follow a job through to completion.
Ross' images have won numerous international awards and have been featured in many magazines and journals. For several years now he has been rated one of the top 200 Photographers worldwide by Lurzer's Archive.
Ross is represented in New Zealand by Match Photographers and in New York by Greenhouse Reps.
Stephen Langdon Auckland advertising photographers
Stephen Langdon is a New Zealand born photographer who divides his time between New Zealand and Australia. Specialising in people-based advertising campaigns, he is recognised both for his technical expertise and unconditional commitment to creative detail. This, coupled with his sense of humour and easy-going manner, make him one of the most sought-after advertising photographers in the industry.
Stephen’s dedication to creating unique campaigns with clever composition and a rich cinematic feel has gained him multiple international awards, including several Cannes Lions medals, D&AD pencil and International Echo along with being ranked online in the top worldwide photographers on Luerzer's Archive.
Stephen is represented by Reload Agency.
Leon Rose Auckland advertising photographers
Leon Rose has 17 years experience in commercial photography. Advertising agencies, design houses, magazines, music companies, modelling agencies and corporate customers have all trusted him to provide and fulfil their visions.
More recently, Leon has extended his range and started working in Australia and the South Pacific. In recent years, campaigns for Kotex Australia, Cook Islands Tourism and Wild Bean Café (BP) have seen his work used worldwide.
Leon has a love for shooting real people in their environments and enjoys fulfilling great and humorous briefs. His personal work is as diverse as his commercial. Travel and landscape photography have always been a part of his life and feature heavily on his website.
rory carter Auckland advertising photographers
Rory Carter is an Auckland-based advertising, conceptual and landscape photographer. Over the past 15 years his work has featured in ads in Europe, Africa, The Middle East, New Zealand and Asia. Having studied Graphic Design, he has the ability to connect with creatives and their concepts calmly and effortlessly with a definite slant towards more conceptual work.
Having spent an eternity working in Africa and London, Rory has now settled in Auckland with his ever supportive and understanding wife Denise and son Ethan. His passions include fly fishing, ocean kayaking and architecture.
Visit his website for more information.
- photo production
Halo Auckland photo production
Halo is a full service photography production company that shoots campaigns throughout New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands. The company's work ranges from high-end worldwide advertising print campaigns for leading fashion brands and airlines, to beer.
Working within budget, Halo produces stunning results and makes sure to enjoy the journey on the way to creating them. Working with the best photographers, clients, ad agencies and photographers’ agents the company shoots in stunning locations, from mountain glaciers and the Australian outback to set builds in-studio. Its productions run smoothly with expertise and attention to detail at every level, with international models and the best crews in support.
Recent campaigns include Air NZ, Vodafone, Castrol Oil, Jockey International, Lion Nathan, Asics, National Geographic, Australian National Foods and Powerade.
Lighthouse Productions Queenstown location service and scouts
Lighthouse is a full-service production company specialising in stills productions within New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific region.
Formed in 2007, backed up with 20 years experience in the industry, Lighthouse provides the highest level of production services for clients including Mini, with photographer Martijn Oort, Porsche Cayenne, with Stephan Romer, which was shot in Australia with background plates in New Zealand during a successful 45-day shoot.
To discover the diversity of incredible locations that New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific have to offer, contact producer Nadine Ivey.
Picture Vehicles NZ & Film Logistics Queenstown action cars
Picture Vehicles Ltd. provides the automobile visual media and film industries with the best automotive transport, preparation and precision driving services available in New Zealand.
The company's specialist vehicle transport fleet is designed to provide maximum flexibility, security and secrecy for clients' special assignments. Services include fully enclosed vehicle transporters, the best accredited precision drivers in the industry, and well recognised vehicle wranglers and automobile detail, grooming and car preparation teams in the field.
The company's team is committed to providing solutions to meet special requirements and to ensure every production is on schedule and budget.
Visit the website for more information.