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the success of your video does not depend on the brand or model of camera you use

UPGRADE YOUR SKILLS

VIDEO PRODUCTION TRAINING
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cinematographer • photographer • filmmaker

PIETER DE VRIES ACS

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Video Camera Training

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"Framing the World" Photo Exhibition in Poland

I've been selected to exhibit two of my images to represent the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) at an international photography exhibition in Poland.imagophotoexhibit To help celebrate the 25th anniversaries of the Camerimage International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography and IMAGO — the Federation of European Cinematographers — a selection of images taken by members will be showcased during the upcoming festival, held November 11-18 in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Creating images is the art and profession of cinematographers and many cinematographers are also creators of still images.

This exhibition will showcase how cinematographers from all around the world work with visual artistry in artistic composition, visual motifs, contrast, colour or black-and-white when it comes to still images. https://theasc.com/news/asc-imago-joint-photo-exhibition-to-be-must-see-at-camerimage

 

Assignment: Antarctica

November/December 2016: I have returned from Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego after participating in a twenty-day expedition to Antarctica. Homeward Bound has gathered the first 76 of a targeted 1,000 women from around the world, all with critical science backgrounds, to undertake a year-long state-of-the-art program to develop their leadership and strategic capabilities, using science to build conviction around the importance of their voices.
The inaugural program culminated in the largest-ever female expedition to Antarctica with a focus on the leadership of women and the state of the world. A ninety minute feature length documentary is being produced by Glacial Productions and it's the reason we were onboard. Our crew: sound recordist Gary Lacroix, second camera and drone operater Dale Cochrane, gimbal camera operator Kess Broekman-Dattner and director IIi BaréFilming for Homeward Bound (working title) will continue in 2017.
 

 

Assignment: Myanmar & Malaysia

October/November 2016: The face of a new generation in Myanmar is this young market girl. Such generous and welcoming people make up this still desperately poor nation. It is a wonderful place to roam with a camera.

 
 

Focus Photographers Still to Motion workshop

1st October 2016: My Still to Motion workshop for Focus photographers has wrapped and it was a great day. Thanks to all those who came along, glad to know you had a great time as well as leaving with new skills. It's also a great way for me to meet new people.

Focus is a community for those who share a passion for landscape and seascape photography. Visit the Focus website

ASSIGNMENT: South Georgia Island and Antarctica

Birds and seals South Georgia - Gold Bay King Penguins, Baily's Head Chinstrap Penguins and Antarctic peninsular landscapes  

November/December I travelled to the island of South Georgia and Antarctica on the Polar Pioneer for Aurora Expeditions, my role was as a guest cinematography lecturer. I shot video footage along the way. For this expedition, I chose to forgo my Sony PXW-FS7, taking only Sony stills cameras.

Here are are two short videos, shot in 4K, recorded on the Ninja Assassin and uploaded as HD. My camera/lens kit consisted of a Sony A7R Mk2, Sony A7R (stills only), Sony 70-200mm f/4 G zoom, Zeiss Loxia 55mm f/2, Sony/Zeiss 16-35mm f/4, Canon 400mm f/5.6, Sony RX100 Mk4, GoPro 4, Atomos Ninja Assassin, Miller Air tripod/fluid head, Zoom H4n recorder. I used standard gamma settings and the audio was recorded mainly by the A7R's stereo microphone. I used no additional camera accessories. If weight was again a factor, I'd gladly pack the same kit for the next assignment. I was interviewd before leaving on the expedition.

         

Interview with ABC radios' Conversations

I was recently interviewed by Sarah Kanowski in Brisbane. It was a priviledge to have been asked to be a guest on ABC radio's Conversations. It's one of ABC's most popular regular radio segments with an list of amazing guests who have contributed before me.

Sarah was filling in for regular host Richard Fidler and she made me feel right at home. We talked about work, my assigments, my childhood and as expected, much was left out, so many important collegues momentarily forgotten. I enjoyed my hour long talk - nothing like a hour of live radio to brush away the cobwebs.

A podcast of my interview is available on the ABC Conversations website.

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July training fully booked - now looking to August

The final day of video training for SBS Television cadet video journalists. Phil Ly plays the the news presenter with a passion for nicking colleague's headphones. A full day shooting news spoofs that will sum up the new skills learnt during the week. Vanessa Jane on the right, Creative Strategist, film-maker and producer and entrepreneur.

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Smartfone Flick Fest 2016 judges announced

SF3-2016-FlyerI will be joining the SF3 judging panel again this year. Smartfone Flick Fest is Australia’s only international smartphone film festival for filmmakers of all ages and it is now open for entries!

As long as your film is shot entirely on a smartphone or tablet and it is within the six and a half minute time limit your film is eligible SF3imagefor submission. Everyone has a great idea for a short film and a potential movie camera in their pockets so no excuses.

Enter by August 1, 2016 at www.sf3.com.au while there is still time, start planning your entry now.

Smartfone Flick Fest on facebook

Seven West Cadet Journalists

From all corners of the country, Seven West Media (Network Seven) cadets skill up on lighting and shooting techniques at my video camera course held at the Australian Cinematographers Society National HQ, North Sydney last weekend.

SevenWestCadets-1Video journalism requires some basic knowledge of film language to successfully translate a good story into an engaging video story, however the concentration needed to operate the camera can draw attention away from the story at hand. My aim is to show each participant how to get to the point where the story always comes first.

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January ACS Drop-In evening - Sony update & A7r MK2 talk

The January Drop-In night at the Sydney HQ of the Australian Cinematographers Society was a standing room only event and featured two video camera related presentations. Firstly, Anthony Kable of Sony Australia filled in the latest developments within Sony's large frame sensor product range and with many recent model releases by Sony, it was a great opportunity for everyone to “get up to speed”.

I followed with a talk centering my recent assignment as a cinematography mentor on board Aurora Expedition's Polar Pioneer. In particular, the use of Sony A7R Mk2 mirrorless cameras paired with the Atomos Assassin 4K recorder to cover my 4K cinematography and stills photography during the springtime expedition to South Georgia Island and Antarctica. 

Assignment: Taipei, Ryukyu Islands, Kagoshima & Shanghai

This most recent overseas assignment took me to Taiwan, Japan and China. Lecturing on the craft of cinematography on board the Silver Shadow, a luxury ship operated by the Italian cruise ship company Silversea, based out of Fort Lauderdale in Florida. The talks for guests centre on my work as a cinematographer, particularly in the field of documentary. From time to time I shoot short sequences at various locations and screen them at my lectures.

A clear day in China is rare. This short video shows a stunning sunrise unfolding during our slow sail up the Huangpu River to arrive near the centre of the city of Shanghai. Packing a Sony A7R Mk2, I chose a Sony PXW-X70 recording in 4K DCI to shoot this piece and edited it with FCPX.

VJ training for Walkley Award winning journalist

Anne Barker is doing video journalist training with me in North Sydney. She is a reporter with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and a former ABC foreign correspondent covering events in the Middle East and Asia.

Anne spent from April 2009 to July 2012 in Jerusalem reporting on the Middle East region. She is an experienced reporter by any measure. As a part of this camera training, I have devised a number of practice assignments, shooting with a Sony PXW-X70 video camera. It's been a great week - her video photography is coming together nicely.

We have some additional sessions planned for early 2016

Video camera training for Seven Network's Political Reporter

Journalist Tim Lester has recently finished a solid block of video camera training with me here in Sydney. Since 2014 Tim has been with the Seven Network's political team in Canberra covering federal politics from Parliament House.

Tim is the former political bureau chief & online political editor for Fairfax. He is also a former foreign correspondent for the ABC and has covered events while living in Sydney, Melbourne, Washington, Bangkok, Hobart and Launceston.

As one of Australia's most experienced journalists with a career spanning three decades, Tim has worked with some of Australia's best news camera operators - he also has a great eye.