Finding angles. Shaping light. Bending colour. Making moves.
It’s the choices that happen behind the lens that define what happens in front. As a cinematographer, it’s these choices I make every day, on locations all over the world, filming documentaries and television series.
It’s also the knowlege that I share through my workshops and international speaking engagements. Helping others aquire the techniques that will take their video & lighting to a higher level. My workshops are unique and personal in nature - small groups, tailored to meet the specific needs of those attending. Pieter de Vries ACS
November - Vietnam lecture tour
A trip to Vietnam, my latest tour. I’ve been continuing my series of talks for Silversea, a luxury Monte Carlo based cruise ship company.
As a guest lecturer I conducted talks and screenings of my work on the Silver Shadow as she sailed from Singapore to Hong Kong over ten days with stops in Vietnam along the route.
Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Hue/Da Nang and Ha Long Bay were the places visited. I am now in Bali, preparing for my National Geographic Orion cruise Indonesia's forgotten islands. I’ll be holding a series of workshops as we head back to Cairns Australia.
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The Forgotten Islands Photography Cruise - SOLD OUT waiting list only
This photographic adventure on board the National Geographic Orion luxury expedition ship will feature workshops and masterclasses run by myself and photographer Nick Rains. It will be one of the standout photographic events of 2013. There are over 100 guests already coming onboard with a waiting list for last minute guests.
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Our route takes us from Bali along the trade routes of the early navigators and traders who opened up this new world of spices, gold and pearls. Every step of the way, you'll have the experience of Nick and myself to help you create stunning travel photography.
October - SBS Television's big training week for cadet journalists
Shooting with Panasonic P2 cameras and Miller DS10 tripods, they wrap up with a location shoot on a perfect sunny Sydney day.
Laura Murphy-Oates, Calliste Weitenberg, Naomi Selvaratnam & Laurie Lawira.
October - Sony PMW-F55 & F5 review
I have had some time to use these two recent Cine Alta releases from Sony. Read my Australian Cinematographer Magazine reviews.
October - photographer Jason Ney completes DSLR video training
Just completed two solid days of One-on-One training with Jason. Working in the real estate sphere, he uses Nikons including the D800E plus collection of great Nikon glass. Our practice location shoot took place around the leavy streets of North Sydney. Jason is using the Small HD DP4 monitor in one of my favorite North Sydney streetscapes.
Sept/Oct - Kuala Lumpur, Osaka & Seoul: Asia 3D for VMware
I've just returned from Korea. Fifteen days covering Australia and Asia for US software and data centre giant VMware, showcasing their new Horizon™ Suite using the Sony PMW-TD300 3D camera. Locations, Malaysia, Japan and Korea. Production company, Visionation. Director, Stephen De Villiers
As the DP I enjoyed using the TD300. It's a compact 3D video camera, shoulder-mount in design with a remarkably light body. One of the best features is that it is a fully integrated 3D camera reducing the burden of having to do complicated adjustments on location before and during shooting - adjustments such as time consuming left and right lens alignment and misaligned verticle convergence.
A thankyou goes out to Sony Australia for valuable camera technical support and to our Stereoscopic 3D Supervisor, Rob Morton. Rob kept the twin lenses alligned and perfectly converged for our endless tracking setups. I suspect this gig may have been slightly calmer compared to his work as Stereoscopic 3D Supervisor on Storm Surfers 3D. Finally, Calvin Gardiner and his team at Engine - they are doing the edit and post work.
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August - Fairfax Media Sydney workshops
Photographers from Fairfax Media continue their DSLR-for-video training with PDV Digital Cinema Workshops. The lastest through the training course came from from the Sydney Morning Herald, the Illawarra Mercury and the Newcastle Herald. Check out their work in the video section of the SMH iPad app.
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August - DSLR and video camera weekend workshop
Three elements - THE CAMERA, THE STORY and THE LIGHT form the foundation of successful video cameracraft and were the foundations of this workshop, designed for users of DSLR and conventional video cameras. Some of the participants of another sucessful weekend workshop.
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August - Saturday & Sunday 10th & 11th - small-group workshop update
Just one spot left - book now. Details here
July - journalist Ruth Ostrow and Stuart Bathurst One-on-One training
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"Thank you for an invaluable weekend as our private tutor in cameracraft and directing. My partner Stuart and I have come away with more information and skill than we hoped for, and in a very short time. In terms of honing our production skills, you are a miracle worker."
Ruth Ostrow, Videographer and Senior Journalist, The Australian Newspaper
June - One-on-One DSLR video training - always popular
Kostya Ananin, one of the latest DSLR-for-video training participants. There are some inspiring nearby locations for our practical shoots.
June - Sydney's Apple Store - filmmaking events for the Film Festival
There was a big turnout for my lighting masterclass at Australia's spectacular Apple Store in George St Sydney.
The scheduled one hour session went well beyond - I brought along enough video lighting to take car of the entire ground floor.
My thanks to not only all who came along but to Nick, Brandon and Bree from Apple, our model Celia and camera assistant Dan Becker. Nick Buchner from Sony Australia provided an F55 camera for the night, a good choice said the crowd.
Masterclass - Lighting Your Film with Pieter de Vries ACS
Light - and the way it falls - sets the mood in every scene. Join Pieter de Vries, one of Australia's finest cinematographers, as he discusses the very latest photographic lighting tools and how to create softness, intensity and drama by looking into the shadows. He'll also share advice on interview lighting and professional lighting on a budget.
The Apple Store, George St Sydney, Thursday 13 June at 6:00 pm
A Girl and a Gun - a new video chat show podcast series
Whatever happened to worst video game in history? More David & Goliath law suits. Part 4 in our series on screenwriting with Karel Segers. And special guest Cinematographer Pieter de Vries ACS talks about DSLRs, Pirates, The Trans-Siberian Express railway, Lenses and full-frame digital camera sensors.
May - new cinema commercial goes into production for Page 2 Communications
Two Sony F3's on the job today for a new cinema commercial being produced by Page 2 Communications. Thanks Franc Biffone for some fabulous additional camera work and also Dan Hughes from Page 2 Communications - kept those kids smiling all day
May - PDV's Fairfax Media training course #5
The Illawarra Mercury and The Financial Review gain three new video photographers after their training days this week. My stills-to-video training courses have been a big hit. The iPad apps will soon be richer with video content created by these experienced photographers.
May - Northside Creative Photography talk
Talking video and DSLR's this week at Northside Creative in Lindfield, Sydney
"Northside Creative was most fortunate to receive a presentation on this topic for Pieter de Vries who is one of Australia’s most well known cinematographers".
May - One-on-One training for shoot in Africa
Josh Dwight from Melbourne taking on training in preparation for a filming trip to Mali.
- Alice Springs workshop success
- Alice Springs workshop
- Apple Masterclass
- October workshop
- SBS workshop
- Shadowcatchers signing
- Darwin lighting workshop
- August workshops
- Fairfax training3
- L&P DSLR workshop
- Michael Balint
- Russian Far East
- Defence Canberra
- SVMC workshop gallery
- Rockdale City two-day workshop
- May workshop images
- XYZ training
- SMPTE workshop
- ABC Television
- Sydney Morning Herald training