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


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cinematographer • photographer • filmmaker


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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.
apple lightingThe 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.

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.


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".

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In the Red Centre, Alice "Springs" to the Video Masterclass


There was a great turnout for my recent Alice Springs video camera and lighting masterclass.

Here is an followup note from the newsletter of the Film and Television Assocciation of the Northern Territory:

"Director of Photography Pieter de Vries delivered a very personal and informative workshop to a large group of filmmakers in Alice Springs earlier this month.

A group of more than 15 people gathered at Witchetty's in the Araluen Centre to make the most of the opportunity to learn some key tips and tricks from one of the best in the business.

It was encouraging to see people with a variety of backgrounds and knowledge, including cinematographers with a high level of industry experience through to young students with a passion for telling stories on screen, and de Vries tailored his class to try to suit the needs of everyone.

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Apple Masterclass in Film

Apple Australia invited a group of 17 students and teachers to join me for a one day master class held Monday 10th December at the Australian Cinematographer’s Society, North Sydney.

Teachers were ask to nominate two or three of their most talented year 10 or 11 media students to attend.


The Shadowcatchers at the Cremorne Orpheum Cinema, Cremorne Sydney

Actor Jack Thomson and myself signing copies of The Shadowcatchers at the Cremorne Orpheum Cinema last night. My daughter Celia with her copy having waited in line for over 45 minutes. Jack and myself were on stage with David Stratton and fellow DP's Andrew Lesnie, Russell Boyd, Don McAlpine and Geoff Burton in a Q&A to help celebrate the release of Martha Ansara's fantastic new book on Australian cinematography and cinematographers.