Graeme Cowley is a cinematographer with an impressive line-up of features to his credit including Smash Palace, Utu, and Carry Me Back (which he also produced). Cowley also set up pioneering equipment hire company Film Facilities with Nigel Hutchinson, to bolster the range of camera equipment available to independent filmmakers. He was a prime mover behind the restoration of Utu, Utu Redux.
In this ScreenTalk, Cowley talks about:
Observing the professionalism on the set of breakthrough Kiwi movie Sleeping Dogs
The challenges of attaching Cowley and his camera to a fast-moving mini for Goodbye Pork Pie
Scheduling to capture optimal light on classic movie Smash Palace
Shooting in the cold, the forest, and the darkness for Māori Western Utu
Bringing the first Steadicam and HMI lights into New Zealand for the film
This video was first uploaded on 12 October 2017, and is available under this Creative Commons licence. This licence is limited to use of ScreenTalk interview footage only and does not apply to any video content and photographs from films, television, music videos, web series and commercials used in the interview.
Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside