Kirk has been working as a Camera Op and Director of Photography in NZ and internationally for 15 years. His work has been seen at film festivals, cinema, web, and national and international television networks. He has won Gold and Bronze for music video and Silver for documentary at the New Zealand Cinematographer’s Society awards as well as awards for cinematography at the 48hour film competition. Since graduating from the New Zealand Broadcasting School in 2004, Kirk as been involved in a variety of projects ranging from feature and short films, reality TV, TVCs, documentary and music videos.
In feature film work to date, Kirk has worked on eight features, five as focus puller, and three of them as DOP as well as second unit or additional photography. Some recent titles include; The Changeover, Sunset Song, Human Traces and Sunday. Television and documentary projects Kirk has worked on as an operator for include Mitre 10 Dream Home, Grand Designs, Camp Twitch, Audi Quattro Winter Games, The Amazing Race (US), Coastwatch, Fair Go and What Now. Kirk has also worked on many TVC’s as both camera assistant and director of photography. A couple of the most recent commercials he has lit and shot are “Colgate Totally Ready” and “Why Ara?”.
Collaborating with a director to achieve their vision for a film is something Kirk enjoys and takes pride in, and strives to achieve this and more, with every project he is involved with. Kirk brings a wealth of experience and techniques to narrative lighting and shooting from working on such a wide range of projects genres and disciplines.
In his spare time he likes to ponder quantum mechanics, philosophy, and other subjects guaranteed to give one’s self an existential crisis. He finds being on set a healthy distraction.