Incredible Kiwi whizz-kids snag early Oscar for new camera system that's changed Hollywood cinematography

A group of New Zealand tech wizards have scored a jump on Margot Robbie, Daniel Day-Lewis and Meryl Streep a month before the Oscars.

Brad Hundell, John Coyle, Vikas Sathaye and Shane Buckham will be honoured with 30 other leaders in movie production technology at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards in Beverly Hills today.

The four created the Shotover K1 Camera System which has given Hollywood's top directors and cinematographers stunning new aerial shots for major films including Dunkirk, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Kong: Skull Island and the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

"It's the latest and greatest camera system for aerial photography for the movies," Shotover founder and main gimbal designer John Coyle told AAP.

The Queenstown-based Shotover's gyro-stabilised camera platforms can be attached to helicopters and configured for Hollywood's most advanced cameras.

The Scientific and Technical Awards are held at the Beverly-Wilshire Hotel with other winners including tech wizards from film industry giants Pixar and Industrial Light

The ceremony comes ahead of the March 4 Academy Awards in Hollywood where Robbie, Day-Lewis, Streep and Hollywood's A-List compete for acting Oscars.




Black Panther superhero movie heralded as game changer in the film industry

In the world of superheroes, we're all used to seeing the likes of Superman, Batman and Spiderman on the big screen. Now meet the Black Panther.

Black Panther is the latest superhero movie set to hit our screens and it's creating a buzz across the world because every major cast member is black.

The film is based on the Marvel Comics character and is seen as a game changer for the film industry.

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Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement's What We Do in the Shadows announces star cast

Four new cast members have been announced for New Zealanders Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement's successful What We Do in the Shadows television pilot. 

The stars of What We Do In The Shadows want to launch the movie in the US - and need your help. Source: 1 NEWS

Waititi and Clement starred, wrote and directed the 2014 horror-comedy film about a group of vampires living in Wellington. Waititi is set to direct the show, and Clement will be writing.

Variety reported today that Doug Jones of Star Trek: Discovery and The Shape of Water, Beanie Feldstein of Lady Bird, Jake McDorman of Shameless and Mark Proksch who was in Better Call Saul and The Office, would be joining the cast. 

Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou and Harvey Guillen have already been announced as part of the television pilot. 

The project will be different to the TVNZ spinoff TV series created by Waititi and Clement called Wellington Paranormal, a follow-up mockumentary to the 2014 film about the police officers, Mike Minogue and Karen O'lear.

Waititi has joined the Disney family after helping screen write their upcoming Princess movie ‘Moana’.
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