Freelance as a Director of Photography since 1995
Filming Television commercials, Music videos, Online content, Drama,
film and digital still photography

I focus on the human element and creative,
innovative approaches to lighting, movement and composition.

I’m available for commercial camera work, but if you have a creative film project
with a limited (or big) budget, do get in touch because I am passionate about telling unique stories with strong, beautiful imagery.


Richard Parsonson Cinematographer New Zealand

Doing what I Enjoy:

Making pictures, telling stories
Working with creative, collaborative, innovative people,
Drinking good coffee
Pushing lenses, filters, sensors to their creative limits,
Experimenting, developing new ways of working,
Sharing a few dad jokes at the end of a good shoot day over a craft beer (or a Pinot Gris).


New Zealand Cinematographers Society https://www.nzcine.com

The Screen Industry Guild of Aotearoa New Zealand  https://screenguild.co.nz

Associate of Women in Film and Television New Zealand https://www.wiftnz.org.nz/home.aspx

Directors & Editors Guild of New Zealand https://www.degnz.co.nz


Cinematography Award

2018 New Zealand Society of Cinematographers – NZCS
Silver Cinematography Award for Louis Baker “Birds” music video

Cinematography Award

2016 New Zealand Society of Cinematographers – NZCS
Bronze Award for Cinematography on “Coffee Supreme”

Silver Axis Award

2015 Best Long from branded content – “Holden Monaro” Online Campaign

Best Documentary

2010 Hollywood Reel Independant film Festival – Reflections of the Past – Director: Alex Roman

Gold Promax Award

2005 Promax Australasia – Maori Television promo

Music Video of the year

2005 Juice Television – Steriogram “Go” music video

Gold Promax Award

2004  Promax International – Sky Sports Television commercial

Technical Experience:

Arri raw and log capture – Arri Alexa Mini, Amira 35mm.  Red camera Systems Sony RAW and log capture – F5, F55, Venice. 35mm and 16mm Kodak and Fuji motion picture film with Arri 435, BL and SR2 cameras

Extensive use of Leica Sumilux, Cooke S4, Zeiss Superspeed, Ultraprime, Master prime, CineAlta MK11 lenses, Cooke speed Panchro vintage primes and
various anamorphic lens formats.

Still Photography:
Nikon digital: D850, D800, Nikon film: FM2, Fe2, FA, F90, Hassleblad film cameras and lenses, Nikon vintage primes, Nikon AF zooms.
Adobe lightroom editing, colour and black and white grading.

Gripping and Lighting:
Tracking systems including Supertechno crane, Super panther, Syrp Magic carpet and Chapman. Modern studio and location lightng systems including Arri sky panel, Arri Orbiter, Arri sun, Rag place, Chimera, Mathews frames and diffusion.



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