Kirsty Griffin

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Kirsty Griffin

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Kirsty Griffin

I Have been working on and off film sets for almost 35 years initially in the art department – my last job was Art Director on Xena Warrior Princess. I have always taken photographs and I really love the film industry, being onset in particular – being part of the collective creative force behind all films and working alongside the very clever people involved.
I took a couple of years off and went to New York to study photojournalism and Documentary photography at the International Centre of Photography – It was fantastic and I feel I now approach film stills more as storytelling – distilling the scene or the character into a readable image. Movement must be converted to stillness – a film still has a timeframe all its own. I find it to be such a generous art form.

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My Bio

I am an ardent supporter of the New Zealand Film industry and have worked as a film stills photographer since 2002, for both New Zealand and international feature films, working for production companies such as Netflix, Amazon, Warner Bros, MTV, Sony International, Starz TV Network, Columbia Pictures, Fox Studios, Disney Studios, BBC, ITV, STX, Film 4, Ghost House Films, Blumhouse films , See -Saw Films, Dreamworks, Matchbox Pictures , New Line Cinema
Working with NZ finest directors – Jane Campion, Vincent Ward, Niki Caro , Lee Tamahori with a long list of local and international cast including Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Jennifer Connelly, Ben Whishaw, Ray Winstone, Tim Roth, Sally Hawkins, Ava Green, Himesh Patel, Eve Hewson, Jason Statham, Tommy Lee Jones, Sam Neil, Cliff Curtis, Geoffrey Rush, Danny Huston, Samantha Morton, Keifer Sutherland, Rhys Ifans, Shailene Woodley, Chloe Grace Moritz, Thomasin McKenzie, Imogen Poots, Martin Clunes, Kate Bosworth, Josh Hartnet to name a fair few….

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Highlights from Kirsty

Working on Jane Campions ‘The Power Of The Dog’ was a highlight of my career. The Cast were great Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit – McPhee. The stills resulted in a 4 page spread in Vanity Fair and a 300 page book published by Assouline. Jane was great, she had such faith in her handpicked crew that we were given the room to do our jobs to the best of our ability and working onset in an environment like that inspires such a feeling of collaboration that you really want to give it your all. Other highlights include working on New Zealand feature films. My first feature film was Nikki Caro’s ‘Whale Rider’ it was a real privilege to get that gig at that stage of my career – the film went on to become one of New Zealand’s greatest films.
I always say if we don’t tell our stories who will?

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