John Walker Master Class in Wellington, New Zealand

As part of the Wellington Doc Edge Forum, John Walker will be sharing his creative and strategic approach to documentary filmmaking.

John Walker – The Cinematographer as Filmmaker (June 14, 2019)

The lines between director and cinematographer can often become blurred in documentary filmmaking as the realities of the genre dictate the director and the cinematographer become one and the same person. Some documentary filmmakers choose to capture their art through their own lens — taking complete creative control — whilst others argue that the division of labour is a crucial aspect of effective filmmaking. This masterclass will discuss how being one’s own cinematographer can inform a filmmaker’s visual aesthetic, influence their creative decisions and aid or hinder story development.

John Walker began his relationship with photography when he was eight years old. His first venture into photojournalism came at sixteen when he took his 35mm camera on a ship to the high Arctic. His filmmaking career has since taken him on various adventures around the globe, self-shooting and producing over 100 documentaries. Walker’s development from still photographer to cinematographer to filmmaker, and how he found his way to visual storytelling, will be at the heart of his masterclass.

An oral history of Hot Docs: How the festival went from humble beginnings to industry dominance

By Barry Hertz, The Globe and Mail

John Walker was interviewed for The Globe and Mail’s oral history of Hot Docs.

“The concept evolved out of trying to simply support each other’s work, to exhibit it to the public, to have an awards show. We worked on the premise that Canadian audiences in particular wanted documentaries, and that we were pretty good at making them.” – John Walker

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John Walker Honoured with 2018 Masters Award

John Walker on hand to receive the 2018 Masters Award at the Canadian Society of Cinematographers 61st annual awards gala in Toronto.

John Walker was recently awarded at the Canadian Society of Cinematographers 61st annual awards gala with the 2018 Masters Award. This award recognizes the recipient’s outstanding contribution to the art of cinematography.

The award gala, held this year in Toronto, celebrates Canadian cinematographers for their exceptional talent and contributions to Canadian cinematography. John Walker has received many awards over his career from the Canadian Society of Cinematographers, including Best Documentary Photography for Chambers Tracks & Gestures and Men of the Deeps.

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John Walker Films Featured at 2018 Hot Docs Focus On Retrospective

Hot Docs will pay tribute to filmmaker John Walker with this year’s Focus On retrospective, an annual program showcasing the work of a significant Canadian filmmaker. Hot Docs will screen a selection of Walker’s films in the Focus On program during the 25th annual Festival, April 26 to May 6, 2018.

Film to be screened are as follows…


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