Joe is a versatile and passionate, emerging filmmaker, with a love for capturing compelling stories.
With a career spanning across various roles, including Cinematographer, Writer, Director, and Editor, Joe's style revolves around creative lighting and unique compositions while always putting the story first.
Joe's extensive list of credits includes collaborations with many agencies and clients from around the world. He is a member of The Screen Industry Guild of Aotearoa New Zealand, New Zealand Cinematographers Society & Film Otago Southland.
He has won multiple international awards, including Best Documentary for ‘4130’, Honourable Mention for ‘ARE WE EVEN LISTENING?’ and numerous official selections for Documentary, Music Video and short drama content.
His work has aired globally on major networks including Al Jazeera, Brovo, TVNZ and Māori Television, as well as featuring on streaming platforms Amazon Prime, TVNZ on Demand, GloboSat and RNZ. His music video for Devilskin’s ‘NEVER SEE THE LIGHT’ has amassed over 3.7 million views on Youtube alone, with many others receiving over 500,000 views.
As a kid growing up in South Auckland Joe lived with a camera in hand. Starting out in stills on an old Pentax SLR before transitioning into moving image after saving up for a $50 handycam from Cash Converters. He started his professional journey in news and broadcast, music videos, and short form documentaries and has since worked on numerous TV series, commercials, short films, and documentaries in New Zealand, America, and South East Asia.
Joe is proficient in all leading cinema cameras and equipment and owns a good array of in-house gear, including a RED DSMC2, basic lighting kit, and more. He is a hands-on, practical professional who often builds custom contraptions to capture unique shots.
Joe’s passion for creativity has lead him to perusing more scripted works in recent years however his love of good, fun and real stories never sees him far from documentary work.
Filmmaker / Director of Photography / DP / Camera Operator / Camera Tech / Cinematographer
Industry ExperienceCinematic Doco production, Short Films, TVC, Aerial See work and credits: https://www.joemurdiefilms.com/work
1. (verb) to be affable, easygoing, kind, flexible.
The perfect word to describe the film industry in the Queenstown Lakes District.
This short factual film is a look into living and working in film in the our region.
Produced by Lake Wānaka Tourism & Film Queenstown Lakes
Directed by Joe Murdie
Produced by Erin Murdie
Production co-ordination by Anna McConville
Cinematography by Joe Murdie
Edited by Joe Murdie
Sound recording and mix by Danny Fairley
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