About the Author
I’ve always had a love for anything visual especially when it comes to the technology behind it. My love for technology lead to a science degree however I’ve always maintained my passion for the visual including film and television production. While studying for my degree I was exploring 3D graphics which at the time was in its infancy and ultimately lead to a job at Unitec teaching digital visualisation.
Unitec has given me a great opportunity to learn a plethora of software and visual techniques including 3D modelling, matte painting, rendering, compositing, editing, colour grading, lighting, and audio production, just to name a few. I’ve also built up and maintain a large amount of equipent needed for video production which I use in my classes and research projects. The students of my level 7 paper ‘FilmCAD’ each produce a short film where they get a crash course in film theory and are then required to script, storyboard, shoot, edit, as well as create 3D content for a 2-5 min short film. Most of these students enter the paper with no previous knowledge of film theory or movie making and many of whom produce some surprisingly good content. I’ve been teaching this paper since 1999 and have been the course coordinator since 2002 in that time the paper has produced well over 100 short films (see YouTube for examples ).
I’ve been involved in many visualisation projects including the Queens wharf design competition, Auckland city councils vision for the Wynard Quarter, and the governments proposal of a stadium on the water front, which I composited, edited, and recorded the audio for. For the last 4 years myself and two friends (Richard Thomas and Duncan Eastwood) have set up a small film studio in west Auckland (Sunset Studios). In the setting up of the studio I’ve done everything from designing the overall layout and sourcing of materials to accounting and marketing the business. Working with the many directors and crews on a regular basis has been a great learning experience. I often source equipment, give advice on the setup of equipment and describe techniques to get the look they are after. I’ve also been involved in many short films and music videos doing a variety of roles.
I have a Science Degree from Waikato University and have been lecturing for 12 years in the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (and occasionally Architecture) in the fields of Geology, CAD, 3D visualisation and animation. In recent years I’ve obtained funding for research projects for 3d modelling of the Auckland isthmus, digitizing the complex form and Hollywood visual effects techniques. In the past I’ve been a Radio DJ, computer programmer, freelance camera operator, award winning 3D environmental artist, photographer, scientist, + more.
2004 – Welcome to the Major League (Short Film) Editor, Music
2005 – Unmates (Short Film) – Producer, Camera, Editor
2006 – Nonsense (Play) – Audio effects/mixing
2006 – All’s Fair in Love and War is Hell (Short Film) – Producer, VFX, Grading, Editor
2006 – Stadium New Zealand (Visualisation) – Compositing, Grading, Editing, Music
2007 – How Jesus Got His Groove Back (Short Film) – Graphics
2007 – 1st Round, DHR (Music Video) – VFX, Colour Grading
2008 – Unsolved Mysteries of The Unexplained (Short Film) – Producer, Audio, Music
2009 – Morphing Wellington Terrain (Animation for Exhibition) – 3D modelling and Animation
2009 – Crowd goes wild (Promo) – DoP
2009 – Trash to Fashion Awards (Live Event) – Camera operator
2009 – Sleepwalkers, 8 Foot Sativa (Music Video) – Colour Grading, Additional Photography, VFX
2010 – Murray Field pilot (Comedy) – Additional Photography
2011 – Last Flight (Short Film) VFX Supervisor, Colour Grading, DoP/Camera Operator (additional photography & studio).
2011 – Rugby World Cup Opening Concept art, 3D terrain modelling
2012 – It’s Party Time with Richard O’Brien (Live Event) Camera Operator
2012 – Canterbury University ‘What If’ (Commercial) 3D terrain modelling & Pre-visualisation
2013 – Hip to be scared (Short Film) – Grading
2013 – Promise of Faith (Music Video) – DoP, Grading
Egginton, Z. (2009), Digital Visualisations of the Auckland Isthmus, Cumulus Aotearoa Conference,
Auckland, New Zealand.
Bogunovich, D., Popov, N., Williamson, P., and Egginton, Z. (2009). The Eco-Design Showcase. Queens Wharf Competition Entry.
Egginton, Z., Popov, N., and Orams, B.
(2010), Digitising the Complex Form,
ANZASCA 44th Conference of the Australia and NZ Architectural Science Association,
Auckland, New Zealand
Egginton, Z., and Hynson, Y. (2011), Screencasts in Unitec departments, Moodle Moot Conference,
Auckland New Zealand.
Egginton, Z., and Hynson, Y., (2011), Screencasting for you. International Conference on eLearning Futures, Auckland, New Zealand
Egginton, Z., Bardebes, W. (2012), Shifiting Perspectives, Art Exhibition, Snow White Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.
Egginton, Z., (2012), Hollywood Landscapes, Digital Landscape Architecture Conference, Bernburg & Dessau, Germany.
Egginton, Z., et al. (2013), 3D Lenticular Images, Art Exhibition, Snow White Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
2006 – ‘Product of coexistance’, Finalist Coexistence Art Competition, Hart of the City, Auckland New Zealand
2006 – All’s Fair in Love and War is Hell, Auckland Finalist, 48 hour Film Comp.
2010 – Untitled Beach. Cornucopia3d ‘Beach and Seaside’ 3D rendering competition, Winner (1st Place), http://bit.ly/OmRLGr
2010 – Untitled Beach, Picture of the day @ eon-softwares website, http://bit.ly/MRaUVp
2011 – Proposed Landfill (two images), Cornucopia3d ‘Cream of the crop’ collection
2011 – Under the Ice, Cornucopia3D ‘Deep Blue Seas’ Picture Contest, Winner (1st Place).
2011 – Faculty staff award: Innovation in Teaching and Learning. Unitec, NZ.
2007 – Visualisation of the Wynyard Quarter, Auckland City Council.
2010 – Invited guest speaker at Creative tech conference, Auckland.
2011 – New Zealand Cinematography Society, Associate Member.
2011 – 3D Scanner field trial for ESR’s Auckland Forensic Service Centre.
2012 – 3D Modelling and visualisation, Skyline Garages
2013 – 3D Modelling and visualisation, Northland Mussle Farm.
2013 – 3D Modelling and visualisation, Paihia Waterfront.
If your looking for a freelancer please contact me on +64 21 535875 or email zane (at) sunsetstudios . co . nz