Josh shooting 3D time-lapse with armed guard in the Simien Highlands of Ethiopia
Queenstown director and cinematographer Josh Wallace, is a talented boy. His career has spanned feature films, television, natural history, documentary and drama. He’s worked in almost all roles and has an incredible capacity for merging technical ability with creative skill. He entered NZ’s burgeoning film industry in 1996, working as an assistant director on “Xena Warrior Princess”, “The Lord of the Rings”, “The Last Samurai” and many other feature films and TV shows.
After 8 years on film sets he moved to Queenstown to make snowboarding films. Four years later he had directed, co-shot and edited two films, “Three Degrees” and “Special Needs”.
This led Josh into the world of post-production and editing roles on popular series; “The Pretender”, “The Lion Man”, “Remarkables Vets” and corporate work for the likes of AJ Hackett Bungy.
In 2006 the Al Jazeera English channel launched in Qatar. Josh moved to Doha and was one of the original staff editors, cutting fast turnaround news, promos and documentaries for this award winning network. He also did camerawork for promos and news stories including the 2008 elections in Morocco.
In 2009 Josh moved to the UK to broaden his career. With his experience as both a cameraman and editor, he was offered a position at BBC Bristol as the ‘Production Workflow and Innovation Consultant’. This involved designing and supervising end-to-end workflows for many BBC Natural History Unit productions including LIFE, Frozen Planet and Africa, and factual productions such as Antiques Roadshow.
This lead to his role as Workflow Supervisor / Lead D.I.T. on BBC Earth’s big budget 3D natural history feature film ‘Enchanted Kingdom.’ Josh designed the complex 3D workflow and then trained and managed a team of D.I.T.’s both in Bristol and on location throughout Africa. He also shot behind the scenes and time-lapse footage featured in the film.
Josh moved back to Queenstown early 2014 to raise his daughter in the mountains and has established himself as a director, cinematographer, drone pilot and timelapse specialist. He also loves scriptwriting and will get one of those drama or comedy scripts finished one day!
When not making films, Josh loves mountain biking in and around Queenstown. He’s happiest riding single track in the back blocks. View his Linkedin profile here.