Tony Monk, CEO Tony Monk Films and formally Heletranz NZ
Tony commenced a Filming career involvement, of over 38 years, as a helicopter pilot. Tony’s flying skills, together with a rare ability to anticipate the Director made him the first choice for all major New Zealand based and inbound aerial filming assignments.
Tony is held in high regard having received an Accolade for Services & Safety to the Film Industry.
Tony’s ambition has always been to offer clients the most advanced, stable camera system which led to him commissioning and co-developing the world’s first small ball HD Gyro Stabilised System – Tony’s first Cineflex HD was introduced to the NZ film industry in the 90’s.
Tony’s priority is to future-proof his company and his clients against the ever changing world of technology. This has seen TMF’s most recent investment in the GSS C520 and GSS C516 Gimbals which offer the most stable camera platform and the ability to inter-change Cameras and Lenses as advancement occurs.
Since selling his helicopter company, Heletranz in 2013, Tony continues to fly all Auckland based filming operations using Heletranz helicopters but is now also offering his services as Film Pilot in all other regions of New Zealand, Fiji, Australia or as required.
Tony Monk Films was created as an independent company to encompass all helicopter filming activity both in New Zealand and offshore.
A selection of Tony’s credits include the Lord of the Rings, King Kong, Without a Paddle, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Meg, Adrift, King Kong, The Last Samurai, The Chronicles of Narnia, Yogi Bear, Blue Planet, Blue Planet II, South Pacific (A full list of Tony’s aerial filming credits with over 1,500 projects is available on request)
Blair Monk – Aerial Cinematographer/DOP
Blair manages the day to day running of TMF and specializes as an Aerial Cameraman/Technician & DOP. With thousands of hours of aerial shooting under his belt operating gyro stabilized systems around the world he is the ‘go to’ for all things aerial. Over the last 10 years Blair has filmed in over 20 countries with over 4000 hours at the controls of GSS, Shotover and Cineflex systems making him one of the most experienced in his field.
A selection of Blair’s aerial credits include; Our Planet, The Hunt, Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough, South Pacific, Great Barrier Reef (BBC), Blue Planet II, Players, Ghayal Once Again, The Chronicles of Narnia, Yogi Bear, Hunt for the Wilderpeople (A full list of credits is available by request).
Murray Milne, Cinematographer/DOP
Murray is an experienced DP working from New Zealand for over 28 years, shooting film and video for features, commercials, TV series and documentaries for NZ and many overseas productions. He has combined a love of adventure sports with camera skills while skiing, skydiving, scuba diving and flying.