Zachary Peel-McGregor is a Sydney based Director of Photography.
His journey into film began in Europe, while travelling through the United Kingdom, he ended up crewing on a couple of shorts. Having caught the bug, he ventured back to the southern hemisphere to attend Sydney Film School in 2009. Upon graduation Zachary won Cinematographer of the Year.
After seven years working as a 2nd Assistant Cameraman on scores of television commercials and such high profile film’s as “The Great Gatsby”, “Mad Max - Fury Road”, “The Wolverine”, “The Shallows” and“Alien Covenant”, Zachary has decided to shift his main focus to his shooting career.
His first professional short film "Milkmaid" was personally awarded by David Lynch - it picked up a Best Cinematography Award at the FESTCINI International Film Festival in Brazil as well as winning a Best Cinematography Award from the EUROPEAN CINEMATOGRAPHERS ASSOCIATION.
Shortly after, Zachary was approached to shoot a music video for Kid Moxie's cover of the "Blue Velvet" theme song "Mysteries of Love"- music by Angelo Badalamenti and lyrics by David Lynch. The video premiered in L.A. at the David Lynch Foundation benefit concert, playing alongside Moby and Duran Duran.
In 2016, Zachary was the recipient of the Global Cinematographers Institute Founder’s Award by Yuri Neyman ASC and Vilmos Zsigmond ASC and received a grant to attend an intensive course at the GCI in Los Angles, where he was mentored by world renowned cinematographers Dean Semler and Dante Spinotti. This course was one which solidified Zachary’s training but also left him with an indelible lesson: “Ones eyes are what separates us as artists, how we view the world and choose to tell stories is what makes us the right or wrong choice for a director. This is an attribute which is innate and personal to you - it can never be taught to anyone else.”
In 2017, Zachary shot a thirty minute fantasy film titled "Last Tree Standing", which had its first professional screening at CANNES Short Film Corner and its world premiere took place at SITGES International Fantastic Film Festival (regarded as the number one fantasy film festival in the world), playing in the Official Fantastic Selection. Last year, the film was awarded by the Australian Cinematographers Society during the 2017 NSW & ACT State Awards for Cinematography.
Zachary has shot close to twenty short films and music videos with many of them being screened at Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences accredited film festivals, winning its filmmakers multiple awards and nominations.
He is set to make his feature film cinematography debut in 2018.