Nicholson Ren | Cinematographer & Colourist



Nicholson Ren

I am a cinematographer and colourist that specialises in narrative fictional film production. In all the films that I shoot, I always aim for a cinematic look to bring the pictures to life. I love a challenge and with every project I will try to make it better than the one before.

My journey began when I watched the production diaries of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings and from then on I knew what I wanted to do for a career. However I never went to film school - I studied commerce at Melbourne University while trying to pursue a career in film by starting out as an editor for student films. After graduation I found work as a camera assistant, gaffer or colourist eventually building up to being a cinematographer.

I would describe my work as adaptable because the shooting style and lighting choices would need to reflect upon the story I'm trying to tell. It is only natural to assume that every film is different and therefore needs it's own tone and look. However if I were to describe my style it would be low-key naturalistic.

Being on location is one of the best perks of this job, travelling to places where I would have never known existed or ever have gone to is always new and exciting. Meeting new people and watching the final finished film together in a rented out cinema is also very enjoyable.


Camera Equipment

Blackmagic 4K Production Camera + 2x 240GB Sandisk SSD

5” Blackmagic Video Assist Monitor + Magic Arm

Canon 24-70mm f/2.8

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8

Fotga 77mm and 72mm VND filter

Hoya 77mm IR/UV Filter

2 x PowerU 130Wh V-lock Batteries + Chargers

Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter

Wei Feng WF-717 Tripod with Fluid Head

Jie Yang Aluminium Monopod

Folding Tripod Dolly


Lanparte Shoulder Rig + Follow Focus

Working AC Kit (Marks, Torch, Gaff Tape, Mini Clamps, Toolkit etc…)



2 x Aputure Amaran 672s + 2 light stands + 2 Softbox Diffusers

Aputure AL-M9

Lee Filters Master Location pack 250mmx300mm (25 individual gels)

3 x Black Blankets/ Cutters

5m extension cables + Power boards + adaptors

Paper China Ball + 5600K/3200K Dimmable LED bulbs

Foldable eggcrates




Zoom H4N

Rode Videomic

Sennheiser EW112P G3 Portable Wireless Lapel Microphone

Rode Boompole