Ben Ruffell is a Director of Photography. He lives in Queenstown, New Zealand and travels frequently, often based in Australia, Shanghai and Tokyo.
He is a full member of the New Zealand Cinematographers Society. NZCS.
He has filmed extensively in Asia, Australia and New Zealand on a broad range of International Productions.
He is well known for his Car Commercials. With such clients as Red Bull, BMW, Lexus, Kia, Mitsubishi, Land Rover, Nissan, Suzuki and many more.
He holds a New Zealand Passport.
DP Resume TVC Ben Ruffell June 20192nd Unit DP Resume Ben Ruffell June 2019Awards
NZCS - Gold - Specialised Cinematography - 'Mitsubishi: Ski Lift' 2019
NZCS - Silver - Specialised Cinematography - 'Telunsu' 2019
NZCS - Bronze - Music Videos - 'Kuro Deko: A Ghost in Town' 2018
NZCS - Gold - Specialised Cinematography - 'Flying South' 2016
NZCS - Bronze - Commercials - 'Red Bull: Conquer Highlands' 2016
Spikes Asia - Silver - 'Love from Landrover' 2015 - Director + DP
NZ Effie - Gold - 'Love from Landrover' 2015 - Director + DP
Ben is a second generation Cinematographer. His father Harry Ruffell was well respected in the industry and Ben was raised around cameras and film sets.
He holds a Bachelor of Broadcasting degree, BBC, from the New Zealand Broadcasting School, NZBS.
Ben trained as a Clapper Loader and First Assistant Camera under many famous International DOP's.
Working on projects including "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys", "Xena Warrior Princess", "The Lord of the Rings" "King Kong" and "The Worlds Fastest Indian".
He also assisted on hundreds of Commercials.
While working as an assistant, Ben began making snowboarding films on Super 8, 16mm and 35mm film.
His first film, the critically acclaimed "3 Degrees" was filmed on a total of 13 different cameras that were all borrowed, and all of the film stock consisted of 'short end's, that were donated to him by the TV Commercials that he was assisting on.
Ben continued to travel the world filming snowboarding, and over this time Producers and Directors began to take note.
Ben was offered the opportunity to Operate B Camera and shoot as 2nd Unit DP on many International Commercials.
This Second Unit work continued, and Ben successfully transitioned into a full time Director of Photography, being requested to DOP by many of the Producers and Directors that he had first assisted for.
A period of documentary work saw Ben film extensively throughout the USA, Europe and Asia.
He achieved critical and festival success in 2012 when he Directed the documentary "Uketamau". Filmed in the Yamagata Provence of Japan, where he was invited to be an Artist in Residence.
Ben has always been very interested in camera movement, and he is an experienced skiing cameraman, and gimbal operator.
He is the co-founder of Overview.nz. New Zealand's most experienced CAA Part 102 drone filming company.
This was born from Ben's experience filming from full sized helicopters, where Ben began with bungy rigs and Tyler side mounts, and has now worked with the Shotover Camera System for over ten years..
Ben is a very experienced and award winning Aerial Cinematographer, with a unique expertise in working with both drones and full size helicopters.
He has extensive experience with tracking vehicles and camera rigs and is an expert Arm Car Operator.
Recent works have demonstrated his range, and experience with lighting.
He has the ability to generate compelling images while running large crews and he is also skilled at controlling natural light.
Ben is based in Queenstown, New Zealand and he maintains an extensive filming equipment package.
Recently, Ben has been requested to direct several projects, and he has proven to be a talented Director / DP.
Ben's work has been recognised by his peers, achieving multiple awards.
He holds a New Zealand Passport, and is a very frequent flyer. He is always ready for the next exciting assignment.