Kina Scollay is an underwater cinematographer who specialises in feature films and wildlife - from charismatic megafauna to carefully observed characters of the sea and sky. His intimate footage of Great White Sharks is used around the world in cutting-edge broadcast productions.

Kina has become New Zealand's leading underwater cinematographer. His roles include underwater director of photography, underwater camera and producer on numerous New Zealand and international productions - from feature films to blue chip documentary series. You can watch some of his footage here and here and here.

Kina's intuitive filming style comes from 20 years' professional diving  with 15 years behind the camera. A lifetime of working with wildlife has given Kina an intimate knowledge of the species he films, allowing him to capture marine animals at home in their world.

He is represented by NHNZ Moving Images, who sell his footage for broadcast in documentary series and advertisements worldwide. Recent networks to feature his footage include Discovery Channel worldwide, PBS / Nova in the United States, and TVNZ and TV3 in New Zealand.

Kina is comfortable shooting on any camera system. His camera equipment includes:

  • ARRI Alexa Mini underwater cinema housing
  • RED Epic Dragon underwater cinema system (Nauticam housing, camera, lenses, peripherals)
  • Atomos Shogun
  • Panasonic GH4 underwater camera system (Nauticam underwater housing system, camera, lenses, peripherals) 
  • Extensive dive and underwater production kit - including OTS underwater comms, dive, safety, and trauma gear

Please enquire for a full gear list.



'The Nightingale', Bron Studios / Transmission, Feature Film, TBR 2018. Underwater Camera, Tasmania, Adelaide, Sydney

'Meg' Warner Bros, Feature Film, TBR 2018 - Underwater DOP

'Our Big Blue Backyard' 2015 / 2016, 6 Episodes - NHNZ - Producer, Underwater DOP, Aerial Photography

'Special - TBR' National Geographic / NHNZ, 2016, Auckland Islands, Underwater DOP, Producer, Aerial Photography

'Special - TBR' National Geographic / NHNZ 2015/2016, Underwater DOP, Producer, Aerial Photography

'Sharks of the Shadowland' 2015 - Discovery Channel. Producer, Underwater Camera, Onscreen Talent

'Dolphins, Living with the Pod'. 2015 - MC4 Productions Underwater Camera.

'Air Jaws Ring of Death' Shark Week 2015 / 2016Underwater Camera,  onscreen expert.

'The World Heritage', TBS TV Japan 2015  - Underwater Camera.

'Abalone Wars' 2014 / 2015, NHNZ / Discovery Channel - Underwater Camera

'Searching for Brutus' - Alucia Productions 2014.  Underwater Camera, Producer, onscreen expert.

'Light Between Oceans' - Dreamworks. 2014. On-set marine co-ordination, water safety, locations.

'Lair of the Megashark’ Shark Week, 2014.  Discovery Channel. Shark Diving Management, Risk Management.  On-Camera Expert.

'Air Jaws - Fin of Fury'  Shark Week 2014 -Discovery Channel. Stewart Island. Shark Diving Management, Risk Management.

'Great Nature’ - NHK. Milford Sound. U/W Camera.

‘Our Big Blue Backyard’, 2014NHNZ / TVNZ.  Underwater Camera, Pre-Production, Field Production, Dive Supervisor.

‘Darwin’ - NHK. Kaikoura, Marlborough Sounds. Camera. Pre-Production, Field production.

‘The Hobbit- An Unexpected Journey ’ - 3’7 Ltd. Site Supervisor, multiple locations.

'The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug' - 3'7 Ltd. Site Supervisor, multiple locations.

'The Hobbit - The Battle of the Five Armies' - 3'7 Ltd. Site Supervisor, multiple locations.

'Great White Sharks of Stewart Island' - Ocean Answers Ltd / DoC. Producer, Camera.

'Coast Watch' - Greenstone Pictures. Stewart Island. U/W Camera, On-Camera Expert.

‘Wild Coasts with Craig Potton' -  South Pacific Pictures. Stewart Island. U/W Camera, On-Camera Expert.

‘Campbell Live’ - TV3. U/W Camera, On-Camera Expert.

'One News' - TVNZ. U/W Camera, Stock Footage.

'3 News' - TV3. U/W Camera, Stock Footage.

‘Pacific’ - BBC. Offshore, West Coast South Island. U/W Camera, Skipper, Pre-Production, Field Production.

‘Weird Edens / Life Force’ -  NHNZ. Snares Islands, Southern Ocean. Dive team.

‘Planet Earth’ - BBC. Poor Knights Islands. U/W Lighting, Dive Team.

'60 Minutes - Great White Hope' - TV3. U/W Camera, On-Camera Expert.

'Ultimate Shark' - National Geographic Explorer. Chatham Islands. Shark Researcher, Shark Diving Operations, Location Fixer.

'Sea Monsters' - BBC. Circumnavigation of North Island, Abel Tasman. Skipper, Dive Team, Risk Management.

'Perfect Strangers' - Gaylene Preston Productions / Huntaway Films. Marine Operations. Skipper.

‘Shark Gordon’ - NHNZ. Skipper.

‘White Shark Nature of the Beast’ - NHNZ / Discovery. Chatham Islands, Sth Australia, Stewart Island. U/W Camera, Topside Camera, Production, On-Camera Talent.

‘Riddle of the Rays’ - NHNZ / Discovery. Poor Knights Islands, Far North Harbours. U/W Camera, Dive Team, Boat Crew, Safety. 

‘Mako - Swift Smart and Deadly’ - NHNZ / Wild Films. Dive team, Safety.

'20/20 - Jaws for Real' - TV3. Chatham Islands. Dive Team. On-Camera Talent.