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Daniel Wagner

Senior Lecturer, Cinematography/Emerging Technologies, Academic Leader
School of Creative Industries
Location: Building 001, Room 3008

Professional memberships

NZ Cinematographer's Society
NZ Film & Video Technician's Guild


Dan has been working in various aspects of the entertainment industry since the mid 70's. He served as Director of Traffic and Continuity at a public TV station in Los Angeles, and also trained Camera Operators there.

Moving to San Francisco in 1980, Dan became a segment producer for a local TV programme, also directing music videos for some influential left-field bands of the day. It was another year before MTV started-up (August 1981), so there were very few models for video clips, putting Dan on the ground floor of the music video phenomenon in Northern California. He also founded 3rd Rail Media, a production company creating music videos and commercials, shooting all on videotape.

But when he discovered film production in 1984, his whole world changed. He realized that film was “where it was at”. So he moved back to hometown LA in 1987 and sought work as a Motion Picture Camera Assistant. Between May 1988 and May 2004, he was the Focus Puller on over 280 TV Commercials, over 70 Music Videos, 5 theatrical features and 8 TV movies. He also was Camera Operator on over 30 Commercials and Director of Photography on numerous music videos and spec commercials in the LA area.

Dan moved with his family to New Zealand in 2004, and has continued to shoot short films and commercial projects. He is a Senior Lecturer in Camera in the Film & Television area of the Department of Performing and Screen Arts, and also coordinates the Emerging Technologies stream.

His research focuses on applying conventional filmmaking methodologies to the developing protocols of emerging media.


Wagner, D. (2017). Moving Images, Moving Bodies: A Story of Interdisciplinary Collaboration Between Film Students and Contemporary Dance Students. 10th Annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, Seville, Spain.

Wagner, DL. (2017). "The Harbour" Video. New Zealand, Mobile Innovation Network Australasia.

Wagner, Daniel. (2017). Mixing Methods: Creative Collaboration in Mobile Moviemaking. International Journal of Innovation, Creativity and Change (Vol. 3 (2)).

Wagner, D.L. (2016). Expanding the Menu: Re-Imagining Film School for an Evolving Landscape. Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.

Wagner, D. (2014). Adventures in International Collaboration: Facilitating Globally-Created Student-Generated Mobile Movies Using a Blend of Online Tools. Proceedings of EDULEARN14, the 6th annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies - Barcelona, Spain, ISBN: 978-84-617-0557-3.

Wagner, D. (2014). International Collaborations in Student-Centered Mobile Moviemaking: Combining Online Tools for an Innovative Global Pedagogy. The Future of Education, ISBN 978-88-6292-499-3 Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on the Future of Education.

Wagner, D. (2013). Pocket Auteurs: Student Uptake of an International Collaboration in Wireless Moviemaking. In L. Gomez Chova, A. Lopez Martinez, I. Candel Torres (Eds.) International Technology, Education and Development Conference, March 4-5. Valencia, Spain.

Cochrane, T., Antonczak, L., and Wagner, D. (2013). Post-Web 2.0 Pedagogy: From Student-Generated Content to International Co-Production Enabled by Mobile Social Media. International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning (Vol. 5(4)).

Wagner, D. (2013). 'The ELVSS files: International collaboration in mobile movie-making'. Ubiquity: The Journal of Pervasive Media (Vol. 2/1).

Cochrane, T., Antonczak, L., and Wagner, D. (2012). Heutagogical Approaches to mLearning: From Student-Generated Content to International Co-Production. mLearn 2012: the 11th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning,

Wagner, D. (2012). Mobile In Global Out: International Collaboration in Wireless Moviemaking. ASCILITE, Wellington NZ: 25-28 November, 2012,

Cochrane, T., Antonczak, L., Sissons, H., Withell, A., Wagner, D., Gordon, A., Buchem, I., Camacho, M., and Keegan, H. (2012). Post Web 2.0 Pedagogy: Mobile Social Media. Ascilite 2012: Future challenges, sustainable futures, Te Papa, Wellington, New Zealand, ISBN: 9780473229894.

Wagner, D. (2012). Mobile In Global Out: International Collaboration in Wireless Moviemaking. International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, Madrid, Spain: 19-21 November, 2012.

Wagner, D.L. (2011). Entertainment Lab for the Very Small Screen. 1st Annual Screen Futures Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Wagner, D.L. (2011). ELVSS 11: Pedagogical Innovation Using New Media Tools. International Conference on eLearning Futures, Unitec Institute of Technology - Auckland, New Zealand.

Wagner, D.L. (2011). ELVSS 11: Teaching Mobile Movies in the Global Media Arts context. 1st Annual Symposium: Mobile Innovation Network Aotearoa, Massey University, Wellington, NZ.

Wagner, D.L. (2010). Online Reflection: Blogs in Peer and Self-Assessment of Creative Professional Practice. 6th Annual Designs on eLearning Conference, Savannah, GA, USA.

Wagner, D. (2009). Back to the future. OnFilm Magazine (Vol. 26 9).