David has been focussed on the production of unique and engaging audio-visual media in and outside of China since 2005.  

Working variously as producer, director, camera operator, post-production supervisor, David has a breadth experience in the production of commercial and artistic works and in working within China. He has just returned to New Zealand and currently is based on the Kapiti Coast.

Hailing from Wellington, New Zealand, David is bilingual (English and Mandarin), an avid Taiji practitioner and musician.


Recent news : 

  • Just returned from China and Myanmar. Shooting 踢出大山, a documentary in Daliangshan Mountains, Gansu. And collaborating with filmmaker Edward Burger on short film projects in Yangon, Myanmar. Also editing Edward Burgers documentary film “Amongst White Clouds” (working title) focussing on Edwards journeys, encounters and learnings with the Buddhist hermits living in the Zhongnan Mountains, Shaanxi Province, China.

  • Video Production for I’ll tell you this for nothing - Play. Written & Performed by Kate JasonSmith. Directed by Jan Bolwell.

  • Extreme Treks (S3) - Post production supervisor / writer / producer. Distribution phase. Due to air on BBC EARTH in Sept. - Nov. 2019.

  • 16th April 2018 - Extreme Treks (S2) 8 x 1hr doco series. Premieres on BBC EARTH - Post-supervisor / co -producer / writer

2017 work:

2016 saw a host of exciting projects meet their audience.

  • Multimedia performance artwork Sever (斩断) - which David Directed and Coproduced with artist Zhuma, toured New York (Asia Society), London (Southbank Centre), Hungary (Cafe Budapest), India (New Dehli International Festival of the Arts), Hong Kong (New Vision Arts Festival) and Shanghai, China.

  • Feature documentary Small Path Music (dir./prod.) also featured in the Immagini e Suoni del Mondo film festival in Florence, Italy.

  • The Edward A. Burger documentary ONE MIND which David was an editorial consultant for was released.

  • 2016 - 2017 coproduced and Post-Supervised the 8 x 1hr documentary travel series Extreme Treks, now in distribution (BBC Earth)

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