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Industry Guest | Photographer & Film Tourism Consultant
Ian is a professional photographer specialising in film tourism and film production stills and film tourism expert. He is a business mentor for film tourism start-ups and is New Zealand’s biggest selling non fiction author.Ian has worked on a number of films, including The Lord of the Rings, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe and The Water Horse.Ian has worked in New Zealand, Australia and Europe with councils, production companies and tourism offices to promote and leverage film tourism.Ian has published over 20 books and sold more than 1.5 million copies. With over 550,000 copies sold of The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook, he was an inaugural winner of the prestigious Platinum Award from Booksellers NZ. In November 2005 he released Cameras in Narnia, on the basics of modern film-making, featuring the Walden Media / Disney adaptation of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. The book went on to sell more than 850,000 copies.Previously he was Media & Communications Manager at Hobbiton Movie Set and was the inaugural Director of the NZ Fighter Pilots Museum.In the June 2007 Queens Birthday Honours he became a Member of the NZ Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to writing and tourism.