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Directors & Editors Guild of NZ Board Nominations

Nominations for President, Treasurer and other National Executive Members on the Directors & Editors Guild of NZ Board for the 2018/2019 year are now open.

Current sitting members are all eligible for re-election.

All nominations shall be signed by the proposer, seconder and nominee, all being financial members.

All nominations for the board must provide credentials and a personal statement on the objectives of the nominee for the Board.

The closing date for nomination forms to be received at the DEGNZ office is 5PM Friday 14 September 2018.

Please note that only full DEGNZ members are eligible to vote for and take up a position on the Board.

Board Nomination Form

Please complete and either scan and email to admin@degnz.co.nz or post to:

Board Nomination
Directors & Editors Guild of NZ
PO Box 47-294, Ponsonby
Auckland 1144
New Zealand

 

The timeframe for the election process is as follows:

24 August…………………………. Nominations open

14 September……………………. Closing date for nominations

17 September……………………. Voting Papers issued (if necessary)

21 September……………………. Voting Closed

6 October…………………………. 2018/19 Board confirmed and AGM convened

 

If you have any questions please contact:

Tui Ruwhiu
Executive Director
Directors & Editors Guild of NZ
tui@degnz.co.nz

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Correcting the Imbalance

Ten years of business-focused government policy is now seeing a correction taking place in the New Zealand labour market.

Health and education have been the focus of recent labour matters, but thanks primarily to Radio New Zealand, the independent contractor market is now in the spotlight.

RNZ has put considerable effort into bringing into the open the plight of courier drivers, who are forced to operate as businesses, buying their own vehicles, uniforms, and scanners yet being dictated to by the companies that contract them as though they were employees. Worse, after deducting all their expenses, many it seems are earning less than the minimum wage. John Campbell interviewed Minister for Safety and Workplace relations Iain Lees-Galloway on this here. RNZ offered CEO Mark Troughear of Freightways, who owns NZ Couriers, the chance to respond here.

Thanks, or no thanks to the Hobbit Law, all film workers are classed as independent contractors and thus prevented from negotiating as a group to improve their terms and conditions.

Now I am not comparing the terms and conditions of courier drivers with those of screen industry workers. We all know which lot is in a better place. But we also all know that in the domestic screen industry, particularly with digital content, the unscrupulous are taking advantage of screen workers.

First Union are taking up the cause of courier drivers as you can read about here. And it’s the guilds’ role to represent the interests of those in the screen industry.

DEGNZ along with the other guilds took part in the Film Industry Working Group to address our (DEGNZ’s) and the government’s concerns about both the Hobbit Law and the inability of screen industry workers to collectively bargain. In due course those recommendations should be made public. All the guilds worked in good faith on this and represented their memberships as they are expected to do. Guilds are after all essentially unions, although some officially are not, including us.

Until now, DEGNZ has not been a union, although it has been a question that the board has asked itself—Should DEGNZ unionise? In the last few months the board has looked into this carefully, and met with various parties to weigh up the pros and cons.

At a recent board meeting, the board unanimously voted “Yes” to unionisation. This coming Annual General Meeting the board of DEGNZ will propose to the membership for the Guild to unionise and ask for a vote on it.

In the lead up to the AGM we want to give the membership as much opportunity as possible to make their views known, ask questions and debate the merits of unionisation.

This is an important issue that we will ask all paid-up financial members to decide upon, so do let us know what you think. And please put the AGM, scheduled for Saturday 6 October at 10AM in Auckland, in your diary. We would like as many of you as possible to come and hear why the board supports this view, and to get behind whatever decision is made.

Tui Ruwhiu
Executive Director

Young Creators: It's Business Time

Are Your Accounts Giving You a Headache?

A workshop for pain relief

There’s nothing worse than wasting time on your accounts.

So don’t.

Natalie Doherty, production accountant on projects including Slow West, Jean and The Shannara Chronicles, will share with you contractor hacks to take the headache out of your administrative paperwork.

In this two-hour workshop Natalie will give you time-saving tips and advice on:

  • dealing with your expenses
  • keeping good records
  • income tax, withholding tax and GST
  • sole Trader vs Company — the pros and cons
  • and more

Learn how to spend more time doing what you want to do and less time doing what you have to in this business-minded Young Creators workshop.

Brought to you by DEGNZ and Women In Film and Television

Young Creators: It’s Business Time

Wed 3 October // 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Horse & Trap
3 Enfield Street, Mt Eden, Auckland

 

Natalie DohertyAbout Natalie Doherty

Natalie has worked in the Film and TV industry as both an accountant and in the sound department worldwide for over 16 years. She is an Associate Chartered Accountant who completed her mentored training at BDO Chartered Accountants and the NZ Film Commission. Natalie also supplies short to medium term furnished accommodation to the Film and TV industry with her husband, Brendan.

 

Booking Info

DEGNZ / WIFT members – Free
Non-members – $25

Registration bookings are essential for members and non-members. For non-members, payment must by made in full prior to the start of the workshop to confirm a booking. We accept payment by credit/debit cards and internet banking/direct credit.

Registration closes Monday 1 October, unless capacity is reached prior.

Refunds: Please email admin@degnz.co.nz if you wish to cancel your booking. You must inform us at least 24 hours before the workshop starts to receive a full refund.

 

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DEGNZ Young Creators is a programme of events with a mission to inform and inspire younger or emerging directors and editors to build successful, sustainable careers in the screen industry.

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The Last Ocean. Baby Weddell Seal heading up for fresh air / copyright John Weller

DEGNZ Selects: From Passion to Protection

The story of the Last Ocean Campaign

Documentary filmmaker Peter Young, director and producer of The Last Ocean, will share his insights and experiences from the Last Ocean campaign, a movement that grew from a passionate few into an international environmental campaign that helped create the world’s largest Marine Protected Area in the Ross Sea, Antarctica.

Peter will talk about the importance of the film, how it was financed, produced and distributed to help create significant change.

About Peter Young

Peter Young Peter Young is a director, cameraman and producer with a strong connection to the land and the people who live and work on it. In 2012, he was named New Zealand Independent Screen Producer of the Year. He has credits in well over a hundred documentaries, among them BBC’s Blue Planet Series, The Quest for the Giant Squid for Discovery, and acclaimed TVNZ series Country Calendar and Explorers.

In recent years, Peter completed and released the feature documentaries The Art of Recovery (2015) and The Last Ocean (2012). The Last Ocean spanned seven years and developed into a successful international campaign promoting the protection of the Ross Sea in Antarctica, culminating in November 2016 when 24 nations and the European Union created the world’s largest marine protected area in the Ross Sea.

Join us for an inspirational evening celebrating the power of film.

 

DEGNZ Selects: From Passion to Protection – The story of the Last Ocean Campaign

When: Tuesday 25 September, 6PM for a 6:30 – 8:30PM presentation
Where: Horse & Trap, The Loft (upstairs), 3 Enfield Street, Mt Eden, Auckland

DEGNZ members – Free
Non-members – $5 koha

 

A DEGNZ Selects event, made possible with the support of the New Zealand Film Commission.

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Danny Mulheron in Wellington

Directors Toolkit with Danny Mulheron – Auckland

Call for applications. The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ presents a two-day practical guide for emerging directors to be held in Auckland on 15-16 September.

New Zealand director Danny Mulheron will draw on his extensive experience to deliver this interactive and informative workshop, which ran in Wellington last year.

Day One topics will include:

  • The Director and the Script, Or: God I’m bored, why?
  • Text, Subtext and Context, Or: “Help, I’m struggling for depth?”
  • Observing Human Behaviour and Emotions, Or: On preferring what you don’t want…and recognising it.
  • The #1 Secret of the Actor/Director Relationship, Or: Don’t fall in love with them…too much?
  • Tools of the Director, Or: How to keep out of the way. It’s what you don’t do that counts.

Day Two will guide participants on working with actors, script reads, rehearsing, shooting and blocking through the use of demonstration and class exercises.

Lunch and refreshments provided.

About Danny Mulheron

Danny MulheronSince his graduation from the New Zealand Drama School in 1983, Danny has become an experienced director, writer and actor in all mediums – stage, screen and television. He is known as an ‘actor’s director’ due to his particular strength in directing actors and getting extraordinary performances.

Danny has directed award-winning television dramas, feature-length documentaries and smash hit theatre productions. The most recent work aired in NZ was Why does love?, a rock and roll movie about Kiwi rock band The Dance Exponents. Prior to that he directed all six episodes of the Hillary TV series for TVNZ. Other TV movies include The Kick, Rage and EruptionFresh Meat was a lesbian cannibal grind house movie for the Gibson Group, which made it to the NYC Tribeca Film Festival.​

He is currently in pre-production for Runaway Millionaires a TV movie for TVNZ and then moves immediately into Jonah. This is a 2 x 90 minutes TV drama for TV3, the story of Jonah Lomu. As a writer, he has two other screenplays in early development.

When:
Saturday 15 September,  9am – 5pm
Sunday 16 September, 9am – 4pm

Where: MTG RM, 2 Kingsland Terrace, Kingsland, Auckland

A travel allowance may be available for some DEGNZ members travelling from out of Auckland.

Cost: DEGNZ members – Free, Non-members – $100

To Apply

Application Deadline: 3PM, Wednesday 5 September

STEP 1: Submit the form below.

STEP 2: After Step 1, you will be redirected to the File Upload page. Upload your application file(s). Submit before the deadline:

  • your CV/filmography with links to samples of your work
  • a maximum one-page letter on why you would like to participate

Late applications will not be accepted.

 

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This initiative is brought to you with the generous support of the New Zealand Film Commission.

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