Young Creators: Rewrite Your Story

Writing is rewriting, and the final rewrite is in the edit. You’ve probably heard this a lot.

Madam Black (2015)So we’re digging into the how of developing and crafting a good story for our last Young Creators meet-up of the year. We take a look at the important relationship between the writer, director and editor through a short film case study of Madam Black.

When a photographer runs over a young girl’s cat he finds himself inventing a story about its disappearance…

Funny and heartfelt, Madam Black has charmed audiences around the globe – selected for over 150 festivals and winner of 40 awards, including the ‘Prix du Public’ at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, and ‘Best Short’ at the New Zealand Film Awards. Madam Black is directed by Ivan Barge, written by Matthew Harris and was funded by the NZFC as a Fresh 30 short film.

Director Ivan Barge joins us for a Q&A, kicking off with a screening of the film. Stick around for a drink after!

Wed 14 November // 6:15 – 8pm. Talk starts 6:30pm

Horse & Trap
3 Enfield Street, Mt Eden, Auckland

Ticket Info

DEGNZ / NZWG members – Free
Non-members – $5

For non-members, we accept payment by credit/debit cards (online only) and cash at the door. Tickets are non-refundable.

Registration closes 10AM Wednesday 14 November, unless capacity is reached prior.


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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Last updated on 1 November 2018

Assistant Editors - Mandatory Skills

Call for Applications

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ is pleased to present Assistant Editors – Mandatory Skills, a new workshop designed for assistant editors in Aotearoa. The Guild warmly invites applications for this 2-day workshop to be held on 8-9 December.

A well trained Assistant Editor is worth their weight in gold…ask any editor. Ask an editor how many good assistants they know and they might fish up two or three names – that’s all.

This is a hands-on workshop for technically-minded Avid practitioners, and new assistant editors alike. It recognises the distinct and essential role that assistant editors play in post production – across feature, documentary and television projects – and will focus on the essentials you need to excel in that role.

The workshop will outline key skills considered mandatory minimum requirements for assistant editors, from setting up projects, ingesting and full preparation for the editor, to workflow meetings and troubleshooting issues when they arise.

Prospective participants should have a basic knowledge of Avid Media Composer. Up to 14 participants will be selected.

Saturday 8 December, 9am – 5pm, followed by post-workshop drinks
Sunday 9 December, 9am – 4pm

South Seas Film and Television School, 75 Ellice Rd, Glenfield, Auckland
A travel allowance may be available to some DEGNZ members travelling from out of town.

Cost: DEGNZ members – Free, Non-members – $100. Lunch will be provided each day.

Our Tutor

Dione ChardDione Chard has worked as an assistant editor and editor in both New Zealand and Canada over the past 10 years. She cut her first feature film Stray in 2017 and more recently she’s cut All or Nothing: A Season with the All Blacks for Amazon and is currently working on Vai with Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions. As an assistant she’s worked on many varied productions from ABC’s Legend of the Seeker to Disney sitcom Mr Young, telefeature Jean and the STARZ series Ash vs Evil Dead.

To Apply

Application Deadline: 1PM, Friday 23 November 2018

STEP 1: Submit the form below.

STEP 2: You will be redirected to the File Upload page, which can also be found here. Upload your application file(s) in PDF or Word Document. Submit before the deadline:

  • your CV/filmography
  • a brief, maximum one-page letter on why you would like to attend and what you hope to gain from the workshop

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.



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


Last updated on 8 November 2018