Screenlink: Fresh Eggs – Writing & Directing Television – Auckland

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Fresh Eggs co-creator and co-writer Nick Ward and lead director Britta Hawkins take us behind-the-scenes into the creative process of making television. DEGNZ and NZWG members are warmly invited to join us for this Screenlink Q&A on April 10. Fresh Eggs is the new six-part black comedy on TVNZ 2, which follows a couple’s quest for “the good life” that goes wickedly awry.

WHEN:  Wed 10 April, 6 – 8PM. Talk kicks off at 6:30PM
WHERE:  Longroom – Short Rm, 114 Ponsonby Road, Auckland

Nibbles provided.

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

A joint event between the Directors and Editors Guild of NZ and the New Zealand Writers Guild

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Directors Toolkit with Jason Stutter – Queenstown

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Director Jason Stutter

Innovative New Zealand director Jason Stutter leads this two-day workshop offering a practical guide to directing for emerging directors of short films and feature-length projects. The Directors Toolkit aims to establish a professional approach to filming and underline the keys to good work.

Over the weekend, we will cover working with professional actors, non-actors, and different scales of production crew. We will take you through pre-production, casting, production, post-production and how to get your final film out into the world of festivals and markets.

 

About Jason Stutter

Jason Stutter’s first movie was cult kung-fu caper Tongan Ninja (2002). Since then he has alternated features – self-funded comedy Edwin: My Life as a Koont, stylish Ronald Hugh Morrieson adaptation Predicament – with shorts, including the hit Careful… series beginning with Careful with that Axe, riffing on the dangers of inattentive tool use. His most recent feature, haunted house tale The Dead Room, was released in New Zealand in 2015.

When:
Sat 4 May, 9am – 5pm
Sun 5 May, 9am – 3:30pm

Where: Sherwood Queenstown, 554 Frankton Road, Queenstown 9300

A travel allowance may be available to DEGNZ members travelling from out of town with preference given to South Island members.

Class: 20 max

 

Enrolment

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

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 card and direct credit.

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Cancellation and Refunds: Cancellations will be accepted up until 24 hours before the workshop start time. If you wish to receive a refund, you must advise DEGNZ by Tuesday 30 April. A $3.00 cancellation fee will be incurred. Payments will be refunded in full if DEGNZ cancels the workshop. Refunds can take up to approximately 10 working days to process.

 

This workshop is presented by the Directors & Editors Guild of NZ with the support of Film Otago Southland and funding from the NZ Film Commission.

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Film Talk: Daffodils (March 20)

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Daffodils is a bittersweet love story told with beautiful re-imaginings of iconic New Zealand songs. Directed by DEGNZ member David Stubbs, the musical stars Rose McIver, George Mason and Kimbra.

Catch the film at this Rialto Film Talk screening as it first arrives in cinemas! We’ll be joined by writer Rochelle Bright for a half-hour Q&A after. She has had major success with this screenplay as a stage show that’s been performed all over the country and now it’s hitting the big screen.

Young Creators: Got an Alibi

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Alibi

We’re having a Young Creators hang-out on the last Wednesday of the month! We are stoked to have David de Lautour (Westside‘s Ted West) in to share on his experiences as co-creator and director of Plus6Four Entertainment’s binge-worthy web series Alibi.

David is also a director on Westside this season. Find out David’s advice to other filmmakers looking to create high-quality, local web series that further their careers.

Alibi is a six-part TVNZ OnDemand series where each episode shows the questioning of a suspect in the murder of a 17-year-old girl. Viewers get the fun of figuring out who’s responsible by choosing which order they watch the interviews.

There will be time for audience questions and the bar will be open. We’ll be out on the Sun Deck catching the last of summer. See you there!

WHEN: Wed 27 March 2019, 6:30pm. Talk starts 6:45pm
WHERE: Longroom – Sun Deck, 114 Ponsonby Road, Auckland

 

Watch Alibi OnDemand

 

Ticket Info

DEGNZ members – Free
Non-members – $5 (cash at the door)

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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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Intimacy Guidelines a Win-Win

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UK based Intimacy Coordinator Ita O’Brien spent three days in Auckland last December sharing her highly acclaimed approach to intimacy on set.

The events gave actors, directors, producers, writers and crew from the stage and screen industries an opportunity to learn Ita’s best practice approaches to intimacy, simulated sex scenes, and nudity, implementing her Intimacy On Set Guidelines.

I attended the introductory seminar and two workshops: the first, for actors and directors interested in exploring clear guidelines when working with intimacy, and scenes with sexual content; the second, for potential intimacy coordinators.

I came away from the workshops with a clear framework for directing intimate scenes. Using the Intimacy on Set Guidelines helped remove any awkwardness and kept the work in a clearly professional space. I feel that I now have more tools in my director’s toolkit and greater confidence in working with intimate content.

Ita O’Brien recommends that Intimacy on Set Guidelines are used as standard practice for all intimate scenes. When a production calls for nudity, simulated sex and/or any sexual violence, Ita recommends productions engage an Intimacy Coordinator.

In many ways, an intimacy coordinator can be likened to a fight coordinator. Far from stepping on the creative toes of the director, the role of an intimacy coordinator, like a good fight coordinator, is to work with the director to help them realise their vision. By helping the director to choreograph, rehearse and stage a scene, intimacy coordinators keep performers safe and able to give their best. Action is broken down into achievable, repeatable beats over which directors and actors lay the emotional journey of the scene. In my opinion, it’s a win-win for directors, actors and the production as a whole.

Equity NZ are currently updating NZ’s Guidelines for Nudity and Intimacy on Stage and Screen. The intention is that these Guidelines become standard practice throughout our industry. At DEGNZ we have been working closely with Equity on updating the Guidelines and will keep our members informed of progress.

The Equity Foundation, who hosted Ita O’Brien’s visit to Australia and NZ, put together a short video of the Australasian events, which you can view here.

Louise Leitch
Director | DEGNZ Vice-President