I had someone who came to see me recently who had worked on an American production shooting here in NZ. This person unfortunately ended up the worse for wear from a situation where protocols about what you can and cannot do were breached—doubly worse as this individual had until this opportunity came along been unable […]

Our regular column this week has been given over to writer/director Glenn Standring who writes on the passing of friend and colleague Paul Swadel. This week our very dear friend and colleague, Paul Swadel, died in Christchurch. Paul was only 47 years old and with many things yet to achieve in life. Shockingly, not much more […]

  I have received a number of telephone calls recently about pay rates and contracts for both directors and editors. In regards to pay rates, they vary greatly depending on level of experience and type of work. That said, there is a significant difference between exploitative rates and low rates. On the DEGNZ website we […]

The news about New Zealand films at Sundance is good. Taika Waititi’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Premieres section) prompted a bidding war, which The Orchard ultimately won for a reputed US$2 million. David Farrier and Dylan Reeve’s Tickled (World Doc) went to Magnolia Pictures and HBO for an undisclosed sum. While Taika is a Sundance […]