Art or Commerce—A Moot Question?

24 July 2015 This week I attended three film-related events that highlighted the polar differences between art and commerce in film. On Wednesday morning I went to the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) briefing on the review of the New Zealand Screen Production Grant (NZSPG), driven by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) […]

Digital Kapow!

10 July 2015 We are being assaulted by digital technology and the digital realm and its effects on our chosen careers and our livelihoods are irrevocable. I have written about this previously, but recent events bring it once again to the fore. Digital editing has been around for a long time and for editors it […]

Measuring Success

26 June 2015 With the New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) just around the corner, I thought it interesting to look at what parts festivals and box office play in the working lives of directors and editors. While television does find a place in some festivals, it’s more usually accorded accolades at awards ceremonies such […]

Talking Documentary

10 June 2015 Documentary is a hot topic at the moment. I recently attended the Documentary Edge Festival’s Screen Edge Forum in Auckland, opened with an address by Chris McDonald, the president of the second largest documentary film festival in the world, Hot Docs in Toronto. Chris highlighted the growth of Hot Docs from its […]