DEGNZ

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

8 April 2020

To help address the difficult work situation due to the COVID-19 crisis during lockdown, the Directors and Editors Guild of New Zealand has compiled a database of members who can carry out editing, colour grading and effects work with equipment they have at home.

Fifty five editors are currently listed in the database and are ready to take on paid projects across every type of content, including scripted, factual, documentary, narrative feature, branded content and commercials. Many have websites where you can see examples of their work.

The database has the contact details, websites where available and the platform/software that the editor has available to do work. It can be downloaded here from a sub-directory in COVID CORNER of the DEGNZ website.

All those on the database have agreed to share their information and can be contacted directly through the details provided and or via their website.

For further information contact:

Tui Ruwhiu
Executive Director
Directors & Editors Guild of NZ

 

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ is a not-for-profit Incorporated Society and Union that represents Directors, Editors and Assistant Editors in the New Zealand screen industry. This includes Directors, Editors and Assistant Editors of feature drama and documentary; television drama, documentary and factual programmes; short films; video art; animation; commercials and web content.

DEGNZ’s two primary roles are advocacy and professional development. We:

  • are dedicated to promoting excellence in the arts of directing and editing.
  • foster collegiality and unity within the screen industry.
  • promote members’ creative and economic rights.
  • work to improve industry working conditions and remuneration.
  • offer professional advice and information on contracts and industry standards and practice.
  • offer professional development events, networking opportunities, career advice, dispute resolution, mentoring, workshops, training, discounts and regular news bulletins for members across all levels of expertise, from novices to seasoned professionals.
  • are a voice for Directors, Editors and Assistant in influencing policy in the interest of our members. We do this through our membership of various pan‐industry bodies, and by making submissions to government and public officials.
  • Internationally work co-operatively with other guilds and we belong to the International Affiliation of English‐Speaking Directors’ Organisations (IEASDO).

DEGNZ is Auckland-based with an office in Grey Lynn.

Contact Details:

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ
Level 2, 66 Surrey Crescent
Grey Lynn
PO Box 47294, Ponsonby
AUCKLAND
admin@degnz.co.nz
+64 9 360 2102
+64 21 659 950

DEGNZ

Some of you may be wondering what we have been up to in the last two to three weeks, so I thought it time to update you all.

Rather than make an effort only under the DEGNZ banner, we quickly decided to join with many of the other guilds, industry organisations and some companies to come together as the Screen Sector COVID-19 Action Group. I joined the Action Group and in the last two weeks I have been a part of meetings with TVNZ, Mediaworks, Maori Television, Sky, NZFC, NZ On Air, the Ministry of Culture and Heritage and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment pushing to get development and production funds flowing out to industry.

I have also participated in multiple internal Action Group meetings. We have set up and are working on a number of workflow groups designed in the short and medium term to help get the sector working again, and to plan for the various scenarios that may eventuate. You can see the work going on here. I, Felicity Letcher of Main Reactor and David Brady who is currently doing work for ATEED are  preparing the business case for the Group, so that we can attract desperately needed funding to execute some of the Group’s initiatives.

Rather than flood your Inboxes with messaging from DEGNZ, we have tried to keep our communications to those that are really pertinent and possibly helpful to members, and encourage you as much as possible to go to the COVID-19 Action Group website for highly valuable information: www.screenindustrynz.co.nz

As an affiliate to the Council of Trade Unions (CTU), DEGNZ is under the umbrella of their efforts to protect workers and their rights during this difficult time. I have been participating in multiple CTU meetings where we have been able to have a voice in the efforts the CTU is making with Government to get various types of support including on the wage subsidy, hopefully rent relief and other initiatives.

I am currently working with the other two unions in the screen sector, the New Zealand Writers Guild and Equity New Zealand, preparing for submissions on the Screen Worker Bill now in Select Committee. Thankfully the deadline was pushed from early April to early May because of the COVID-19 crisis, which has given us more time to prepare.

This Bill is the outcome of the work all the screen sector bodies did during the many months of discussion we had in the Film Industry Working Group, which resulted in recommendations to the Government. It’s vitally important for us to see this Bill go through as it will allow us to collectively bargain for minimum rates and terms and conditions for all directors, editors and assistant editors. You will hear from us shortly on this as we will be asking individuals to make submissions as well and have been preparing materials to help you.

Internationally, tomorrow I will have the second of two meetings within the last two weeks with the heads of the American, Canadian, UK, Irish and European Directors Guilds as we all grapple with how to deal with the COVID-19 crisis affecting all our members. This is essentially an information sharing exercise out of which we hope for some concrete initiatives to come. I was also in  touch on the weekend with our colleagues in Writers & Directors Worldwide and the Alliance of Asia-Pacific Audiovisual Writers and Directors for essentially the same purpose.

While the above has been a massive workload across the last two weeks, we have also been moving as much of our professional development online as we can. At the start of the lockdown period, we issued a call for the Emerging Women Filmmakers Incubator for 2020, which will take place over Zoom. We ran a Young Creators session with commercial video production company Chillbox Creative on Facebook Live last week. You can catch-up on the Q&A here. We will complete our Directors Toolkit with Peter Burger online this weekend too, which was interrupted by COVID-19. DEGNZ will continue to put out calls for various other workshops and initiatives over the next three months.

Finally, to help with mental health and wellbeing, we introduced a Membership Holiday for people suffering financial hardship and cannot afford to become members or renew their membership. We launched DEGNZ Play to give members a creative outlet during lockdown and continue to assess what else we can do. We are open to ideas — if you do, get in touch with me directly.

I received a suggestion from a member that prompted us to compile a database of DEGNZ editors who have editing equipment and software that allows them to work from their bubbles. The response has been great so far. The database will be pushed out to the sector as there may well be work opportunities.

We are all facing this difficult time together and united we will more effectively improve the situation for everyone. DEGNZ will continue to focus its efforts on behalf of members through the COVID-19 Action Group as this is the most efficient way for us to achieve outcomes. An example of this is the SPADA online interview with Annabelle Sheehan of NZFC and Cameron Harland of NZ On Air, which put forward many of the Action Group’s discussions.

The kaupapa of DEGNZ – to ensure the creative, cultural and financial wellbeing of our members – remains the same. From time to time, I will share further updates with you on the work we are doing.

Stay safe, be kind, stay at home, break the chain.

Tui Ruwhiu
Executive Director

COVID-19 Action Group logo

SPADA Co-Presidents Sharon Menzies and Richard Fletcher’s Q&A with NZ Film Commission CEO Annabelle Sheehan and NZ On Air CEO Cameron Harland.

Tune in to hear from the CEOs of the NZFC and NZ On Air as they discuss the events of the past three weeks and the measures they have implemented or are looking to implement to address the impact of COVID-19. The guests also offer further clarity about what is currently known, what is unknown, and how we can all work towards a positive outcome in the future.

 

SPADA Co-Presidents interview CEOs of NZOA and NZFC on the impacts of COVID-19 from Screen Industry NZ on Vimeo.

Let your creative juices flow

Thank you to our director and editor members who submitted a video for the first week of DEGNZ Play! Each one of them made us smile in under 60 seconds, which is gold in a time like now.

Watch the ‘Bubble’ Collection

We hope that these will encourage more people to make your own videos in Week Two! The theme for Week Two is MOVEMENT. Due to Easter coming up, the deadline to submit your videos is Saturday 11 April, 12 noon.

For more details on how DEGNZ Play works, click here.

To submit a video

Please send it via WeTransfer to admin@degnz.co.nz with your name, the week’s theme, your video’s title and your city/town in the message.

Go on, get your creative juices flowing!

The DEGNZ team

Online Young Creators: Think Outside the Box

We had an awesome time speaking to Jonathan, Milon and Gabe from commercial video production company Chillbox Creative in the latest in our Young Creators series. It was lovely to see that while we couldn’t meet up in person, familiar faces from our membership and others in the filmmaking community tuned in during the live-stream.

The video is available to watch if you couldn’t catch it live.