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Rehearsal Room brings Directors and Actors Together

Directors and actors came together at our first workshop of the year to meet and explore the rehearsal process. The Auckland edition of The Rehearsal Room was led by actor/director Ian Hughes who started the workshop with some fun exercises and then helped each group go deeper into their scenes.

The Rehearsal Room is heading to Christchurch next month on March 25 with actor/acting coach Peter Feeney moderating. Register for this event now on Eventbrite.

20 Feet From Stardom

Call for Applications: Documentary Editing Masterclass with Award-winning Editor Doug Blush

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ invites editors to apply for a Feature Documentary Editing Masterclass in Auckland with American editor Doug Blush.

Doug BlushDoug Blush is a multi award-winning editor who has worked on over 50 feature documentaries and TV programmes, and has been nominated five times for Best Editing at the Sundance Film Festival. His recent credits include Oscar-winning theatrical hit 20 Feet From Stardom, which won him an ACE Eddie Award for Best Documentary Editing. With wife Lisa Klein, Doug co-directed Of Two Minds and follow-up film The S Word. 

The Masterclass will consist of two separate days on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 March.

Day One: Interactive Seminar

Doug will deliver an interactive seminar on character, story and message  for up to a total of 20 participants. Editors are welcome to bring their directors along on the day.

Topics covered on Day One will include:

  • The Documentary/Narrative “wall” and how to break it
  • Beginning a documentary and editing strategies for laying out a narrative
  • Developing characters with true arcs and growth
  • Tapping into narrative story elements for documentary
  • Ending your film by considering story and message

Day Two: Project Consultation for up to 6 projects

Doug will run a project consultation on Day Two for up to 6 selected feature documentary projects. Editors are invited to submit their project currently in post-production for feedback.

Selected participants will be required to bring 10-15 minutes of their project in QuickTime format for class discussion and feedback, and must be comfortable with sharing their projects in a confidential environment. Selected editors are welcome to bring their directors on the day.

 

Cost: DEGNZ members free, Non-members $100 – selected editors can bring their director for free.
When: Saturday 18 March, 9am – 5pm & Sunday 19 March, 9am – 4pm.
Where: TBC, Auckland

Lunch will be provided each day.

Travel assistance may be available for DEGNZ members coming from out of Auckland.

TO APPLY please send your application in ONE PDF to tema@degnz.co.nz with ‘Doug Blush Masterclass’ in the subject line.

In your application, please provide:

  • CV
  • links to samples of your work
  • a maximum one-page letter stating why you should be selected. Please indicate if you would like your director to attend with you.
  • To apply for the project consultation on Day Two, please also provide a brief synopsis of your feature documentary project that is currently in post-production.

Application Deadline: 9am, Monday 6 March.

 

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

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Rialto Channel NZ Film Award Winners Announced

The Rialto Channel NZ Film Awards (nicknamed Moas) were held on Saturday night at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds, a night to celebrate New Zealand’s brilliant filmmaking talent.

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ Best Documentary Director award went to David Stubbs for Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses. A special congratulations also goes out to our members who took home awards:

Sam Neill presented the Services to Cinema Award to Gaylene Preston for her outstanding contributions to New Zealand film.

Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses

Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses

Best Editor went to Jonno Woodford-Robinson for his work on Mahana with Michael Horton, while Simon Coldrick won Best Documentary Editor for Tickled.

Ivan Barge’s Madam Black picked up Best Short film and Angela Bloomfield won Best Short Film Actress for her role in self-directed short Linda’s List.

See the full list of winners here.

Madam Black

Madam Black

Winners were decided by a judging committee that is totally off-shore based, taking into consideration a total of 19 drama features, 9 documentary features and 12 short films in various categories.

If you weren’t able to be there on the night, you can celebrate the Rialto Channel NZ Film Awards on Saturday February 25 at 5.25pm on Sky’s Rialto Channel 39, featuring red-carpet coverage with film vlogger Francesca Rudkin chatting to all the stars and filmmakers.

The Rehearsal Room

Register Now – Christchurch Rehearsal Room with Peter Feeney

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The Rehearsal Room with Peter Feeney – Christchurch

When: Saturday 25 March 2017, 9.30am – 1.30pm

Where: Merivale, Christchurch

The Rehearsal Room brings together professionals – actors and directors – in a safe, supportive environment to practise working with each other on scenes under the guidance of an experienced moderator.

“Directors need as much practise… spending time with actors as they can get. It’s such an important relationship and so often writer/directors, especially, spend so much time by themselves with a script… and very little importance is placed on being able to direct actors.” – Past actor participant

REGISTER on our event page to have your name in the draw to participate. For each event 4 directors and 8 actors will be selected. ONLY Actors Equity actors and DEGNZ directors are permitted entry to The Rehearsal Room.

You need only register once. Your name will remain in the draw for future Rehearsal Rooms unless you ask us to remove it. If you are selected, we’ll email or phone you to confirm your participation.

 

Moderator - Peter Feeney
After moderating two excellent Rehearsal Rooms in Auckland and Wellington in 2016, Peter Feeney will bring his knowledge and insights to Christchurch.

Peter’s 20-year-plus acting CV ranges from NZ-shot US shows (Spartacus), to kids TV (Secret Agent Men, The Cul de Sac), comedy (Auckland Daze) drama (Abandoned), commercials and film: he won rave reviews as a mad scientist in Black Sheep. Peter also teaches acting, directs a bit, does occasional travel writing and helps raise his three young children.

 

Who is The Rehearsal Room for?
Professional actors and directors. It is open to Actors Equity and DEGNZ members of all levels of experience, from novices to virtuosos.

 

Material
Directors will be asked to provide a two-character scene (2 pages) or, if you prefer, a scene will be provided for you. Directors and actors will receive scripts in advance.

 

Structure of the event
Directors and actors will spend time rehearsing their scenes, with emphasis on connection and content.

After morning tea, participants will block their scenes, before presenting them for shooting, followed by viewing and discussion. The shooting is a wide shot only, intended as a means to review performance, not for directors to direct camera.

 

The Rehearsal Room is hosted by Directors & Editors Guild of New Zealand and the Equity Foundation, with financial support from New Zealand Film Commission.

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DEGNZ Supports DGA, SAG-AFTRA Denouncement of Trump’s Immigration Policy

2 February 2017

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ (DEGNZ) fully supports the denouncement by the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) of President Donald Trump’s executive order barring people from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somaila, Sudan and Yemen entering the United States.

“It is patently discriminatory to single out people solely by nationality or religion,” said DEGNZ President Howard Taylor.

“Law-abiding artists such as Iranian director Ashgar Farhadi who is prevented from attending the Academy Awards or any other law-abiding person should be treated equally regardless of race, gender, creed, disability, sexual orientation or country of birth.”

The DGA and SAG-AFTRA objections followed the Writers Guild of America’s statement blasting Trump’s 27 January order to suspend entry of refugees to for United States for 120 days, impose an indefinite ban on refugees from Syria, and a 90-day ban on citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Trump’s ban has generated significant condemnation and concern in the creative and technology sectors with the Motion Picture Association of America, the gaming industry, Google, Netflix, Reddit and many other companies and organisations deeply opposed to the new immigration policy.

“The screen industry is now global,” added Taylor. The movement of artists and their works must flow freely and not be impeded by xenophobic policy that hinders expression or basic human rights.”

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For further information, please contact:

Tui Ruwhiu
Executive Director
Directors & Editors Guild of NZ
tui@degnz.co.nz
021-659-950

 

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ is a not-for-profit membership organisation that represents Directors and Editors in the New Zealand screen industry. This includes Directors and 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 and Editors in influencing policy in the interest of our members. We do this through our membership of the pan‐industry group SINZ (Screen Industry New Zealand), 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

P.O. Box 47-294, Ponsonby

Auckland

+64-9-360-2102

admin@degnz.co.nz

www.degnz.co.nz

www.facebook.com/degnz

www.linkedin.com/in/degnz

@degnz_online

DEGNZ

Could you be our next Graduate Intern superstar?

We are looking for our next Graduate Intern who wishes to extend their knowledge of the film and television industry and take part in creating a sustainable industry for NZ directors and editors. The right candidate will get to engage with directors and editors across the country with networking opportunities and the chance to contribute to an exciting industry while gaining some great experience for their CV.

The role will involve 5 hours per week, unpaid over a period of four months.

Responsibilities will involve communication with members, membership processing, general admin, and may include drafting website content, research and social media.

Though we expect the intern to have some competency in some of the key skills outlined below, we also offer training in these skills.

To be successful in this role, you will:
•    Need to commit to 5 hours per week for each week of a four-month internship.
•    Have excellent written and face-to-face communication skills.
•    Have a relevant qualification in the Film and TV industry.
•    Have competency in the use of any/all of the following: Microsoft Office including Excel and Word, social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
•    Be a collaborator – bring new ideas to the table.
•    Have a dedication to the growth and nurture of the film industry, particularly for Directors and Editors.
•    Have a good sense of discretion, privacy, and humour.

If you are interested in this internship, please send your CV and a brief covering letter to tema@degnz.co.nz.

 

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Submit Your Script – Table Reads 2017

Bringing Writers, Directors & Actors together for Table Reads.

Four reads per year on Saturdays @ NZWG HQ in Grey Lynn.

A core cast – max six actors – together with a writer & director team (OR writer/director) will collaborate on each script-in-development table read.

DEGNZ members and/or NZWG members are invited to apply for the script component to go into the draw for a day-long table read*. The script must have a director attached and have been through a development process.

Writer & Director teams: both must be members of NZWG/DEGNZ

Writer/director: must be a member of NZWG/DEGNZ

 

TABLE READ – ROUND ONE 2017

When: Saturday 11 March, 10am start

Where: NZWG HQ, Grey Lynn

Script Submissions close: Monday 20 February. Email NZWG – guildhq@nzwritersguild.org.nz (Subject line: Final Draft)

*Names remain for subsequent draws.

 

A Joint Initiative brought to you by NZWG, DEGNZ & EQUITY Foundation. With warm thanks to the New Zealand Film Commission.

 

 

The Rehearsal Room

Register Now: First Rehearsal Room for 2017

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The Rehearsal Room with Ian Hughes will kick off our 2017 Professional Development programme!

 

The Rehearsal Room with Ian Hughes - Auckland

When: Saturday 25 February 2017, 9.30am – 1.30pm

Where: Kingsland, Auckland

 

The Rehearsal Room brings together professionals – actors and directors – in a safe, supportive environment to practise working with each other on scenes under the guidance of an experienced moderator.

“Directors need as much practise… spending time with actors as they can get. It’s such an important relationship and so often writer/directors, especially, spend so much time by themselves with a script… and very little importance is placed on being able to direct actors. So MORE of this type of workshop please!” – Past participant

REGISTER on our event page to have your name in the draw to participate. For each event 4 directors and 8 actors will be selected. ONLY Actors Equity actors and DEGNZ directors are permitted entry to The Rehearsal Room.

You need only register once. Your name will remain in the draw for future Rehearsal Rooms unless you ask us to remove it. If you are selected, we’ll email or phone you to confirm your participation.

 

Moderator – Ian Hughes
For this workshop, we are pleased to have highly experienced actor and director Ian Hughes facilitating. Ian is a well-known actor (Topless Women Talk About Their Lives, Shortland Street, Go Girls, Xena, City Life, Lord of the Rings) who has worked with many of New Zealand’s directors and turned his hand to directing (Shortland Street, Step Dave).

 

Who is The Rehearsal Room for?
Professional actors and directors. It is open to Actors Equity and DEGNZ members of all levels of experience, from novices to virtuosos.

 

Material
Directors will be asked to provide a two-character scene (2 pages) or, if you prefer, a scene will be provided for you. Directors and actors will receive scripts in advance.

 

Structure of the event
Directors and actors will spend time rehearsing their scenes, with emphasis on connection and content.

After morning tea, participants will block their scenes, before presenting them for shooting, followed by viewing and discussion. The shooting is a wide shot only, intended as a means to review performance, not for directors to direct camera.

 

The Rehearsal Room is hosted by Directors & Editors Guild of New Zealand and the Equity Foundation, with financial support from New Zealand Film Commission.

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Abigail Greenwood Gets Second Director’s Attachment With Filthy Productions

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ, NZ On Air and Filthy Productions are thrilled to announce actor and director Abigail Greenwood as the TV Drama Director Attachment on the Filthy Rich TV series.

“Impressed by the strength of Abigail’s application, we looked at attaching two directors to Dirty Laundry last year” said Steven Zanoski from Filthy Productions.

When other commitments arose, we immediately thought of Filthy Rich, should a second season eventuate, believing Abigail a good fit with the show.”

Abigail attaches to experienced director Michael Duignan, whose past credits include Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, The Blue Rose, Agent Anna, and the first series of Filthy Rich. She has joined the production this month as they get underway in Auckland. Filthy Rich is produced by Steven Zanoski for Filthy Productions Ltd.

“I’m really excited to watch this very successful team do what they do so well, and stoked to be shadowing Michael Duignan, who I admire for his bold and inventive directing style,” said Abigail Greenwood.

It’s such a privilege to be given an internship as a director, so huge thanks to DEGNZ and Filthy Productions for this amazing opportunity.”

“We are delighted to again support an up and coming woman director to develop her skills under the mentorship of an experienced director, in the hope that we can see more women directing content for our screens in future,” said NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson.

“Abigail brings her signigicant experience as an actor and her directing success with short films including Eleven, which was selected for the Berlin International Film Festival to the attachment,” said DEGNZ Executive Director Tui Ruwhiu.

“She is one of a number of talented early-career women directors coming to the fore and we are thrilled she has this opportunity to further her directing experience.”

Filthy Rich tells the story of three illegitimate children who discover they each have a claim to the fortune of one of NZ’s wealthiest men, John Truebridge. With so much money on the line, John’s legitimate family will do anything to stop these new, unexpected heirs! This Filthy Productions 14 x 1-hour drama is in its second series on TV One.

The DEGNZ TV Drama Director Attachment Scheme is now in its second year and Abigail has secured the sixth director attachment through this initiative, funded by NZ On Air and the production company involved and managed by DEGNZ. It is intended to give emerging drama directors the opportunity to shadow an experienced director through the pre-production, production and post-production process as a means to improve their craft skills. There is also an opportunity to direct one or more scenes during their attachment, at the discretion of the series producer and episode director.

The scheme has seen four women and two men attach to New Zealand dramas with Matthew Saville on Screentime’s Bombshell: The Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior, Aidee Walker on South Pacific Pictures’ (SPP) Westside, Helena Brooks on their Brokenwood Mysteries, and Cathy MacDonald on SPP’s Shortland Street, while Jamie Lawrence attached to Filthy Production’s Dirty Laundry.

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For further information, please contact:

Tui Ruwhiu
Executive Director
Directors & Editors Guild of NZ
tui@degnz.co.nz
021-659-950

 

Abigail Greenwood is an award winning theatre director and filmmaker from Auckland, New Zealand. Over the last ten years she has been working as a director, actor and production and costume design assistant in New Zealand film, theatre, and television.

 

Abigail’s first short film received international acclaim, participating in international festivals including Berlinale 2014 and Melbourne International Film Festival 2014. The film won Best Short Film at the Rialto Channel NZ Film Awards 2014, and Abigail was awarded for Distinctive Creative Achievement as a Director in the New Zealand International Film Festival ‘NZ’s Best’ competition 2014.

Abigail has worked as a co-ordinator and assistant to Kirsty Cameron on The Hopes and Dreams of Gazza Snell, Lovebirds, Sione’s Wedding 2, The Weight of Elephants, Field Punishment No. 1, Slow West, and recently The Rehearsal.

Abigail’s acting credits include Brave Donkey (short film), Piece of My Heart (telefeature), and Outrageous Fortune (TV series).

Theatre directing credits include collaborative works The Height of the Eiffel Tower (New York Fringe Festival 2010, Silo Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe 2014), and Nick (Edinburgh Fringe 2013), as well as And Then You Die by Thomas Sainsbury and Cow by Jo Randerson for Auckland Theatre Company’s Young and Hungry.

 

Filthy Productions Ltd is a production company recently set up by Rachel Lang, Gavin Strawhan and Steven Zanoski. The company’s focus is production based, with a philosophy that the best television drama and comedy is always driven by the creatives. Productions to date are Filthy Rich and Dirty Laundry, both for Television New Zealand.

 

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ is a not-for-profit membership organisation that represents Directors and Editors in the New Zealand screen industry. This includes Directors and 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 and Editors in influencing policy in the interest of our members. We do this through our membership of the pan‐industry group SINZ (Screen Industry New Zealand), 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

P.O. Box 47-294, Ponsonby

Auckland

+64-9-360-2102

admin@degnz.co.nz

www.degnz.co.nz

www.facebook.com/degnz

www.linkedin.com/in/degnz

@degnz_online