DEGNZ

Urgent Call for Applications: Drama Editor Attachment

The DEGNZ Drama Editor Attachment Scheme is a new initiative giving emerging drama editors the opportunity to advance their craft through shadowing and mentoring from an experienced drama editor.

Emerging drama editors are invited to apply for our first DEGNZ Drama Editor Attachment to editor Paul Sutorius on a telefeature about to go into production directed by John Lang.

Paul Sutorius is an highly experienced award-winning editor whose career spans feature films (Home By Christmas), documentary (Aspiring) and TV drama (800 Words, Until Proven Innocent). He is a longtime collaborator of director Gaylene Preston, beginning with Ruby and Rata in 1990, which won him a NZ Film and Television Award, and most recently My Year with Helen.

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This initiative is targeted at editors who wish to move into feature film editing. It’s purpose is to allow an emerging drama editor to:

  • learn through attendance during editing, and later at director, producer and or funding body screenings about the critique and response process so vital to the successful creative collaboration required of the feature film editor.
  • get on-the-job feature-editing experience
  • receive feedback and mentoring from an experienced feature film editor in a safe environment

The opportunity for the attachment to get hands-on cutting experience is possible but entirely at the discretion of the editor, director and producers of the production. This opportunity may be limited due to the fast post-production pace required of this particular production.

This is a paid attachment and requires the successful candidate to start on 19 March 2018 in Auckland. They are also required to be a full member of DEGNZ to secure the attachment.

The duration of the attachment would be up to a maximum of 30 full days, but may well be broken down into a mixture of full days and half days. The first two weeks from 19 March are expected to be full time.

 

To be eligible, applicants MUST:

  1. Be a FULL member of DEGNZ
  2. Be fully competent with the AVID editing system
  3. Have some past dramatic narrative editing experience (does not have to be extensive)
  4. Be available to participate fully during the post production period, starting 19 March
  5. Most importantly, have a passionate desire to become a feature film editor

 

TO APPLY

Please send your application in ONE PDF or Word DOC to admin@degnz.co.nz with ‘Editor Attachment’ in the subject line.

Application Deadline: 5PM Wednesday 7 March 2018

Your application must include:

  • a maximum 1-page letter on why you would like to do the attachment
  • a completed Editor Attachment Application Form Cover Sheet. Download it here
  • your CV and filmography, including links to existing work

We will notify you as to whether or not your application has been successful, but the decision will be final and no further correspondence will be entered into regarding your application.

We look forward to receiving your applications.

 

This initiative has been made possible with the support of the New Zealand Film Commission.

Director Regan Hall Scores Directing Role on Ash vs Evil Dead

For Immediate Release

29 May 2017

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ (DEGNZ) member and director Regan Hall has directed one episode in Season 3 of STARZ Network’s Ash vs Evil Dead (AVED) television series following his attachment to the series in 2015.

“I was excited to helm an episode of this fantastic cult franchise, which included shooting an epic fight scene, a gruesome demon, and loads of witty one-liners. Rob Tapert and his team have been very supportive, and I thank STARZ, the NZFC, and the DEGNZ for the foot in the door,” said Hall.

“During Season 1 of AVED we worked with the DEGNZ to offer several director attachments including to the 2nd Unit and stunt departments. Any of those directors would have been great to have on the show. We are happy to be able to give this opportunity to Regan and support talented New Zealand directors,” said Tapert.

“We are thrilled to see another of the attachment initiatives we have been involved with bear fruit with Regan directing on AVED,” said Executive Director Tui Ruwhiu. “Few Kiwis get the opportunity to direct on high budget US drama and this is a great coup for our TV drama strategy.”

Hall was one of five New Zealand directors with New Zealand Film Commission and STARZ support who attached to the first AVED series in 2015. He is the first of the attachments to gain employment on the show.

Hall directed his first feature film Fast Girls in the United Kingdom in 2012 following a successful career as a director in advertising, fashion and music.

Ash vs Evil Dead is a half-hour American horror-comedy television series from executive producers and The Evil Dead original filmmakers Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell for the STARZ premium cable network. It’s executive produced in New Zealand by producer Rob Tapert, who has been behind many of the US TV network shows made here, including Spartacus, Legend of the Seeker, Xena: Warrior Princess, and Hercules: Legendary Journeys. AVED is currently in production and is made in Auckland, primarily at a number of studio locations around the city.

ENDS

For further information contact:

Tui Ruwhiu

Executive Director

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ

tui@degnz.co.nz

+64 21 659 950

 

Regan Hall

New Zealand filmmaker Regan Hall premiered his debut feature film Fast Girls in 2012.  The Olympic-themed all-girl sports drama, a co-production between the BFI and Studiocanal, received strong reviews during its 370-screen UK release.

Hall grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, the son of successful fashion designers.  He developed a passion for film as a teenager and after graduating from NZ’s top film school went on to work as a film editor in Wellington, home to Peter Jackson’s Weta workshop.

In 2000 he moved to London and began creating films for the advertising, fashion and music industries.  He has become renowned for producing and directing high-profile fashion films for clients that include Dolce and Gabbana, Revlon, and Swarovski – recently working on commercials for fashion photographer Mario Testino.

In 2010 he won multiple awards for his short film 3 Hours. The all-Iraqi war drama told the true story of a mass shooting in Baghdad.  Premiering at Doha Tribeca, it went on to screen in over forty international festivals.

About Starz

Starz (www.starz.com), a Lionsgate company (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), is a leading global media and entertainment company that provides premium subscription video programming on domestic U.S. pay television networks and produces and distributes content for worldwide audiences, including its investment in the STARZ PLAY Arabia OTT service.  Starz is home to the flagship STARZ® brand with 24.3 million subscribers in the United States as of December 31, 2016, with the STARZ ENCORESM network at 31 million subscribers. Starz provides high-quality, entertaining premium subscription video programming with 17 premium pay TV channels and associated on-demand and online services, including the STARZ app. Sold through U.S. multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, telecommunications companies, and other online and digital platforms, Starz offers subscribers more than 5,000 distinct premium television episodes and feature films every year and up to 1,500 every month, including STARZ Original series, first-run movies and other popular movie and television programming.

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.

DEGNZ is 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, we 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

HELENA BROOKS FOLLOWS DEGNZ DIRECTOR’S ATTACHMENT WITH DIRECTING ROLE ON 800 WORDS

 22 March 2017

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ (DEGNZ) member and director Helena Brooks has taken up a two-episode directing role on the third series of South Pacific Pictures’ (SPP) Channel 7 TV drama production 800 Words, following the successful conclusion of her DEGNZ TV Drama Director Attachment on SPP’s The Brokenwood Mysteries.

“The recent DEGNZ director’s attachment was an excellent way to learn how drama operates at SPP,” Helena Brooks said. “During the attachment I directed a couple of days on Brokenwood Mysteries, which led to 2nd unit directing on Westside. I was then asked to direct a block of 800 Words, which I’m really looking forward to. SPP is like a finely tuned instrument with a big family vibe and I really love being amongst it.”

Brooks will direct one block (two episodes) of 800 Words starting in April, and will see those episodes through post production.

“We are ecstatic that our TV Drama Director initiative has resulted in Helena moving onto fulltime directing of drama,” said Executive Director of DEGNZ Tui Ruwhiu.

“We are extremely pleased to add Helena to our roster of directors, and we applaud both the DEGNZ and NZ On Air for their support of the directors attachment initiative,” CEO of South Pacific Pictures Kelly Martin said.

“Helena’s success is heartening. I’d like to congratulate Helena on her achievements to date and hope we will see many more drama productions directed by her in the future,” said NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson.

800 Words is a 24 x 1-hour comedy drama series produced by South Pacific Pictures and Seven Productions. The series premiered in Australia in September 2015 and quickly became the #1 drama on Australian television as well as topping the Tuesday night primetime ratings. 800 Words also premiered in New Zealand on TV One in late 2015. Erik Thomson plays George, a man who used to skate through life but who is now stumbling. When his wife dies suddenly, George makes a rash decision to move his two teenaged kids away from the big smoke of Sydney to the picturesque town of Weld in New Zealand. All he wants to do is make a fresh start but it seems that everyone – his kids, the townspeople, the universe – have other ideas. This is a Seven and South Pacific Pictures production created by James Griffin (Outrageous Fortune, The Almighty Johnsons) and Maxine Fleming (Being Eve, Outrageous Fortune). Season Two of 800 Words is currently screening on Channel 7 in Australia and in New Zealand on TVNZ One.

The TV Drama Attachment initiative is an industry professional development activity 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.

ENDS

For further information contact:

Tui Ruwhiu
Executive Director
Directors & Editors Guild of NZ
tui@degnz.co.nz
+64 21 659 950

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

 

Cathy MacDonald Selected For Director Attachment On Shortland Street

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ (DEGNZ), NZ On Air and South Pacific Pictures Limited (SPP) are delighted to announce DEGNZ member and director Cathy MacDonald as the TV Drama Director Attachment on Shortland Steet.

“Shortland Street is an important training ground for drama directors and I’m so chuffed to be a part of it. Huge thanks to the very generous Geoff Cawthorn and Maxine Fleming for the opportunity,” said MacDonald.

“Cathy has made a significant effort to advance her career as a film and TV drama director,” said Executive Director of DEGNZ Tui Ruwhiu. “This attachment on Shortland Street is another major step toward her achieving her goals, and we are thrilled to be able to assist her in this.”

Cathy has over 15 years experience as a director in short film, television and advertising. She has won nearly 20 international awards for my work as a writer/director of promos and branded content including Young Creative at Promax Europe, Best Director at Promax World, Best Campaign at Promax World, and Best Director nominee at the New York Festivals. Her short films have been selected at 12 festivals including BAFTA and Academy Awards qualifiers Encounters Film Festival (Bristol), London International Documentary Festival, Rushes Soho Shorts (London), and Show Me Shorts (NZ).

A fast-paced serial drama in an urban setting, Shortland Street explores the lives and loves of the patients and staff of a modern metropolitan hospital and contains a heady mix of medical crisis, human drama, comedy, romance and suspense. First airing in 1992, Shortland Street celebrates 24 years on air in 2015. With around 40% of all viewers tuning in every night, Shortland Street is regularly the number one show in target demographics 18-39 and Household Shoppers with children. As well as being New Zealand’s most successful serial drama, the show screens in several international territories including Fiji, Australia and Ireland.

MacDonald is now the fifth DEGNZ member director to attach to a New Zealand TV drama series, and the third woman. Started in 2015, the initiative has seen actor and director Matthew Saville attach to director Ric Pellizarri on Screentime’s telefeature Bombshell: The Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior, actor and director Aidee Walker shadow director Michael Hurst on SPP’s Westside series, director Jamie Lawrence join director Peter Burger on Filthy Productions’ series Dirty Laundry, and director Helena Brooks shadowed Mark Beasley on SPP’s The Brokenwood Mysteries.

The TV Drama Attachment initiative is an industry professional development activity 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.

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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

Cathy MacDonald was trained by the BBC Academy in Working with Actors, Health and Safety and Directing Drama. She attended screenwriting courses at London’s Raindance Academy, and in 2011 won the $30K International Graduate Scholarship to do a Masters of Screenwriting at Central St Martins College London. In 2012 she was funded by Real Ideas Studio California to create a short documentary and attend the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Back in New Zealand, in 2013 she attended the Script to Screen Short Film Lab where I developed my short narrative drama The December Shipment. In 2014 she self-funded the film and with it made the final shortlist from a global list of nearly 4000 directors in the $150KLexus Short Film Competition. This year she’s gained representation by Sunday Punch, the TVC production arm of The Downlow Concept.

South Pacific Pictures is New Zealand’s largest screen production company and has an international reputation for producing world-class television and film. The company is in its 28th year of operation and to date has produced more than 5000 hours of programming. Drama series and serials, feature films, and more recently, entertainment, reality programming, factual series and documentaries are all part of the programming mix. The current slate includes work for New Zealand, Australian, Canadian and European broadcasters.

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.
  • is 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