DEGNZ is pleased to present a Directing Actors workshop with internationally renowned acting and directing coach Miranda Harcourt. This 3-hour interactive seminar will take place on Zoom on May 10. We invite emerging directors (with short film/commercial/web series credits) through to experienced directors to apply.

In her seminar, Miranda will introduce simple, innovative ways of thinking about and achieving connection and character. She will teach directors a series of unique exercises that she has developed for use in rehearsal and on-set that get actors to where they need to be, fast.

DEGNZ will select up to 16 participants. Participants will be asked to carry out a couple of practical homework tasks ahead of the workshop.

About Miranda Harcourt

Miranda’s speciality is screen naturalism. Her approach is based on years of writing and performing Verbatim theatre in prisons in New Zealand, Australia and the UK, as well as her work as an on-set acting coach with renowned actors and directors on films all over the world. Miranda has coached many Oscar, Golden Globe, and BAFTA award-nominated and winning performances in film and television, including Big Little Lies, This Country, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, The Beguiled, Lion, Destroyer, Buoyancy, Judy and Punch and The Undoing.

For seven years Miranda was the Head of the Acting Department at Toi Whakaari — New Zealand Drama School. Miranda has taught at TIFF in Toronto, at NFTS and NYU Tisch, The London Film School and Directors UK in Britain, at AFTRS and The Hub in Sydney, at Toi Whakaari, The Actors’ Program, Otago University and Victoria University in Aotearoa, New Zealand. In her work with actors and directors Miranda aims to shift paradigms, empowering creatives to realise their own talent.

Workshop Details

Price: Workshop offered at a discounted rate due to the COVID-19 pandemic
DEGNZ member – Free
Non-member – $30

When: Sunday 10 May, 9:30am – 12:30pm

Where: Online seminar hosted on Zoom

To Apply

Applications Close: Thursday 30 April, midnight

STEP 1: Complete the registration form below.

STEP 2: Send in one PDF to tema@degnz.co.nz:

  • your CV or bio with filmography, and
  • a brief, maximum 1-page letter that summarises why you would like to participate and what you hope to gain from the workshop.

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Registration Form

 

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

NZFC

DEGNZ

DEGNZ will host its first CONNECT forum for members on Thursday 16 April from 2 – 3PM.

DEGNZ Executive Director Tui Ruwhiu will provide an update on the work the COVID-19 Action Group is engaged in. He will then be available, together with President Howard Taylor and Board Member Michael Duignan, to answers any questions you may have, listen to any concerns you may wish to raise or ideas you might like to put forward at what is a tumultuous time for us all.

To participate, register below. Information on how to join the Zoom meeting will be emailed to you once you have registered.

We hope you are all safe and well and look forward to connecting with you face-to-face on Thursday.

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Stay at home, make a video

Entries from Week Two of DEGNZ Play have come in and are now up on our YouTube channel for you to enjoy! Check our what our members have made this week.

Can you come up with a video up to 60-seconds long on the theme for Week Three, NEW PERSPECTIVES? Use it as a springboard for your ideas and creativity. Maybe give a new technique a go. It’s up to you what you want to do. Just have fun and a good Easter!

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. The deadline for Week 3 is Friday 17 April, 5PM.

Participation is limited to DEGNZ members, but you can join as per normal or take advantage of our Membership Holiday scheme to become a member if you are suffering financial hardship.

Some suggestions for approach:

  1. This is not a competition—it’s an opportunity for self-expression—everyone’s a winner.
  2. We are not encouraging mini-Hollywood studio productions. Simple is better, but if you really feel the need…
  3. Please refrain from being explicit in content or language. We’d like members to be able to share it with their families. We do reserve the right not to upload content to the DEGNZ channel if we feel it’s inappropriate.
  4. Keep the file size small – less than 100MBs if you can.
  5. No longer than 60-seconds.

The DEGNZ team

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