Last month we were lucky enough to have the team from Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II talk to us about what they look for in a director to make a project go smoothly. The knowledgeable panel consisted of Brendan Durey (SFX), Augie Davis (Stunts), Nick Bassett (Art Director), and Grant Major (Production Designer). The lively discussion was moderated by Jesse Warne whose directing credits include Spartacus, Arrow, True Blood, and The Vampire Diaries.

The team gave a number of valuable insights on topics that ranged from pre-production, budgeting, creative solutions on set, and their overall appreciation for strong leadership in a director.

Thank you to everyone who came along to be a part of this discussion.


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  1. Notice of AGM

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Directors & Editors Guild of NZ (DEGNZ) will be held 10:0AM to 12:00 Noon on Saturday, 29 October 2016 at The Long Room in the Short Room, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby, Auckland. The DEGNZ Constitution is available here on the DEGNZ website (Resources/Documents).


  1. Call for Remits

I hereby call for remits to be considered by the AGM.

All remits must be signed by the Proposer and a Seconder who are full financial members of the Guild. Remits are to be received at the Guild office either by email to, or to arrive at the DEGNZ office no later than 5pm on Friday 14 October 2016. This is in order for remits to be listed as items of business in the notice of the agenda, which must be sent to all members by Friday, 21 October 2016. The Remit Form is available here on the DEGNZ website (Resources/Documents).


  1. Call for Nominations to the DEGNZ Board

There will be an election in conjunction with the AGM for the positions of President, Treasurer and National Executive Members of the DEGNZ Board. Please ensure your nomination is received at the DEGNZ office by 7 October 2016. This is in order for the membership to be advised of those standing for election by 14 October 2016. Please see the Call for Nominations and Nomination Form here on the DEGNZ website (Resources/Documents).

If you have any questions please contact:

Tui Ruwhiu
Executive Director
Directors & Editors Guild of NZ

DEGNZ was glad to bring The Rehearsal Room to Christchurch for the first time last month, especially considering the fantastic talent that came along.

Directors Hugh Mitton, Steph Harris, Gillian Ashurst and Louise Leitch joined actors Nic Farra, David Allen, Julian Anderson, Jos Hoetjes, Lizzie Tollemache, Mike Adams, Susannah Kenton and Dan Bain for a day of practising their craft and work-shopping film scenes from both original and popular film scripts. 

We asked them what they thought was the best thing about the Rehearsal Room:

“The opportunity to practise craft with actors in safe, playful environment. It can be a ‘long time between drinks’

“This was a unique opportunity to put my screenplay dialogue to the test. It was great to hear the lines coming alive with really talented actors, playing my characters”

“The chance to work intimately with a director and evolve our scene over 2 hours”


A warm thank you to everyone who joined us and a special thank you to Springsouth Agency who helped us with getting such fantastic acting talent on board!