Making the Intangible Tangible

On July 24, esteemed documentary director Leanne Pooley will explore how a director crafts and communicates the tone of a film, a fine finish to our workshop series on tone for 2021, which seeks to pin down this elusive subject.

When you are dealing with the stories of real people and portraying them on screen, getting the tone wrong can lead to significant problems. Tone is part of everything a documentary director does when approaching a story. It’s part of the narrative, the pace, the look, the music.

Tone is part of every decision a director makes, and in this workshop, Leanne will share practically using examples from her films on how directors make these decisions.

About Leanne Pooley

A documentary filmmaker for over 25 years, Leanne has directed films all over the world and has won numerous awards (including Best Documentary at TIFF). Leanne is a New Zealand Arts Laureate, a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and was named an “Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit” for Services to Documentary Filmmaking in the 2017 New Year’s Honours List.

Her work includes The Girl on the Bridge on suicide survivor and activist Jazz Thornton, We Need to Talk About A.I. for Universal Pictures and GFC, animated feature documentary 25 April and acclaimed local box office success Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls.

 

Who’s it for?

Documentary directors wanting to better understand tone – you’ll come away with useful ideas that can be applied to your own process, whether you’re directing on your first short film or moving onto longer content (e.g. a first feature documentary, a webseries).

Workshop Details

When: Saturday 24 July 2021, 9:30am – 4pm

Where: Saint Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011

Price:

DEGNZ member – Free
Non-member – $95

Lunch, tea and coffee included.

Travel Allowances

DEGNZ Full members based outside of Auckland can apply to the Guild for travel support up to the value of $250 (incl GST). We have six grants available.

To apply you must meet these criteria:

  1. You live outside of the Auckland region.
  2. You are a NZ Citizen or permanent resident.
  3. You have a confirmed place in one of the Tone workshops.

Please indicate if you wish to apply for a travel allowance when you register. For additional information and criteria, see here.

 

To Apply

Applications close: Tuesday 20 July, 3PM

  1. Submit the application form below.
  2. Email your CV or a bio with filmography to tema@degnz.co.nz. Please include links to your work.

We will then review your application and email you to confirm that you have a place. Spaces are limited and applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Application Form

 

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

NZFC

Know Your Rights nationwide tour of workshops have added two new dates to the tour!

HAMILTON – Saturday 3 July 2021
Book here

AUCKLAND in conjunction with Ngā Aho Whakaari – Saturday 7 August 2021
Book here

The Know Your Rights Workshop is a ‘must-do’ for any actor, director, editor or writer who seeks a successful career in the New Zealand screen industry, arming you with the knowledge, information and resources you need to negotiate and collaborate successfully and work sustainably.

The next three workshops will be held in Auckland on Friday 25 June, Wellington Friday 30 July and Rotorua Saturday 31 July, with spaces still available! Book your free ticket & lunch here.

Joining the three Executive Directors of the guilds to present on topics will be legal firm Hudson Gavin Martin (experts in media and IP law) and production accountant Natalie Doherty.

Each workshop will be run from 9.30AM to 4.30PM, with lunch provided, in a series of joint and breakout sessions, and will also cover off on topics including:

  • Intellectual Property
  • Copyright
  • The difference between employer and contractor
  • Breakout sessions with specific rights, contracting and career information for Writers, Directors and Editors, and Performers
  • At the Auckland Workshop on August 7, an additional breakout option is available for Māori screen practitioners with Ngā Aho Whakaari Executive Director Hineani Melbourne.
  • Tips and advice on company structures, how to handle taxes, GST, per diems and expenses and more

Tour Dates 2021:

Auckland – Friday 12 March | COMPLETED
Dunedin – Friday 26 March | COMPLETED
Christchurch – Friday 30 April | COMPLETED
Wellington – Friday 21 May | COMPLETED
Nelson – Friday 22 May | COMPLETED
Auckland – Friday 25 June
Hamilton – Saturday 3 July
Wellington – Friday 30 July
Rotorua – Saturday 31 July
Auckland – Saturday 7 August

NB: Venues confirmed closer to the dates

Book HERE for any of the upcoming workshops.

 

These workshops are brought to you with the financial support of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.  

DEGNZ presents director Zia Mandviwalla in Christchurch on June 26 as part of Direct South, a series of short film workshops for South Island directors.

Short films can showcase your creative voice and align with your long-term career goals.

Join us for a one-day workshop that will dive into the mahi behind Zia Mandvialla’s acclaimed and widely loved short film Night Shift, providing you with practical examples and ideas to inspire you and your projects.

Night Shift premiered at the Festival de Cannes in 2012, before showing at the New York, Melbourne, Sydney, Sundance and Valladolid Film Festivals, amongst others. It was the last New Zealand short film to make it into Cannes and was a Short Film Palme d’Or nominee.

Discussion will include:

  • how to work with actors
  • how you can develop visual and story ideas leading up to your shoot
  • how location influences story
  • and more


Who’s it for

Short film directors residing in Te Waipounamu South Island – you might be a first-time director or have several under your belt. This workshop series is not tailored to documentary or scriptwriting.

About Zia Mandviwalla

A Zoroastrian by birth writer-director Zia Mandviwalla was born in India, grew up in the Middle East and moved to New Zealand in 1996. Her delicately crafted narratives tell stories of people who exist on social peripheries – outsiders, searching for their place in the world.

Zia’s previous short films, Eating Sausage, Clean Linen and Amadi have also received acclaim at festivals around the world. With these films, Zia has represented New Zealand at the Berlinale Talent Campus and at Melbourne’s prestigious Accelerator program. She has received a host of awards for her writing and directing, and in 2009 Zia was named SPADA’s New Filmmaker of the Year.

Recently Zia has ventured into documentary including episodes of the Emmy nominated Netflix Original series Chef’s Table and the Netflix Original show Home Game. Zia was recently nominated for a James Beard Award for her work directing the Asma Khan episode of Chef’s Table.

Workshop Details

When: Saturday 26 June 2021, 10am – 4:30pm

Where:
New Zealand Broadcasting School – TV Block Madras Street Campus
33 Southwark Street, Christchurch 8011

 


Scholarships for Students

DEGNZ has up to 6 full scholarships available to support students in the South Island.

You must be at least 18-years-old and studying a screen-related course at a tertiary education provider. To apply, please send us a brief, max. one-page letter telling us:

  • A bit about yourself – what you’re studying and your aspirations after graduating, and
  • Why you want to attend this workshop

Email your letter, name and contact details to tema@degnz.co.nz before registrations close.


Travel Allowances

DEGNZ Full members based outside of Canterbury can apply to the Guild for travel support up to the value of $150 (incl GST).

To apply you must meet these criteria:

  • You are a South Island resident living outside of the Canterbury region.
  • You are a NZ Citizen or permanent resident.

For additional information and criteria, see here.

 


Registration

Registration Closes: Wednesday 23 June, 2pm

Price: 

DEGNZ member – Free
General Admission Early Bird – $37.50 (Special ends Tuesday 8 June, 11:59pm)
General Admission – $75

Lunch, tea and coffee included.

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The Direct South: Short Film Workshops are brought to you with the generous support of the New Zealand Film Commission.

NZFC

With thanks to our Event Partner

Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro nōnā te ngahere, 
ko te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga nōnā te ao.

‘The forest belongs to the bird who feasts on the miro berry, 
the world belongs to the bird who feasts on education’.

 

Our kaupapa is to inspire rangatahi to look beyond the glamour of filmmaking to the hidden engine room that controls the story and magic of a film – Editorial.

If you’d like to know more, come along to a workshop where you can find out what’s involved, hear from and talk with Māori who have made a career in film editing. Have a go with a scene from an award winning Māori drama on the latest editing software and find out just how much influence and responsibility an editor has on a film.

Tikanga Māori will be in place, some tutors are te reo speakers, and te reo is welcomed in the workshop but not required.

Ngā Kaiwhakahaere: Hineani Melbourne (NAW) & Tui Ruwhiu (DEGNZ)

Ngā Kaiako:

TE RUREHE PAKI (Editor Merata: how Mum Decolonised the Screen, Vapnierka, Making Good Men, The Gravediggers of Kapu)

ANNIE COLLINS (Editor Coming Home in the Dark, premiere Sundance 2021)


Support Tutors: Lea McLean & Onehou Strickland

Workshop Details

When: Saturday 29 May 2021, 9:30am – 4:30pm with capacity for a chat, or a little extra time for finishing a task until 5:30pm if required.

Where: South Seas Film School Campus – Yoobee Colleges, Unit 6/75 Ellice Road, Wairau Valley, Auckland 0629
If you need help with transport to the North Shore, please let us know when you register.

For Ages: 17 – 30 years old

Price: Free of charge. Includes lunch & refreshments.

 

Registration Form

Registrations Close: Monday 24 May, 4PM

Spaces limited to 14. We will email you to confirm your place.

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This workshop is instigated and run by Ngā Aho Whakaari (Maori in Screen) and the Directors & Editors Guild of New Zealand (Ngā Kaiwherawhera Kiriata)

       


Supported by the
New Zealand Film Commission

NZFC

 

Making the Intangible Tangible

What is tone? How does a director establish it and best communicate it? Establishing the tone of your film is a key element of filmmaking, a vital part of the process of making the intangible tangible.  

The director’s vision for a film and his or her voice are key elements of tone. As are frame rate, music and sound effects, lighting, colour, production design, wardrobe and makeup, framing and movement. Tone is all encompassing.  

In the first two of three new workshops on tone, run by the Directors & Editors Guild of NZ, participants will explore with director Rob Sarkies how a director goes about setting the tone of a film.

The third workshop with another esteemed director will be announced at a later date.

Tone with Rob Sarkies

Rob Sarkies

Credit: Matt Grace Photography

Tone is suggested by the script and clues will be found in the story, setting, action and characters. But it is also determined by the director’s tastes, culture, and instincts. Rob’s workshop explores how to translate all this into a coherent visual form and communicate it to others.

Rob’s work ranges (quite literally) from comedy to tragedy so he knows the importance of establishing a unique tone for each production, be it film or television. Using examples from his work, Rob will guide participants through a process where they can explore tone for an upcoming work. It will help to have your own project in mind – a short film, a first feature, a web series etc – when you come to the workshop.

 

Wellington – Sunday 18 April 2021, 9:30am – 4pm
Applications close Tuesday 13 April, 3PM. More info >

Auckland – Sunday 16 May 2021, 9:30am – 4pm
Applications close Tuesday 11 May, 3PM. More info >

 

Travel Allowances

DEGNZ Full members based outside of Wellington and Auckland can apply to the Guild for travel support up to the value of $250 (incl GST). We have six grants available.

To apply you must meet these criteria:

  1. You live outside of both the Wellington and Auckland regions.
  2. You are a NZ Citizen or permanent resident.
  3. You have a confirmed place in one of the Tone workshops.

For additional information and criteria, see here.

 


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

NZFC