Before You Say Yes to Web Series

Young Creators: Before You Say Yes to Web Series

Get more control over your career by knowing the pitfalls to avoid before you set out on your web series dreams.

Be informed about issues currently facing web content creators in NZ. Lately, we’ve seen some appalling agreements given to our director members to sign.

In response, DEGNZ has been busy on a standard contract for scripted content on the Web for Directors that will be launched at Before You Say Yes to Web Series.

You have the right to be compensated fairly for your creativity, ideas and hard work. This contract will help!

If the mention of “contract” makes you want to curl up into the foetal position, no fear, we’re bringing Tim Riley in from Dominion Law to break down that jargon. Without boring you to death.

DEGNZ supports your right to work for free, too. But if you do get the opportunity to make scripted online content and be paid, we’d like you to know what we believe is fair for your creative contribution. And when there isn’t enough hard cash involved, what you should ask for to make up the difference.

Be sure to bring your mates and get in the mix!


When: Saturday 28 October, 10am – 12pm

Entry: DEGNZ members – Free / Non-members – $5 koha

Where: St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby, Auckland

Main entrance & carpark behind the Centre.


Before You Say Yes to Web Series is the first event and official launch of Young Creators, a brand new initiative from the Directors & Editors Guild of NZ.

DEGNZ Young Creators is a programme of events with a mission to inform and inspire younger or emerging directors and editors to build successful, sustainable careers in the screen industry.


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Wellington Screenlink: Forging Ties with Asia

Join DEGNZ, the Screen Production and Development Association (SPADA) and Screen Composers Guild (SCGNZ) for networking drinks and conversation in Wellington.

Sound editor and POW Studios CEO John McKay will share his career highlights and observations from his 40 years in film and TV, including recent successes in Asia.

John will chat about POW’s business philosophy and its approach to developing IP through the lens of their collaboration on NORI ROLLER COASTER BOY, NZ’s first TV co-pro with Korea.

Look forward to seeing you there!

When: Wednesday 25 October, 5–7pm

Where: The General Practitioner, Corner of Willis & Boulcott Streets, Wellington

Cash Bar  |  Nibbles provided

Free to members of DEGNZ, SPADA & SCGNZ   |   Non-members $5 koha



Invitation to Observe Equity’s Highly Popular Casting Hothouse

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ invites our member directors to take part in Equity New Zealand’s Casting Hothouse in an observational capacity. The Casting Hothouse, Equity’s unique intensive audition/casting workshop to maximise skills and employment outcomes in the local and international market, is returning in September 2017.

This is an opportunity for up to eight DEGNZ directors to observe the auditioning/screen testing process with experienced casting directors working with New Zealand actors.

Please note that any directors taking part are there as observers only and will not take part in any of the processes. Please also note the processes are confidential and that the actors are working with the casting directors in a workshop environment.

The Hothouse is a major initiative by Equity to give members an opportunity to develop the skills and confidence to tackle the US, Australian and New Zealand casting experience head on. It is NOT designed to assist New Zealand actors to leave New Zealand permanently. Rather it is an opportunity to equip New Zealand actors with the tools to work overseas as well as home and to show overseas companies that New Zealand has a professional talent pool. It will assist these performers to maintain a long lasting career.


How it will work

Two US casting directors, an Australian and a New Zealand casting director will host the New Zealand workshops.

The casting directors taking part are:

Matt Skrobalak ­

Kerry Barden

Miranda Rivers

Nathan Llloyd

Performers will be allocated into four groups and the casting directors will issue scripts, film mock auditions, look at reading techniques, provide feedback and give the participants the skills to handle the pressure and get them through the whole experience unscarred. All performers will work with all the casting directors.

The intensity and length of the classes will ensure that the training and skills development is hard wired into them and their audition and casting skills become instinctive.


When: Wednesday 27 – Thursday 28 September, 10am – 5:30pm, with drinks each night

Where: TBC, Auckland

TO APPLY please send your application in ONE PDF or DOC to with ‘Hothouse Application’ in the subject line. In your application, please provide:

  • CV
  • A brief letter on why you would like to attend

Application Deadline: Tue 12 September

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Robyn Malcolm Leads Insightful Rehearsal Room Workshop

It was a pleasure to have esteemed actress Robyn Malcolm facilitate our most recent Rehearsal Room for directors and actors in Auckland. The directors had the opportunity to bring a scene from one of their own projects, or be provided a scene, which they got to rehearse and explore with a bunch of talented actors.

After lunch, everyone came together for an in-depth review and discussion of the scenes and rehearsal process with Robyn providing plenty of great advice on how directors and actors can build positive working relationships to achieve brilliant results.

Registrations are now open for the next Rehearsal Room in Wellington with Actor/Director Ian Hughes – Saturday 2 September, 9.30am – 1.30pm. Register here. Deadline: 22 August (Directors) / 28 August (Actors)


Wellington Rehearsal Room

Register Now! The Rehearsal Room – Wellington Workshop

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

Register to have your name in the draw to participate. For each event, 4 directors and 8 actors will be selected. If you are selected, we’ll email or phone you to confirm your participation.

Moderator - Ian Hughes

Ian Hughes’ breakthrough role was in acclaimed TV series and movie Topless Women Talk About Their Lives. Topless was followed by multiple TV guest parts (Shortland Street, Xena, Bliss) and film roles, including starring in his own Kafkaesque short, The Waiting Room, and acclaimed play Ship Songs. Ian has worked with many of New Zealand’s top directors and as a television director himself on Step Dave and Shortland Street.


When: Saturday 2 September 2017, 9:30am – 1:30pm

Where: Te Aro, Wellington

Cost: Free – Open to DEGNZ & Equity NZ members ONLY.

Register at: Eventbrite

Registrations close: 22 August (Directors) / 28 August (Actors)


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.


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. 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 NZ and the Equity Foundation, with financial support from the New Zealand Film Commission.

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Emmy Award-Winning Lucy Walker Hosts Documentary Director Masterclass

A range of emerging and highly experienced documentary directors turned out to hear LA-based UK documentary director Lucy Walker talk about her practice and projects. It was an informative and inspiring masterclass for those involved.

In the afternoon, four lucky participants further received one-on-one input from Lucy on their documentary projects in development or production.

Eric de Beus workshop

Editors Cut Drama with Eric de Beus

Thanks to Eric de Beus (800 Words, Westside) for running a superb two-day editing drama workshop for some of our DEGNZ editors in Auckland last Saturday. Participants got to spend time cutting their own versions of scenes from 800 Words, which got progressively more challenging!


Call for Applications: Editing Drama Workshop – Eric de Beus

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ invites you to apply for a 2-day Editing Drama Workshop with acclaimed editor Eric de Beus. The workshop will be held in Auckland on Saturday and Sunday, 29 and 30 of July.

About Eric de Beus

Eric is one of New Zealand’s award-winning, highly-experienced drama editors in both television and film.

Eric’s credits in television include: 800 Words,The Brokenwood Mysteries, Westside, When We Go To War, The Blue Rose, The Cult, and Spartacus. He cut telefeatures including Pirates of the Airwaves, Waitangi-What Really Happened, and Billy. And in feature films his credits range from The Last Saint, My Wedding and other Secrets, and Forgotten Silver to Magik and Rose and Jubilee.

Eric will cover off on his insights into the essential building blocks of dramatic story telling through a masterclass approach and practical hands-on work.

Lunch will be provided each day. A travel allowance may be available to DEGNZ members coming from outside Auckland.

Applicants must have experience editing drama and using AVID.

When: Saturday 29 July & Sunday 30 July

Where: Auckland
Cost: DEGNZ members free, Non-members $100

TO APPLY please send your application in ONE PDF or DOC to with ‘Editing Drama Workshop’ in the subject line. In your application, please provide:

  • CV
  • links to samples of your work
  • a maximum one-page letter stating why you want to attend this workshop
  • please also include your mobile number and dietary requirements.

Application Deadline: 5pm Wednesday 19 July

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


Lo-budget Content Making Draws A Crowd

DEGNZ Screenlink in partnership with WIFT and Nga Aho Whakaari saw approximately 50 people come together to hear Lanita Ririnui Ryan and Guy Pigden speak about their experiences in their respective lo-budget arenas of interactive and feature film–stimulating conversation.

A great night was had by all!


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Call for Applications: Documentary Directing Masterclass & Project Consultations with Emmy-Winner Lucy Walker

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ invites directors to apply for a Feature Documentary Directing Masterclass and Project Consultation with British director Lucy Walker to be held in Auckland.

Director Lucy WalkerLucy Walker is an Emmy-winning British film director who has twice been nominated for an Academy Award and is renowned for creating riveting, character-driven nonfiction that delivers emotionally and narratively. The Hollywood Reporter has called her “the new Errol Morris” and Variety has praised her unique ability to connect with audiences.

Lucy’s filmography includes feature documentaries The Crash Reel (2013), Waste Land (2010), Countdown to Zero (2010), Blindsight (2006), Devil’s Playground (2002) and several short films, notably The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom (2011) and The Lion’s Mouth Opens (2014). Her films have also been nominated for seven Emmys, an Independent Spirit Award, a DGA Award and a Gotham Award and have won over one hundred other film awards.

On Saturday 22 July, Lucy will lead a half-day Masterclass for up to ten directors in the morning. This will be followed by individual 1-hour Project Consultations with up to four selected directors who have feature documentary projects in active development. Project Consultation sessions are open to directors but not collaborators.

Directors can apply for both the Masterclass and Project Consultation, or just the Masterclass if they do not have a current project.


Cost: DEGNZ members free, DEGNZ members free; Non-members – Masterclass $50, Project Consultation $100.
When: Saturday 22 July. Masterclass – 8.30am to 12pm. Project Consultations will be held from 12.45 to 5.30pm.
Where: TBC, Auckland

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

TO APPLY please send your application in ONE PDF or DOC to with ‘Lucy Walker 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 want to attend this workshop
  • please also include your mobile number.

To apply for a Project Consultation:

  • Please also provide a full synopsis or treatment outlining your feature documentary project and its current status. Projects need to be in active development.

Application Deadline: 9am, Wednesday 12 July.


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