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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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Waste Land (2010) - Director Lucy Walker

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 tui@degnz.co.nz 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.

Rehearsal Room

Register Now! The Rehearsal Room with Robyn Malcolm

RR with Robyn Malcolm

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

Register on our Eventbrite page 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 - Robyn Malcolm

Robyn Malcolm is one of New Zealand television’s best-loved actors. An accomplished stage performer before moving into screen roles, she is best known for her iconic role as Outrageous Fortune matriarch Cheryl West. Other television credits include leading roles on Serial Killers and Agent Anna, and a supporting part on Jane Campion’s acclaimed mini-series Top of the Lake. Robyn has appeared in films (The Hopes and Dreams of Gazza Snell), documentaries (Our Lost War) and is increasingly involved in projects across the ditch, including three seasons of ABC comedy Upper Middle Bogan.

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.

Material

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.

After morning tea, 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.

 

When: Saturday 5 August 2017, 9:30am – 1:30pm

Where: Kingsland, Auckland

Register at: Eventbrite

Director registrations close: 19 July

Actor registrations close: 31 July

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

The Rehearsal Room is hosted by Directors & Editors Guild of NZ and the Equity Foundation, with financial support from the New Zealand Film Commission.

Got a Script? Table Read Submissions Open

Bringing Writers, Directors & Actors together

A core cast – max six actors – together with a writer+director team OR writer/director will collaborate on each script-in-development table read.

The script must have a director attached and have been through a development process.
WRITER + DIRECTOR (Or Writer/Directors): either/both must be a member(s) of NZWG/DEGNZ.

DEGNZ and NZWG members are invited to apply for the script component. Submit a full-length draft feature film script for your name to go into the draw for a day-long table read*. Email guildhq@nzwritersguild.org.nz

ACTORS must be a member of Equity to apply. Actors apply here

Submission Deadline: Mon 19 June

Round 3 Table Read Date: Sat 8 July, 10am

*Names remain for subsequent draws

Rehearsal Room

Register: The Rehearsal Room with Jeff Szusterman – Auckland

RR with Jeff Szusterman

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

Register on our event page 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 – Jeff Szusterman

Jeff is an actor, director and teacher with over twenty years of experience in New Zealand and the United States. Jeff has directed over 200 broadcast hours across the years, starting with Shortland Street in 2007/2008. He has taught acting for screen at Unitec School of Performing and Screen Arts and at AYA Drama School (for young people). His most recent webseries Jiwi’s Machines gained three nominations at the 2016 LA Webfest including one for Best Direction. He is currently in funded development for a drama series for New Zealand television.

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.

Material

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.

After morning tea, 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.

 

When: Saturday 17 June 2017, 9:30am – 1:30pm

Where: Kingsland, Auckland

Register at: Eventbrite

Director registrations close: 1 June

Actor registrations close: 12 June

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

The Rehearsal Room is hosted by Directors & Editors Guild of NZ and the Equity Foundation, with financial support from the New Zealand Film Commission.

 

 

Declan and Jonathan

Laughs and Inspiration at our Recent Comedy Workshop

As expected, there were many laughs during our Directing and Writing Comedy workshop with Jonathan Brough and Declan Fay on Saturday.

Jonathan and Declan shared their insights and experiences bringing to screen some of Australia’s top rated TV comedies, including The Family Law, sketch comedy Fancy Boy and their recent collaboration on Ronny Chieng: International Student.

Jonathan is a Melbourne-based award-winning comedy director from New Zealand and Declan is one of Australia’s top comedy writers and showrunners.

A special thanks to the New Zealand Film Commission and ASDACS (Australian Screen Directors Authorship Collecting Society) for making this workshop possible. ASDACS collects royalties on behalf of NZ and Australian film/TV directors. Don’t forget that it’s free to join for DEGNZ members.

Mark Travis

Apply Now: Directing Actors with Mark Travis

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ invites you to apply for a 2-day Directing Actors workshop with renowned American director, writer and teacher Mark Travis.

The workshop will be held in Auckland on Saturday and Sunday, 10 and 11 June.

About Mark Travis

Acclaimed as “the director’s director”, Mark W. Travis is regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities in the art and craft of film directing. Drawing from his impressive background in design, writing, acting, and his wide range of experience directing theatre, film and television, Mark is able to bring new insights and exceptional clarity to the complex task of directing the feature film.

Mark’s unique approach to working with actors and characters (The Travis Technique™) has gained the attention of directors, writers and actors worldwide and is becoming a standard approach for stimulating powerful performances.

For the past 20 years Mark has been sharing his directing techniques with student as well as professional directors, around the world, visiting over 17 countries and 30 film schools and organisations, including the American Film Institute, Pixar Animation Studios, UCLA Extension and Griffith University. Mark served as Tammy Davis’ directing mentor on New Zealand film Born to Dance.

Directing Actors

Directors will be immersed into the complex world of actor, character and story. The interpretation of story, the perception of character and the techniques of acting, when combined, create a complex world full of expectations, desires, projections, misunderstandings, and even miscommunications. Yet, this world is the core of every story told on screen and must be entered by the director with a sense of confidence and conviction and a willingness to collaborate.

Mark will introduce participants to the essential aspects and tools of The Travis Technique™, specifically the Interrogation Process and the Power of Staging. Using scenes from an established screenplay with the participation of professional actors, participants will get the opportunity to practice and explore this organic approach to directing actors.

 

All participants will be required to do some prep ahead of the workshop on the script that will be used across both days.

 

Cost: DEGNZ members free, Non-members $100

When: Saturday 10 June, 9am – 5pm & Sunday 11 June, 9am – 4pm.

Where: Kingsland, Auckland

Lunch will be provided each day.

 

TO APPLY please send your application in ONE PDF or DOC to tema@degnz.co.nz with ‘Directing Actors 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: 9am, Monday 29 May.

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

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Watch: Film Talk with One Thousand Ropes Filmmakers

Last month we held a wonderful Film Talk with writer/director Tusi Tamasese and producer Catherine Fitzgerald talking with Chris Dudman on the making of One Thousand Ropes.

One Thousand Ropes is a powerful character drama of a father reconnecting with his youngest daughter and together putting to rest the ghosts that haunt them.

It was a spectacular evening exploring the many versions of the story and characters that led to the eventual film, the temporality of the film, the balance between violence and healing, and the question of belonging.

This event was part of the Film Talk Series, presented by DEGNZ and Rialto Cinemas in Auckland.

Watch the Film Talk here.

Rehearsal Room

The Rehearsal Room with Miranda Harcourt – Wellington

RR with Miranda Harcourt

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

Register on our event page 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.

 

When: Saturday 27 May 2017, 9:30am – 1:30pm

Where: Te Aro, Wellington

Register at: Eventbrite

Director registrations close: Thursday 18 May

Actor registrations close: Tuesday 23 May, 10am

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

 

Moderator

Miranda Harcourt is a celebrated acting coach who has worked with renowned actors and directors on films all over the world. For seven years she was the Head of the Acting Department at Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School and now works as an independent coach. Directors she has worked with include Jane Campion, Peter Jackson and Garth Davis. Actors include Nicole Kidman, Juliette Binoche, Dev Patel, Saoirse Ronan, AnnaSophia Robb and many others. Miranda is currently in post-production on The Changeover based on Margaret Mahy’s classic teen novel, which she co-directed with husband Stuart McKenzie.

 

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.

Material

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.

After morning tea, 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 New Zealand and the Equity Foundation, with financial support from New Zealand Film Commission.