Katie Hinsen

Screenlink: Screen Production in the New Age

Members of DEGNZ, SPADA and the Screen Composers Guild of NZ are warmly invited to our next Screenlink networking event on May 10!

Joining us is Department of Post’s Katie Hinsen who’ll be giving a short talk on how we need to be able to deliver to the world if we’re to stay sustainable as an industry and to keep telling our stories to the world.

We hope to see you there!


Screenlink Invite


Register Now: The Rehearsal Room with Michael Duignan – Auckland

The Rehearsal Room with Michael Duignan – Auckland

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 29 April 2017, 9:30am – 1:30pm

Where: Kingsland, Auckland

Register at: Eventbrite

Director registrations close: Friday 21 April

Actor registrations close: Wednesday 26 April

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


Moderator - Michael Duignan

Michael is a writer/director creating film, television, commercials and photography. His short films have screened all around the world including the New York Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival and many others. His last short film Ten Thousand Days had its world premier at the Seattle Film Festival and was featured on Vimeo Staff Picks, Short Of The Week and Film Shortage. He has created TV commercials for clients like Mastercard, NRMA, Cadbury and Frucor. Michael has directed episodes of top rating and critically acclaimed shows The CultGo Girls and The Blue Rose which was nominated at the 2013 Monte Carlo TV festival alongside Breaking BadThe Killing and Homeland. His last project was Filthy Rich a brash outrageous multi-night drama for TVNZ. In 2015 he was awarded a writing residency at Studio One Toi Tu where he continued to develop a number of feature film projects.


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.

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.

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Directors & Actors Hone Their Craft with Tandi Wright

We held our most recent Rehearsal Room in Wellington and what a great day! Tandi Wright facilitated, beginning with a group warm up called ‘every actor’s worst nightmare’. This was followed by a discussion on the all important director-actor relationship and how to use character objectives to explore the potential of a scene.

Directors and actors then broke off into their groups to work on their individual scenes. Everyone enjoyed digging into the rehearsal process and coming back together to watch everyone’s scenes afterwards.

Christmas Parties 2016

UPDATE: Celebrate Christmas with the Screen Guilds!


As Dragonfly has unfortunately been cordoned off because it backs on to the Reading Carpark, the Wellington Christmas Party is relocating to:

CAROLINE, 1 Manners Street, Wellington

Date remains unchanged. We look forward to seeing you there!



Join us for a drink and some nibbles to celebrate another great year! The Guilds Christmas parties will take place in Auckland (November 29) and Wellington (December 7).

Check out our posters below for further details and please RSVP on Eventbrite with the links below.

Auckland: https://goo.gl/OJukOK

Wellington: https://goo.gl/ZotY6o

RSVP and presentation of your DEGNZ membership card are required to gain entry on the night.

See you there!


Auckland Christmas party



Coming Up: Collaborators Series, ScreenLink & Rehearsal Room

Save the dates! We have two events coming up:

ScreenLink with PIFT and NAW 
Come along for networking drinks and hear from guest speaker Miki Magasiva.
When: 6pm-8pm, Tuesday 5 July
Where: The function room at the back of the Longroom, 114 Ponsonby Road

Collaborators Series with The Techos’ Guild & Peter Burger
Come along for a discussion about ‘Director and 1st AD Dynamics’. A panel of ADs and Marc Ashton from NZFC will speak to Peter Burger about the processes, challenges and triumphs of the Director/1st AD relationship.
When: 7pm for drinks, 7.30-8.30pm discussion, Wednesday 13 July
Where: Upstairs at the Grey Lynn RSC, 1 Francis Street

Rehearsal Room with Rene Naufahu – Register your interest as a director NOW!
The Rehearsal Room is an amazing opportunity to work with actors on your script and practice your craft in a safe, supportive space.
When: 10am-2pm, Saturday 16 July
Where: The MTG RM, Kingsland
SIGN UP NOW and we will be in touch.


Coming Up: Networking Drinks in AKL and WGTN

DEGNZ, SPADA and NZWG members are invited to our Networking Drinks in Auckland on Wednesday March the 16th and in Wellington on Wednesday March the 23rd.

The Wellington event will also feature a talk in partnership with Grow Wellington. Steve Barr and Casey Whelan (BORN TO DANCE writers) will kick off with a short presentation about their recent trip to LA and Miami for the NATPE Conference, and will share their insights on emerging trends in film and TV, what’s hot right now and how Wellington is placed to leverage these opportunities.

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From Hungary to Sundance: An Evening with Sundance Artistic Director Gyula Gazdag

DEGNZ is excited to be hosting “From Hungary to Sundance: An Evening with Sudance Artistic Director Gyula Gazdag,” a discussion and Q&A facilitated by producer Fiona Copland. 9c3f649a-58e7-4047-9d74-bb89baefef2a

Date: Thursday 10 March
Time: 7pm for a 7.30pm start
Venue: Upstairs at the The Grey Lynn RSC, 1 Francis Street, Grey Lynn
Cost: Members free, non-members koha $5.

Hungarian film director and Sundance Artistic Director Gyula Gazdag has a number of feature films to his credit including A Hungarian Fairytale (1987), which won the Special Jury Prize at the Locarno Film Festival, was named one of the year’s 10 Best Films by the Village Voice and Best Feature Film of the year by the Hungarian Film Critics Awards. It also screened at 20 film festivals worldwide, including the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes. Gyula’s other feature films and documentaries have received wide acclaim. In addition to this, he’s worked as a professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and has served as the artistic director of the Sundance Filmmakers Lab since 1997. He was a long-time advisor to the Binger Institute, and is currently also a mentor at Berlinale Talents.

Fiona Copland is a producer (and former ED of DEGNZ) with feature film credits including Topless Women Talk About Their Lives(1997), The Price of Milk (2001), The Strength of Water (2008) and Matariki (2010). She’s currently working on Chief Gary