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.

 

Share the Facebook event here!

Stay up to date with Young Creators at facebook.com/degnz and twitter.com/degnz_online!

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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

 

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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 tema@degnz.co.nz 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

 Equity New Zealand

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.

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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

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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.

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.

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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!

UPDATE - CHANGE OF VENUE for WELLINGTON

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!

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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!

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Auckland Christmas party