Oscar-Nominated and Emmy Award-Winning Editor to Mentor Peter O’Donoghue

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ (DEGNZ) is thrilled to announce Peter O’Donoghue as the recipient of our 2017 International Editor Mentorship with Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning American documentary editor Doug Blush.

“I’m thrilled at the prospect of working with someone as prolific and talented as Doug,” said O’Donoghue. “His output is gargantuan and his passion for the craft is truly invigorating. Needless to say I plan to squeeze all I can from this great opportunity.”

“I’m very excited to work with Peter O’Donoghue,” said Blush. “We immediately bonded, talking about our mutual appreciation for great storytelling in documentary and challenging and pushing the genre to try new techniques and ideas in editorial and much more.”

Peter is well known for his work with NZ director Florian Habicht. Their first film together was Land of the Long White Cloud in 2008. Their 2011 co-written feature film Love Story (shot in New York) won Best Film, Best Director (Florian) and Best Editor (Peter) at the 2011 New Zealand Film & Television Awards. Their 2014 collaboration – Pulp: a Film about Life, Death and Supermarkets is a UK production showcasing the iconic Brit-pop band Pulp, their enigmatic front man Jarvis Cocker, and their roots in the northern industrial town of Sheffield. Peter was again co-writer and editor. The film had its world premiere at SXSW 2014 in Austin, Texas, and has played in numerous festivals since. It won Best Music Film at the NME 2015 Music Awards in London. Their latest co-written effort is documentary feature Spookers, completed In September 2016.

Doug is an award winning documentary director, editor, cinematographer, and writer who has edited a wide range of major theatrically released documentaries, including crossword puzzle culture Wordplay, the national debt crisis I.O.U.S.A., the hypocrisy of closeted gay politician in Outrage, corporate David and Goliath battles in Beer Wars, and the adaptation of the popular book Freakonomics. He recently was co-writer and editor of the Sundance 2011 Premiere documentary These Amazing Shadows, and consulting editor for the Sundance 2011 Competition documentary Troubadours, as well as executive producer and co-editor of Superheroes in the 2011 Slamdance Documentary Competition and on HBO. In 2012, The Invisible War, which he edited and associate produced with director Kirby Dick, won the Sundance Audience Award and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary.

“Doug and Peter seemed like the ideal match for a mentorship, with each being at major points in their careers,” said Tui Ruwhiu, Executive Director of DEGNZ. “We are excited to see where Peter goes with the knowledge, expertise and career advice that Doug brings in documentary filmmaking.”

The mentorship is an industry professional development initiative funded by the New Zealand Film Commission and managed by DEGNZ. The overall intention of the International Editor Mentorship is to inspire a promising New Zealand editor and demystify the international film industry. The experience offers genuine insight into creative process and engagement with the industry as a whole, while providing a solid platform upon which to build an international career.

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For further information, please contact:
Tui Ruwhiu
Executive Director
Directors & Editors Guild of NZ
tui@degnz.co.nz
021-659-950

Peter O’Donoghue is an award-winning editor / filmmaker from NZ based in Sydney, Australia. He has been working in film and television since 2006 on projects in Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, the U.S. and the UK.
With a background originally in music and writing, picture editing has now become Peter’s main passion – where storytelling, rhythm, atmosphere, music and sound all come together to bring the most out of a project’s vision and material. He also works as a screenwriter and has directed one long-form documentary and two short dramas.
In 2012-2013 Peter was editor on ABC Australia’s landmark documentary series First Footprints (broadcast July/August 2013), produced and directed by Bentley Dean and Martin Butler. As well as co-editing the ABC series with Tania Nehme, his work included a cut down of the 4 episodes to a 2-ep version for Arte France and a 90 minute festival version.
From 2011 to 2013, Peter directed and edited the 52-minute documentary Happy Everyday: Park Life in China, an upbeat reflection on self-censorship among retirees in the closely monitored public spaces of Beijing and Shanghai. The film was financed by South Australia Film Corporation and released in July 2013. It is represented by broadcast sales agent PBS International.
In 2014 Peter worked as co-editor on Chris Pryor and Miriam Smith’s new documentary feature The Ground We Won., about the exploits of a rural NZ rugby team. The film opened theatrically in NZ in May 2015 amid glowing reviews.

Doug Blush A.C.E. is an award-winning director, producer, editor, writer and cinematographer who has worked on over fifty feature documentaries and TV programmes, and has been nominated five times for Best Editing at the Sundance Film Festival.
Doug’s recent credits include the Oscar-winning theatrical hit 20 Feet From Stardom, directed by Morgan Neville, which won him an ACE Eddie Award for Best Documentary Editing. Doug was editor and associate producer of 2012’s Academy Award nominated and double Emmy Award winning The Invisible War, directed by Kirby Dick, and worked with the same team on the Oscar-shortlisted film The Hunting Ground. His latest films as supervising editor include The Music of Strangers and Jim, which won the Audience Award at Sundance 2016 and aired on HBO.
He also co-directed Of Two Minds with wife Lisa Klein, which won both the 2013 EIC Prism and SAHMSA Voice Awards for excellence in films on mental health issues. He is working on a follow-up film with Lisa, The S Word, highlighting the rising activism of suicide survivors against silence and stigma.
Doug has been a visiting professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Syracuse University and Malaysia Multimedia University, and has taught across Indonesia with the Sundance Institute.

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ is a not-for-profit membership organisation that represents Directors and Editors in the New Zealand screen industry. This includes Directors and Editors of feature drama and documentary; television drama, documentary and factual programmes; short films; video art; animation; commercials and web content.
DEGNZ’s two primary roles are advocacy and professional development. We:
• are dedicated to promoting excellence in the arts of directing and editing.
• foster collegiality and unity within the screen industry.
• promote members’ creative and economic rights.
• work to improve industry working conditions and remuneration.
• offer professional advice and information on contracts and industry standards and practice.
• offer professional development events, networking opportunities, career advice, dispute resolution, mentoring, workshops, training, discounts and regular news bulletins for members across all levels of expertise, from novices to seasoned professionals.
• are a voice for Directors and Editors in influencing policy in the interest of our members. We do this through our membership of the pan‐industry group SINZ (Screen Industry New Zealand), and by making submissions to government and public officials.
• internationally work co-operatively with other guilds and we belong to the International Affiliation of English‐Speaking Directors’ Organisations (IEASDO).
DEGNZ is Auckland-based with an office in Grey Lynn.
Contact Details:
Directors & Editors Guild of NZ
Level 2, 66 Surrey Crescent
Grey Lynn
P.O. Box 47-294, Ponsonby
Auckland
+64-9-360-2102
admin@degnz.co.nz
www.degnz.co.nz
www.facebook.com/degnz
www.linkedin.com/in/degnz
@degnz_online

Call for Applications: International Documentary Editing Mentorship with Doug Blush

Doug BlushThe Directors & Editors Guild of NZ (DEGNZ) invites applications from mid-career editors with significant documentary experience to apply for an International Editor’s Mentorship with award-winning American editor Doug Blush.

Doug Blush is an award-winning director, producer, editor, writer and cinematographer who has worked on over fifty feature documentaries and TV programmes, and has been nominated five times for Best Editing at the Sundance Film Festival.

Doug’s recent credits include the Oscar-winning theatrical hit 20 Feet From Stardom, directed by Morgan Neville, which won him an ACE Eddie Award for Best Documentary Editing. Doug was editor and associate producer of 2012’s Academy Award nominated and double Emmy Award winning The Invisible War, directed by Kirby Dick, and worked with the same team on the Oscar-shortlisted film The Hunting Ground. His latest films as supervising editor include The Music of Strangers and Jim, which won the Audience Award at Sundance 2016 and aired on HBO.

He also co-directed Of Two Minds with wife Lisa Klein, which won both the 2013 EIC Prism and SAHMSA Voice Awards for excellence in films on mental health issues. He is working on a follow-up film with Lisa, The S Word, highlighting the rising activism of suicide survivors against silence and stigma.

Doug has been a visiting professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Syracuse University and Malaysia Multimedia University, and has taught across Indonesia with the Sundance Institute.

This is an exciting opportunity for a New Zealand editor with proven talent to benefit from collegial advice and international support as they move to the next stage of their career. You need to be a FULL member of DEGNZ to apply.

Click here for a full list of Doug’s credits.

To apply, please provide:

  1. A maximum one-page letter about why you should be chosen and what you hope to gain from the mentorship.
  2. A CV.
  3. Up to 3 examples online of past work (not showreel).
  4. Your DEGNZ membership number.
  5. It is preferred that you have a project that you wish to discuss with Doug as part of the mentorship. Please include brief details on the project.

Only FULL DEGNZ members may apply. If you are not a member and wish to join, you can do so here: www.degnz.co.nz/join/
Applications should be submitted electronically to admin@degnz.co.nz no later than 5pm, Wednesday 12 October.

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

DEGNZ Announces Successful Applications for Women Filmmakers Incubator

The Directors & Editors Guild of New Zealand (DEGNZ) is delighted to announce the ten emerging women directors who will participate in its inaugural Women Filmmakers Incubator. They are:

  • Catherine Bisley
  • Nathalie Boltt
  • Abigail Greenwood
  • Kirsty Hamilton
  • Cathy MacDonald
  • Renae Maihi
  • Zoe McIntosh
  • Niki Si’ulepa
  • Yamin Tun
  • Aidee Walker

“After much debate, the experienced industry selection panel chose ten applicants who it felt were at the right stage of their careers to get the maximum benefit from the content the Incubator offers,” said Executive Director of DEGNZ Tui Ruwhiu.

“We look forward to assisting these talented women towards their first feature films, and helping to address the gender inequality that is reflected in the poor statistics of New Zealand women at the directing helm of feature film in this country.”

The Incubator is a targeted initiative designed to give emerging female directors the opportunity to build their knowledge, skills and networks as a means to advance their careers and projects in the screen industry.

Each workshop in the programme will bring in highly successful filmmakers and experts in a stepped approach that will develop participants’ confidence and capability to engage with the screen industry as they seek to get their own projects through development and into production.

The workshop series will start in Auckland in September 2016 and run through to the winter of 2017.

This initiative is supported with financial assistance from the New Zealand Film Commission.

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For further information, please contact:

Tui Ruwhiu

Executive Director

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ

tui@degnz.co.nz

021-659-950

The New Zealand Film Commission invests in original and culturally significant films, encourages talented New Zealand filmmakers through developing career pathways and facilitating connections offshore, and works to increase the number of people seeing New Zealand films here and overseas.  It supports the growth of economic activity and helps ensure New Zealand has sustainable screen sector businesses operating within an internationally competitive screen sector.  The NZFC also helps negotiate co-production treaties and certifies co-productions and New Zealand films for tax purposes. www.nzfilm.co.nz

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ is a not-for-profit membership organisation that represents Directors and Editors in the New Zealand screen industry. This includes Directors and Editors of feature drama and documentary; television drama, documentary and factual programmes; short films; video art; animation; commercials and web content.

DEGNZ’s two primary roles are advocacy and professional development. We:

  • are dedicated to promoting excellence in the arts of directing and editing.
  • foster collegiality and unity within the screen industry.
  • promote members’ creative and economic rights.
  • work to improve industry working conditions and remuneration.
  • offer professional advice and information on contracts and industry standards and practice.
  • offer professional development events, networking opportunities, career advice, dispute resolution, mentoring, workshops, training, discounts and regular news bulletins for members across all levels of expertise, from novices to seasoned professionals.
  • is a voice for Directors and Editors in influencing policy in the interest of our members. We do this through our membership of the pan‐industry group SINZ (Screen Industry New Zealand), and by making submissions to government and public officials.
  • Internationally work co-operatively with other guilds and we belong to the International Affiliation of English‐Speaking Directors’ Organisations (IEASDO).

DEGNZ is Auckland-based with an office in Grey Lynn.

Contact Details:

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ

Level 2, 66 Surrey Crescent

Grey Lynn

P.O. Box 47-294, Ponsonby

Auckland

+64-9-360-2102

admin@degnz.co.nz

www.degnz.co.nz

www.facebook.com/degnz

www.linkedin.com/in/degnz

@degnz_online

Helena Brooks Attaches to SPP’s Brokenwood Mysteries

10 June 2016

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ (DEGNZ), NZ On Air and South Pacific Pictures Limited (SPP) are extremely pleased to announce DEGNZ member and director Helena Brooks as the TV Drama Director Attachment on an episode of series three of The Brokenwood Mysteries.

Brooks, who is already underway on the show, attaches to one of New Zealand’s most experienced drama directors, Mark Beesley.

“It’s really interesting being deep amongst a telefeature in production and shadowing one of the masters, Mark Beesley,” Brooks said. “He’s extremely generous with his knowledge and I’m learning a truck-load about every aspect of long-form directing. South Pacific Pictures has been very welcoming and I’m pumped about the opportunity.”

“The Directors’ attachment program is a fantastic initiative from DEGNZ and NZ On Air and South Pacific Pictures is pleased to continue its support of it,” said SPP CEO Kelly Martin. “Helena Brooks is a talented director with an impressive body of work to her name and we are pleased to have her on board.”

“As shown in our recent Diversity Report, we need more women in drama directing roles. Professional development opportunities such as this are a logical way to develop more women into these roles. We wish Helena well in this attachment,” said Jane Wrightson CEO of NZ On Air.

Brooks comes to The Brokenwood Mysteries with a strong background in TV commercials and a highly successful short film, Nothing Special, to her credit—it was selected for amongst others the Cannes and Berlin film festivals.

“We are delighted that another talented DEGNZ member gets the chance to increase their knowledge and experience with fast-turnaround TV drama,” said Executive Director of DEGNZ Tui Ruwhiu. “We greatly appreciate the commitment South Pacific Pictures is showing to this initiative.”

The Brokenwood Mysteries is a series of two-hour murder mystery stories set in a seemingly quiet country town where the town’s newest resident, Detective Mike Shepherd, finds that murder lurks in even the most homely location. Each telefeature in the series is a standalone story, which sees the show’s two lead police officers trying to solve a murder case.

Brooks is the fourth DEGNZ director member to benefit from the TV Drama Attachment Initiative. Started in 2015, the initiative has seen actor and director Matthew Saville attach to director Ric Pellizarri on Screentime’s telefeature Bombshell: The Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior, actor and director Aidee Walker shadow director Michael Hurst on SPP’s Westside series, and director Jamie Lawrence join director Peter Burger on Filthy Productioins’ series Dirty Laundry.

The TV Drama Attachment initiative is an industry professional development activity funded by NZ On Air and the production company involved and managed by DEGNZ. It is intended to give emerging drama directors the opportunity to shadow an experienced director through the pre-production, production and post-production process as a means to improve their craft skills.

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For further information, please contact:

Tui Ruwhiu
Executive Director
Directors & Editors Guild of NZ
tui@degnz.co.nz
021-659-950

Updated Call for Applications for DEGNZ Women Filmmakers Incubator

Updated: 7 June 2016

Background

The overall vision of the DEGNZ Women Filmmakers Incubator is to empower the participating directors with the confidence, knowledge and connections that they can use to go on and direct a feature film, drama or scripted series.

The incubator is intended primarily for emerging debut directors of feature film (drama or documentary), but will also consider those wishing to establish careers in TV drama and scripted content.

Applicants must apply with a project, but the incubator is primarily focused on filmmaker development, not project development.

The objectives of the incubator are:

  • Educate writer/directors and directors to improve their understanding of the business of film and drama.
  • Increase the number of females directing features and TV drama by helping to get more female-centric stories into and through development.
  • Encourage producers, broadcasters and funders into closer connection with female directors.
  • Create networking opportunities that directors can use to further themselves and their projects.
  • Provide inspiration and role models to encourage women to passionately pursue feature film and drama directing careers.
  • Get those in positions of power to effect change to help women advance as feature film and drama directors.

The incubator comprises five one-day workshops across an approximately 12-month period with the first to scheduled to take place in September.

The workshops are individually themed to provide specific knowledge, networks, skills, and inspiration that filmmakers can use to advance themselves and their careers.

NZFC Talent Express

The NZ Film Commission will offer additional support to 3 narrative debut feature film directors who are selected as part of the DEGNZ Women Filmmakers Incubator.

Alongside the Incubator programme, those selected for the NZFC Talent Express will attend:

  • NZFC Gaylene Preston Female Director’s workshop – a practical one-day workshop as part of the NZFC Gender Scholarship programme (TBC between 27-29 July)
  • Accelerator Express at Melbourne International Film Festival – Four days of workshops, screenings, seminars and networking events on the business and creative aspects of the film industry by leading film practitioners.  (3-7 August)
  • International industry mentor workshop at Big Screen Symposium – Bespoke half-day workshop with an international industry mentor as part of BSS. This includes passes to attend BSS. (24-25 September)
  • Career development and guidance meetings with the NZFC Talent Development team

All costs associated with these, including travel and accommodation will be covered by the NZFC.

If you wish to be considered for The NZFC Talent Express, please indicate your interest when you apply for the DEGNZ Women Filmmakers Incubator.

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • Have a project (feature film, documentary feature, telefeature, TV or web drama or scripted series) in development that has NEVER been presented to a broadcaster or funder.
  • Have experience as a director of narrative drama or documentary or scripted content in the form of the project they are submitting.

I.E: If you are applying with a narrative drama project, you must have experience directing narrative drama; scripted comedy project, experience directing scripted comedy; documentary feature, experience directing documentary, drama TV series or telefeature, experience directing narrative drama

  • For feature film, be a debut director.
  • Be able to participate in all workshops.

A selection panel comprising DEGNZ members and senior industry practitioners will convene to select the successful candidate. The decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Every successful applicant must be a Full DEGNZ member.

The workshops will be held in Auckland. A travel and accommodation allowance will be available for those successful applicants coming from other regions.

Requirements

  1. Completed DEGNZ Women Filmmakers Incubator Application Cover Sheet. Available here on the DEGNZ website, under RESOURCES.
  2. A one-page B2B (ending revealed not left hanging for the audience) synopsis of the project.
  3. A maximum two-page letter stating what your career goal is and why you want to participate in this incubator.
  4. A one-page bio (not a CV).
  5. A filmography and links to completed work that supports the project you are including with this application.

How to Apply

Compile your documents into one single PDF in the order matching requirements 1 – 5.

Give the single PDF the following naming convention:

(YourName)_DEGNZWomenFilmmakersIncubator_2016

and send it to admin@degnz.co.nz with DEGNZWFI2016 in the Subject line.

The deadline for submissions is 9AM, Monday 27 June 2016.

This initiative has been made possible with the financial support of the New Zealand Film Commission.