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Abigail Greenwood Gets Second Director’s Attachment With Filthy Productions

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ, NZ On Air and Filthy Productions are thrilled to announce actor and director Abigail Greenwood as the TV Drama Director Attachment on the Filthy Rich TV series.

“Impressed by the strength of Abigail’s application, we looked at attaching two directors to Dirty Laundry last year” said Steven Zanoski from Filthy Productions.

When other commitments arose, we immediately thought of Filthy Rich, should a second season eventuate, believing Abigail a good fit with the show.”

Abigail attaches to experienced director Michael Duignan, whose past credits include Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, The Blue Rose, Agent Anna, and the first series of Filthy Rich. She has joined the production this month as they get underway in Auckland. Filthy Rich is produced by Steven Zanoski for Filthy Productions Ltd.

“I’m really excited to watch this very successful team do what they do so well, and stoked to be shadowing Michael Duignan, who I admire for his bold and inventive directing style,” said Abigail Greenwood.

It’s such a privilege to be given an internship as a director, so huge thanks to DEGNZ and Filthy Productions for this amazing opportunity.”

“We are delighted to again support an up and coming woman director to develop her skills under the mentorship of an experienced director, in the hope that we can see more women directing content for our screens in future,” said NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson.

“Abigail brings her signigicant experience as an actor and her directing success with short films including Eleven, which was selected for the Berlin International Film Festival to the attachment,” said DEGNZ Executive Director Tui Ruwhiu.

“She is one of a number of talented early-career women directors coming to the fore and we are thrilled she has this opportunity to further her directing experience.”

Filthy Rich tells the story of three illegitimate children who discover they each have a claim to the fortune of one of NZ’s wealthiest men, John Truebridge. With so much money on the line, John’s legitimate family will do anything to stop these new, unexpected heirs! This Filthy Productions 14 x 1-hour drama is in its second series on TV One.

The DEGNZ TV Drama Director Attachment Scheme is now in its second year and Abigail has secured the sixth director attachment through this initiative, 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. There is also an opportunity to direct one or more scenes during their attachment, at the discretion of the series producer and episode director.

The scheme has seen four women and two men attach to New Zealand dramas with Matthew Saville on Screentime’s Bombshell: The Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior, Aidee Walker on South Pacific Pictures’ (SPP) Westside, Helena Brooks on their Brokenwood Mysteries, and Cathy MacDonald on SPP’s Shortland Street, while Jamie Lawrence attached to Filthy Production’s Dirty Laundry.

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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

 

Abigail Greenwood is an award winning theatre director and filmmaker from Auckland, New Zealand. Over the last ten years she has been working as a director, actor and production and costume design assistant in New Zealand film, theatre, and television.

 

Abigail’s first short film received international acclaim, participating in international festivals including Berlinale 2014 and Melbourne International Film Festival 2014. The film won Best Short Film at the Rialto Channel NZ Film Awards 2014, and Abigail was awarded for Distinctive Creative Achievement as a Director in the New Zealand International Film Festival ‘NZ’s Best’ competition 2014.

Abigail has worked as a co-ordinator and assistant to Kirsty Cameron on The Hopes and Dreams of Gazza Snell, Lovebirds, Sione’s Wedding 2, The Weight of Elephants, Field Punishment No. 1, Slow West, and recently The Rehearsal.

Abigail’s acting credits include Brave Donkey (short film), Piece of My Heart (telefeature), and Outrageous Fortune (TV series).

Theatre directing credits include collaborative works The Height of the Eiffel Tower (New York Fringe Festival 2010, Silo Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe 2014), and Nick (Edinburgh Fringe 2013), as well as And Then You Die by Thomas Sainsbury and Cow by Jo Randerson for Auckland Theatre Company’s Young and Hungry.

 

Filthy Productions Ltd is a production company recently set up by Rachel Lang, Gavin Strawhan and Steven Zanoski. The company’s focus is production based, with a philosophy that the best television drama and comedy is always driven by the creatives. Productions to date are Filthy Rich and Dirty Laundry, both for Television New Zealand.

 

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

 

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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

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Cathy MacDonald Selected For Director Attachment On Shortland Street

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ (DEGNZ), NZ On Air and South Pacific Pictures Limited (SPP) are delighted to announce DEGNZ member and director Cathy MacDonald as the TV Drama Director Attachment on Shortland Steet.

“Shortland Street is an important training ground for drama directors and I’m so chuffed to be a part of it. Huge thanks to the very generous Geoff Cawthorn and Maxine Fleming for the opportunity,” said MacDonald.

“Cathy has made a significant effort to advance her career as a film and TV drama director,” said Executive Director of DEGNZ Tui Ruwhiu. “This attachment on Shortland Street is another major step toward her achieving her goals, and we are thrilled to be able to assist her in this.”

Cathy has over 15 years experience as a director in short film, television and advertising. She has won nearly 20 international awards for my work as a writer/director of promos and branded content including Young Creative at Promax Europe, Best Director at Promax World, Best Campaign at Promax World, and Best Director nominee at the New York Festivals. Her short films have been selected at 12 festivals including BAFTA and Academy Awards qualifiers Encounters Film Festival (Bristol), London International Documentary Festival, Rushes Soho Shorts (London), and Show Me Shorts (NZ).

A fast-paced serial drama in an urban setting, Shortland Street explores the lives and loves of the patients and staff of a modern metropolitan hospital and contains a heady mix of medical crisis, human drama, comedy, romance and suspense. First airing in 1992, Shortland Street celebrates 24 years on air in 2015. With around 40% of all viewers tuning in every night, Shortland Street is regularly the number one show in target demographics 18-39 and Household Shoppers with children. As well as being New Zealand’s most successful serial drama, the show screens in several international territories including Fiji, Australia and Ireland.

MacDonald is now the fifth DEGNZ member director to attach to a New Zealand TV drama series, and the third woman. 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, director Jamie Lawrence join director Peter Burger on Filthy Productions’ series Dirty Laundry, and director Helena Brooks shadowed Mark Beasley on SPP’s The Brokenwood Mysteries.

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

Cathy MacDonald was trained by the BBC Academy in Working with Actors, Health and Safety and Directing Drama. She attended screenwriting courses at London’s Raindance Academy, and in 2011 won the $30K International Graduate Scholarship to do a Masters of Screenwriting at Central St Martins College London. In 2012 she was funded by Real Ideas Studio California to create a short documentary and attend the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Back in New Zealand, in 2013 she attended the Script to Screen Short Film Lab where I developed my short narrative drama The December Shipment. In 2014 she self-funded the film and with it made the final shortlist from a global list of nearly 4000 directors in the $150KLexus Short Film Competition. This year she’s gained representation by Sunday Punch, the TVC production arm of The Downlow Concept.

South Pacific Pictures is New Zealand’s largest screen production company and has an international reputation for producing world-class television and film. The company is in its 28th year of operation and to date has produced more than 5000 hours of programming. Drama series and serials, feature films, and more recently, entertainment, reality programming, factual series and documentaries are all part of the programming mix. The current slate includes work for New Zealand, Australian, Canadian and European broadcasters.

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

 

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Call for Applications – DEGNZ Drama Director Attachment on SHORTLAND STREET

25 October 2016

DEGNZ invites applications for a TV Drama Director Attachment on South Pacific Pictures’ serial TV drama SHORTLAND STREET for TVNZ.

This paid attachment is currently scheduled to take place for four weeks this year commencing November 17 until December 14. It may include a small stand down period to allow for breaks in the schedule, with the aim of the Attachment getting to experience pre-production, production and post production on a major drama production.

The successful candidate will attach to one of New Zealand’s most experienced drama directors and long-time Shortland Street director, Geoffrey Cawthorn.

Payment will be determined by negotiation with the production company and the level of experience of the applicant.

An opportunity exists for the Attachment to direct a scene in the production, but this is entirely at the discretion of South Pacific Pictures and its producer(s) and director—it is not guaranteed.

The aim of the attachment is to:

  • develop and upskill new television drama directors and
  • contribute to the ongoing production of quality future television drama and
  • provide another training pathway to the limited opportunities currently available.

To be eligible, applicants MUST:

  1. Be a FULL member of DEGNZ, and
  2. Have past dramatic narrative directing experience, and
  3. Have a keen interest in television drama, and
  4. Either: -
  • Have 2 short film credits publicly screened to a paying audience at an NZFC accredited short film festival*, OR
  • Have held a position as the first assistant director of a publicly distributed and released feature film or TV drama series, OR
  • Have won an award for a short film at an NZFC accredited film festival*

*The NZFC list of accredited short film festivals here.

To apply, please download the application form cover sheet from the DEGNZ website here, and submit the following in electronic form ONLY (Word file or PDF) by 5PM Friday 28 October, 2016 to admin@degnz.co.nz with SHORTLAND STREET in the subject line:

  • Completed Application Form Cover Sheet with your FULL DEGNZ Membership No., including links to your publicly screened works
  • A full CV & Filmography
  • A reference (from a senior screen industry practitioner)
  • A proposal of a maximum of 1-page outlining why you want to do the attachment.

A shortlist will be developed from applicants. An interview may or may not be required.

We will notify you as to whether or not your application has been successful, but no further correspondence will be entered into regarding your application and the decision will be final.

We look forward to receiving your applications. This initiative has been made possible with the support of NZ On Air and South Pacific Pictures.

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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.

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Call for Applications – TV Drama Director Attachments on POWER RANGERS

DEGNZ invites applications for two TV Children’s action adventure Attachments on Power Rangers Productions Ltd TV series Power Rangers – Ninja Steel (Seasons 24 & 25).

Power Rangers Ninja Steel , produced by Chip Lynn and Sarah Spurway, comprises of 44 x 30 minute episodes for an international children’s action adventure series.

The successful candidates will attach to 3-4 different experienced TV drama directors, being able to be involved with the full process of pre-production, production and post production.

There are two paid attachments, which are currently scheduled to take place as follows:

Internship #1 – 25 September to 23 December 2016

Internship #2 – 15 January to 4 May 2017.

Depending on level of expertise there may be an opportunity to direct one or more scenes.

The contract fee is $1000 per week (50 hour week). The working week is Sunday to Thursday.

The aim of an attachment is to:

  • develop and upskill new television drama directors and
  • contribute to the ongoing production of quality future television drama and
  • provide another training pathway to the limited opportunities currently available.

To be eligible, successful applicants must:

  • Be a FULL member of DEGNZ, and
  • Have a keen interest in television drama, and

Either:

  • Have 2 short film credits publicly screened to a paying audience at an NZFC accredited short film festival*, OR
  • Have held a position as the first assistant director of a publicly distributed and released feature film or TV drama series OR
  • Have won an award for a short film at an NZFC accredited film festival*, OR
  • Have proven dramatic narrative experience in a screen medium

*The NZFC list of accredited short film festivals here.

To apply, please download the application form cover sheet from the DEGNZ website here, and submit the following in electronic form ONLY (single Word file or PDF) by 5PM Wednesday 31st August, 2016 to admin@degnz.co.nz with POWER RANGERS PRODUCTION LTD in the subject line:

  • Completed Application Form Cover Sheet with your FULL DEGNZ Membership No., including links to your publicly screened works
  • A full CV & Filmography
  • A reference (from a senior screen industry practitioner)
  • A proposal of a maximum of 1-page outlining why you want to do the attachment.

NB: Do NOT send separate documents. Please compile into one Word document of PDF.

A shortlist will be developed from applicants. An interview may or may not be required.

We will notify you as to whether or not your application has been successful, but no further correspondence will be entered into regarding your application and the decision will be final.

We look forward to receiving your applications.

This initiative has been made possible with the support of the New Zealand Film Commission and Power Rangers Productions Ltd.

 

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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

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Insights from Niki Caro

Our Masterclass and DEGNZ Selects events with Niki Caro were a fantastic success. Niki spoke generously about her experiences and offered plenty of solid advice and practical tips, which we’re sure will stay with everyone in the audience. Thank you, Niki!

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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.

Ends

For further information, please contact:

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

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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.