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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.

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Directors Get Practical with Danny Mulheron

It was a great pleasure to have director Danny Mulheron lead our latest Directing Toolkit based in Wellington. The 2-day workshop was a fantastic yet intensive experience. On the Saturday, Danny gave an in depth directing seminar, while Sunday was devoted to giving participating directors the opportunity to learn through demonstration and hands-on group work. A big thanks to Danny and the directors and actors who were involved.

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Apply Now: Directing & Writing Comedy with Jonathan Brough & Declan Fay

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ invites you to apply for a 1-day workshop on Directing & Writing Screen Comedy with Jonathan Brough & Declan Fay in Auckland, taking place on Saturday 13 May.

Award-winning comedy director Jonathan Brough and acclaimed comedy writer/showrunner Declan Fay discuss the many ways to achieve comedy for the screen.

About Jonathan Brough

Jonathan is a New Zealand director of film and television, now based in Melbourne. With over 20 years of professional experience, his work has screened at the Cannes, Edinburgh, Hof, Slamdance and Sydney Film Festivals, and screened on international TV networks, including Netflix. Recently, he directed the comedy pilot Ronny Chieng: International Student and the hit ABC comedy Rosehaven, which has been nominated for ‘Most Outstanding Comedy Program’ in the 2017 Logie awards and earned him one of his two nominations for ‘Best Direction in a TV Comedy’ in the 2017 ADG awards, the other for The Family Law.

About Declan Fay

Declan is one of Australia’s leading comedy writers. He was head writer on Sam Simmon’s Problems, TV sketch comedy Fancy Boy, and co-writer on Ronny Chieng: International Student coming to ABC and Comedy Central in 2017 as a full series. He has directed a number of sold out and award-winning comedy stage shows, which have played at the Comedy Festivals and Fringe Festivals over the years. He is also a comedian, actor, radio host, podcaster and motivational speaker.

Try Not to Get in the Way

Starting with the writing process then continuing on to working on set and in the edit, Jonathan & Declan will explore:

  • Shaping the material on the page. How do you take funny ideas and make them sustain a half-hour show? What are good techniques to transition standup comedians to the screen?
  • Finding the right story. How do you find the idea? How do you know which one is the right idea to turn into a whole show?
  • Rewriting the story until you’ve gone gradually insane.
  • The art of collaboration. Working with writers, talent, directors, script editors, to expand your vision.
  • Casting. How to shape an ensemble to get the comedy tone you want.
  • Working on set. Ideas for setting up a style of shoot that will get the right results, and ways to get the best out of your performers on the day.
  • Improvisation. Really?
  • Editing. Who cuts? Who decides? How to defend your ideas and get them through the network.

Using examples from their recent shows, including their collaboration on Ronny Chieng: International Student, Jonathan & Declan will share their wealth of experience on making successful, memorable and distinctive comedies for the screen.

 

What: Directing & Writing Screen Comedy with Jonathan Brough & Declan Fay

When: Saturday 13 May, 9am – 5pm

Where: Auckland

Cost: Free for DEGNZ members, $100 for non-members

A travel allowance is available for DEGNZ members coming from out of town. Lunch and refreshments provided.

TO APPLY please send your application in ONE PDF to tema@degnz.co.nz with ‘Directing Comedy 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 any dietary requirements.

Application Deadline: 9am, Friday 28 April.

This initiative is brought to you with the support of the New Zealand Film Commission and ASDACS – the Australian Screen Directors Authorship Collecting Society.

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Apply Now: Directing Toolkit with Rob Sarkies – Rotorua

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ invites you to apply for a 2-day Directing Toolkit Workshop with director Rob Sarkies in Rotorua.

The workshop will be held on Saturday and Sunday, 29 and 30 April.

About Rob Sarkies

Rob works across feature films, series television and commercials. His work includes the acclaimed feature Out of the Blue about the Aramoana shootings, Consent a powerful tele-feature based on Louise Nicholas’s fight for justice, Jean about aviator Jean Batten, buddy comedy Two Little Boys starring Brett McKenzie and Hamish Blake, and NZ classic Scarfies.

Process! Process! Process!

Robert SarkiesThis will be a practical workshop that will take participants through Rob’s film-making process from development to shoot and examine how process can be adapted from project to project.

The workshop will cover development process (how to avoid ‘development hell’ or at least ensure your project comes out the better at the end of it). Process leading to production (script prep, visual prep, storyboards, casting process). Pre-Production (rehearsal process, binding your collaborators to the same vision) and practical process on set (scene blocking, working with cast, working with your DP).

Rob will outline his process and encourage participants to develop processes specific to them. A workshop full of practical hints to help you control the beast of a feature film rather than having it control you.

 

What: Directing Toolkit Workshop with Rob Sarkies

When: Saturday 29 April,  9am – 5pm & Sunday 30 April, 9am – 4pm

Where: Rotorua

Cost: Free for DEGNZ members, $100 for non-members

A travel allowance is available for DEGNZ members coming from out of town.

Lunch and refreshments provided.

 

TO APPLY please send your application in ONE PDF to tema@degnz.co.nz with ‘Rotorua Directing Toolkit’ 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 any dietary requirements.

Application Deadline: 9am, Tuesday 18 April.

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

Documentary Editing with Doug Blush

Doug Blush Leads Inspirational Documentary Editing Masterclass

DEGNZ editors and their accompanying directors were treated to a Documentary Editing Masterclass with Doug Blush, one of America’s top documentary editors and supervising editor on Oscar winner 20 Feet From Stardom and The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble, which is currently in cinemas.

Having worked on over 70 documentary features and TV programmes, Doug had plenty of material to dig into with the class on Day One, using several examples from his credits to elaborate on story, character and message.

On the second day, Doug led a project consultation seminar for selected editor-director teams. Each editor had a feature documentary currently in post-production.

Doug was a wonderful communicator and feedback from the two days was very positive. Thank you to Doug and everyone who was involved!

The Rehearsal Room

Register Now – Wellington Rehearsal Room with Tandi Wright

Rehearsal Room with Tandi Wright

The Rehearsal Room with Tandi Wright – Wellington

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.

“There was extremely practical and pertinent tuition from Tandi Wright…[The workshop] was incredibly useful and productive for me as a director, and for the project I am developing.”
– Past participant

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. ONLY Actors Equity actors and DEGNZ directors are permitted entry to The Rehearsal Room. 

You need only register once. Your name will remain in the draw for future Rehearsal Rooms unless you ask us to remove it. If you are selected, we’ll email or phone you to confirm your participation.

When: Saturday 8 April 2017 9:30am – 1:30pm

Where: Te Aro, Wellington

Register at: Eventbrite

Registrations close: Wednesday 22 March

Cost: Free to DEGNZ members

 

Moderator – Tandi Wright

Tandi Wright is an actor of more than 20 years experience and has worked consistently across all the genres – film, television, stage and radio. She has worked in the US, Australia and NZ, and has been nominated for numerous theatre and screen awards in NZ.

Tandi has studied at Toi Whakaari, and at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. Theatre highlights include The Events, When The Rain Stops Falling, Three Days of Rain, Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Nights Dream. Screen highlights include The Returned, The Rehearsal, Jack the Giant Slayer, Out of the Blue, Black Sheep, Nothing Trivial, This Is Not My Life, Bliss, Serial Killers, Willy Nilly and Shortland Street. Tandi is one of the Vice-Presidents of Equity New Zealand. She considers her finest production to be the birth of her daughter Olive, who is now 8 years old.

 

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.

Director's Toolkit

Call for Applications: Directing Toolkit with Danny Mulheron – Wellington

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ invites you to apply for a 2-day Directing Toolkit Workshop with director Danny Mulheron.

The workshop will be held on Saturday and Sunday, 1 and 2 April in Wellington.

Danny will draw on his extensive experience to deliver an interactive and informative Directing Toolkit, which requires participants to get physically involved.

Day One topics will include:

  • The Director and the Script, Or: God I’m bored, why?
  • Text, Subtext and Context, Or: “Help, I’m struggling for depth?”
  • Observing Human Behaviour and Emotions, Or: On preferring what you don’t want…and recognising it.
  • The #1 Secret of the Actor/Director Relationship, Or: Don’t fall in love with them…too much?
  • Tools of the Director, Or: How to keep out of the way. It’s what you don’t do that counts.

Day Two will guide participants on working with actors, script reads, rehearsing, shooting and blocking through the use of demonstration and class exercises.

About Danny Mulheron 

Danny MulheronSince his graduation from the New Zealand Drama School in 1983, Danny has become an experienced director, writer and actor in all mediums – stage, screen and television. He is known as an ‘actor’s director’ due to his particular strength in directing actors and getting extraordinary performances.

Danny has directed award-winning television dramas, feature-length documentaries and smash hit theatre productions. His latest work has been Why does love?, a rock and roll movie about The Dance Exponents. Prior to that he directed all six episodes of the Hillary TV series for TVNZ. Other TV movies include The Kick, Rage and Eruption. Fresh Meat was a lesbian cannibal grind house movie for the Gibson Group which made it to the NYC Tribeca Film Festival.​ He is currently completing the writing of a screenplay based on the play The Motor Camp, as well as a couple of other screenplays in production.

 

What: Directing Toolkit Workshop with Danny Mulheron

When: Saturday 1 April,  9.30am – 4.30pm & Sunday 2 April, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Where: TBC, Wellington

Cost: Free for DEGNZ members, $100 for non-members

Lunch and refreshments provided.

A travel allowance is available for those coming from outside the Wellington region.

 

TO APPLY please send your application in ONE PDF to tema@degnz.co.nz with ‘Wellington Directing Toolkit’ 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 any dietary requirements.

Extended Application Deadline: 9am, Monday 27 March.

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

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Rehearsal Room brings Directors and Actors Together

Directors and actors came together at our first workshop of the year to meet and explore the rehearsal process. The Auckland edition of The Rehearsal Room was led by actor/director Ian Hughes who started the workshop with some fun exercises and then helped each group go deeper into their scenes.

The Rehearsal Room is heading to Christchurch next month on March 25 with actor/acting coach Peter Feeney moderating. Register for this event now on Eventbrite.

20 Feet From Stardom

Call for Applications: Documentary Editing Masterclass with Award-winning Editor Doug Blush

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ invites editors to apply for a Feature Documentary Editing Masterclass in Auckland with American editor Doug Blush.

Doug BlushDoug Blush is a multi award-winning editor who has worked on over 50 feature documentaries and TV programmes, and has been nominated five times for Best Editing at the Sundance Film Festival. His recent credits include Oscar-winning theatrical hit 20 Feet From Stardom, which won him an ACE Eddie Award for Best Documentary Editing. With wife Lisa Klein, Doug co-directed Of Two Minds and follow-up film The S Word. 

The Masterclass will consist of two separate days on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 March.

Day One: Interactive Seminar

Doug will deliver an interactive seminar on character, story and message  for up to a total of 20 participants. Editors are welcome to bring their directors along on the day.

Topics covered on Day One will include:

  • The Documentary/Narrative “wall” and how to break it
  • Beginning a documentary and editing strategies for laying out a narrative
  • Developing characters with true arcs and growth
  • Tapping into narrative story elements for documentary
  • Ending your film by considering story and message

Day Two: Project Consultation for up to 6 projects

Doug will run a project consultation on Day Two for up to 6 selected feature documentary projects. Editors are invited to submit their project currently in post-production for feedback.

Selected participants will be required to bring 10-15 minutes of their project in QuickTime format for class discussion and feedback, and must be comfortable with sharing their projects in a confidential environment. Selected editors are welcome to bring their directors on the day.

 

Cost: DEGNZ members free, Non-members $100 – selected editors can bring their director for free.
When: Saturday 18 March, 9am – 5pm & Sunday 19 March, 9am – 4pm.
Where: TBC, Auckland

Lunch will be provided each day.

Travel assistance may be available for DEGNZ members coming from out of Auckland.

TO APPLY please send your application in ONE PDF to tema@degnz.co.nz with ‘Doug Blush 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 should be selected. Please indicate if you would like your director to attend with you.
  • To apply for the project consultation on Day Two, please also provide a brief synopsis of your feature documentary project that is currently in post-production.

Application Deadline: 9am, Monday 6 March.

 

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