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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.

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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.

The Rehearsal Room

Register Now – Christchurch Rehearsal Room with Peter Feeney

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The Rehearsal Room with Peter Feeney – Christchurch

When: Saturday 25 March 2017, 9.30am – 1.30pm

Where: Merivale, Christchurch

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.

“Directors need as much practise… spending time with actors as they can get. It’s such an important relationship and so often writer/directors, especially, spend so much time by themselves with a script… and very little importance is placed on being able to direct actors.” – Past actor 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.

 

Moderator - Peter Feeney
After moderating two excellent Rehearsal Rooms in Auckland and Wellington in 2016, Peter Feeney will bring his knowledge and insights to Christchurch.

Peter’s 20-year-plus acting CV ranges from NZ-shot US shows (Spartacus), to kids TV (Secret Agent Men, The Cul de Sac), comedy (Auckland Daze) drama (Abandoned), commercials and film: he won rave reviews as a mad scientist in Black Sheep. Peter also teaches acting, directs a bit, does occasional travel writing and helps raise his three young children.

 

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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Submit Your Script – Table Reads 2017

Bringing Writers, Directors & Actors together for Table Reads.

Four reads per year on Saturdays @ NZWG HQ in Grey Lynn.

A core cast – max six actors – together with a writer & director team (OR writer/director) will collaborate on each script-in-development table read.

DEGNZ members and/or NZWG members are invited to apply for the script component to go into the draw for a day-long table read*. The script must have a director attached and have been through a development process.

Writer & Director teams: both must be members of NZWG/DEGNZ

Writer/director: must be a member of NZWG/DEGNZ

 

TABLE READ – ROUND ONE 2017

When: Saturday 11 March, 10am start

Where: NZWG HQ, Grey Lynn

Script Submissions close: Monday 20 February. Email NZWG – guildhq@nzwritersguild.org.nz (Subject line: Final Draft)

*Names remain for subsequent draws.

 

A Joint Initiative brought to you by NZWG, DEGNZ & EQUITY Foundation. With warm thanks to the New Zealand Film Commission.

 

 

The Rehearsal Room

Register Now: First Rehearsal Room for 2017

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The Rehearsal Room with Ian Hughes will kick off our 2017 Professional Development programme!

 

The Rehearsal Room with Ian Hughes - Auckland

When: Saturday 25 February 2017, 9.30am – 1.30pm

Where: Kingsland, 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.

“Directors need as much practise… spending time with actors as they can get. It’s such an important relationship and so often writer/directors, especially, spend so much time by themselves with a script… and very little importance is placed on being able to direct actors. So MORE of this type of workshop please!” – 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.

 

Moderator – Ian Hughes
For this workshop, we are pleased to have highly experienced actor and director Ian Hughes facilitating. Ian is a well-known actor (Topless Women Talk About Their Lives, Shortland Street, Go Girls, Xena, City Life, Lord of the Rings) who has worked with many of New Zealand’s directors and turned his hand to directing (Shortland Street, Step Dave).

 

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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Holiday Viewing – Check Us Out on Youtube

Finally got some free time over the holiday season? Revisit or catch up on some of our guild events from the year on our DEGNZ Channel, which is currently live. Here’s a small selection you might like:

- Film Talk: Q&A with Geoff Murphy on his seminal Goodbye Pork Pie.
- The Collaborators Series: Lee Tamahori and Robin Scholes – From Once Were Warriors to Mahana
- DEGNZ Selects: In conversation with Niki Caro
- and more!

We’ll be adding more vids in 2017 so make sure you subscribe.

 

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Being Cinematic with Alun Bollinger

In our last DEGNZ workshop of the year, renowned Kiwi DOP Alun Bollinger will examine in detail across a one-day interactive workshop what it means to be cinematic.

Alun’s name is synonymous with New Zealand feature film and Kiwi directors, from the quintessential Goodbye Pork Pie (Geoff Murphy), War Stories, Perfect Strangers and Lovely Rita (Gaylene Preston), Heavenly Creatures, Forgotten Silver, The Frighteners and Lord of the Rings (Peter Jackson) to End Of The Golden Weather and Came A Hot Friday (Ian Mune), and Vigil and River Queen (Vincent Ward).

In this workshop Alun will look at the technical and beyond as he explores how to be cinematic to propel story, covering topics including lenses, lighting and camera movement to communication between director and DOP.

Applications are invited for a limited number of positions on this one-day workshop. Selected participants will be asked to bring along one film scene that they feel is cinematic for sharing and discussion with the group.

In one single Word document or PDF, please forward your CV and a maximum one-page statement about what you believe this workshop will contribute to your career as a filmmaker by 5PM Friday 18 November to admin@degnz.co.nz. Please put ‘Being Cinematic’ in the subject line.

What: One-day workshop on Being Cinematic with Alun Bollinger

When: Saturday 26 November 2016

Where: MTG RM, Kingsland, Auckland

Cost: DEGNZ members free, non-members $100

Limited financial assistance will be available to some DEGNZ members coming from outside Auckland.

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Dany Cooper Delivers Editing Masterclass

7 October 2016.

Award-winning Australian editor Dany Cooper ran a fantastic weekend masterclass for our member editors at Unitec campus, Auckland on 1 to 2 October. Dany is one of Australia’s best-known and respected film and television editors with a wealth of experience from working in Australia and internationally, most recently on the soon to be released U.S. film Measure of a Man.

A huge thanks to Dany for her generosity and insights, which were appreciated by all who attended.

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Guild table reads round 3

Submissions Open – Guild Table Reads

Round Three 2016 – Apply Now!Guild Table Read

Bringing Writers Directors & Actors together for Table Reads.

A core cast – max. six actors – together with a writer & director team (OR writer/director) will collaborate on each script-in-development table read.
The script must have a director attached and have been through a development process.

Writer & Director: either/both must be a member(s) of NZWG/DEGNZ.
Actors must be a member of Equity to apply.

 

DEGNZ members and/or NZWG members are invited to apply for the script component:

Submit full-length draft feature film script to go into the draw for a day-long table read*

Four reads per year, Saturdays @ NZWG HQ
400C Great North Rd, Grey Lynn

Third Table Read: Saturday 5 November 2016 – 10am start

Script Submissions Deadline: Monday 10 October

WRITER/DIRECTORS or WRITER & DIRECTOR TEAMS – contact Guild HQ. Email: guildhq@nzwg.org.nz
ACTORS – Apply at Eventbrite

 

A Joint Initiative brought to you by:
NZWG, DEGNZ & EQUITY Foundation
With warm thanks to the New Zealand Film Commission

 

*Names remain for subsequent draws.