Directors Toolkit with Danny Mulheron – Auckland

Danny Mulheron in Wellington

Call for applications. The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ presents a two-day practical guide for emerging directors to be held in Auckland on 15-16 September.

New Zealand director Danny Mulheron will draw on his extensive experience to deliver this interactive and informative workshop, which ran in Wellington last year.

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.

Lunch and refreshments provided.

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. The most recent work aired in NZ was Why does love?, a rock and roll movie about Kiwi rock band 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 EruptionFresh Meat was a lesbian cannibal grind house movie for the Gibson Group, which made it to the NYC Tribeca Film Festival.​

He is currently in pre-production for Runaway Millionaires a TV movie for TVNZ and then moves immediately into Jonah. This is a 2 x 90 minutes TV drama for TV3, the story of Jonah Lomu. As a writer, he has two other screenplays in early development.

Saturday 15 September,  9am – 5pm
Sunday 16 September, 9am – 4pm

Where: MTG RM, 2 Kingsland Terrace, Kingsland, Auckland

A travel allowance may be available for some DEGNZ members travelling from out of Auckland.

Cost: DEGNZ members – Free, Non-members – $100

To Apply

Application Deadline: 3PM, Wednesday 5 September

STEP 1: Submit the form below.

STEP 2: After Step 1, you will be redirected to the File Upload page. Upload your application file(s). Submit before the deadline:

  • your CV/filmography with links to samples of your work
  • a maximum one-page letter on why you would like to participate

Late applications will not be accepted.



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


Last updated on 16 August 2018