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Postponed until Alert Level 1 – Registrations and applications will reopen once we have a new date. We will hold onto all completed applications in the meantime. Thanks for your understanding.


Learn best practices for directing on-screen intimacy with Tandi Wright.

DEGNZ welcomes directors to join us for a one-day Auckland workshop, taught by actor and intimacy coordinator Tandi Wright. We will discuss and work with actors on developing scenes involving intimacy, using a process developed by UK intimacy coordinator Ita O’Brien, and Equity NZ’s Intimacy Guidelines for Stage and Screen.

There are four places for directors to participate and additional places for directors to observe.

Please note: this workshop is R18 and there will be no nudity in the workshop.

About Tandi Wright

With over 25 years of experience, Tandi is one of Aotearoa’s best-known actors. She has worked in the US, Australia and NZ and has been nominated for numerous awards.

Tandi is also a trained intimacy coordinator under the mentorship of Ita O’Brien of Intimacy On Set, who has pioneered this work internationally. Tandi has now served as intimacy coordinator on numerous and wide-ranging screen projects – from major studio productions (Netflix, Amazon, A24) to mid-range NZ features (Nude Tuesday, Juniper, The Justice of Bunny King, Punch), to low-budget student films.

Tandi is Vice-President of Equity New Zealand, the performers’ union, and is a founding board member of NZ Actors Benevolent Fund. She is co-author of the Intimacy Guidelines for Stage and Screen in NZ, which were released nationwide in 2020.

Workshop Details

When: Sunday 12 September, 9am – 5pm

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

Price:

DEGNZ member – Free
Non-member earlybird until August 18 – $80
Non-member standard – $95

Lunch and refreshments included

Directors

Register below to take part either as a participant director or as an observer.

During the class, the four selected participant directors will take turns directing pairs of actors on an intimate scene under Tandi’s guidance. Upon selection, participants may submit a short, intimate scene for two characters – either with or without dialogue – for consideration ahead of the workshop. We can also provide scene options if preferred.

Eligibility to apply as a Participant Director:

  • You must have experience directing actors for screen.
  • Priority will be given to those who are actively engaged in directing or preparing to direct narrative drama, especially if you are dealing with scenes with intimate content.

Registration

Registration Closes: Tuesday 7 September, 1PM

Deadline for Participant Applications: Friday 27 August, 1PM

To apply as a Participant Director, complete the online registration form below and email your supporting documents to tema@degnz.co.nz:

  • a CV/bio with filmography
  • a brief letter summarising why you would like to participate as a director, what you hope to gain from the workshop, and any experience directing intimacy (not a requirement for selection).

If you apply as a participant director and are unsuccessful, we will offer you a place to observe.

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

 

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

NZFC

NZWG and DEGNZ are once again offering Virtual Table Reads for 2021.

Following the success of the virtual Table Reads during 2020, the 2021 Table Reads will take place online and script submissions are being accepted from NZWG and DEGNZ members around the country. The T&Cs as per our usual Table Reads apply.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity – this is a great development tool to help take your script to the next level. If you have a script ready with a director attached (or you are also directing) then submit it now. There are four reads this year, so note these deadlines in your diary:

Table Read One: 8 May 2021
Submit scripts by 30 April

Table Read Two: 3 July 2021
Submit scripts by 25 June

Table Read Three: 11 September 2021
Submit scripts by 3 September

Table Read Four: 20 November 2021
Submit scripts by 12 November

Learn more > 

Actors who would like to take part in a Table Read from the comfort of their own homes can apply here.

Rehearsal & Performance logo

The Rehearsal & Performance series provides regular opportunities for directors and actors to practise their craft and communication. Each workshop brings in an experienced moderator to guide participants as they explore a workshop scene in groups (one director, two actors) in a safe and non-pressured environment.

Join us in Auckland for our first workshop of 2021 with director Caroline Bell-Booth.

Moderator

Caroline-Bell-Booth

Caroline Bell-Booth started out her professional career creating theatre, before moving into television where she directed on Shortland Street, followed by blocks of the hit Australian show 800 Words and was head-hunted by Australia’s Channel 7 show Home and Away as a recurring guest director. Following this she joined Channel 7’s drama Between Two Worlds.

Within NZ, Caroline has been lead director on the final two seasons of TV3’s hit show Westside, and was director on TVNZ’s crime-drama The Bad Seed.

Most recently, Caroline joined the second season of the German-NZ co-production The Gulf, where she directed the finale tele-feature episode. This will go to air later in 2021, and will be available on Netflix AUS/NZ. Currently, Caroline is shooting Power Rangers which will screen on Nickelodeon and Netflix later in 2021.

Preparation

Selected directors and actors will be expected to do some script prep beforehand. DEGNZ will provide the scene at least one week in advance.

Cost:
DEGNZ / Equity NZ member – Free
Ngā Aho Whakaari Full member – Free
Non-member – $69

(Includes lunch and tea/coffee)

Register your interest

Registrations close Thursday 4th February, 11am.

Spots are limited to four directors and eight actors. If your name is selected, DEGNZ will contact you directly to confirm your participation.

Auckland

When: Sun 21 February, 9:30am – 2:30pm
Where: MTG RM, 2 Kingsland Terrace, Kingsland, Auckland

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The Rehearsal & Performance series is hosted by Directors & Editors Guild of NZ with the support of Equity New Zealand and funding from the New Zealand Film Commission.

The Turn of the Screw

Having changed the location of Henry James’ Victorian ghost story to present-day Wellington, director Alex Galvin presents audiences with a fresh adaption of The Turn of the Screw. Join us for a screening of the film, which will be releasing in select NZ cinemas Jan-Feb. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with members Alex Galvin (director) and Ed Sampson (editor/producer), alongside Greer Phillips (lead actor) and Emma Beale (producer).

The film follows a young actress, Julia, who is a last minute replacement in a theatre production of the Henry James classic The Turn of the Screw. Julia becomes immersed in the gothic horror production. As her terror increases, she suspects it’s not the fictitious house that’s haunted, but the theatre itself.

When: Friday 22 January 2021 at 7:45pm
Where: Rialto Cinemas Newmarket, 167-169 Broadway, Newmarket, Auckland

Film Industry Member tickets $12

Book now

 

 

DEGNZ invites directors to join us for a one-day Wellington workshop, taught by Jennifer Te Atamira Ward-Lealand, on best practices for directing on-screen intimacy.

In Directing In the Intimate Zone, we will discuss and work with actors on the process of developing scenes that involve intimacy, nudity and/or simulated sex, developed by UK intimacy coordinator Ita O’Brien and based on Equity NZ’s Intimacy Guidelines for Stage and Screen. The workshop will also look at directing intimacy in the COVID-19 era.

There are four places for directors to participate, as well as places for directors to observe.

During the class, Participant Directors will take turns to direct pairs of actors in intimate scenes under Jennifer’s guidance. Participant Directors upon selection will each be invited to submit a short, intimate scene – either with or without dialogue – for consideration ahead of the workshop.

About Jennifer Ward-Lealand

Jennifer Ward-LealandSince training at Auckland’s influential Theatre Corporate, Jennifer has worked extensively in theatre, film, television, musical and radio for 40 years. One of New Zealand’s most recognisable acting talents and a respected theatre director, she has taught for The Actors’ Program, Toi Whakaari, UNITEC, Te Pou and NASDA.

Jennifer is currently President of Equity New Zealand, Patron of Q Theatre, and serves as a trust board member of The Actors Benevolent Fund. She was named SPADA Industry Champion in 2018 and in 2019 given a Women of Influence (Arts & Culture) Award. In the 2019 New Year’s Honours List she received a CNZM, Companion of the NZ Order of Merit for services to theatre, film and television and is this year’s New Zealander of the Year. Jennifer is a trained intimacy coordinator under the mentorship of Ita O’Brien, Intimacy on Set (UK).

Workshop Details

When: Sunday 15 November 2020, 9am – 5pm

Where: RANDOM, 43 Hanson Street, Mount Cook, Wellington 6021

Price:
DEGNZ member – Free
Non-member – $75 (discounted due to COVID-19. Normal price $95)

Lunch and refreshments provided.

Eligibility:

This workshop is R18.

To be eligible to apply as a Participant Director:

  • You must have experience directing at least short films/dramatic content.
  • Priority will be given to those who are actively engaged in directing or preparing to direct narrative drama, especially if you are dealing with scenes of nudity, intimacy and/or simulated sex.

To Apply

To register as an Observer, complete the registration form below.

To apply as a Participant Director, complete the registration form below and email your supporting documents to tema@degnz.co.nz before the registration deadline:

  • a CV/bio with filmography
  • a brief letter summarising why you would like to participate as a director, what you hope to gain from the workshop, and any experience directing intimacy (not a requirement for selection).

If you apply as a Participant and are unsuccessful, you will receive an offer to attend as an Observer.

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. 

Registration Deadline: 1PM, Thursday 5 November 2020

Registration Form

 

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

NZFC