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Assistant Editors – Advanced Skills Workshop Announced

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Directors & Editors Guild of NZ is pleased to present the second stage for assistant editors – an Advanced Skills Workshop designed to follow on from the Assistant Editors – Mandatory Skills Workshop held in December 2018. The Guild warmly invites applications for this 2-day workshop to be held in Wellington on 25-26 May 2019.

This is a hands-on advanced workshop for assistant editors who have completed either the Mandatory Skills Workshop or have strong basic Avid system skills, and for technically-minded Avid practitioners who wish to step up to more complex productions.  It recognises the distinct and essential role that assistant editors play in post production – across feature, documentary and television projects – and will focus on the essentials you need to excel in that role. This is not a beginners workshop.

The workshop will deal with key skills considered essential for assistant editors moving onto feature length productions involving handling multiple workstations, visual effects, exports, handovers, changes and archiving.

Prospective participants should have a strong working knowledge of Avid Media Composer. Up to 12 participants will be selected from applications.

Our Tutors

Dan Best

DAN BEST has 25 years experience in Film and Television. He spent 14 years working as an Editor, Director and Producer for Television. The last 11 years have been spent working in Film as a Post Production Supervisor, Editor, Assistant and VFX Editor, including 1st Assistant Editor on Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, and more recently as 1st Assistant / VFX Editor on Mortal Engines and Post Production Supervisor on They Shall Not Grow Old.

Dan is highly valued as a very experienced 1st Assistant Editor and with these huge and varied productions behind him there is little he has not handled in his career to date.

Jonno Woodford-Robinson

JONNO WOODFORD-ROBINSON has been editing feature films since 1999. Amongst his achievements are, most recently, Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines, and Pork Pie, the re-boot of the iconic Kiwi road movie Goodbye Pork Pie from the 1980’s. In 2015, he edited American independent drama Chloe & Theo, starring Dakota Johnson and Mira Sorvino. Jonno worked with Kiwi Michael Horton to edit Lee Tamahori’s Mahana, and edited Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s box-office hit What We Do in the Shadows, as well as Waititi’s earlier film Eagle vs Shark in which Clement starred. In the midst of The Lord of the Rings success, Jonno edited the cult documentary Frodo is Great . . . Who is That?!!

Jonno has moved through most genres in his career, editing Predicament; Tongan Ninja; Korean hit The Warriors Way; and the superb NZ musical Romeo and Juliet: a Love Song.

Cost: DEGNZ members – Free, Non-members – $100. Lunch and refreshments will be provided each day.

When:
Sat 25 May, 9am – 5pm
Sun 26 May, 9am – 4pm

Where: Te Kahui Auaha, 65 Dixon Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6012

Travel allowances may be available to a limited number of DEGNZ members travelling from outside the Wellington region to attend.

Eligibility:

Prospective participants must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Has participated in the Assistant Editors – Mandatory Skills Workshop OR at least two feature-length productions as an assistant (not necessarily a 1st Assistant), either drama or documentary.
  • Has a good familiarity with Avid media management systems.
  • Has a strong inclination to the technical/computer aspects of the edit suite.

This is not a beginners level workshop.

To Apply

Application Deadline: 5PM, Friday 3 May 2019

STEP 1: Submit the registration form below.

STEP 2: Send in one PDF to tema@degnz.co.nz:

  • your CV/bio, and
  • a brief, maximum 1-page letter that summarises why you would like to participate in the workshop and highlights how you meet the eligibility requirements.

Files must be sent before the deadline. 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

6 Key Developments to Note

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There have been a significant number of developments that have occupied our time recently that are worthwhile highlighting.

Firstly, the Copyright Act Review Issues Paper submission.

DEGNZ made a submission, the primary focus of which was the call for recognition of director’s copyright in audiovisual content and cinematographic film. Directors are the authors of their audiovisual works and this needs to be recognised in New Zealand in the Copyright Act, as it is in many other countries around the world. With copyright, directors will be able to negotiate and receive income beyond solely fees that will help them to generate more creative work, and better sustain themselves in their careers. We have a long road to go to convince Government on this, and we need everyone’s help to do so. I hope that many of you were able to make your own personal submissions to assist us with our case. In future we will be looking to you again to support our efforts, particularly with personal statements about how the lack of recognition for directors in respect to copyright has adversely affected you economically and creatively in seeking sustainable careers for yourselves as directors.

Second, the Screen Industry Strategy.

Some of you may be aware of the formation of a body to respond to the Government’s call for industry to develop a 10-year screen industry strategy. DEGNZ has been extremely unhappy about how this group was formed and the lack of any real consultation and communication with the wider screen industry as it was set up. We have called on the proposed chair of this body, former broadcaster and now lawyer Linda Clark, to ensure clear communication and transparency with all parties in the screen industry as it goes about its work. DEGNZ board member and director Michael Duignan was invited into the facilitation group appointed to work alongside this body in response to our request for involvement. In the coming months we will have more to communicate with you about this very important initiative.

Third, unionisation.

Following the almost unanimous vote at the Annual General Meeting last year to unionise, DEGNZ has been working with legal representation to ensure our constitution meets the requirements of a union. The redrafting of the constitution has been completed and will be presented at this year’s AGM for adoption. This will formalise the Guild’s existence as a union and we will affiliate with the Council of Trade Unions soon after. Many of you will be aware that DEGNZ participated in the Film Industry Working Group along with a number of other guilds and bodies. It was convened by the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway, to find a way for screen industry workers to collectively bargain, and made its recommendations to the Minister after many months of discussion. We look forward to the Government following through and making the changes necessary to allow collective bargaining to occur. Unionisation is one facet of our preparations for the work the Guild will have to do when that happens.

Fourth, sexual harassment and intimacy on set.

DEGNZ board member and director Louise Leitch has been leading the Guild efforts in regard to sexual harassment and protocols around intimacy, simulated sex and nudity content. As Louise outlined in this column a couple of weeks ago, she has been working closely with Equity NZ on their Guidelines for Nudity and Intimacy on Stage and Screen. She also participated in the full workshop programme run by UK Intimacy Coordinator Ita O’Brien. It’s the Guild’s intention to offer an ongoing training programme for directors led by Louise and calling on highly experienced actor, instructor and Equity NZ president Jennifer Ward-Lealand, another full participant at Ita O’Brien’s workshops. At the same time, the Guild is maintaining close communication with the Screen Women’s Action Group as they go about their efforts to ensure a safe, sexual harassment-free workplace for screen industry workers.

Fifth, DVD library.

DEGNZ board member and director Gabriel Reid brought to the board’s attention the potential loss of a significant audiovisual resource with the closure of Auckland’s Videon DVD store this year. Videon had a broad collection of many arthouse, auteur director and hard to obtain DVDs. We all know that DVD stores have suffered immensely from the impact of streaming, with many closing down, and a lot of the DVDs that were available from Videon cannot be accessed digitally, or easily. Now Wellington institution Aro Video is suffering as Videon did. The DEGNZ board felt that something had to be done and quickly to preserve access for directors, editors and others to the rare and difficult to obtain films that Videon had on its shelves. In the fire sale that occurred at Videon, DEGNZ acquired over 3000 of their DVDs. We have these in storage and are currently negotiating a solution to see these held in an audiovisual library for access by anyone interested in these films for research purposes or entertainment. We will inform the membership how to go about this once negotiations are complete and the DVDs have all been catalogued.

Sixth, training for post-production.

DEGNZ board member and editor Annie Collins has been driving our strategic and tactical efforts around ensuring editors and others are trained appropriately for work during post-production. Annie is one of NZ’s most highly experienced narrative short, feature and documentary editors and is drawing on all of her accumulated knowledge as we structure current and future initiatives. The Assistant Editor workshops are one example of the outcomes from our focus in this area, the feature film editing attachments another. The work Annie is leading will hopefully introduce or stimulate other initiatives here.

I am thankful to have such a dedicated and supportive board working on behalf of the membership and their crafts. While our other board members haven’t been mentioned in this particular missive, I would also like to acknowledge board members Roseanne Liang, Phil Gore, Francis Glenday, and of course President Howard Taylor for their tireless efforts on behalf of the Guild. As well, we should recognise the invaluable contribution made by Advisory Board member and ex-board member Grant Campbell who represents the Guild on the board of the Australian Screen Directors Authorship Collecting Society and input into our Copyright Submission.

Finally, we can announce that editor Margot Francis and director Robyn Paterson have joined the DEGNZ board, replacing directors Helena Brook and Zoe McIntosh, who both had to step down because of work/personal commitments.

Tui Ruwhiu
Executive Director

Screenlink: Inside Editing Mortal Engines

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Inside Editing Mortal Engines

Join Editor Jonno Woodford-Robinson and 1st Assistant Editor Dan Best for the rare chance to have an informal look inside the engine room of a multi million dollar VFX heavy feature. Jonno and Dan will be chatting with Annie Collins over coffee and croissants about handling the logistics involved, the big editorial team required, media walkabout, the skills, the deadlines. The highs and lows of big projects, and surviving a long, long timeframe.

WHEN:  Sat 4 May, 11AM – 12:30PM
WHERE:  Random Group – The Hub, 43 Hanson Street, Mt Cook, Wellington

RSVP Essential

This free event is open to DEGNZ members only and spaces are limited. Email tema@degnz.co.nz by Thursday 2 May to RSVP.

Call for Applications: Assistant Editors – Mandatory Skills Workshop

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Assistant Editors - Mandatory Skills

Call for Applications

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ is pleased to present Assistant Editors – Mandatory Skills, a new workshop designed for assistant editors in Aotearoa. The Guild warmly invites applications for this 2-day workshop to be held on 8-9 December.

A well trained Assistant Editor is worth their weight in gold…ask any editor. Ask an editor how many good assistants they know and they might fish up two or three names – that’s all.

This is a hands-on workshop for technically-minded Avid practitioners, and new assistant editors alike. It recognises the distinct and essential role that assistant editors play in post production – across feature, documentary and television projects – and will focus on the essentials you need to excel in that role.

The workshop will outline key skills considered mandatory minimum requirements for assistant editors, from setting up projects, ingesting and full preparation for the editor, to workflow meetings and troubleshooting issues when they arise.

Prospective participants should have a basic knowledge of Avid Media Composer. Up to 14 participants will be selected.

When:
Saturday 8 December, 9am – 5pm, followed by post-workshop drinks
Sunday 9 December, 9am – 4pm

Where:
South Seas Film and Television School, 75 Ellice Rd, Glenfield, Auckland
A travel allowance may be available to some DEGNZ members travelling from out of town.

Cost: DEGNZ members – Free, Non-members – $100. Lunch will be provided each day.

Our Tutor

Dione ChardDione Chard has worked as an assistant editor and editor in both New Zealand and Canada over the past 10 years. She cut her first feature film Stray in 2017 and more recently she’s cut All or Nothing: A Season with the All Blacks for Amazon and is currently working on Vai with Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions. As an assistant she’s worked on many varied productions from ABC’s Legend of the Seeker to Disney sitcom Mr Young, telefeature Jean and the STARZ series Ash vs Evil Dead.

To Apply

Application Deadline: 1PM, Friday 23 November 2018

STEP 1: Submit the form below.

STEP 2: You will be redirected to the File Upload page, which can also be found here. Upload your application file(s) in PDF or Word Document. Submit before the deadline:

  • your CV/filmography
  • a brief, maximum one-page letter on why you would like to attend and what you hope to gain from the workshop

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

Editing for Success

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The professional development programme for this year is well underway at DEGNZ. I wanted to let all the editors in the Guild know about the opportunities available so that you stay on the lookout for them as they arise.

Editing Workshop
Firstly, we have our Editing Workshop. This is something we have run over the last three years and we currently have a call out now for a workshop with one of NZ’s leading editors and our former president Peter Roberts. This is a hands-on workshop across two days in mid-April, in which Peter will give insight into his process and work, focused this time on editing drama. As well, you will have the opportunity to cut material he has supplied for individual and group review. The deadline is coming up on Wednesday 28 March, midday so if you are interested, get your application in.

Feature Film Editing Attachment
Second, a new initiative launched this year with the support of the NZFC is our Feature Film Editing Attachments. We have one about to start on a telefeature being edited by Paul Sutorius, and directed by John Laing. DEGNZ would like to congratulate Anastasia Doniants for being the successful applicant for this inaugural attachment.

The intention of the attachment is to put an emerging feature film editor who wants to make a career of editing features into the room alongside an experienced editor, and not working in the role of the assistant editor. With the changed nature of the role of assistant editing ushered in by digital technology, we are seeing the assistant editor’s role becoming much more specialized in the preparation and technology arenas, resulting in a lack of opportunities for assistant editors to work alongside and learn from the editor.

There will be more attachments to come as and when we can find a willing editor and production to attach to.

Assistant Editor Workshop – Mandatory Skills
Third, another new initiative targets assistant editors, and the skills and knowledge they need to be most effective in their role. In the second half of this year we will run an Assistant Editor Workshop also supported by NZFC, focused on going through everything an assistant editor needs to know and do to be most effective in their role. The workshop content was planned by one of NZ’s top editors Jonno Woodford-Robinson, who has a particular bent for the technical as well as the creative.

Training with Andy Day
I would like to mention for those who are relatively new to editing or wishing to learn more advanced technical skills that we have a members discount arrangement with Andy Day for creative software training.

Andy is a 25-year industry professional who is an Apple Certified Master trainer for Final Cut, Logic Studio & an Apple Certified Consultant, an Adobe CS6 Certified Instructor and Lead Instructor for Maxon’s Cinema 4D. Andy also taught for many years on Avid. If you want to take advantage of this, just get in touch with Andy via www.handytrainingonline.co.nz and tell him you are a member of DEGNZ.

Finally, I would like to ask all our editor members out there who have festival or award success to keep us updated so that we can celebrate your work and achievements. As you know, it’s often hard to identify editors from festival announcements and we depend on you to make us aware. Help us keep an eye out for you.

Tui Ruwhiu
Executive Director