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DEGNZ is pleased to present a Directing Actors workshop with internationally renowned acting and directing coach Miranda Harcourt. This 3-hour interactive seminar will take place on Zoom on May 10. We invite emerging directors (with short film/commercial/web series credits) through to experienced directors to apply.

In her seminar, Miranda will introduce simple, innovative ways of thinking about and achieving connection and character. She will teach directors a series of unique exercises that she has developed for use in rehearsal and on-set that get actors to where they need to be, fast.

DEGNZ will select up to 16 participants. Participants will be asked to carry out a couple of practical homework tasks ahead of the workshop.

About Miranda Harcourt

Miranda’s speciality is screen naturalism. Her approach is based on years of writing and performing Verbatim theatre in prisons in New Zealand, Australia and the UK, as well as her work as an on-set acting coach with renowned actors and directors on films all over the world. Miranda has coached many Oscar, Golden Globe, and BAFTA award-nominated and winning performances in film and television, including Big Little Lies, This Country, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, The Beguiled, Lion, Destroyer, Buoyancy, Judy and Punch and The Undoing.

For seven years Miranda was the Head of the Acting Department at Toi Whakaari — New Zealand Drama School. Miranda has taught at TIFF in Toronto, at NFTS and NYU Tisch, The London Film School and Directors UK in Britain, at AFTRS and The Hub in Sydney, at Toi Whakaari, The Actors’ Program, Otago University and Victoria University in Aotearoa, New Zealand. In her work with actors and directors Miranda aims to shift paradigms, empowering creatives to realise their own talent.

Workshop Details

Price: Workshop offered at a discounted rate due to the COVID-19 pandemic
DEGNZ member – Free
Non-member – $30

When: Sunday 10 May, 9:30am – 12:30pm

Where: Online seminar hosted on Zoom

To Apply

Applications Close: Thursday 30 April, midnight

STEP 1: Complete the registration form below.

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

  • your CV or bio with filmography, and
  • a brief, maximum 1-page letter that summarises why you would like to participate 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.

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DEGNZ invites members to audit the Directing Masterclass with acting coach Howard Fine who for over a quarter of a century has built an unshakable reputation as one of the most gifted acting teachers of his generation.

Auditing

Over the course of a day, auditors will gain access to Howard’s teaching and award-winning approach to performance as active observers of the Masterclass. You will observe Howard guide the participant directors workshopping scenes with paired actors. Howard will help directors learn how to articulate their visions effectively so that the actors can perform at the highest level.

Grounded in ideas that support authentic human behaviour, Howard’s approach aims to have the actors live authentically in an imaginary set of circumstances able to be newly alive each and every performance.

Auditors are given the opportunity to ask questions, and will be provided beforehand with the texts that the participants will be work-shopping.

About Howard Fine

Unique among his contemporaries, Howard is an award-winning acting coach, an award-winning author on acting and is the head of an award-winning acting studio. Howard Fine has trained Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy-winning actors in the US, and AFI, AACTA and Logie winning actors in Australia. He has personally coached many of the world’s most notable, recognisable and decorated actors, including Jennifer Connelly, Will Smith, Bradley Cooper, Chris Pine, and Oscar winner Jared Leto. As the Creative Director of two permanent studios, Howard Fine splits his time between Los Angeles and Melbourne.

Workshop Details

When: Sun 23 June, 9am – 6pm

Where: AUT City Campus

Studio 1 (Blackbox Theatre) – WG210,
WG (Sir Paul Reeves) Building, Level 2
55 Wellesley Street East, Auckland

Price: DEGNZ members – Free

Register to Audit

Registrations close at 10AM, Wednesday 19 June.

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This workshop is brought to you in conjunction with The Equity Foundation and with the generous support of the New Zealand Film Commission.

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Howard Fine

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ is pleased to offer a Directing Masterclass with acting coach Howard Fine who for over a quarter of a century has built an unshakable reputation as one of the most gifted acting teachers of his generation.

In this Directing Masterclass, Howard will supervise the directors to work with an ensemble of paired actors on pre-selected scenes.

Howard will teach directors how to articulate their visions in a way that allows actors to live authentically within the world of the script. He focuses on areas of personalisation, technique, script analysis and insights into authentic human behavior.

Background and Auditing

A two-day Masterclass for actors (Fri 21 – Sat 22 June) organised by Equity NZ will precede the Directing Masterclass (Sun 23 June). Each full day consists of rigorous exploration of technique as Howard works with the ensemble of actors on pre-selected scenes. The same actor pairings and scenes will be used for the three days.

It is highly recommended that prospective directors also “audit” both days of Howard’s acting Masterclass as this will greatly enhance and inform their understanding of the work undertaken in the workshop. It is also a wonderful opportunity to observe Howard’s technique, lessons and processes.

But it is permissible if prospective directors can only commit to Saturday and Sunday. You will be asked to indicate which days you can commit to in your application.

Note: Both Masterclasses will be open to Auditors from Equity NZ and DEGNZ. Any work done by the selected directors will be in front of an audience of industry peers in a supportive, learning environment.

About Howard Fine

Unique among his contemporaries, Howard is an award-winning acting coach, an award-winning author on acting and is the head of an award-winning acting studio. Howard Fine has trained Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy-winning actors in the US, and AFI, AACTA and Logie winning actors in Australia. He has personally coached many of the world’s most notable, recognisable and decorated actors, including Jennifer Connelly, Will Smith, Bradley Cooper, Chris Pine, and Oscar winner Jared Leto. As the Creative Director of two permanent studios, Howard Fine splits his time between Los Angeles and Melbourne.

“Howard Fine is an extremely skilled teacher. He has the ability to help actors create beyond their own experience in a way that is both exciting and compelling. Personally, I feel he is one of the greatest acting teachers working today.”

Workshop Details

When: Sun 23 June, 9am – 6pm

Where: TBC, Auckland

Price: (includes auditing of acting Masterclass days) 
DEGNZ member – Free / Non-member – $60

How to Apply

Application Deadline: 9AM, Wednesday 5 June 2019

STEP 1: Submit your details using the form below.

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

  • your bio and/or CV, and
  • a brief, maximum 1-page letter that summarises why you would like to participate.

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

 

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This workshop is brought to you in conjunction with The Equity Foundation and with the generous support of the New Zealand Film Commission.

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DEGNZ invites New Zealand directors to apply for a 5-Day Travis Technique Intensive from August 14 – 18 in Auckland. The workshop is designed to fully immerse a small number of directors (max. 5) into STORY (Autobiographical Storytelling), CHARACTERS (Interrogation Process) and STAGING (Power of Placement). By practicing The Travis Technique on a story from their own life, directors will gain the confidence to apply their new skills to their own projects right away.

Based in California, Mark Travis trains directors in The Travis Technique worldwide.

Go beyond result directing and venture into inspired and impactful collaboration with your characters

The greatest obstacle for directors and actors is their desire to control the characters. Directors control by demanding results. Actors control by planning their performances, thereby effectively blocking the characters from emerging freely and organically.

The problem is that most directors are not given the training in how to engage with actors in a creative and collaborative way. Without these skills for inspiring and supporting the actors, directors will revert to result directing. This forces actors to fabricate the emotions and attitudes they think will please the director.

With The Travis Technique, directors can bring out the characters’ emotional truths from the actors without falling back on result directing. Actors can release their characters from within – complex and unpredictable, lusting and tumbling through the drama of their lives. Even the most vanilla scenes will start to breathe and pulse.

Once directors and actors have worked together in rehearsal, exploring the characters’ relationships and dynamics in the scenes, the quality of performances will be markedly heightened. During production, multiple takes can be tweaked quickly and efficiently, saving time and money.

“I love working with Mark. It’s as if he opens the top of my head and rummages around in there until all my internal voices are alive and conflict… then he calls action. I can’t plan or play it safe, I am forced to exist in the moment. It’s a gift for an actor.”

“I was fortunate enough to attend a 10 day intensive Mark Travis technique in [Los Angeles]. I found the workshop immensely beneficial. Especially in regards to workshopping characters, deepening my script and also blocking scenes in a more dynamic and interesting way.”

Our Tutors

MARK W. TRAVIS is one of the world’s leading authorities on the art of film directing, writing and storytelling. On-stage, he has directed over 60 theatre productions in Los Angeles and New York. Author of two important books on filmmaking and winner of over 30 directorial awards in theater, Mark Travis has developed a fresh and innovative approach to writing and directing that cuts to the living and breathing core of every story, script and character. Mark has taught his dynamic Travis Technique at over 50 film schools and director’s guilds around the world. Affectionately called “the director’s director,” Mark is in constant demand to consult on film projects worldwide.

ELSHA TAYA BOHNERT is an award-winning artist and poet, and the author of Don’t Trip over the Garden Hose (Deuxmers, 2013). Elsha has been a longtime student of Mark Travis’ autobiographical storytelling workshops in Hawai`i and is the only person authorized by him to teach it. With her background in multicultural learning and narrative medicine, she helps students learn The Travis Technique through playful and provocative games. “You have to be like an ancient four-year-old,” she says, “clueless and wise about the enchanted worlds we come from and still carry around in our bodies.”

Workshop Details

When: 14 – 18 August, Wed to Sun 9am – 6pm

Where: Samoa House, The Actors’ Program, 283 Karangahape Rd, Auckland

Price (Usually $4000 USD): 
DEGNZ member – $500
Non-member – $1000

Eligibility

To be considered for the course, directors must meet ONE of the following:

  • You’re in advanced development on a feature film (can be a debut feature).
  • You’re attached to direct scripted drama that’s likely to go into production.
  • You have directed on a feature film, scripted drama or telefeature.

What you will need

Selected directors will need to begin preparation two months prior in order to be best prepared to get the most out of the Intensive. Prep will begin with the assignment of writing a short 3-minute autobiographical story. Mark and Elsha will work with each director to develop the characters and deepen their story ahead of the workshop.

Note: Any work done by the directors will be observed in a supportive, collegial environment. This workshop will be open to observation by a modest-sized group of actors and fellow DEGNZ members.

To Apply

Application Deadline: 9AM, Monday 17 June 2019

STEP 1: Submit your details using the form below.

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

  • your bio and CV, and
  • a brief, maximum 1-page letter that explains why you would like to participate. If you are in development, please provide details of the project, including what stage it’s in and key people.

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

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

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Rehearsal & Performance logo

The Rehearsal & Performance series provides regular opportunities for directors and actors to practise their craft. 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.

Our next round is happening in Christchurch with director and past Rehearsal & Performance moderator Simon Bennett.

When: Sat 11 May, 9am – 2pm
Where: Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, 59 Hewitts Road, Merivale, Christchurch

Moderator

Simon Bennett

Simon Bennett / photo courtesy of Amanda Billing.

Simon Bennett has worked extensively as a stage and screen director and producer since graduating from Toi Whakaari in 1988. In 1995, he moved into television work: first directing, then producing Shortland Street.

In the years since, Simon’s directing highlights have included five seasons of Outrageous Fortune (for which he won an Achievement in Directing award in the 2007 Air NZ Screen Awards), Sione’s 2: Unfinished BusinessThe Almighty Johnsons, and Spies and Lies.

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.

Register your interest

Spots are limited to four directors and eight actors. If your name is selected, DEGNZ will contact you directly to confirm your participation. Only members of DEGNZ and Equity NZ are eligible to register.

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CANCELLED: Unfortunately, DEGNZ can no longer hold the event on this date. We apologise for any inconveniences caused.

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.