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Congratulations to the DEGNZ members whose films will screen at Cinema des Antipodes, a festival that showcases New Zealand and Australian films in the French town of Saint-Tropez as a taster ahead of the Festival des Antipodes this October.

DEGNZ board member Stallone Vaiaoga-Ioasa’s Hibiscus and Ruthless and Take Home Pay both screen as part of the programme. The two features were edited by Jack Woon.

Becs Arahanga and Nicole Whippy who both directed on Vai shall screen.

Isaac Lee (director, editor) and April Phillips (co-writer) will have their short film Haka also showcased in Saint-Tropez.

Making the Intangible Tangible

On July 24, esteemed documentary director Leanne Pooley will explore how a director crafts and communicates the tone of a film, a fine finish to our workshop series on tone for 2021, which seeks to pin down this elusive subject.

When you are dealing with the stories of real people and portraying them on screen, getting the tone wrong can lead to significant problems. Tone is part of everything a documentary director does when approaching a story. It’s part of the narrative, the pace, the look, the music.

Tone is part of every decision a director makes, and in this workshop, Leanne will share practically using examples from her films on how directors make these decisions.

About Leanne Pooley

A documentary filmmaker for over 25 years, Leanne has directed films all over the world and has won numerous awards (including Best Documentary at TIFF). Leanne is a New Zealand Arts Laureate, a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and was named an “Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit” for Services to Documentary Filmmaking in the 2017 New Year’s Honours List.

Her work includes The Girl on the Bridge on suicide survivor and activist Jazz Thornton, We Need to Talk About A.I. for Universal Pictures and GFC, animated feature documentary 25 April and acclaimed local box office success Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls.

 

Who’s it for?

Documentary directors wanting to better understand tone – you’ll come away with useful ideas that can be applied to your own process, whether you’re directing on your first short film or moving onto longer content (e.g. a first feature documentary, a webseries).

Workshop Details

When: Saturday 24 July 2021, 9:30am – 4pm

Where: Saint Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011

Price:

DEGNZ member – Free
Non-member – $95

Lunch, tea and coffee included.

Travel Allowances

DEGNZ Full members based outside of Auckland can apply to the Guild for travel support up to the value of $250 (incl GST). We have six grants available.

To apply you must meet these criteria:

  1. You live outside of the Auckland region.
  2. You are a NZ Citizen or permanent resident.
  3. You have a confirmed place in one of the Tone workshops.

Please indicate if you wish to apply for a travel allowance when you register. For additional information and criteria, see here.

 

To Apply

Applications close: Tuesday 20 July, 3PM

  1. Submit the application form below.
  2. Email your CV or a bio with filmography to tema@degnz.co.nz. Please include links to your work.

We will then review your application and email you to confirm that you have a place. Spaces are limited and applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Application Form

 

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

NZFC

Directed by members of the Rebel Film Collective: Niva Kay (DEGNZ), Emily McDowell, Nia Phipps and Phil Stebbing, High Tide Don’t Hide follows Kiwi teens as they join the global School Strike for Climate and soon discover that activism, authority and awareness make for a steep learning curve.

Currently participating in our 2021 Emerging Women Filmmakers Incubator, Niva has always been passionate about storytelling, environmental and social justice. She was responsible for the production, directing and shooting of key scenes and characters in Auckland and Thames.

At the recent Doc Edge Awards, Thomas Gleeson won the Best New Zealand Editing Award for his work on the film.

High Tide Don’t Hide will premiere in Auckland on June 11 and in Wellington June 25. Both screenings will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. It will also be available to rent online between June 26 to July 11 as part of the festival.

DEGNZ member Peter Young’s film, The Last Ocean, has been named one of the top 10 best ocean documentaries by ScreenRant.

Released in 2012 and directed by Peter, one of Aotearoa’s leading nature cameramen, The Last Ocean follows activists as they race to protect Antarctica’s Ross Sea from being ravaged by fishermen, and raises the simple ethical question: do we fish Earth’s last untouched ocean or do we protect it?

This question was answered in 2017 when a joint proposal by New Zealand and the United States unanimously voted to make the Ross Sea a marine protected area. Speaking to NZ Herald in 2017, Peter expressed his relief and happiness that this decision “brings closure to an incredible 10-year journey, one that began with a passionate few and grew into an international environmental movement”.

The Last Ocean is available to rent or buy here.

 

The first of six-episode series Vegas, kicked off this week, on screens across Aotearoa. DEGNZ members were involved in the production and post-production of this action-thriller, filmed entirely in Rotorua. Peter Roberts (DEGNZ) edited the series alongside Carly Turner, while DEGNZ’s TV Drama Director Attachment Scheme allowed members Tim Worall and Cian Elyse White to develop as directors during production.

Tim directed an episode as part of his attachment, and Cian was given some scenes to direct. Cian also stars in Vegas as wahine toa Toni Poulan, a local business owner who becomes the central suspect in a drug deal gone wrong.

New episodes Mondays.

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