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We have had the great pleasure of running our Emerging Women Filmmakers Incubator programme over this past year in spite of a few COVID challenges along the way. Congratulations to our 2020 Incubator alumni Michelle Ang, Charlotte Evans, Pennie Hunt, Stella Reid, Rachel Ross, Jessica Grace Smith and Kathleen Winter!

Many thanks goes to our facilitator Philippa Campbell, all our special guests and speakers and our funder, the New Zealand Film Commission.



Speed dating with producers at the Incubator

Flamingo and The Old Man On the Island

Flamingo

The first film for the month, Flamingo, a New Zealand comedy-drama, that asks the question… what would you do if you were stuck on a rooftop with a stranger for a weekend?

We’re excited to be joined by director Richard Riddiford following the screening for a 30min Q&A session!

When: Thursday 12 November at 6pm
Where: Rialto Cinemas Newmarket, 167-169 Broadway, Newmarket, Auckland.

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The Man On The Island

The following fortnight, join us for a screening of The Man On the Island, with director Simon Mark Brown, for an off the grid story that follows the 77 year old, artistic and philosophical Colin McLaren as he reflects on his decision to isolate for 40 years within a small community on Rakino Island.

When: Thursday 26 November at 6:10pm
Where: Rialto Cinemas Newmarket, 167-169 Broadway, Newmarket, Auckland

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DEGNZ is excited to present a workshop with director Rob Sarkies for South Island-based directors on November 28 – 29. Rob will outline his process and encourage participants to develop processes specific to them.


About Rob Sarkies

Rob Sarkies

Credit: Matt Grace Photography

Wellington-based, but a South Islander at heart, Rob works across feature films, series television and commercials. His work includes acclaimed feature Out of the Blue about the Aramoana shootings, Consent based on Louise Nicholas’s fight for justice, Jean about aviator Jean Batten, black-buddy-comedy Two Little Boys, Wanted, The Gulf and NZ classic Scarfies.

Process! Process! Process!

This will be a practical workshop that will take participants through Rob’s film-making process from development to shoot and examine how process can be adapted from project to project.

The workshop will cover:

  • Development process (how to avoid ‘development hell’ or at least ensure your project comes out the better at the end of it)
  • Process leading to production (script prep, visual prep, storyboards, casting process)
  • Pre-Production (rehearsal process, binding your collaborators to the same vision)
  • Practical process on set (scene blocking, working with cast, working with your DP)

A workshop full of practical hints to help you control the beast of a feature film rather than having it control you.

Workshop Details


When:

Saturday 28 November 2020, 9am – 5pm
Sunday 29 November 2020, 9am – 4pm

Where:

In Christchurch – venue TBC

And virtually on Zoom Meetings for those who cannot attend physically. Virtual participants will be able to interact with the tutor and moderator.

Price:

DEGNZ member – Free
Non-member attending Christchurch – $110*
Non-member attending Zoom – $80*

Lunch and refreshments provided for participants attending Christchurch.

*Discounted due to COVID-19. Normal Regional price $145

To Apply

The Guild invites directors based in the South Island to apply as there are limited spaces. Applicants should, ideally, have at least some directing experience on a short film/in other screen content OR production/crew experience. If you have a question, please get in touch.

STEP 1: Complete the application form below.

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

  • Your filmography with a short bio or CV, and
  • a brief, maximum 1-page letter that tells us why you would like to participate and what you hope to gain from the workshop.

Application Deadline: 1PM, Monday 16 November 2020

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Application Form

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

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Supported by Screen CanterburyNZ

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An exciting Q&A screening is coming up on the DEGNZ calendar this October in Auckland.

On Thursday 15 October, Director Leanne Pooley’s We Need to Talk About A.I. will screen at 6pm at Rialto Cinemas Newmarket.

We Need to Talk About A.I. takes a closer look at the future of artificial intelligence and the impact it will have on our world. As computers continue to evolve at an even greater speed, soon they will have the capacity to design and program themselves.

Leanne joins us afterwards to discuss the film with audience members.

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Zoom's Gallery Views of DEGNZ's workshops

As life accelerates back to speed, for some, lockdown may seem like a distant memory. What happened in the DEGNZ calendar during April and May, you ask?

Lockdown turned out to be the perfect opportunity for us to test online learning, starting with part two of the Directors Toolkit with Peter Burger after the original weekend got cut short pre-Lockdown. It was great to bring the class of directors back together for further teaching, and to lay off the hand sanitiser.

Acting/directing coach Miranda Harcourt also ran two excellent Directing Actors sessions for the Guild. We received so many applications that it was a real blessing that we could stretch the one workshop to two – thanks in part to Miranda’s normally chocker schedule being grounded. Even then, we sadly couldn’t give every applicant a place.

Zoom's Gallery Views of DEGNZ's workshops

Grids within a grid: Participants in workshops with Peter Burger and Miranda Harcourt.

During lockdown, we enjoyed seeing what members made as part of DEGNZ Play, a creative outlet for members to make and share 1-minute videos from inside their bubbles.

Round 1 of the 2020 Table Reads, in association with the NZ Writers Guild, went virtual via Zoom. A cast of seven actors read and contributed their thoughts on a feature film script being written by Nick Ward and directed by Kath Akuhata-Brown (DEGNZ), the lucky draw winners. We’ve got two more rounds this year, likely around a 3-dimensional table. If you’re writing a feature, these are a great opportunity and exclusive to members only.

DEGNZ also scrutinised a bunch of how-to guides and took events online. If you missed any of our live events, you can watch the recordings for Young Creators: Think Outside the Box, Screenlink: The Editor, a Composer’s Friend or Foe? and DEGNZ Forum: Draft Screen Sector Strategy 2030 Panel Discussion, which were held on our Facebook Live.

Now, looking ahead, we’ll be picking up the workshops that are near impossible to adapt for online – our practical actor-director workshops and a new and improved Assistant Editors Course. Our first in-person workshop is on this Friday with the seven directors of the 2020 Women Filmmakers Incubator. Meanwhile, Melbourne-based Kiwi director Jonathan Brough prepares to teach Comedy Directing online in June.

Based on feedback we received from participants, we feel online learning went pretty well. We are interested in developing our professional development programme to provide a mix of in-person and online opportunities in the future, so that more directors and editors can benefit and come together from across New Zealand.

So thanks to learning with us.

Tema Pua
Events & Marketing Manager