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Watch: Stray Q&A with Director Dustin Feneley

Writer/director Dustin Feneley answers questions about his debut feature film Stray (2018). Dustin talks about not compromising his cinematic, arthouse vision, despite modest means while making the film.

 

“We wanted a very formalised, considered cinematography in kind of like master shots and I want things to play out longer. But the implication production-wise was that we could milk all of that one hour set aside for that scene … It meant that art department, lighting, camera, everyone had so much time relatively speaking to nail that one shot.”

 

This event was part of the Film Talk Series, presented by DEGNZ and Rialto Cinemas in Auckland.

 

Directing Actors workshop

Call for Applications: Directing Actors Workshop with Ian Hughes

DEGNZ is now accepting applications for a one-day Directing Actors Workshop in Wellington with highly experienced actor and director Ian Hughes.

Ian HughesIan Hughes’ breakthrough role was in acclaimed TV series and movie Topless Women Talk About Their Lives. Topless was followed by multiple TV guest parts (Xena, Bliss, The Brokenwood Mysteries, Go Girls) and film roles (He Died with a Felafel in His Hand, Memory and Desire). He wrote, starred and directed in his own Kafkaesque short, The Waiting Room, and toured his acclaimed one-man play Ship Songs.

Ian has worked with many of New Zealand’s top directors including Niki Caro, Peter Jackson and Michael Hurst, and is now primarily a TV and commercials director himself, with work on Step Dave and nearly 300 episodes of Shortland Street.

The class shall explore a range of principles, tools and techniques that address issues that arise in casting, rehearsal and shooting. Ian will help directors increase their confidence and creativity when working with actors.

The workshop has ten places and is aimed at emerging directors with some directing experience. Prospective participants may be developing projects for Fresh Shorts, Premiere Pathways, or with features in funded development.

Selected participants will be required to do a bit of prep before the workshop.

When: Saturday 1 December, 9.30am – 5.30pm
Where: The New Zealand Film and Television School, 86 Vivian St, Wellington

A travel allowance may be available to some DEGNZ members travelling from outside of the Wellington Region.

Cost: DEGNZ members – Free, Non-members – $100. Lunch provided.

To Apply

Application Deadline: 3PM, Thursday 22 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 with links to examples of your work
  • 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 workshop is brought to you with the generous support of the New Zealand Film Commission.

NZFC

Young Creators: Rewrite Your Story

Young Creators: Rewrite Your Story

Writing is rewriting, and the final rewrite is in the edit. You’ve probably heard this a lot.

Madam Black (2015)So we’re digging into the how of developing and crafting a good story for our last Young Creators meet-up of the year. We take a look at the important relationship between the writer, director and editor through a short film case study of Madam Black.

When a photographer runs over a young girl’s cat he finds himself inventing a story about its disappearance…

Funny and heartfelt, Madam Black has charmed audiences around the globe – selected for over 150 festivals and winner of 40 awards, including the ‘Prix du Public’ at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, and ‘Best Short’ at the New Zealand Film Awards. Madam Black is directed by Ivan Barge, written by Matthew Harris and was funded by the NZFC as a Fresh 30 short film.

Director Ivan Barge joins us for a Q&A, kicking off with a screening of the film. Stick around for a drink after!

Wed 14 November // 6:15 – 8pm. Talk starts 6:30pm

Horse & Trap
3 Enfield Street, Mt Eden, Auckland

Ticket Info

DEGNZ / NZWG members – Free
Non-members – $5

For non-members, we accept payment by credit/debit cards (online only) and cash at the door. Tickets are non-refundable.

Registration closes 10AM Wednesday 14 November, unless capacity is reached prior.

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DEGNZ Young Creators is a programme of events with a mission to inform and inspire younger or emerging directors and editors to build successful, sustainable careers in the screen industry.

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Screenlink: Cutting it as a Commercials Director

Come join us for networking drinks at Screenlink on October 10, hosted by Directors & Editors Guild of NZ with New Zealand Advertising Producers Group and Ngā Aho Whakaari.

Director Robin Walters will share on his career in commercials, spanning over 25 years in New Zealand and abroad, and reflect on the changing nature of the industry

Robin has been providing his unique approach to commercials for over a decade, having worked with brands including Ebay, NZTA, Hyundai, Nibble, McDonald’s and Spark. He joined Black Stump Films and later Curious and Robber’s Dog. Earlier this year, Robin started TUTU FILMS with wife Sam.

Known for both comedy and drama, Robins’ work has been commended throughout the industry as some of the most honest and funniest to come out of Australasia in recent years.

WHEN  Wed 10 October, 6 – 8PM. Talk kicks off at 6:30PM.
WHERE  Longroom (Short Rm), 114 Ponsonby Rd, Auckland

Cash Bar // Nibbles provided

DEGNZ, NZAPG & NAW members – Free
Non-members – $5 koha appreciated

Danny Mulheron in Wellington

Directors Toolkit with Danny Mulheron – Auckland

Call for applications. The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ presents a two-day practical guide for emerging directors to be held in Auckland on 15-16 September.

New Zealand director Danny Mulheron will draw on his extensive experience to deliver this interactive and informative workshop, which ran in Wellington last year.

Day One topics will include:

  • The Director and the Script, Or: God I’m bored, why?
  • Text, Subtext and Context, Or: “Help, I’m struggling for depth?”
  • Observing Human Behaviour and Emotions, Or: On preferring what you don’t want…and recognising it.
  • The #1 Secret of the Actor/Director Relationship, Or: Don’t fall in love with them…too much?
  • Tools of the Director, Or: How to keep out of the way. It’s what you don’t do that counts.

Day Two will guide participants on working with actors, script reads, rehearsing, shooting and blocking through the use of demonstration and class exercises.

Lunch and refreshments provided.

About Danny Mulheron

Danny MulheronSince his graduation from the New Zealand Drama School in 1983, Danny has become an experienced director, writer and actor in all mediums – stage, screen and television. He is known as an ‘actor’s director’ due to his particular strength in directing actors and getting extraordinary performances.

Danny has directed award-winning television dramas, feature-length documentaries and smash hit theatre productions. The most recent work aired in NZ was Why does love?, a rock and roll movie about Kiwi rock band The Dance Exponents. Prior to that he directed all six episodes of the Hillary TV series for TVNZ. Other TV movies include The Kick, Rage and EruptionFresh Meat was a lesbian cannibal grind house movie for the Gibson Group, which made it to the NYC Tribeca Film Festival.​

He is currently in pre-production for Runaway Millionaires a TV movie for TVNZ and then moves immediately into Jonah. This is a 2 x 90 minutes TV drama for TV3, the story of Jonah Lomu. As a writer, he has two other screenplays in early development.

When:
Saturday 15 September,  9am – 5pm
Sunday 16 September, 9am – 4pm

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

A travel allowance may be available for some DEGNZ members travelling from out of Auckland.

Cost: DEGNZ members – Free, Non-members – $100

To Apply

Application Deadline: 3PM, Wednesday 5 September

STEP 1: Submit the form below.

STEP 2: After Step 1, you will be redirected to the File Upload page. Upload your application file(s). Submit before the deadline:

  • your CV/filmography with links to samples of your work
  • a maximum one-page letter on why you would like to participate

Late 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