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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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Calling for actors and directors/writers with scripts for a Table Read on Saturday 18 May!

Round 2 opens on 15 April and closes 10 May.

A core cast – max six actors – together with a writer+director team OR writer/director will collaborate on each script-in-development table read. The script must have a director attached and have been through a development process.

Four Table Reads per year on Saturdays @NZWG HQ in Grey Lynn.

How to Submit a Script

DEGNZ and NZWG members are invited to apply for the script component.

Submit a full-length draft feature film script for your name to go into the draw for a day-long table read (names remain for subsequent draws).

WRITER + DIRECTOR* (OR WRITER/DIRECTOR) – Submit script via email to GuildHQ@nzwg.org.nz.

Eligibility:

Please check these details before you enter.

*Both must be a member(s) of NZWG and DEGNZ:

  • A solo Writer/Director must be a member of both NZWG and DEGNZ.
  • In a Writer-Director team, the Writer must be a member of NZWG, AND the Director must be a member of DEGNZ.

When you enter, please include this information:

  • name of writer, and if they belong to NZWG
  • name of director, and if they belong to DEGNZ

Call for Actors for Table Read #2

We are looking for actors to work together with writers and directors on a script-in-development table read. Actors must be members of Equity New Zealand.

Actors, please register your interest below and the NZWG will contact you if you are cast. You will receive a Prezzy card as a nominal appreciation for your participation.

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2019 Table Reads

Table Read #1

Open: 21 January
Close: 15 February
Table Read: Sat 23 February

Table Read #2

Open: 15 April
Close: 10 May
Table Read: Sat 18 May

Table Read #3

Open: 8 July
Close: 2 August
Table Read: Sat 10 August

Table Read #4

Open: 21 October
Close: 15 November
Table Read: Sat 23 November

A joint initiative brought to you by NZWG, DEGNZ & EQUITY Foundation
With warm thanks to the New Zealand Film Commission

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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.

Screenlink: Fresh Eggs

New time and place announced:

Fresh Eggs co-creator/co-writer Nick Ward and lead director Britta Hawkins take us behind-the-scenes into the creative process of making television. DEGNZ and NZWG members are warmly invited to join us for this Screenlink Q&A moderated by Gaysorn Thavat. Fresh Eggs is the new six-part black comedy on TVNZ 2, which follows a couple’s quest for “the good life” that goes wickedly awry.

WHEN:  Mon 27 May, 6PM. Talk kicks off at 6:30PM.
WHERE: Horse & Trap, 3 Enfield St, Mount Eden, Auckland

Nibbles provided.

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

A joint event between the Directors and Editors Guild of NZ and the New Zealand Writers Guild

Event recording available to watch here.

Event Registration

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Alibi

We’re having a Young Creators hang-out on the last Wednesday of the month! We are stoked to have David de Lautour (Westside‘s Ted West) in to share on his experiences as co-creator and director of Plus6Four Entertainment’s binge-worthy web series Alibi.

David is also a director on Westside this season. Find out David’s advice to other filmmakers looking to create high-quality, local web series that further their careers.

Alibi is a six-part TVNZ OnDemand series where each episode shows the questioning of a suspect in the murder of a 17-year-old girl. Viewers get the fun of figuring out who’s responsible by choosing which order they watch the interviews.

There will be time for audience questions and the bar will be open. We’ll be out on the Sun Deck catching the last of summer. See you there!

WHEN: Wed 27 March 2019, 6:30pm. Talk starts 6:45pm
WHERE: Longroom – Sun Deck, 114 Ponsonby Road, Auckland

 

Watch Alibi OnDemand

Alibi

In the rural NZ community of Awatahi, a 17-year-old girl has been murdered. #WhoKilledJodieHunter #WhatsYourAlibiSave Alibi to your favourites now → bit.ly/AlibiOD

Posted by TVNZ OnDemand on Sunday, 26 August 2018

 

Ticket Info

DEGNZ members – Free
Non-members – $5 (cash at the door)

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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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