This May, the Directors & Editors Guild of NZ is thrilled to present two days of feature documentary workshops for editors, directors and producers with US documentary filmmaker Doug Blush. Doug returns to New Zealand thanks to a partnership with Loading Docs.
DOUG BLUSH is an award-winning editor, director, producer, writer and cinematographer whose work includes over 130 feature and television projects, and is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) as well as the American Cinema Editors (ACE).
His recent credits include, as edit consultant, Notable Pictures’ The Chills: The Triumph and Tragedy of Martin Phillipps, as consulting editor and co-producer, the 2019 Academy Award winning Period. End Of Sentence, the 2018 Academy Award winning Icarus, and, as supervising editor, the 2013 Oscar-winning 20 Feet From Stardom, for which he also received the ACE Eddie Award for Best Documentary Editing. He was Co-Editor and Associate Producer of Kirby Dick’s The Hunting Ground in 2014, and the Oscar nominated and Emmy winning The Invisible War in 2012.
Doug co-owns MadPix Films, a production and post production company in Los Angeles dedicated to documentary and independent films. He is also a longtime film educator with classes and seminars at USC, UCLA, Syracuse University and the YoungArts Foundation in Miami, as well as exchanges and panels in Indonesia, Brazil, New Zealand, Armenia, Malaysia, Nigeria, China, the Netherlands and more.
Day 1: Masterclass on Producing and Editing a Winning Documentary
Sunday 19 May, 9am – 5pm, MTG RM, Kingsland, Auckland
In the world of documentary, the edit is crucial. This interactive Masterclass for editors, producers and directors will connect editing with the other crafts involved in documentary filmmaking.
The Masterclass will survey where we are and where we’re heading in documentary – using examples from over 15 years of award winning and widely distributed docs from Doug’s catalog of over 130 feature films. Participants will get to see how many major doc features and shorts made the most of great stories and overcame huge problems to succeed.
The day will discuss successful strategies for production, editing and post schedules, and promotion, distribution and festivals. Participants are also encouraged to discuss current issues they’re facing in their films, or questions about ideas in the planning stages.
Cost: DEGNZ members – Free, Non-members – $60
Day 2: Project Lab
Monday 20 May, 9am – 4pm, MTG RM, Kingsland, Auckland
Call for Applications!
The Lab will consist of a group seminar with up to 6 selected teams with a feature documentary project in post-production. Editors may attend on behalf of their project or come as a team.
The day will focus on how to think about structure, character arcs and larger meanings of each film, and how to plan out an edit path with goals and benchmarks.
Participants will be asked to introduce their project with a logline summary and show a sample (based on where the project is) for group discussion and feedback in a confidential environment.
We will discuss each project, and go over the potential promising story directions and possible pitfalls of each. Doug will also draw on clips from his past docs to show how they may have dealt with similar issues in the edit and the shoot.
Cost: $85 / team; fee waived if the editor is a DEGNZ Full member
How to Apply for the Lab – Open to Editors
Lab Application Deadline: 4PM, Monday 13 May
STEP 1: Click here to apply using the registration form. You will need to supply details about your project (title, brief synopsis, links if any) and names of those on your team.
STEP 2: Send in PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Your CV and/or bio
- And a brief, maximum 1-page letter that summarises why you would like to attend with your project, and what stage it’s in currently.
Files must be sent before the deadline. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Doug’s visit is made possible thanks to our partner Loading Docs.
Workshops brought to you with the generous support of the New Zealand Film Commission.