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Documentary Masterclass and Project Lab with Award-Winning Filmmaker Doug Blush

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Icarus

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

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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 tema@degnz.co.nz:

  • 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.

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Screenlink: Inside Editing Mortal Engines

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Inside Editing Mortal Engines

Join Editor Jonno Woodford-Robinson and 1st Assistant Editor Dan Best for the rare chance to have an informal look inside the engine room of a multi million dollar VFX heavy feature. Jonno and Dan will be chatting with Annie Collins over coffee and croissants about handling the logistics involved, the big editorial team required, media walkabout, the skills, the deadlines. The highs and lows of big projects, and surviving a long, long timeframe.

WHEN:  Sat 4 May, 11AM – 12:30PM
WHERE:  Random Group – The Hub, 43 Hanson Street, Mt Cook, Wellington

RSVP Essential

This free event is open to DEGNZ members only and spaces are limited. Email tema@degnz.co.nz by Thursday 2 May to RSVP.

Young Creators: Rewrite Your Story

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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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Editing for Success

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The professional development programme for this year is well underway at DEGNZ. I wanted to let all the editors in the Guild know about the opportunities available so that you stay on the lookout for them as they arise.

Editing Workshop
Firstly, we have our Editing Workshop. This is something we have run over the last three years and we currently have a call out now for a workshop with one of NZ’s leading editors and our former president Peter Roberts. This is a hands-on workshop across two days in mid-April, in which Peter will give insight into his process and work, focused this time on editing drama. As well, you will have the opportunity to cut material he has supplied for individual and group review. The deadline is coming up on Wednesday 28 March, midday so if you are interested, get your application in.

Feature Film Editing Attachment
Second, a new initiative launched this year with the support of the NZFC is our Feature Film Editing Attachments. We have one about to start on a telefeature being edited by Paul Sutorius, and directed by John Laing. DEGNZ would like to congratulate Anastasia Doniants for being the successful applicant for this inaugural attachment.

The intention of the attachment is to put an emerging feature film editor who wants to make a career of editing features into the room alongside an experienced editor, and not working in the role of the assistant editor. With the changed nature of the role of assistant editing ushered in by digital technology, we are seeing the assistant editor’s role becoming much more specialized in the preparation and technology arenas, resulting in a lack of opportunities for assistant editors to work alongside and learn from the editor.

There will be more attachments to come as and when we can find a willing editor and production to attach to.

Assistant Editor Workshop – Mandatory Skills
Third, another new initiative targets assistant editors, and the skills and knowledge they need to be most effective in their role. In the second half of this year we will run an Assistant Editor Workshop also supported by NZFC, focused on going through everything an assistant editor needs to know and do to be most effective in their role. The workshop content was planned by one of NZ’s top editors Jonno Woodford-Robinson, who has a particular bent for the technical as well as the creative.

Training with Andy Day
I would like to mention for those who are relatively new to editing or wishing to learn more advanced technical skills that we have a members discount arrangement with Andy Day for creative software training.

Andy is a 25-year industry professional who is an Apple Certified Master trainer for Final Cut, Logic Studio & an Apple Certified Consultant, an Adobe CS6 Certified Instructor and Lead Instructor for Maxon’s Cinema 4D. Andy also taught for many years on Avid. If you want to take advantage of this, just get in touch with Andy via www.handytrainingonline.co.nz and tell him you are a member of DEGNZ.

Finally, I would like to ask all our editor members out there who have festival or award success to keep us updated so that we can celebrate your work and achievements. As you know, it’s often hard to identify editors from festival announcements and we depend on you to make us aware. Help us keep an eye out for you.

Tui Ruwhiu
Executive Director

Inspiring night at the Collaborators Series with Wayne Blair

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On Wednesday night, DEGNZ got together with Ngā Aho Whakaari for a Collaborators Series event with Wayne Blair. The topic? Getting Indigenous Stories to the Screen.

Wayne Blair, an actor and director, is well known for his directing work on The Sapphires as well as Redfern Now, Cleverman and recently Septembers of Shiraz.

At the Collaborators Series, Wayne was open and forthright about his film-making and explained how telling Indigenous stories is central to his work. He also spoke of how he feels fortunate to work with so many talented and Indigenous people in the industry.

Many thanks to the New Zealand Film Commission for supporting this event.

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