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Assistant Editors – Advanced Skills Workshop Announced

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Directors & Editors Guild of NZ is pleased to present the second stage for assistant editors – an Advanced Skills Workshop designed to follow on from the Assistant Editors – Mandatory Skills Workshop held in December 2018. The Guild warmly invites applications for this 2-day workshop to be held in Wellington on 25-26 May 2019.

This is a hands-on advanced workshop for assistant editors who have completed either the Mandatory Skills Workshop or have strong basic Avid system skills, and for technically-minded Avid practitioners who wish to step up to more complex productions.  It recognises the distinct and essential role that assistant editors play in post production – across feature, documentary and television projects – and will focus on the essentials you need to excel in that role. This is not a beginners workshop.

The workshop will deal with key skills considered essential for assistant editors moving onto feature length productions involving handling multiple workstations, visual effects, exports, handovers, changes and archiving.

Prospective participants should have a strong working knowledge of Avid Media Composer. Up to 12 participants will be selected from applications.

Our Tutors

Dan Best

DAN BEST has 25 years experience in Film and Television. He spent 14 years working as an Editor, Director and Producer for Television. The last 11 years have been spent working in Film as a Post Production Supervisor, Editor, Assistant and VFX Editor, including 1st Assistant Editor on Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, and more recently as 1st Assistant / VFX Editor on Mortal Engines and Post Production Supervisor on They Shall Not Grow Old.

Dan is highly valued as a very experienced 1st Assistant Editor and with these huge and varied productions behind him there is little he has not handled in his career to date.

Jonno Woodford-Robinson

JONNO WOODFORD-ROBINSON has been editing feature films since 1999. Amongst his achievements are, most recently, Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines, and Pork Pie, the re-boot of the iconic Kiwi road movie Goodbye Pork Pie from the 1980’s. In 2015, he edited American independent drama Chloe & Theo, starring Dakota Johnson and Mira Sorvino. Jonno worked with Kiwi Michael Horton to edit Lee Tamahori’s Mahana, and edited Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s box-office hit What We Do in the Shadows, as well as Waititi’s earlier film Eagle vs Shark in which Clement starred. In the midst of The Lord of the Rings success, Jonno edited the cult documentary Frodo is Great . . . Who is That?!!

Jonno has moved through most genres in his career, editing Predicament; Tongan Ninja; Korean hit The Warriors Way; and the superb NZ musical Romeo and Juliet: a Love Song.

Cost: DEGNZ members – Free, Non-members – $100. Lunch and refreshments will be provided each day.

When:
Sat 25 May, 9am – 5pm
Sun 26 May, 9am – 4pm

Where: Te Kahui Auaha, 65 Dixon Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6012

Travel allowances may be available to a limited number of DEGNZ members travelling from outside the Wellington region to attend.

Eligibility:

Prospective participants must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Has participated in the Assistant Editors – Mandatory Skills Workshop OR at least two feature-length productions as an assistant (not necessarily a 1st Assistant), either drama or documentary.
  • Has a good familiarity with Avid media management systems.
  • Has a strong inclination to the technical/computer aspects of the edit suite.

This is not a beginners level workshop.

To Apply

EXTENDED Application Deadline: 9AM, Friday 10 May 2019

STEP 1: Submit the registration form below.

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

  • your CV/bio, and
  • a brief, maximum 1-page letter that summarises why you would like to participate in the workshop and highlights how you meet the eligibility requirements.

Files must be sent before the deadline. Late or incomplete 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

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: Ready Set Network

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Young Creators: Ready Set Network

“Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

Networking, however, can be an awkward business. Here’s an alternative: speed networking for Young Creators.

At this event, you’ll have the chance to make connections in a number of fast, informal 8-minute sessions, plus the opportunity to grab a drink and mingle at the end of the night. Meet potential collaborators, whether you’ve got a project to share or are on the look out.

This event is for directors, editors, writers and producers. Come prepared (we’ll send you tips and details ahead of time!).

Thu 31 May // 6:30pm – 8:30pm

West End Lawn Tennis Club
Cnr West End Rd and Fife St, Westmere, Auckland

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.

 

TICKETS: Registration essential as tickets are limited! Ends Friday 25 May.

DEGNZ members – Free
Non-members – $5

This event is R18.

DEGNZ Member Pre-release: Ticket registrations for DEGNZ members opens on Tue 8 May, 2PM – 48 hours before the general release.

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Call for Applications: Editing Drama with Peter Roberts

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DEGNZ invites editors to apply for an Editing Drama Workshop with Peter Roberts, award-winning editor and former President of the Guild. The 2-day workshop will be held on 14-15 April in Auckland.

Learn about narrative feature-length editing and dramatic storytelling from a highly experienced New Zealand editor. The workshop will also combine teaching with practical editing exercises. Applicants require basic skills in Avid to attend*.

Peter Roberts has cut a prolific range of documentaries, shorts, features and TV shows. In 2014, Peter edited the drama feature film The Dark Horse, documentary feature Hip Hop-eration, and the short film Dive. All three won Best Film locally and each earned him a nomination for best editor. Follow-up projects have ranged across the globe: from ensemble drama Vermilion, shot in Auckland, to American indie drama For Izzy (produced by Kiwi actor Michelle Ang) and Kiwi-Chinese fantasy Into the Rainbow. Recent TV credits include telemovie Jean and Australian drama Cleverman. Peter was the first editor president of DEGNZ.

When:
Saturday 14 April, 9am – 5pm
Sunday 15 April, 9am – 4pm, followed by post-workshop drinks

Where:
South Seas Film and Television School, Auckland
A travel allowance is available to some DEGNZ members travelling from out of town.

Cost: DEGNZ members free, Non-members $100. Lunch will be provided each day.

 

Application Deadline: Wednesday 28 March, 12 noon

TO APPLY please send your application in ONE PDF or DOC to tema@degnz.co.nz with ‘Editing Drama’ in the subject line. In your application, please include:

  • your CV with filmography
  • links to samples of your work
  • a maximum one-page letter explaining why you would like to attend the workshop
  • your capability with Avid: Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced
  • your mobile number and any dietary requirements.

* If you are new to Avid Media Composer, a free 30-day trial is available for download to familiarise yourself with the software ahead of the workshop.

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

Urgent Call for Applications: Drama Editor Attachment

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DEGNZ

The DEGNZ Drama Editor Attachment Scheme is a new initiative giving emerging drama editors the opportunity to advance their craft through shadowing and mentoring from an experienced drama editor.

Emerging drama editors are invited to apply for our first DEGNZ Drama Editor Attachment to editor Paul Sutorius on a telefeature about to go into production directed by John Lang.

Paul Sutorius is an highly experienced award-winning editor whose career spans feature films (Home By Christmas), documentary (Aspiring) and TV drama (800 Words, Until Proven Innocent). He is a longtime collaborator of director Gaylene Preston, beginning with Ruby and Rata in 1990, which won him a NZ Film and Television Award, and most recently My Year with Helen.

 

This initiative is targeted at editors who wish to move into feature film editing. It’s purpose is to allow an emerging drama editor to:

  • learn through attendance during editing, and later at director, producer and or funding body screenings about the critique and response process so vital to the successful creative collaboration required of the feature film editor.
  • get on-the-job feature-editing experience
  • receive feedback and mentoring from an experienced feature film editor in a safe environment

The opportunity for the attachment to get hands-on cutting experience is possible but entirely at the discretion of the editor, director and producers of the production. This opportunity may be limited due to the fast post-production pace required of this particular production.

This is a paid attachment and requires the successful candidate to start on 19 March 2018 in Auckland. They are also required to be a full member of DEGNZ to secure the attachment.

The duration of the attachment would be up to a maximum of 30 full days, but may well be broken down into a mixture of full days and half days. The first two weeks from 19 March are expected to be full time.

 

To be eligible, applicants MUST:

  1. Be a FULL member of DEGNZ
  2. Be fully competent with the AVID editing system
  3. Have some past dramatic narrative editing experience (does not have to be extensive)
  4. Be available to participate fully during the post production period, starting 19 March
  5. Most importantly, have a passionate desire to become a feature film editor

 

TO APPLY

Please send your application in ONE PDF or Word DOC to admin@degnz.co.nz with ‘Editor Attachment’ in the subject line.

Application Deadline: 5PM Wednesday 7 March 2018

Your application must include:

  • a maximum 1-page letter on why you would like to do the attachment
  • a completed Editor Attachment Application Form Cover Sheet. Download it here
  • your CV and filmography, including links to existing work

We will notify you as to whether or not your application has been successful, but the decision will be final and no further correspondence will be entered into regarding your application.

We look forward to receiving your applications.

 

This initiative has been made possible with the support of the New Zealand Film Commission.