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The Assistant Editor is the heart and engine of Editorial. They coordinate with all other production departments and post houses, and set workflow systems in place that will keep the production running smoothly from the very beginning to the final delivery. Experienced assistants are worth their weight in gold. An Editor working alone without adequate knowledge of technical workflow requirements may become an expensive liability by the end of post.


Call for Applications

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ is pleased to present the Assistant & Solo Editors Course in 2020, a comprehensive course of 4 workshops covering the technical knowledge and skills needed to run all aspects of Editorial through the complete workflow, from pre-production to delivery. The Guild welcomes applications for this course to be held on consecutive Sundays from September 13 to October 4.

The workshops are specifically designed for emerging assistant editors (with at least two productions they’ve assisted or cut), and solo editors working without an assistant (any number of productions) who wish to move into more complex productions. Both drama and documentary (containing archival) will be covered.

The workshops will deal both with key skills considered minimum requirements for setting up a well functioning Editorial – setting up projects, ingesting and full preparation for the editor – and with more advanced skills – setting up systems, workflow meetings, departmental interfacing, VFX, trouble-free handovers and troubleshooting issues when they arise.

These are hands-on workshops moving right through a project workflow, each day of the workshop builds on the skills of the previous day(s) in a cumulative layering of knowledge and skills. Prospective participants will need to commit to the full course.

Up to 14 participants will be selected.

Course Requirements

Both Avid and Premiere practitioners are invited, however, please be aware that the bulk of the workshops will be carried out on Avid Ultimate with some sessions dedicated to Premiere. You will need:

  • a working knowledge of Avid – this is not an Avid tutorial nor a beginners entry course into the industry.
  • Premiere practitioners will also need an Adobe ID to access Premiere on the South Seas system.

Workshop Details

Price: Course offered at discounted rates due to the COVID-19 pandemic (normal non-member price – $360)

DEGNZ Full member – Free
DEGNZ Associate/Student member – $100
Non-member – $200

Lunch and tea/coffee provided

When: Sundays from 9:30am – 4:30pm

13 September
20 September
27 September
4 October

Where: South Seas Film and Television School, 75 Ellice Rd, Glenfield, Auckland

Travel allowances are available – see below.

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 13 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. He is currently engaged as VFX Editor on The Lord of the Rings television series. Dan is highly valued as a very experienced Editorial Manager and with these huge and varied productions behind him there is little he has not handled in his career to date.

Dione Chard

DIONE CHARD has worked as an assistant editor and editor in both New Zealand and Canada over the past 12 years. She cut her first feature film Stray in 2017 and more recently she’s cut All or Nothing: A Season with the All Blacks for Amazon and Vai with Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions. As an assistant she’s worked on many varied productions from ABC’s Legend of the Seeker to Disney sitcom Mr Young, telefeature Jean and the STARZ series Ash vs Evil Dead.

Supporting Tutors

ANNIE COLLINS – Editor since 1975
ANU WEBSTER – VFX Editor & First Assistant Editor since 2008
BEN SINCLAIR – Sound Designer & Composer since 2000
DAN KIRCHER – Editor since 2008 (Adobe Premiere)
TRISTAN SIMPSON – Conform DMC Supervisor & DCP Specialist since 2008

Questions?

If selected to attend, DEGNZ Full members may apply for financial assistance of up to $1000 incl. GST towards their travel costs, equivalent to up to $250 per workshop.

  • DEGNZ has up to 3 travel allowances available for this course.
  • Applicants must live in New Zealand outside the Auckland region.

For further information and criteria, see here.

Yes, you can still apply if you participated in either/both of the Assistant Editors – Mandatory Skills Workshop or the Assistant Editors – Advanced Skills Workshop.

However, you will need to include in your letter why you think you would benefit from doing this course. The Assistant & Solo Editors Workshops is a revised format, covering most of what was taught in these two earlier workshops.

If you have further questions, please contact us.

To Apply

Application Deadline: 9AM, Wednesday 26 August

STEP 1: Complete the application form below.

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

  • your CV (with filmography)
  • a brief, maximum 1-page letter that tells us why you would like to participate and what you hope to gain from the workshop.

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: The Editor, a Composer's Friend or Foe?

SCGNZ and DEGNZ present “The Editor, a Composer’s Friend or Foe?”

A special event that looks at the importance of communication and teamwork between an Editor and a Film Composer… Will they be friends or foes by the end of the mix?

Join us for a discussion between acclaimed New Zealand editors Annie Collins (One Thousand Ropes, The Great Maiden’s Blush, Consent: The Louise Nicholas Story) and Jonno Woodford-Robinson (Mortal Engines, Pork Pie, What We Do In the Shadows), chaired by Andrew Hagen from the Screen Composers Guild. There will be time for audience questions from Facebook in this sure-to-be interesting evening, so come join us live and see how you can avoid falling onto the wrong side of the (musical) tracks.

As part of the Q&A, they’ll be discussing some film clips, provided by the editors. These won’t be played during the session. We suggest watching the clips at 5pm, before the beginning of the live event at 5:30pm. Links to these clips will be made available on this post, the day before the event.

WHEN:  Thu 14 May, 5:30pm
WHERE: Directors and Editors Guild of New Zealand Facebook page. If you don’t have a Facebook account, please refer to the information further down on how to watch the live-stream.

This event is presented by the Directors & Editors Guild of NZ and the Screen Composers Guild of NZ as part of the Screenlink series.

Watch the Live Recording

Screenlink: The Editor, a Composer's Friend or Foe?

A special event presented by SCGNZ and DEGNZ that looks at the importance of communication and teamwork between an Editor and a Film Composer… Will they be friends or foes by the end of the mix?Andrew Hagen from the Screen Composers Guild chairs this discussion with acclaimed NZ editors Annie Collins (One Thousand Ropes, Consent: The Louise Nicholas Story) and Jonno Woodford-Robinson (Mortal Engines, What We Do In the Shadows). With time for audience Qs, come join us live to find out how you can avoid falling onto the wrong side of the (musical) tracks.🎬🎧 Watch the discussion clips before the start of the live event. These will be provided at: https://www.degnz.co.nz/screenlink-the-editor-a-composers-friend-or-foe-wellington/

Posted by Directors and Editors Guild of New Zealand on Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Discussion Clips

Watch these before the event. Clip length in brackets.

  1. Clips from Annie Collins [15:12]
  2. 3 Mile Limit Excerpt [2:50]
  3. The Warrior’s Way Excerpt [1:27]

Jonno’s composer recommendations

Sharing Jonno’s list from the Q&A:

  • Graeme Revell (Dafur Now, The Negotiator)
  • Calexico
  • Johan Soderqvist (Let the Right One In)
  • Agnes Obel – a pianist
  • Yann Tiersen (Amelie)
  • Penguin Cafe & Penguin Cafe Orchestra
  • Lisa Gerrard (The Insider)
  • Carter Burwell (Fargo, Burn After Reading)
  • Danny Elfman (Men in Black)
  • James Newton Howard (6the sense, Unbreakable, King Kong)
  • Henrik Górecki (Fearless)

For Non-Facebook Users

Follow these steps to watch the live-stream:

  1. Tune in at this link on Facebook.
  2. Click to play the live video once the broadcast has started.

You do not need to create a Facebook account to watch. Simply ignore any Facebook prompts to Log In / Create New Account, or click ‘Not Now’ if the option appears. Prompts will look like so:

Log in prompt e.g.

Notes:

  • Non-Facebook users can watch the live-stream without an account, but won’t be able to ask questions/comment.
  • Firefox may not support Facebook Live. We recommend using Safari or Chrome.
DEGNZ

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

8 April 2020

To help address the difficult work situation due to the COVID-19 crisis during lockdown, the Directors and Editors Guild of New Zealand has compiled a database of members who can carry out editing, colour grading and effects work with equipment they have at home.

Fifty five editors are currently listed in the database and are ready to take on paid projects across every type of content, including scripted, factual, documentary, narrative feature, branded content and commercials. Many have websites where you can see examples of their work.

The database has the contact details, websites where available and the platform/software that the editor has available to do work. It can be downloaded here from a sub-directory in COVID CORNER of the DEGNZ website.

All those on the database have agreed to share their information and can be contacted directly through the details provided and or via their website.

For further information contact:

Tui Ruwhiu
Executive Director
Directors & Editors Guild of NZ

 

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ is a not-for-profit Incorporated Society and Union that represents Directors, Editors and Assistant Editors in the New Zealand screen industry. This includes Directors, Editors and Assistant Editors of feature drama and documentary; television drama, documentary and factual programmes; short films; video art; animation; commercials and web content.

DEGNZ’s two primary roles are advocacy and professional development. We:

  • are dedicated to promoting excellence in the arts of directing and editing.
  • foster collegiality and unity within the screen industry.
  • promote members’ creative and economic rights.
  • work to improve industry working conditions and remuneration.
  • offer professional advice and information on contracts and industry standards and practice.
  • offer professional development events, networking opportunities, career advice, dispute resolution, mentoring, workshops, training, discounts and regular news bulletins for members across all levels of expertise, from novices to seasoned professionals.
  • are a voice for Directors, Editors and Assistant in influencing policy in the interest of our members. We do this through our membership of various pan‐industry bodies, and by making submissions to government and public officials.
  • Internationally work co-operatively with other guilds and we belong to the International Affiliation of English‐Speaking Directors’ Organisations (IEASDO).

DEGNZ is Auckland-based with an office in Grey Lynn.

Contact Details:

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ
Level 2, 66 Surrey Crescent
Grey Lynn
PO Box 47294, Ponsonby
AUCKLAND
admin@degnz.co.nz
+64 9 360 2102
+64 21 659 950

DEGNZ

DEGNZ invites emerging drama editors to apply for a Drama Editor Attachment to editor Dan Kircher on feature film Millie Lies Low, directed by Michelle Savill, and produced by Desray Armstrong and Angela Littlejohn.

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

Dan Kircher is a film editor whose feature film credits include The Changeover, directed by Miranda Harcourt and Stuart McKenzie, and Ant Timpson’s Come To Daddy. At the 2014 Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards, he was nominated twice for Best Editor for Everything We Loved and The Dead Lands. He has also cut short films, web series and commercials.

Millie Lies LowWhen a broke and anxiety-ridden architecture grad misses her flight to New York for a prestigious internship, she decides to fake having made it to New York, while lying low in her home town, scrounging for another ticket.

This attachment would suit an experienced assistant editor/editor who has dramatic narrative editing experience on short film, web series, drama or features. The successful candidate will likely have a body of narrative work. The initiative is targeted at editors who want to progress their career into feature film editing.

Its 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 limited hands-on cutting experience is possible but entirely at the discretion of the editor, director and producers of the production.

This is a paid Auckland-based attachment and requires the successful candidate, depending on experience and flexibility, to start at the earliest in mid-March. If non-Auckland based, the candidate must cover their own travel and living costs.

The duration of the attachment would be up to a maximum of 20 full days broken down into a mixture of full days and half days over the shoot and post production period. The final schedule will be determined in discussions with the production team and successful candidate.

Eligibility

To be eligible, applicants MUST:

  1. Be a FULL member* of DEGNZ by the application deadline. The successful candidate is also required to be a Full member for the length of their attachment
  2. Be a NZ citizen or permanent resident
  3. Be fully competent with the AVID editing system

* Refers to Full Members on Tiers 1, 2 and 3.

To Apply

Application Deadline: 9AM, Monday 24 February 2020

Send your application in a single PDF to admin@degnz.co.nz with ‘Editor Attachment’ in the subject line.

Your application must include:

  • a maximum 1-page letter on why you would like to do the attachment
  • your CV and filmography, including links to a showreel/video samples that illustrate your dramatic narrative work
  • a completed Editor Attachment Application Cover Sheet.

Download the Editor Attachment Application Cover Sheet

 

Selection will be made by the production. DEGNZ 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 attachment is brought to you with the generous support of the New Zealand Film Commission.

SPADA Post Workflow Worshops

SPADA, in association with DEGNZ, presents a day-long workshop introducing the concepts and processes of the post-production workflow.

Delivered by Editor Annie Collins and Producer Catherine Fitzgerald, this workshop will give an overview of the entire post-production process including budgeting, what needs to be covered in the technical workflow, when it’s covered, and with whom, VFX, post-sound, and scheduling from commencement of post-production through to output of deliverables.

Participants will gain an understanding of the different roles and people involved, and an awareness of how to manage and schedule a professional post-production workflow.

This workshop is ideal for emerging filmmakers, aimed at producers and directors with a project or two under their belt who are looking to progress their post-production knowledge and practices. Editors are also welcome to attend, and if you know a producer or director who could benefit, give them a nudge!

Workshop Details

Wellington
Mon 16 September, 10am – 4:30pm
Random Group, 43 Hanson Street, Mount Cook, Wellington

Wellington – Book Now

Auckland
Tue 17 September, 10am – 4:30pm
Department of Post, 19 Newton Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland

Auckland – Book Now

Price:
SPADA / DEGNZ members – $45 + GST
Non-members – $85 + GST
(Tea, coffee and lunch provided)

Contact comms@spada.co.nz if you have any questions.