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Learn best practices for directing on-screen intimacy with Tandi Wright.
DEGNZ welcomes directors to join us for a one-day Auckland workshop, taught by actor and intimacy coordinator Tandi Wright. We will discuss and work with actors on developing scenes involving intimacy, using a process developed by UK intimacy coordinator Ita O’Brien, and Equity NZ’s Intimacy Guidelines for Stage and Screen.
There are four places for directors to participate and additional places for directors to observe.
Please note: this workshop is R18 and there will be no nudity in the workshop.
About Tandi Wright
With over 25 years of experience, Tandi is one of Aotearoa’s best-known actors. She has worked in the US, Australia and NZ and has been nominated for numerous awards.
Tandi is also a trained intimacy coordinator under the mentorship of Ita O’Brien of Intimacy On Set, who has pioneered this work internationally. Tandi has now served as intimacy coordinator on numerous and wide-ranging screen projects – from major studio productions (Netflix, Amazon, A24) to mid-range NZ features (Nude Tuesday, Juniper, The Justice of Bunny King, Punch), to low-budget student films.
Tandi is Vice-President of Equity New Zealand, the performers’ union, and is a founding board member of NZ Actors Benevolent Fund. She is co-author of the Intimacy Guidelines for Stage and Screen in NZ, which were released nationwide in 2020.
When: Sunday 12 September, 9am – 5pm
Where: MTG RM, 2 Kingsland Terrace, Kingsland, Auckland
DEGNZ member – Free
Non-member earlybird until August 18 – $80
Non-member standard – $95
Lunch and refreshments included
Register below to take part either as a participant director or as an observer.
During the class, the four selected participant directors will take turns directing pairs of actors on an intimate scene under Tandi’s guidance. Upon selection, participants may submit a short, intimate scene for two characters – either with or without dialogue – for consideration ahead of the workshop. We can also provide scene options if preferred.
Eligibility to apply as a Participant Director:
- You must have experience directing actors for screen.
- Priority will be given to those who are actively engaged in directing or preparing to direct narrative drama, especially if you are dealing with scenes with intimate content.
Registration Closes: Tuesday 7 September, 1PM
Deadline for Participant Applications: Friday 27 August, 1PM
To apply as a Participant Director, complete the online registration form below and email your supporting documents to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- a CV/bio with filmography
- a brief letter summarising why you would like to participate as a director, what you hope to gain from the workshop, and any experience directing intimacy (not a requirement for selection).
If you apply as a participant director and are unsuccessful, we will offer you a place to observe.
Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
This initiative is brought to you with the generous support of the New Zealand Film Commission.