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Rehearsal Dynamics with Miranda Harcourt

Want to supercharge your work with actors? Rehearsal Dynamics is a full-day DEGNZ director’s workshop on March 7 with acting coach, actor and director Miranda Harcourt.

We will work practically with actors, referring to case studies and focusing on the directors’ skills of diagnosis, solution, preparation and communication using Miranda’s 5 tools:

Connection
White Space
Internal landscape
Vista + Objects
Journey

All directors will work on a task in break outs during the morning session. Then in the afternoon, six of the directors will rehearse and direct pairs of actors on 2-minute scenes, while the rest observe. The Guild will select the Director Participants and Observers (limited spaces) from applications.

About Miranda Harcourt

Miranda is an acting coach, actor and director. Miranda’s specialty is screen naturalism. Her approach is based on years of writing and performing Verbatim theatre in prisons in New Zealand, Australia and the UK, as well as her work as an on-set acting coach with renowned actors and directors on films all over the world.

She has taught at TIFF in Toronto, at NFTS and NYU Tisch, The London Film School and Directors UK in Britain, at AFTRS and The Hub in Sydney, at Toi Whakaari, The Actors’ Program, Otago University and Victoria University in Aotearoa. For seven years Miranda was the Head of the Acting Department at Toi Whakaari – New Zealand Drama School.

In her work with actors and directors, Miranda aims to shift paradigms, empowering creatives to realise their own talent. She introduces simple but innovative ways of thinking about and achieving connection and character. She has developed a series of tools and exercises for use in rehearsal and on-set that get actors to where they need to be, fast.

Workshop Details

Price: 
DEGNZ member – Free
Non-member – Participant $95; Observer $45

Lunch, tea and coffee included.

When: Sunday 7 March 2021, 10am – 5pm

Where: Auckland venue TBC

Preparation if selected: All participants shall receive a provocation to prepare. We will also ask Director Participants to email us a 2-page script for two performers, not written by the director. These will be distributed to the actors a week before the workshop.

Eligibility

  • Rehearsal Dynamics is for directors who are considered to be mid-career, emerging or established talent.
  • Priority will be given to those who are actively engaged in directing or preparing to direct narrative drama.
  • To be eligible to apply, you must have narrative directing experience. This can be in feature film, scripted drama, telefeatures, short films and/or web series. Please contact us if you’re unsure.

To Apply

Applications Close: Monday 22 February, 10AM

STEP 1: Complete the registration form below.

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

  • your bio with filmography, and
  • a brief, maximum 1-page letter that summarises why you would like to participate and how you think this workshop could benefit your current or upcoming work or projects.

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Registration Form

 

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

NZFC

Rehearsal & Performance logo

The Rehearsal & Performance series provides regular opportunities for directors and actors to practise their craft and communication. Each workshop brings in an experienced moderator to guide participants as they explore a workshop scene in groups (one director, two actors) in a safe and non-pressured environment.

Join us in Auckland for our first workshop of 2021 with director Caroline Bell-Booth.

Moderator

Caroline-Bell-Booth

Caroline Bell-Booth started out her professional career creating theatre, before moving into television where she directed on Shortland Street, followed by blocks of the hit Australian show 800 Words and was head-hunted by Australia’s Channel 7 show Home and Away as a recurring guest director. Following this she joined Channel 7’s drama Between Two Worlds.

Within NZ, Caroline has been lead director on the final two seasons of TV3’s hit show Westside, and was director on TVNZ’s crime-drama The Bad Seed.

Most recently, Caroline joined the second season of the German-NZ co-production The Gulf, where she directed the finale tele-feature episode. This will go to air later in 2021, and will be available on Netflix AUS/NZ. Currently, Caroline is shooting Power Rangers which will screen on Nickelodeon and Netflix later in 2021.

Preparation

Selected directors and actors will be expected to do some script prep beforehand. DEGNZ will provide the scene at least one week in advance.

Cost:
DEGNZ / Equity NZ member – Free
Ngā Aho Whakaari Full member – Free
Non-member – $69

(Includes lunch and tea/coffee)

Register your interest

Registrations close Thursday 4th February, 11am.

Spots are limited to four directors and eight actors. If your name is selected, DEGNZ will contact you directly to confirm your participation.

Auckland

When: Sun 21 February, 9:30am – 2:30pm
Where: MTG RM, 2 Kingsland Terrace, Kingsland, Auckland

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The Rehearsal & Performance series is hosted by Directors & Editors Guild of NZ with the support of Equity New Zealand and funding from the New Zealand Film Commission.

Group photo from Directors Toolkit with Charlie Haskell

November was a particularly busy month in events for DEGNZ. We ran a 2-day weekend Directors Toolkit in Wellington with director Charlie Haskell, which was greatly enjoyed by the directors in attendance.

The following week, DEGNZ vice-president Louise Leitch taught best practices for directing scenes involving intimacy and nudity in Christchurch on Saturday 23 November. Directors and actors left feeling equipped with valuable skills that they could put into practice right away. That same day in Auckland, members of DEGNZ and WIFT gathered for a Screenlink morning tea at Department of Post. Dan Best shared on what it’s like to work as the First Assistant Editor and VFX Editor for a film the size of Mortal Engines.

It was fantastic to see new and familiar faces at our Young Creators night Serious about Series. Flat3 Productions’ Ally Xue and JJ Fong gave an inspiring and useful session on working in the world of web series.

NZWG hosted the last round of the guild Table Reads in 2019. Writer/director and DEGNZ member Linda Niccol travelled up to Auckland with her producers to have their feature film script read. The team came away with lots of excellent feedback from the actors involved.

Our last workshop on November 30 was Rehearsal & Performance with actor/director Ian Hughes in Auckland. Ian led an engaging session with directors and actors dedicated to learning skills around director-actor communication, especially on fast shoots.

To top everything off, we celebrated the year with our members and other screen bodies at the three Screen Guilds Christmas Parties in November and December. Thanks to everyone who came!

You can find photos of our events on Instagram.

Rehearsal & Performance logo

The Rehearsal & Performance series provides regular opportunities for directors and actors to practise their craft. Each workshop brings in an experienced moderator to guide participants as they explore a workshop scene in groups (one director, two actors) in a safe and non-pressured environment.

Be part of our last workshop of the year with director/actor Ian Hughes in Auckland.

Moderator

Ian Hughes

Ian Hughes’ breakthrough role was in acclaimed TV series and movie Topless Women Talk About Their Lives. Topless was followed by multiple TV guest parts (Xena, Bliss, The Brokenwood Mysteries, Go Girls) and film roles (He Died with a Felafel in His Hand, Memory and Desire). He wrote, starred and directed in his own Kafkaesque short, The Waiting Room, and toured his acclaimed one-man play Ship Songs.

Ian has worked with many of New Zealand’s top directors including Niki Caro, Peter Jackson and Michael Hurst, and is now primarily a TV and commercials director himself, with work on Step Dave and nearly 300 episodes of Shortland Street.

Preparation

Selected directors and actors will be expected to do some script prep beforehand. DEGNZ will provide the scene at least one week in advance.

Cost:
DEGNZ / Equity NZ member – Free
Ngā Aho Whakaari Full member – Free
Non-member – $69

(Includes lunch and tea/coffee)

Register your interest

Registrations close Thursday 14 November, 1PM.

Spots are limited to four directors and eight actors. If your name is selected, DEGNZ will contact you directly to confirm your participation.

Auckland

When: Sat 30 November, 9:30am – 2:30pm
Where: MTG RM, 2 Kingsland Terrace, Kingsland, Auckland

 

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The Rehearsal & Performance series is hosted by Directors & Editors Guild of NZ with the support of Equity New Zealand and funding from the New Zealand Film Commission.

Rehearsal & Performance logo

The Rehearsal & Performance series provides regular opportunities for directors and actors to practise their craft. Each workshop brings in an experienced moderator to guide participants as they explore a workshop scene in groups (one director, two actors) in a safe and non-pressured environment.

Join us in Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington for our next workshops with director Caroline Bell-Booth.

Moderator

Caroline-Bell-Booth

Caroline Bell-Booth started out creating theatre and quickly made a name for herself as a director of vision excelling at complex character projects. Early efforts saw her awarded Wellington Fringe Festival’s “Best Theatre Award”; Metro Magazine’s “Best Play of the Year”; alongside many critically acclaimed shows for Silo Theatre. She then moved into television directing, firstly on Shortland Street. Over the last few years she has shot several blocks of 800 Words and was head-hunted to be a recurring guest director on Home and Away. 2018 saw her successfully complete two episodes of both Westside and crime-drama The Bad Seed. She returned to Westside this year as lead director of season 5. She has joined Channel 7’s ambitious new drama Between Two Worlds from the creative team behind Foxtel’s A Place To Call Home – which is set to be a flagship show of the 2020 Season.

Preparation

Selected directors and actors will be expected to do some script prep beforehand. DEGNZ will provide the scene at least one week in advance.

Cost:
DEGNZ / Equity NZ member – Free
Ngā Aho Whakaari Full member – Free
Non-member – $69

(Includes lunch and tea/coffee)

Register your interest

Christchurch and Auckland registrations close Friday 27 September, 10AM. Wellington registrations close Friday 4 October, 10AM.

Spots are limited to four directors and eight actors. If your name is selected, DEGNZ will contact you directly to confirm your participation.

Christchurch

When: Sat 12 October, 9:30am – 2:30pm
Where: Rangi Ruru Girls’ School – Mana Wahine, 59 Hewitts Road, Merivale, Christchurch

Register Now for Christchurch

Auckland

When: Sun 13 October, 9:30am – 2:30pm
Where: MTG RM, 2 Kingsland Terrace, Kingsland, Auckland

Register Now for Auckland

Wellington

When: Sat 19 October, 9:30am – 2:30pm
Where: Toi Poneke Arts Centre, 61 Abel Smith St, Te Aro, Wellington

Register Now for Wellington

 

The Rehearsal & Performance series is hosted by Directors & Editors Guild of NZ with the support of Equity New Zealand and funding from the New Zealand Film Commission.