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Screenlink: Making the Hit Claymation Kiri and Lou

Join us for insights on international hit children’s show Kiri and Lou, directed by LA-based Kiwi director Harry Sinclair, and produced by New Zealander Fiona Copland‘s Filmwork.

A creative team who forged their relationship on iconic Kiwi feature film Topless Women Talk About Their Lives, Harry and Fiona will talk about their long-running and successful director-producer partnership. They’ll also reveal the trials, tribulations and fun that has made this claymation series No. 1 in children’s content on the BBC, achieved sales all around the world and has led to the development of a feature film and merchandising deals.

WHEN:  Mon 3 August, 7pm. Talk starts 7:15pm
WHERE:  Horse & Trap – Loft, 3 Enfield St, Mount Eden, Auckland

Cash bar

Parking: Horse & Trap customer carpark and free on-street parking nearby.

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


Registration

DEGNZ members – Free
Non-members – $5 (door entry, cash only)

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As life accelerates back to speed, for some, lockdown may seem like a distant memory. What happened in the DEGNZ calendar during April and May, you ask?

Lockdown turned out to be the perfect opportunity for us to test online learning, starting with part two of the Directors Toolkit with Peter Burger after the original weekend got cut short pre-Lockdown. It was great to bring the class of directors back together for further teaching, and to lay off the hand sanitiser.

Acting/directing coach Miranda Harcourt also ran two excellent Directing Actors sessions for the Guild. We received so many applications that it was a real blessing that we could stretch the one workshop to two – thanks in part to Miranda’s normally chocker schedule being grounded. Even then, we sadly couldn’t give every applicant a place.

Zoom's Gallery Views of DEGNZ's workshops

Grids within a grid: Participants in workshops with Peter Burger and Miranda Harcourt.

During lockdown, we enjoyed seeing what members made as part of DEGNZ Play, a creative outlet for members to make and share 1-minute videos from inside their bubbles.

Round 1 of the 2020 Table Reads, in association with the NZ Writers Guild, went virtual via Zoom. A cast of seven actors read and contributed their thoughts on a feature film script being written by Nick Ward and directed by Kath Akuhata-Brown (DEGNZ), the lucky draw winners. We’ve got two more rounds this year, likely around a 3-dimensional table. If you’re writing a feature, these are a great opportunity and exclusive to members only.

DEGNZ also scrutinised a bunch of how-to guides and took events online. If you missed any of our live events, you can watch the recordings for Young Creators: Think Outside the Box, Screenlink: The Editor, a Composer’s Friend or Foe? and DEGNZ Forum: Draft Screen Sector Strategy 2030 Panel Discussion, which were held on our Facebook Live.

Now, looking ahead, we’ll be picking up the workshops that are near impossible to adapt for online – our practical actor-director workshops and a new and improved Assistant Editors Course. Our first in-person workshop is on this Friday with the seven directors of the 2020 Women Filmmakers Incubator. Meanwhile, Melbourne-based Kiwi director Jonathan Brough prepares to teach Comedy Directing online in June.

Based on feedback we received from participants, we feel online learning went pretty well. We are interested in developing our professional development programme to provide a mix of in-person and online opportunities in the future, so that more directors and editors can benefit and come together from across New Zealand.

So thanks to learning with us.

Tema Pua
Events & Marketing Manager

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.

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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.

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.

Screenlink: Inside the Engine of Mortal Engines

Join 1st Assistant Editor/VFX Editor Dan Best for the rare chance to have an informal look inside the engine room of a multi million dollar VFX heavy feature. Dan will share on 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.

For this Screenlink, DEGNZ will be partnering with our friends at WIFT. Morning tea will be served on arrival. Talk starts at 11am.

WHEN:  Sat 23 November, 10:30AM – 12:30PM
WHERE:  Department of Post, 19 Newton Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1010

RSVP Essential

This free event is open to DEGNZ and WIFT members only as spaces are limited.

DEGNZ members, RSVP to tema@degnz.co.nz (priority will be given to editors; directors are welcome to join our waitlist).

WIFT members, RSVP to office@wiftnz.org.nz.