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Directors Toolkit with Jason Stutter – Queenstown

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Director Jason Stutter

Innovative New Zealand director Jason Stutter leads this two-day workshop offering a practical guide to directing for emerging directors of short films and feature-length projects. The Directors Toolkit aims to establish a professional approach to filming and underline the keys to good work.

Over the weekend, we will cover working with professional actors, non-actors, and different scales of production crew. We will take you through pre-production, casting, production, post-production and how to get your final film out into the world of festivals and markets.

 

About Jason Stutter

Jason Stutter’s first movie was cult kung-fu caper Tongan Ninja (2002). Since then he has alternated features – self-funded comedy Edwin: My Life as a Koont, stylish Ronald Hugh Morrieson adaptation Predicament – with shorts, including the hit Careful… series beginning with Careful with that Axe, riffing on the dangers of inattentive tool use. His most recent feature, haunted house tale The Dead Room, was released in New Zealand in 2015.

 

When:
Sat 4 May, 9am – 5pm
Sun 5 May, 9am – 3:30pm

Where: Sherwood Queenstown, 554 Frankton Road, Queenstown 9300

A travel allowance may be available to DEGNZ members travelling from out of town with preference given to South Island members.

Class: 20 max

Film Otago Southland will also be hosting a Film Industry Networking Night at the Sherwood on Saturday 4 May at 5:30pm. This will be a chance for workshop attendees and local industry alike to meet and mingle in the cosy warmth of the Sherwood over a drink and some nibbles! All are welcome (you don’t need to attend the workshop to come along), and there is no cost. RSVP to the Film Industry Networking Night, here.

 

Workshop Enrolment

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

For non-members, payment must by made in full prior to the start of the workshop to confirm a booking. We accept payment by credit/debit card and direct credit.

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Cancellation and Refunds: Cancellations will be accepted up until 24 hours before the workshop start time. If you wish to receive a refund, you must advise DEGNZ by Tuesday 30 April. A $3.00 cancellation fee will be incurred. Payments will be refunded in full if DEGNZ cancels the workshop. Refunds can take up to approximately 10 working days to process.

 

This workshop is presented by the Directors & Editors Guild of NZ with the support of Film Otago Southland and funding from the NZ Film Commission.

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Young Creators: Rewrite Your Story

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Young Creators: Rewrite Your Story

Writing is rewriting, and the final rewrite is in the edit. You’ve probably heard this a lot.

Madam Black (2015)So we’re digging into the how of developing and crafting a good story for our last Young Creators meet-up of the year. We take a look at the important relationship between the writer, director and editor through a short film case study of Madam Black.

When a photographer runs over a young girl’s cat he finds himself inventing a story about its disappearance…

Funny and heartfelt, Madam Black has charmed audiences around the globe – selected for over 150 festivals and winner of 40 awards, including the ‘Prix du Public’ at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, and ‘Best Short’ at the New Zealand Film Awards. Madam Black is directed by Ivan Barge, written by Matthew Harris and was funded by the NZFC as a Fresh 30 short film.

Director Ivan Barge joins us for a Q&A, kicking off with a screening of the film. Stick around for a drink after!

Wed 14 November // 6:15 – 8pm. Talk starts 6:30pm

Horse & Trap
3 Enfield Street, Mt Eden, Auckland

Ticket Info

DEGNZ / NZWG members – Free
Non-members – $5

For non-members, we accept payment by credit/debit cards (online only) and cash at the door. Tickets are non-refundable.

Registration closes 10AM Wednesday 14 November, unless capacity is reached prior.

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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.

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NZIFF 2018: 12 Short Films from DEGNZ Members

Last Summer

Previously, we rounded up eight feature films from DEGNZ members in part 1 and part 2. This year, our members have also been generously featured in all four short film programmes at the New Zealand International Film Festival, ranging from the competitive New Zealand’s Best to the stylish and eclectic collection of Eight Uneasy Pieces.

Here is a handy list of all the shorts from our members to watch out for at the festival.

New Zealand’s Best

New Zealand’s Best is NZIFF’s only competitive category for short films. NZIFF programmers have reviewed 84 submissions to make a shortlist of 12 short films, from which director and cinematographer Leon Narbey has selected six finalists. The winner of the audience vote takes away the Audience Choice Award, consisting of 25 percent of the box office from the main-centre NZIFF screenings. 

Here are three short films from our members to root for in this year’s New Zealand’s Best competition.

MY FRIEND MICHAEL JONES is co-directed by DEGNZ member Samson Rambo and edited by DEGNZ member Luke Haigh. Set within an Otara school where bullying is ritualised into normality, an unlikely friendship between a high school misfit with OCD and a popular classmate forms the basis of this uplifting tale of acceptance.

CHARMER, edited by DEGNZ member Paul Wedel, is a portrait of a dating couple’s first real encounter. NZIFF notes the film for the languor of its pace and the sensitivity of its performances as it touches on essential issues of sexuality, isolation, and age.

SAIL AWAY, edited by DEGNZ member Dione Chard, is a cabaret romp about a young man who leaves his job at Quality Control to become a deep-sea sailor. Inspired by the likes of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, yet infused with a unique humour, this short film is about following your dreams into the unknown.

Read more about this programme >

My Friend Michael Jones

My Friend Michael Jones

 

Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts

A curated collection of the year’s best Maori and Pasifika short films.

In the heartfelt documentary NATIVE IN NUHAKA, award-winning director and DEGNZ member Hiona Henare explores the close-knit community behind the Wairoa Maori Film Festival, the first New Zealand festival to be run by a Maori whanau. Craig Fasi writes, “Beautiful and undeniably real, Native in Nuhaka encourages more natives to use film as their statement of choice.”

THE MESSIAH, edited by DEGNZ members Cushla Dillon and Fauze Hassen, is an urban coming of age story about a young Polynesian boy’s encounter and experience with a self-proclaimed 14-year-old Messiah. A modern aesop infused with a unique cultural perspective, Leo Koziol calls this film ‘a sublime, dreamy, and surreal Polynesian parable.’

Read more about this programme >

Native in Nukaha

Native in Nukaha

 

Foreign Correspondents

International stories with a Kiwi eye.

Inspired by her own time staying in Japan with her grandmother, DEGNZ member Asuka Sylvie directs LAST SUMMER, an atmospheric drama about a young boy’s summer with his grandmother who is beginning to show signs of dementia. It featured in the Short Film Programme at Toronto International Film Festival. 

THE HORNS OF KOLKATA is a documentary by DEGNZ member Andrew Scott that explores the essentiality of honking and horns on the streets of Kolkata, India.

DEGNZ member Shailesh Prajapati co-produces SHIT ONE CARRIES, set in India, about the awkward intimacies between a father and son as old age approaches and caregiver roles are reversed by necessity.

Read more about this programme >

Last Summer

Last Summer

 

Eight Uneasy Pieces 

‘The Cinema of Unease’ explores the nooks and crannies of New Zealand.

In BATS, DEGNZ member Michelle Savill directs a stylish ensemble portrait of hard-partying twenty-something Wellingtonians as they crash their way through a neon night of sex, freedom, and friendship.

THE BROTHER, edited by DEGNZ member Luke Haigh, is a tense tale of a prodigal son’s hunt for atonement, set against the rugged backdrop of the South Island.

DEGNZ member Lauren Porteous premieres an extended cut of her 48Hours Grand Final Winner UNDER THE BRIDGE, a drama about a runaway’s encounter with a homeless man that addresses one of the most pertinent issues in New Zealand today with cinematic flair.

Read more about this programme >

Bats

Bats

 

Shorts with Features

I WILL NOT WRITE UNLESS I AM SWADDLED IN FURS, directed by DEGNZ member Wade Shotter and based on the comedic short piece of the same name by John Babbott, is a portrait of a fussy writer’s battle with his own ego and procrastination. Catch this short as it screens before Juliet, Naked.

I Will Not Write Unless I Am Swaddled in Furs

I Will Not Write Unless I Am Swaddled in Furs