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Directors Toolkit with Danny Mulheron – Auckland

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Danny Mulheron in Wellington

Call for applications. The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ presents a two-day practical guide for emerging directors to be held in Auckland on 15-16 September.

New Zealand director Danny Mulheron will draw on his extensive experience to deliver this interactive and informative workshop, which ran in Wellington last year.

Day One topics will include:

  • The Director and the Script, Or: God I’m bored, why?
  • Text, Subtext and Context, Or: “Help, I’m struggling for depth?”
  • Observing Human Behaviour and Emotions, Or: On preferring what you don’t want…and recognising it.
  • The #1 Secret of the Actor/Director Relationship, Or: Don’t fall in love with them…too much?
  • Tools of the Director, Or: How to keep out of the way. It’s what you don’t do that counts.

Day Two will guide participants on working with actors, script reads, rehearsing, shooting and blocking through the use of demonstration and class exercises.

Lunch and refreshments provided.

About Danny Mulheron

Danny MulheronSince his graduation from the New Zealand Drama School in 1983, Danny has become an experienced director, writer and actor in all mediums – stage, screen and television. He is known as an ‘actor’s director’ due to his particular strength in directing actors and getting extraordinary performances.

Danny has directed award-winning television dramas, feature-length documentaries and smash hit theatre productions. The most recent work aired in NZ was Why does love?, a rock and roll movie about Kiwi rock band The Dance Exponents. Prior to that he directed all six episodes of the Hillary TV series for TVNZ. Other TV movies include The Kick, Rage and EruptionFresh Meat was a lesbian cannibal grind house movie for the Gibson Group, which made it to the NYC Tribeca Film Festival.​

He is currently in pre-production for Runaway Millionaires a TV movie for TVNZ and then moves immediately into Jonah. This is a 2 x 90 minutes TV drama for TV3, the story of Jonah Lomu. As a writer, he has two other screenplays in early development.

When:
Saturday 15 September,  9am – 5pm
Sunday 16 September, 9am – 4pm

Where: MTG RM, 2 Kingsland Terrace, Kingsland, Auckland

A travel allowance may be available for some DEGNZ members travelling from out of Auckland.

Cost: DEGNZ members – Free, Non-members – $100

To Apply

Application Deadline: 3PM, Wednesday 5 September

STEP 1: Submit the form below.

STEP 2: After Step 1, you will be redirected to the File Upload page. Upload your application file(s). Submit before the deadline:

  • your CV/filmography with links to samples of your work
  • a maximum one-page letter on why you would like to participate

Late 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.

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Applications Open: Directors Toolkit with Jason Stutter – Bay of Plenty

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Director Jason Stutter

Directors Toolkit

Award-winning director Jason Stutter leads this two-day workshop, offering a practical guide to directing for emerging directors. 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.

Lunch and refreshments provided.

About Jason Stutter

Jason StutterJason 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, 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 8 September, 9am – 5pm
Sun 9 September, 9am – 4pm

Where: Ignition Coworking Space, 29 Grey Street, Tauranga

Cost: DEGNZ members – Free, Non-members – $100 (payable upon successful application)

Class: 20 max

Event Cancellation: We regret to inform everyone that this workshop has been cancelled at this time due to insufficient numbers. DEGNZ sincerely apologises for any inconveniences to applicants or those wishing to apply. We hope to offer this Directors Toolkit in 2019. 

 

This workshop is brought to you by the Directors & Editors Guild of NZ and Bay of Plenty Film.

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TOTS Directors Toolkit with Chris Dudman – Nelson

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Director Chris Dudman

Up-skill with this two-day practical guide to the directing process.

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ and Top of the South Film Production Society (TOTS) presents the second of two Top of the South Island Directors Toolkits with New Zealand director Chris Dudman.

This workshop will take place in Nelson.

About Chris Dudman

Chris’ career has involved writing and directing short films, commercials, feature and series documentary and series TV drama. He directed short film successes THE GRAFITTI OF MR TUPAIA and CHOICE NIGHT, and later co-wrote and directed HARRY, the gritty crime drama series starring Oscar Kightley and Sam Neill. He wrote and directed THE DAY THAT CHANGED MY LIFE, the multi-award winning documentary about Christchurch’s devastating earthquake. He most recently directed two standalone episodes of James Patterson’s true crime anthology series MURDER IS FOREVER for U.S. company Stephen David Entertainment. Chris was also a longtime partner of and director at Auckland TV commercials company Robber’s Dog.

Directors Tookit

Chris will explore the directing process from his own personal experience on a variety of directing assignments from commercials to long-form documentary, from short film to dramatic television series. He will discuss the way he prepares (analyses scripts, casts, rehearses actors, storyboards), the way he directs actors and camera, and the way he works with editors and composers during post-production.

Taking a warts and all approach, he will use highlights and low-points as examples showing how he adapts this process to the various forms of the work he’s directing. In doing so he’ll touch on the differences between being a gun for hire and working on projects he’s instigated, on collaboration and compromise, on the director/producer relationship, on making decisions under pressure, avoiding pitfalls, the role of chance and luck…

His intention is to create a dialogue in the workshop – about process and what is really involved in directing as a career…

And, most importantly, why it has been worth it.

When:
Sat 4 August, 9am – 5pm
Sun 5 August, 9am – 4pm

Where: Nelson campus, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT), 75 Nile Street, Nelson

Cost: Free
Class: 20 max.

Registration

Register by Thursday 26 July, 4PM. Priority for Nelson will be given to Nelson TOTS Film Production Society members, as a result, Marlborough TOTS Film Production Society members may be placed on a waitlist.

TOTS members: Fill in the form below and DEGNZ will contact you to confirm your place.

DEGNZ members: If you would like to attend, please email admin@degnz.co.nz to be placed on the waitlist.

These workshops are closed to TOTS and DEGNZ members only.

 

This event is brought to you by the Directors & Editors Guild of NZ and Top of the South Film Production Society, and made possible thanks to the New Zealand Film Commission.

Top of the South SocietyNZFC

 

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TOTS Directors Toolkit with Chris Dudman – Blenheim

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Director Chris Dudman

Up-skill with this two-day practical guide to the directing process. 

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ and Top of the South Film Production Society (TOTS) presents the first of two Top of the South Island Directors Toolkits with New Zealand director Chris Dudman.

This workshop will take place in Blenheim, with a second in Nelson scheduled for early August.

About Chris Dudman

Chris’ career has involved writing and directing short films, commercials, feature and series documentary and series TV drama. He directed short film successes THE GRAFITTI OF MR TUPAIA and CHOICE NIGHT, and later co-wrote and directed HARRY, the gritty crime drama series starring Oscar Kightley and Sam Neill. He wrote and directed THE DAY THAT CHANGED MY LIFE, the multi-award winning documentary about Christchurch’s devastating earthquake. He most recently directed two standalone episodes of James Patterson’s true crime anthology series MURDER IS FOREVER for U.S. company Stephen David Entertainment. Chris was also a longtime partner of and director at Auckland TV commercials company Robber’s Dog.

Directors Tookit

Chris will explore the directing process from his own personal experience on a variety of directing assignments from commercials to long-form documentary, from short film to dramatic television series. He will discuss the way he prepares (analyses scripts, casts, rehearses actors, storyboards), the way he directs actors and camera, and the way he works with editors and composers during post-production.

Taking a warts and all approach, he will use highlights and low-points as examples showing how he adapts this process to the various forms of the work he’s directing. In doing so he’ll touch on the differences between being a gun for hire and working on projects he’s instigated, on collaboration and compromise, on the director/producer relationship, on making decisions under pressure, avoiding pitfalls, the role of chance and luck…

His intention is to create a dialogue in the workshop – about process and what is really involved in directing as a career…

And, most importantly, why it has been worth it.

When:
Sat 23 June, 9am – 5pm
Sun 24 June 9am – 4pm

Where: Marlborough campus, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT), 85 Budge Street, Blenheim

Cost: Free
Class: 20 max

Blenheim Registration

Register by Wednesday 13 June, 4PM. Priority for Blenheim will be given to Marlborough TOTS Film Production Society members, as a result, Nelson TOTS Film Production Society members may be placed on a waitlist (Nelson members will be given priority for the Nelson workshop).

TOTS members: Fill in the form below and DEGNZ will contact you to confirm your place.
DEGNZ members: If you would like to attend, please email admin@degnz.co.nz to be placed on the waitlist.

These workshops are closed to TOTS and DEGNZ members only.

 

This event is brought to you by the Directors & Editors Guild of NZ and Top of the South Film Production Society, and made possible thanks to the New Zealand Film Commission.

Top of the South Society    NZFC

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Directors Get Practical with Danny Mulheron

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It was a great pleasure to have director Danny Mulheron lead our latest Directing Toolkit based in Wellington. The 2-day workshop was a fantastic yet intensive experience. On the Saturday, Danny gave an in depth directing seminar, while Sunday was devoted to giving participating directors the opportunity to learn through demonstration and hands-on group work. A big thanks to Danny and the directors and actors who were involved.