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DEGNZ Workflow Best Practice Guide for Editors & Producers

DEGNZ has collaborated with industry to produce the DEGNZ Workflow Best Practice Guide for Editors and Producers.

This online resource, available on the DEGNZ website under Resources, covers the full production Workflow, from before budgeting and seeking funding, through pre-production to DCP delivery.

Once you have a script, where you want to finish up is where you start.

Both Avid and Premiere Pro are covered.

The online resource includes examples, downloadable templates, timeline charts, screenshots, a glossary, useful contacts and some of the main post house Handover Specifications.

The development of the DEGNZ Workflow Best Practice Guide was spearheaded by renowned editor and DEGNZ board member Annie Collins over the last 18 months. It is intended to amalgamate in one place all the information necessary for editors and producers to ensure a trouble-free post phase for your production.

This living resource, which will be updated as information changes, benefits from the contribution of highly experienced editors, post production houses, audio engineers, visual effects supervisors and many others from throughout the New Zealand screen industry.

We encourage you to use and share this resource freely.

 

Howard Taylor
President
Directors & Editors Guild of NZ

The Assistant Editor is the heart and engine of Editorial. They coordinate with all other production departments and post houses, and set workflow systems in place that will keep the production running smoothly from the very beginning to the final delivery. Experienced assistants are worth their weight in gold. An Editor working alone without adequate knowledge of technical workflow requirements may become an expensive liability by the end of post.


Call for Applications

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ is pleased to present the Assistant & Solo Editors Course in 2020, a comprehensive course of 4 workshops covering the technical knowledge and skills needed to run all aspects of Editorial through the complete workflow, from pre-production to delivery. The Guild welcomes applications for this course to be held on consecutive Sundays from September 13 to October 4.

The workshops are specifically designed for emerging assistant editors (with at least two productions they’ve assisted or cut), and solo editors working without an assistant (any number of productions) who wish to move into more complex productions. Both drama and documentary (containing archival) will be covered.

The workshops will deal both with key skills considered minimum requirements for setting up a well functioning Editorial – setting up projects, ingesting and full preparation for the editor – and with more advanced skills – setting up systems, workflow meetings, departmental interfacing, VFX, trouble-free handovers and troubleshooting issues when they arise.

These are hands-on workshops moving right through a project workflow, each day of the workshop builds on the skills of the previous day(s) in a cumulative layering of knowledge and skills. Prospective participants will need to commit to the full course.

Up to 14 participants will be selected.

Course Requirements

Both Avid and Premiere practitioners are invited, however, please be aware that the bulk of the workshops will be carried out on Avid Ultimate with some sessions dedicated to Premiere. You will need:

  • a working knowledge of Avid – this is not an Avid tutorial nor a beginners entry course into the industry.
  • Premiere practitioners will also need an Adobe ID to access Premiere on the South Seas system.

Workshop Details

Price: Course offered at discounted rates due to the COVID-19 pandemic (normal non-member price – $360)

DEGNZ Full member – Free
DEGNZ Associate/Student member – $100
Non-member – $200

Lunch and tea/coffee provided

When: Sundays from 9:30am – 4:30pm

13 September
20 September
27 September
4 October

Where: South Seas Film and Television School, 75 Ellice Rd, Glenfield, Auckland

Travel allowances are available – see below.

Our Tutors

Dan Best

DAN BEST has 25 years experience in Film and Television. He spent 14 years working as an Editor, Director and Producer for Television. The last 13 years have been spent working in film as a Post Production Supervisor, Editor, Assistant and VFX Editor, including 1st Assistant Editor on Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, and more recently as 1st Assistant / VFX Editor on Mortal Engines and Post Production Supervisor on They Shall Not Grow Old. He is currently engaged as VFX Editor on The Lord of the Rings television series. Dan is highly valued as a very experienced Editorial Manager and with these huge and varied productions behind him there is little he has not handled in his career to date.

Dione Chard

DIONE CHARD has worked as an assistant editor and editor in both New Zealand and Canada over the past 12 years. She cut her first feature film Stray in 2017 and more recently she’s cut All or Nothing: A Season with the All Blacks for Amazon and Vai with Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions. As an assistant she’s worked on many varied productions from ABC’s Legend of the Seeker to Disney sitcom Mr Young, telefeature Jean and the STARZ series Ash vs Evil Dead.

Supporting Tutors

ANNIE COLLINS – Editor since 1975
ANU WEBSTER – VFX Editor & First Assistant Editor since 2008
BEN SINCLAIR – Sound Designer & Composer since 2000
DAN KIRCHER – Editor since 2008 (Adobe Premiere)
TRISTAN SIMPSON – Conform DMC Supervisor & DCP Specialist since 2008

Questions?

If selected to attend, DEGNZ Full members may apply for financial assistance of up to $1000 incl. GST towards their travel costs, equivalent to up to $250 per workshop.

  • DEGNZ has up to 3 travel allowances available for this course.
  • Applicants must live in New Zealand outside the Auckland region.

For further information and criteria, see here.

Yes, you can still apply if you participated in either/both of the Assistant Editors – Mandatory Skills Workshop or the Assistant Editors – Advanced Skills Workshop.

However, you will need to include in your letter why you think you would benefit from doing this course. The Assistant & Solo Editors Workshops is a revised format, covering most of what was taught in these two earlier workshops.

If you have further questions, please contact us.

To Apply

Application Deadline: 9AM, Wednesday 26 August

STEP 1: Complete the application form below.

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

  • your CV (with filmography)
  • a brief, maximum 1-page letter that tells us why you would like to participate and what you hope to gain from the workshop.

Late or incomplete 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.

NZFC

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.

SPADA Post Workflow Worshops

SPADA, in association with DEGNZ, presents a day-long workshop introducing the concepts and processes of the post-production workflow.

Delivered by Editor Annie Collins and Producer Catherine Fitzgerald, this workshop will give an overview of the entire post-production process including budgeting, what needs to be covered in the technical workflow, when it’s covered, and with whom, VFX, post-sound, and scheduling from commencement of post-production through to output of deliverables.

Participants will gain an understanding of the different roles and people involved, and an awareness of how to manage and schedule a professional post-production workflow.

This workshop is ideal for emerging filmmakers, aimed at producers and directors with a project or two under their belt who are looking to progress their post-production knowledge and practices. Editors are also welcome to attend, and if you know a producer or director who could benefit, give them a nudge!

Workshop Details

Wellington
Mon 16 September, 10am – 4:30pm
Random Group, 43 Hanson Street, Mount Cook, Wellington

Wellington – Book Now

Auckland
Tue 17 September, 10am – 4:30pm
Department of Post, 19 Newton Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland

Auckland – Book Now

Price:
SPADA / DEGNZ members – $45 + GST
Non-members – $85 + GST
(Tea, coffee and lunch provided)

Contact comms@spada.co.nz if you have any questions.