The Rehearsal Room is now officially finished for 2014!

With the support of The New Zealand Film Commission and NZ Actors Equity, we were able to host nine Rehearsal Room sessions with a total of 33 directors and 70 actors participating throughout 2014! A huge thank you to our sponsors, fellow guild members and of course to everyone who came along.

DEGNZ would especially like to thank our moderators Miranda Harcourt, Rene Naufahu, Peter Feeney, Phil Darkins, Ian Mune and David McPhail who did a fantastic job facilitating these events.

After much success we are excited to announce that we will be bringing back The Rehearsal Room next year! Keep an eye on our Facebook page for the 2015 programme announcements.


Our last Rehearsal Room event took place in Wellington at the beginning of the month and here’s what participants had to say about it:

“I learnt so much. It was such a joy to have a chance to explore the character and to get such good advice from everyone involved.”

“Lovely relaxed safe atmosphere conducive to great work!”

Best part was “watching the extraordinary work of the other performers and directors on the playback”

“Facilitator was very helpful and having that guidance helped develop the skill set from the directors chair”


Thanks team for a fantastic year!


Last updated on 2 March 2018

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ invites applications for up to 10 DEGNZ members to attend a 2 day Directors Toolkit Workshop run by filmmaker Jason Stutter on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th of November.

Jason is one of our most innovative and prolific filmmakers, having made more than 20 short films and four features, including the highly successful Careful With That… shorts series. Jason is an inspiration for today’s filmmakers.

During his 2 day workshop topics covered will include:

  • Communicating with actors
  • Getting actors to connect
  • Working with dialogue heavy scenes
  • Making the unreal feel real with your cast
  • Creating dynamic camera blocking
  • How to direct action sequences
  • Lens selection for best results

What: Directors Toolkit Worshop with Jason Stutter
Where: Auckland University, Pat Hannan Room, 18 Symonds Street, Level 5, Room 501 (Arts 2, Building 207)
When: Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th November 2015, 9AM – 5PM both days.
Refreshments and Lunch provided. DEGNZ
Cost: FREE for DEGNZ members. Non-Members $100.


Please provide no more than one page that outlines where you are at in your directing career and what benefit you will gain from attending the workshop.

Application Deadline: 5pm Thursday 20 November 2014 to

This event is brought to you through the financial support of the New Zealand Film Commision.

Last updated on 12 November 2014

Last month we were lucky enough to have the team from Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II talk to us about what they look for in a director to make a project go smoothly. The knowledgeable panel consisted of Brendan Durey (SFX), Augie Davis (Stunts), Nick Bassett (Art Director), and Grant Major (Production Designer). The lively discussion was moderated by Jesse Warne whose directing credits include Spartacus, Arrow, True Blood, and The Vampire Diaries.

The team gave a number of valuable insights on topics that ranged from pre-production, budgeting, creative solutions on set, and their overall appreciation for strong leadership in a director.

Thank you to everyone who came along to be a part of this discussion.


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Last updated on 13 February 2018


  1. Notice of AGM

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Directors & Editors Guild of NZ (DEGNZ) will be held 10:0AM to 12:00 Noon on Saturday, 29 October 2016 at The Long Room in the Short Room, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby, Auckland. The DEGNZ Constitution is available here on the DEGNZ website (Resources/Documents).


  1. Call for Remits

I hereby call for remits to be considered by the AGM.

All remits must be signed by the Proposer and a Seconder who are full financial members of the Guild. Remits are to be received at the Guild office either by email to, or to arrive at the DEGNZ office no later than 5pm on Friday 14 October 2016. This is in order for remits to be listed as items of business in the notice of the agenda, which must be sent to all members by Friday, 21 October 2016. The Remit Form is available here on the DEGNZ website (Resources/Documents).


  1. Call for Nominations to the DEGNZ Board

There will be an election in conjunction with the AGM for the positions of President, Treasurer and National Executive Members of the DEGNZ Board. Please ensure your nomination is received at the DEGNZ office by 7 October 2016. This is in order for the membership to be advised of those standing for election by 14 October 2016. Please see the Call for Nominations and Nomination Form here on the DEGNZ website (Resources/Documents).

If you have any questions please contact:

Tui Ruwhiu
Executive Director
Directors & Editors Guild of NZ

Last updated on 7 November 2014