Gain insights into the craft of directing in this two-day workshop with experienced director Paul Murphy.

Paul will share his approach to directing narrative drama, drawing on his well-established background in the New Zealand screen industry. He will provide participants with insight into grass roots filmmaking, covering development, pre-production, shooting and post.

The Directors Toolkit aims to establish a professional approach to directing and underline the keys to good work.

Workshop Details:

When:
Saturday 2 April, 9:30am – 5pm
Sunday 3 April, 9:30am – 4pm

Where: Taia Studios, 4 Bay Road, Kilbirnie, Wellington 6022

Cost:
Member – Free
Non-member – $79 (billed upon selection)

Includes tea/coffee and lunch.

Our Payment and Cancellation Policy

About Paul Murphy

Paul grew up amongst the creative chaos of Blerta. His father, Geoff Murphy, and uncle Bruno Lawrence became key role models that guided his future in film. What began with helping out turned into working professionally on films like Goodbye Pork Pie, Carry Me Back and UTU. In the late 80’s he was a key grip for television and feature film, including Lord of the Rings and King Kong.

In 2000, he wrote and directed the short film SOX. He went on to direct on The Tribe and Sensing Murder. His first feature film, NZ Box Office hit Second-Hand Wedding, competed at the Shanghai International Film Festival. It picked up Best Female in a Leading Role and Best Female in a Supporting Role at the 2008 Qantas NZ Film and Television awards.

Paul followed it up with rom-com Love Birds, starring Rhys Darby and Sally Hawkins. It won Best Director of a Foreign Film Audience award at the prestigious Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Festival in China. In 2020, Paul’s third film Lowdown Dirty Criminals was released in cinemas, a crime caper comedy with James Rolleston and Rebecca Gibney.

Having been around actors, artists and musicians his whole life, Paul prides himself on his ability to connect, communicate and create a safe environment for them to produce their best work.

To Apply

Applications Close: Thu 24 March, 1PM

Please complete the application form below and email your CV to tema@deganz.co.nz. Your CV should clearly list your credits and include relevant details, such as year of release, format, festival selection, commissioners and/or platforms where your work has publicly screened.

Places are limited – the Guild will select based on applications. We will email you to confirm.

Red Traffic Light Notes

For the safety of yourself and others:

  • A valid My Vaccine Pass is an entry requirement.
  • Face masks must be worn at the workshop.
  • Seating will allow for 1 metre physical distancing.
  • Please do not attend if you are sick with COVID-19, cold or flu symptoms or have been asked to self-isolate.

Rapid Antigen Testing: We will ask you to take a RAT when you arrive on the first day as an added health and safety measure. Please arrive 20-30 minutes before the start of the workshop to check-in and take your test in the waiting room. Once you return a negative test result, you will be allowed to attend the workshop. If you return a positive test result, you will need to go home to self-isolate and we will organise a refund of your ticket (for non-members).

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