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What’s The Benefit For Me?

I went to a Screen Industry Guild of Aotearoa New Zealand (SIGANZ) membership drive event last night. And this morning I read a blog post out of the US about the effort to establish an independent producers union. SIGANZ, like DEGANZ and…
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A Sustainable Career

For those of us in the industry we can’t help but be aware of the writers' and actors’ strikes in the US, not only because of the impact it’s having on international productions coming into New Zealand but also because of the issues being…

Editor Te Rurehe Paki: How I Got Started in the Industry

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I've always been a tinkerer. Growing up, I spent most of my time drawing, carving, and making things. I would pick up the tools and teach myself by doing, feeling my way through it. As an editor, it's something I still do to this day. My career…
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Welcome Back!

"It’s bleak out there," I’ve been saying to myself as I look out the office window each day at the weather… for weeks now. And frankly, the New Zealand screen industry at this point in time isn’t much better. The interminable New…
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An Update on SIWA

Over the last two and a half months, we have been having educational evenings on the Screen Industry Workers Act (SIWA) across four sub-sectors: Advertising & Marketing Content Factual & Entertainment Scripted Film - Narrative…

Director Leanne Pooley: How I Got Started in the Industry

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I am a Film School dropout and my slow but steady trajectory from PA to Director/Producer is the classic example of working my way up from the bottom. In the mid-eighties I was studying at one of the best TV/Film Schools in Toronto, Canada;…

Editor Rāhera Herewini-Mulligan: How I Got Started in the Industry

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When I was in primary school, I never knew I was Māori, or should I say I never understood what being Māori was. I always thought I was a little bit darker than a lot of the other kids, but that was ok. I was introduced to te reo Māori and…
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Getting Ready

Here at DEGANZ, we are working through an educational and information campaign as part of our work around the Screen Industry Workers Act (SIWA). One of the things we are asking editors, assistant editors, and directors to do for themselves…
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Set Education

I’ve just come off a Zoom with a bunch of articulate and intelligent students pursuing careers in the screen industry. It prompted me to write about the ongoing work happening around the reform of vocational education that DEGANZ is engaged…

Director Mia Maramara: How I Got Started in the Industry

Looking back, I would say that my life’s theme is, “There are no wasted moments." It’s a lesson I have clung to working in the film industry, where there are all sorts of twisty roads lined with the bloated corpses of dead passion projects…
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What’s The Benefit For Me?

I went to a Screen Industry Guild of Aotearoa New Zealand (SIGANZ) membership drive event last night. And this morning I read a blog post out of the US about the effort to establish an independent producers union. SIGANZ, like DEGANZ and…
View from the Top banner

A Sustainable Career

For those of us in the industry we can’t help but be aware of the writers' and actors’ strikes in the US, not only because of the impact it’s having on international productions coming into New Zealand but also because of the issues being…

Editor Te Rurehe Paki: How I Got Started in the Industry

,
I've always been a tinkerer. Growing up, I spent most of my time drawing, carving, and making things. I would pick up the tools and teach myself by doing, feeling my way through it. As an editor, it's something I still do to this day. My career…
View from the Top banner

Welcome Back!

"It’s bleak out there," I’ve been saying to myself as I look out the office window each day at the weather… for weeks now. And frankly, the New Zealand screen industry at this point in time isn’t much better. The interminable New…

How I Got Started in the Industry

In this guest blog series, our members reflect on how they made their way into assistant editing, editing, and directing—with no two stories the same. They offer advice for those starting out.

Director Wade Shotter: How I Got Started in the Industry

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I was born curious and enjoy figuring out how things work, which is essentially what I still do today as a director. I drew a lot as a kid and wrote and illustrated comics at school. Art was always my focus, so it seemed like a natural progression…

Editor Jai Waite: How I Got Started in the Industry

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Editing - Cutting a Path I’ve been an editor for 17 years – and the majority of that is in the documentary space. For those that don’t know me, I am also a wheelchair user – the result of an accident 22 years ago. That hasn’t burdened…

Director Chantelle Burgoyne: How I Got Started in the Industry

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Growing up in Auckland in the late 80s and 90s, the idea that filmmaking was in my future seemed like an impossible dream. On my mother’s side I come from an Afakasi German-Samoan family that migrated to NZ in 1965 and my father’s side…

Editor Shailesh Prajapati: How I Got Started in the Industry

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Go With The Flow My journey in the film, television, and performing arts industries was unplanned. However, my instincts have worked towards goals and dreams with a "Go with the flow" attitude. One day, I visited a dance academy called Darpana…

Director Ghazaleh Golbakhsh: How I Got Started in the Industry

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My family and I fled Iran for Aotearoa in the late 1980s due to war and an oppressive regime. As a six year old I was yelled at by teachers for not understanding English, so I set about reading and writing as much as I could to learn the language.…

Director Rajneel Singh: How I Got Started in the Industry

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In some ways, the story of how I got into the screen industry really shows my age. While I've wanted to be involved in the film and TV world since age 14, when I snuck into a screening of Oliver Stone's hyper-violent Natural Born Killers…

Director Wade Shotter: How I Got Started in the Industry

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I was born curious and enjoy figuring out how things work, which is essentially what I still do today as a director. I drew a lot as a kid and wrote and illustrated comics at school. Art was always my focus, so it seemed like a natural progression…

Editor Jai Waite: How I Got Started in the Industry

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Editing - Cutting a Path I’ve been an editor for 17 years – and the majority of that is in the documentary space. For those that don’t know me, I am also a wheelchair user – the result of an accident 22 years ago. That hasn’t burdened…

Director Chantelle Burgoyne: How I Got Started in the Industry

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Growing up in Auckland in the late 80s and 90s, the idea that filmmaking was in my future seemed like an impossible dream. On my mother’s side I come from an Afakasi German-Samoan family that migrated to NZ in 1965 and my father’s side…

Editor Shailesh Prajapati: How I Got Started in the Industry

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Go With The Flow My journey in the film, television, and performing arts industries was unplanned. However, my instincts have worked towards goals and dreams with a "Go with the flow" attitude. One day, I visited a dance academy called Darpana…

Director Ghazaleh Golbakhsh: How I Got Started in the Industry

,
My family and I fled Iran for Aotearoa in the late 1980s due to war and an oppressive regime. As a six year old I was yelled at by teachers for not understanding English, so I set about reading and writing as much as I could to learn the language.…

Director Rajneel Singh: How I Got Started in the Industry

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In some ways, the story of how I got into the screen industry really shows my age. While I've wanted to be involved in the film and TV world since age 14, when I snuck into a screening of Oliver Stone's hyper-violent Natural Born Killers…