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Pay Rates

1 May 2015 Pay rates continue to be a hot topic here at DEGNZ. It’s understandable as the impact of digital technology continues to drive down pricing in many instances. Just this week I was speaking with a voiceover agency owner…

What Are You Worth?

17 April 2015 On Tuesday evening the DEGNZ board debated the effect that low-budget filmmaking has had on the pay rates of members. When the Escalator low-budget feature film scheme was introduced by the NZFC, it formalised for features…

Being Māori

Tēnā kotou katoa. I have had two very different experiences in the last week that were refreshers on what it is to be Māori in the New Zealand film industry. The first was when I attended the down-home  Māoriland Film Festival in…

The Digital Landscape

20 March 2015 On Tuesday evening I was fortunate to attend the 25th anniversary celebration of New Zealand on Air, hosted by Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams at Parliament. The crowd of 300 or so included many producers whose programmes…

SINZ and Other Confessions

5 March 2015 Faced with a blank page and no hot topic I’m left to update you on some of the recent traffic across my desk. Screen Industry New Zealand (SINZ) got together last week for the first time in over a year. SINZ is an informal…

Where Are The Women?

18 February 2015 Why are there so few female directors making dramatic feature films in New Zealand? It’s a vexing question with no easy answers. A couple of stats drawn from published NZFC data: Of the 28 dramatic features (discounting…

Waitangi Day Te Reo

5 February 2015 We are already into February and Waitangi Day is almost upon us. For those of you unfamiliar with Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi) or wanting to brush up on the detail, here's a good primer on the NZ History website. Waitangi…

Welcome to 2015

22 January 2015 Kia ora! And welcome to 2015 with the Directors & Editors Guild of NZ. This year is shaping up to continue the extremely positive last six months of 2014 with a range of productions happening. We have the MTV…

Support Independent Film in Theatres

Here we are again with New Zealand International Film Festival about to start. The weather’s been relatively atrocious. And digital is still buffeting the film and television worlds, with indie film taking the biggest hit. We’ve had Lightbox,…

A Lot Going On

There’s a lot going on in the NZ screen industry at the moment, so I thought I would touch on a number of subjects. First up is the NZFC’s Ramai Hayward Directors' Scholarship for wahine Māori. A lot has been made of the fact that there…

Online Content – Take 2

It’s rare that I raise the same issue two weeks in a row. But the contracts that online platforms are seeking to put in place—or are with those who either don’t know what they’re signing or don’t care—are so unfair that that the…

Web Series – Opportunities or Rorts?

Ever since Auckland Daze transitioned from online to TV, web series have been seen as an opportunity for young scripted programme makers to get the break they so desperately want and have been effectively shut out of in broadcast in New Zealand. Of…

Just Do It?

I was listening to an interview with British director and editor Ben Wheatley on a podcast the other day. Wheatley in case you don’t know him is considered the new enfant terrible of British film. He started out making videos for YouTube…

Newsflash

I try to stay up to date with what’s happening in the film and TV industry both at home and abroad by reading as many items and articles as I have time for. A few things have caught my attention in recent times that I would like to share with…

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.