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2014 With DEGNZ

19 December 2014 DEGNZ has had another fantastic year. Thanks to all of you for continuing to support us and the NZ film industry. Across 2014 we have rolled out our new brand and website, and seen the implementation of a fantastic new professional…

Members Address

15 Oct 2014 I have arrived at DEGNZ at a time of significant change for the screen industry. Digital’s impact on the broadcasting and film landscape is immense. There are new opportunities for content makers online. Exhibitors are coming…

Down Tools?

I was considering what to write about this week when an email came in announcing a possible strike by the Writers Guild of America (WGA). It was 2007 when the WGA last went out on strike. It lasted for 100 days. They were finally able to…

The Slap… Not Just An Aussie Drama Series

While the Australian screen industry is different from ours, there are sufficient similarities to warrant us keeping a close eye on what happens across the Tasman. The uproar that occurred when Freemantle Media hired a Canadian female director…

Doing the Berlinale

I was extremely fortunate to be invited to the Berlin International Film Festival by the German Federal Government last month. I participated in an information tour of the Berlinale together with 25 other guests from around the world, made up…

Shakeup In the Digital World

I was privy to a recent seminar from Italy-based independent consultant Linda Beath on the shakeup in the digital world and thought I would pass along to you a number of (substantiated) facts that she presented, and some of my opinion. Internet…

Time to Change It Up

Kia ora and welcome to 2017! I hope that you all had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year’s holiday period, whether you were working or relaxing. Next week I am going to be talking with my counterparts at the Australian Directors Guild…

Been There, Done That

As 2016 draws to a close it's time to look back and prepare for 2017. First item on the agenda is my editorial of two weeks ago titled ‘It’s Up To You (Unfortunately)’. Some people mistook this to mean that the guild won’t go into…

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.