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It’s Time

A couple of days ago on The Spinoff, South Pacific Pictures Managing Director Andrew Szusterman decried the loss of drama Head High from Discovery Three. Lead director and co-lead writer on the show is a DEGANZ member, Tim Worrall. Szusterman…
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The Blank Page

I’ve been writing this blog for the DEGNZ newsletter for close to six years now. There have been a few times when I’ve been stuck for what to write about, but ultimately came through. But from memory there were two or three times when I…
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Time to Move On – Almost

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DEGNZ President Howard Taylor signs off. I am retiring from my role as president of the DEGNZ. Going, but not quite gone. As required by the constitution, I will be continuing as a board member for another year to ensure a smooth transition. I…
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How I Got into the Screen Industry

On Wednesday evening I participated in our online Editors and Assistant Editors Gathering. There were about 35 of us. It was an opportunity to discuss issues that affect editors and assistant editors, and to network. One of the questions…
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Time to Grow Up

Yesterday I was sitting all day on line in the National Affiliates Conference of the Council of Trade Unions. There were three of us from the screen industry. Teachers, nurses, forestry workers, maritime workers, supermarket workers and everybody…
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Hard Work Brings Good Luck

I attended the DEGNZ Rialto Film Talk last night of James Ashcroft’s Coming Home In The Dark. Listening to James talk in the Q & A facilitated by DEGNZ member Hweiling Ow, it was clear to me that not only had James worked incredibly…
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More on RoVE

One of the things we are doing at DEGNZ at the moment in response to the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) that I wrote about two weeks ago, is to map the pathways for directors and editors into the industry. For editors, we have already…
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Educating Rita… Hemi, Raj, Liwei, Carmen and Others for the Screen Industry

The vocational education system for all industries is undergoing massive reform right now. It’s come at a time when the New Zealand screen industry has been suffering from a lack of experienced workers due to the high levels of domestic and…
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Good Riddance to Screenis Horribilis 2021

What a horrible bloody year it’s been for the New Zealand screen industry. Lockdowns interrupting domestic and international production here. Local films having their releases shortened or delayed. The New Zealand International Film Festival…
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TVNZ – RNZ Merger Complicated

What’s happened to the TVNZ – RNZ business case that Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi commissioned to be ready for mid-year, with presentation to Cabinet by the end of 2021? You might have, like I did, missed the article about it in…

Editor Kerri Roggio: How I Got Started in the Industry

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My first job right out of film school was to take over an overnight unpaid assistant editing job on a low budget feature… and I had no idea what I was doing. Film school gave me friends in the same industry, and a good grasp on how to use…
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Looking for a Laugh

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I normally go surfing and garden as my stress release mechanisms. Neither have been of much help with all the rain we are having (I live in the Waitakeres) and the West Coast of Auckland is offering up limited opportunities at this time. Thank…
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It’s Time

A couple of days ago on The Spinoff, South Pacific Pictures Managing Director Andrew Szusterman decried the loss of drama Head High from Discovery Three. Lead director and co-lead writer on the show is a DEGANZ member, Tim Worrall. Szusterman…
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The Blank Page

I’ve been writing this blog for the DEGNZ newsletter for close to six years now. There have been a few times when I’ve been stuck for what to write about, but ultimately came through. But from memory there were two or three times when I…

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.