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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…

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.