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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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Big Days

This week sees the marking of two significant days on the annual calendar: World Intellectual Property Day and World Day for Safety and Health at Work. Two things close to the heart of DEGANZ. Copyright is an expression of Intellectual Property.…
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The Interminable Wait Is Nearly Over

It was close to a year that the NZ Film Commission was without a permanent CEO. That was resolved when Head of Sky Originals Annie Murray was announced as the new CEO, replacing David Strong. The response from the industry has been overwhelmingly…

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…
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The Indigenous Voice

I was fortunate to attend the Māoriland Film Festival on its 10th anniversary yesterday. There were around 200 of us there for the powhiri, including indigenous filmmakers from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands,…
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What An Annus Of A Time It’s Been So Far

If Queen Elisabeth were still alive, she’d be telling us what an annus of a time it’s been so far for Aotearoa New Zealand. Our thoughts at DEGANZ go out to those of our members and all others impacted by the weather events we have experienced…

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…
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2023 – What A Year! (And it’s only Feb.)

Our thoughts go out to everyone adversely affected by the recent weather. We have emailed all members with information that we hope will prove helpful if you are suffering from damage to your home or rental property, or you need assistance.…
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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…

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.

Editor Brendon Chan: How I Got Started in the Industry

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I originally studied cinematography at film school and ended up getting work in the lighting department for about four years on TV commercials, TV drama and films. I'm a fairly quiet person and had romantic notions of being quiet, cowering behind…

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…

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…

Editor Brendon Chan: How I Got Started in the Industry

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I originally studied cinematography at film school and ended up getting work in the lighting department for about four years on TV commercials, TV drama and films. I'm a fairly quiet person and had romantic notions of being quiet, cowering behind…

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…

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…