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Good News!

I had a holiday in November but it seems such an age ago, having arrived back to the turbulence of the New Zealand screen industry. But as we close out 2022, some good news for a change. Avatar: the Way of Water is worth seeing, and it…

Director Chantelle Burgoyne: How I Got Started in the Industry

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Growing up in Auckland in the late 80s and 90s, the idea that filmmaking was in my future seemed like an impossible dream. On my mother’s side I come from an Afakasi German-Samoan family that migrated to NZ in 1965 and my father’s side…

Where To Now?

I’ve been away on holiday for ten days, so have had the opportunity to push anything work-related out of my mind for a time. Arriving back at my desk and engaging in work once more, however, I’m reminded of the considerable challenges…

Editor Shailesh Prajapati: How I Got Started in the Industry

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Go With The Flow My journey in the film, television, and performing arts industries was unplanned. However, my instincts have worked towards goals and dreams with a "Go with the flow" attitude. One day, I visited a dance academy called Darpana…

It’s Finally Here—The Screen Industry Workers Act

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The Governor General recently gave the Royal Assent to the Screen Industry Workers Bill, making it an Act that will come into force on 30 December 2022. I know I’ve said it before, but I am going to say it again: “This is the single…

The Tortoise and the Hare

Select committee oral submissions are underway on the Aotearoa New Zealand Public Media Bill, which will ultimately become the act for the new entity ANZPM, combining TVNZ and RNZ. There were 892 written submissions on the Bill. It was introduced…

3 Language Tips for Directing Intimacy

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So much of directing is communication. What language do I use with actors? What words do I use to communicate my vision to cast and crew? I think it's safe to say that human beings, though, aren't naturally good verbal communicators. We're…

Director Ghazaleh Golbakhsh: How I Got Started in the Industry

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My family and I fled Iran for Aotearoa in the late 1980s due to war and an oppressive regime. As a six year old I was yelled at by teachers for not understanding English, so I set about reading and writing as much as I could to learn the language.…

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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Gonna Be A Big Year

Welcome to 2023. It’s going to be a big one. Why? Because on 30 December 2022, the Screen Industry Workers Act (SIWA) came into force. Under the Act, all new contracts from 31 December 2022 forward in the screen industry must: …

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.

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…

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…