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How do you work with children to get great performances?
This May, the Directors and Editors Guild of Aotearoa New Zealand is offering training on directing children with sought-after acting coach Miranda Harcourt. Directors can apply for the day-long workshop in Auckland on May 7 or tune in to a 2-hour Zoom seminar on May 11, on a Wednesday night.
From her years of experience working as an actor, acting coach and director, Miranda Harcourt has developed quick, simple tools to get child actors where they need to be. On May 7, participants will spend a full-day with Miranda learning approaches, tools and exercises that will help you to help your child actors give their best.
We will also have a few young actors helping us out at the workshop and two directors will have the opportunity to rehearse a scene.
When: Saturday 7 May 2022, 9:30am – 5pm
Where: The Community of Saint Luke, 130 Remuera Road, Remuera, Auckland 1050
Travel support is available for Full members of DEGANZ.
Applications close: Wednesday 27 April, 10AM. More info >
In this online seminar, Miranda Harcourt will discuss some of her successful tools for working with child actors.
Directors will see case studies that will help you implement these tools in auditions, rehearsals and sets. This will be an insightful session answering your burning questions on how to direct children well.
When: Wednesday 11 May 2022, 7pm – 9pm NZST
Where: Zoom Meetings
Registration essential. More info >
Made possible with the financial support of the New Zealand Film Commission.
The online sessions of Rehearsal & Performance give screen directors and actors the chance to meet, practise and gain confidence rehearsing by video call in a safe and supportive space. We will focus particularly on how to sustain connection and engagement online.
Similar to the in-person sessions, all participants will spend time in Breakouts of one director and two actors. Groups will rehearse the same scene and perform them later for the class.
About Alison Bruce
Alison has worked in the theatre and screen industry for nearly 40 years. She’s primarily an actor, but is also a tutor and a maker. She has worked with Massive Theatre making work on Zoom during the lockdowns and, last year, co-directed a production of Julie Hill’s Stories Told to Me By Girls on Zoom. Her screen credits include Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog, One Lane Bridge and The Gulf.
Selected directors and actors will be expected to do some script prep beforehand. We recommend actors are off-book. DEGANZ will provide the scene at least one week in advance.
When: Sunday 10 April, 9am – 12pm
Where: Zoom Meetings
DEGANZ / Equity NZ / Ngā Aho Whakaari members – Free
Non-member – $49 (billed upon selection)
Register your interest
Registrations close Friday 1 April, 10AM
Spots are limited to four directors and eight actors. If your name is selected, DEGANZ will contact you directly to confirm your participation.
Suitable for film school graduates (or equivalent) to mid-career directors.
Made possible with the financial support of the New Zealand Film Commission
Gain insights into the craft of directing in this two-day workshop with experienced director Paul Murphy.
Paul will share his approach to directing narrative drama, drawing on his well-established background in the New Zealand screen industry. He will provide participants with insight into grass roots filmmaking, covering development, pre-production, shooting and post.
The Directors Toolkit aims to establish a professional approach to directing and underline the keys to good work.
Saturday 2 April, 9:30am – 5pm
Sunday 3 April, 9:30am – 4pm
Where: Taia Studios, 4 Bay Road, Kilbirnie, Wellington 6022
Member – Free
Non-member – $79 (billed upon selection)
Includes tea/coffee and lunch.
About Paul Murphy
Paul grew up amongst the creative chaos of Blerta. His father, Geoff Murphy, and uncle Bruno Lawrence became key role models that guided his future in film. What began with helping out turned into working professionally on films like Goodbye Pork Pie, Carry Me Back and UTU. In the late 80’s he was a key grip for television and feature film, including Lord of the Rings and King Kong.
In 2000, he wrote and directed the short film SOX. He went on to direct on The Tribe and Sensing Murder. His first feature film, NZ Box Office hit Second-Hand Wedding, competed at the Shanghai International Film Festival. It picked up Best Female in a Leading Role and Best Female in a Supporting Role at the 2008 Qantas NZ Film and Television awards.
Paul followed it up with rom-com Love Birds, starring Rhys Darby and Sally Hawkins. It won Best Director of a Foreign Film Audience award at the prestigious Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Festival in China. In 2020, Paul’s third film Lowdown Dirty Criminals was released in cinemas, a crime caper comedy with James Rolleston and Rebecca Gibney.
Having been around actors, artists and musicians his whole life, Paul prides himself on his ability to connect, communicate and create a safe environment for them to produce their best work.
Applications Close: Thu 24 March, 1PM
Please complete the application form below and email your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your CV should clearly list your credits and include relevant details, such as year of release, format, festival selection, commissioners and/or platforms where your work has publicly screened.
Places are limited – the Guild will select based on applications. We will email you to confirm.
Red Traffic Light Notes
For the safety of yourself and others:
- A valid My Vaccine Pass is an entry requirement.
- Face masks must be worn at the workshop.
- Seating will allow for 1 metre physical distancing.
- Please do not attend if you are sick with COVID-19, cold or flu symptoms or have been asked to self-isolate.
Rapid Antigen Testing: We will ask you to take a RAT when you arrive on the first day as an added health and safety measure. Please arrive 20-30 minutes before the start of the workshop to check-in and take your test in the waiting room. Once you return a negative test result, you will be allowed to attend the workshop. If you return a positive test result, you will need to go home to self-isolate and we will organise a refund of your ticket (for non-members).
Made possible with the financial support of the New Zealand Film Commission
Postponed until Alert Level 1 – Registrations and applications will reopen once we have a new date. We will hold onto all completed applications in the meantime. Thanks for your understanding.
Learn best practices for directing on-screen intimacy with Tandi Wright.
DEGNZ welcomes directors to join us for a one-day Auckland workshop, taught by actor and intimacy coordinator Tandi Wright. We will discuss and work with actors on developing scenes involving intimacy, using a process developed by UK intimacy coordinator Ita O’Brien, and Equity NZ’s Intimacy Guidelines for Stage and Screen.
There are four places for directors to participate and additional places for directors to observe.
Please note: this workshop is R18 and there will be no nudity in the workshop.
About Tandi Wright
With over 25 years of experience, Tandi is one of Aotearoa’s best-known actors. She has worked in the US, Australia and NZ and has been nominated for numerous awards.
Tandi is also a trained intimacy coordinator under the mentorship of Ita O’Brien of Intimacy On Set, who has pioneered this work internationally. Tandi has now served as intimacy coordinator on numerous and wide-ranging screen projects – from major studio productions (Netflix, Amazon, A24) to mid-range NZ features (Nude Tuesday, Juniper, The Justice of Bunny King, Punch), to low-budget student films.
Tandi is Vice-President of Equity New Zealand, the performers’ union, and is a founding board member of NZ Actors Benevolent Fund. She is co-author of the Intimacy Guidelines for Stage and Screen in NZ, which were released nationwide in 2020.
When: Sunday 12 September, 9am – 5pm
Where: MTG RM, 2 Kingsland Terrace, Kingsland, Auckland
DEGNZ member – Free
Non-member earlybird until August 18 – $80
Non-member standard – $95
Lunch and refreshments included
Register below to take part either as a participant director or as an observer.
During the class, the four selected participant directors will take turns directing pairs of actors on an intimate scene under Tandi’s guidance. Upon selection, participants may submit a short, intimate scene for two characters – either with or without dialogue – for consideration ahead of the workshop. We can also provide scene options if preferred.
Eligibility to apply as a Participant Director:
- You must have experience directing actors for screen.
- Priority will be given to those who are actively engaged in directing or preparing to direct narrative drama, especially if you are dealing with scenes with intimate content.
Registration Closes: Tuesday 7 September, 1PM
Deadline for Participant Applications: Friday 27 August, 1PM
To apply as a Participant Director, complete the online registration form below and email your supporting documents to email@example.com:
- a CV/bio with filmography
- a brief letter summarising why you would like to participate as a director, what you hope to gain from the workshop, and any experience directing intimacy (not a requirement for selection).
If you apply as a participant director and are unsuccessful, we will offer you a place to observe.
Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
This initiative is brought to you with the generous support of the New Zealand Film Commission.