TOTS Directors Toolkit with Chris Dudman – Nelson

Director Chris Dudman

Up-skill with this two-day practical guide to the directing process.

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ and Top of the South Film Production Society (TOTS) presents the second of two Top of the South Island Directors Toolkits with New Zealand director Chris Dudman.

This workshop will take place in Nelson.

About Chris Dudman

Chris’ career has involved writing and directing short films, commercials, feature and series documentary and series TV drama. He directed short film successes THE GRAFITTI OF MR TUPAIA and CHOICE NIGHT, and later co-wrote and directed HARRY, the gritty crime drama series starring Oscar Kightley and Sam Neill. He wrote and directed THE DAY THAT CHANGED MY LIFE, the multi-award winning documentary about Christchurch’s devastating earthquake. He most recently directed two standalone episodes of James Patterson’s true crime anthology series MURDER IS FOREVER for U.S. company Stephen David Entertainment. Chris was also a longtime partner of and director at Auckland TV commercials company Robber’s Dog.

Directors Tookit

Chris will explore the directing process from his own personal experience on a variety of directing assignments from commercials to long-form documentary, from short film to dramatic television series. He will discuss the way he prepares (analyses scripts, casts, rehearses actors, storyboards), the way he directs actors and camera, and the way he works with editors and composers during post-production.

Taking a warts and all approach, he will use highlights and low-points as examples showing how he adapts this process to the various forms of the work he’s directing. In doing so he’ll touch on the differences between being a gun for hire and working on projects he’s instigated, on collaboration and compromise, on the director/producer relationship, on making decisions under pressure, avoiding pitfalls, the role of chance and luck…

His intention is to create a dialogue in the workshop – about process and what is really involved in directing as a career…

And, most importantly, why it has been worth it.

Sat 4 August, 9am – 5pm
Sun 5 August, 9am – 4pm

Where: Nelson campus, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT), 75 Nile Street, Nelson

Cost: Free
Class: 20 max.


Register by Thursday 26 July, 4PM. Priority for Nelson will be given to Nelson TOTS Film Production Society members, as a result, Marlborough TOTS Film Production Society members may be placed on a waitlist.

TOTS members: Fill in the form below and DEGNZ will contact you to confirm your place.

DEGNZ members: If you would like to attend, please email to be placed on the waitlist.

These workshops are closed to TOTS and DEGNZ members only.


This event is brought to you by the Directors & Editors Guild of NZ and Top of the South Film Production Society, and made possible thanks to the New Zealand Film Commission.

Top of the South SocietyNZFC



Last updated on 4 July 2018