The Director - DoP relationship

Posted Thursday 11 Aug 2022

Continuing in our series examining key relationships for directors, we now bring you this workshop on the Director - Director of Photography relationship in collaboration with DEGANZ.

**WIFT NZ and DEGANZ members are free**

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Our experienced panel will be discussing the following questions:

  • What are the ways a DOP and director can develop a shared visual language that enriches their creativity and the project?
  • How can directors and DOPs maintain a healthy collaborative relationship that lasts beyond one project?
  • What is the best way to deal with director-DOP creative differences?
  • What do directors most want from their DOPs?
  • What do DOPs most want from their directors?


Bayley Broome-Peake
Experienced 1st AC and DOP Bayley Broome-Peake will moderate this discussion. Bayley has worked in the camera department in Australia and New Zealand and her work spans TV commercials, TV series, music videos, webseries, and short film. Her work in New Zealand includes TV series Under The Vines, Sweet Tooth, The Panthers and Mean Mums


  • Paula Whetu Jones (Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Whakatōhea, Ngāti Porou)
    Paula has worked in the New Zealand screen industry for over two decades as a writer, director, researcher and producer. She directed 2003 documentary Gang Girls, a segment of the 2019 anthology film Waru, the 2020 comedy series I Date Rejects, and the 2022 feature film Whina, a biopic on the life of Dame Whina Cooper. 

  • Leon Narbey 
    A New Zealand Arts Laureate, Leon is one of New Zealand's most prolific and lauded cinematographers. His work has earned him national and international awards in recognition of the special artistic sensibility he has applied to the cinematography of many definitive New Zealand films. His talents have contributed to roughly 20 features, including Whale Rider, The Orator, No. 2, One Thousand Ropes, Rain of the Children, and Illustrious Energy which he directed. Leon was DOP on the feature film Whina.

  • Briar March
    Briar March is an award-winning filmmaker and previous Fulbright scholar whose works are grounded in a passionate desire to connect, foster debate, and inspire social change. Her films have been broadcast on major television networks around the world, and are regularly exhibited in film festivals. Her work includes the 2021 documentaries Mothers of the Revolution, There Once Was An Island, A Place To Call Home, Smoke Songs. She is currently in post-production with Dame Valerie Adams: More Than Gold.

  • Mark Lapwood
    Mark Lapwood NZCS ACS has over 25 years’ experience filming tv commercials, music videos, documentaries and feature films around the globe. He’s highly skilled in studio and location shoots, often collaborating in many languages and cultures, with both large and small crews. His feature film work includes More Than Gold: The Valerie Adams Story, Mothers of the Revolution, A Place To Call Home, The Coffin Club. Mark has a particularly strong eye for natural beauty in landscapes, architecture and people. 

The discussion panel will be followed by a Q&A session, so bring your burning questions along with you!

Time: 6:00pm for 6:30pm drinks
Date: Wednesday 31 August
Location: Click Studios, 145 Carrington Rd, Mt Albert, Auckland


WIFT NZ and DEGANZ Members FREE, non-members $15 cash at the door.

Date: Wednesday 31 Aug 2022
Location: Click Studios, 145 Carrington Rd, Mt Albert, Auckland
Time: 6:00pm drinks for a 6:30pm start


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Wednesday 12 Oct 2022

Story Sovereignty & Cultural Safety (AKL)

Having control over one’s stories and the right to determine the direction of these stories is an essential and ongoing korero. 

Some of the topics and questions the panel will explore are:

  • How can our industry centre the voices and concerns of Tangata Whenua, Tangata Moana, pan-Asian and other underserved groups?
  • How can our industry empower these groups in the storytelling space and ensure the protection of cultural, genealogical and spiritual capital?
  • How can we as an industry move beyond token representation onscreen and behind the camera to ensure meaningful collaboration?
  • What does cultural safety mean throughout all levels of the storytelling process?
  • What is Story Sovereignty and is there a collective understanding of what it is?

This is an important and multi-layered conversation which we hope will add to the discourse on Story Sovereignty and Cultural Safety.

Moderator: Marina Alofagia McCartney, Writer, Director, Academic (Samoa, England, Romani) 


Karen Te Ō Kahurangi WaakaPou Whakahaere - Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga New Zealand Film Commission, Producer (Tūwharetoa, Tūhourangi-Ngāti Wahiao, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pūkeko). 
Karen Te O Kahurangi has extensive experience in governance, culture, intellectual property rights, iwi and community organisations as well as active involvement in Māori screen issues. In her current role she is implementing Te Rautaki Māori at the the NZFC, facilitating funding for Māori films and career development for Māori filmmakers. 

Dr. Shuchi Kothari, Writer, Producer, Co-founder Pan Asian Screen Collective, Academic (India).
Dr Shuchi Kothari's prolific output is characterised by the themes of inclusion and exclusion as well as power and privilege. She has written and/or produced several award winning films (Apron StringsFiraaq, Coffee & AllahFleeting Beauty) that have screened at international festivals as diverse as Toronto, Telluride, Venice, Cannes, and Busan. She was also a producer on Kāinga.

Kerry WarkiaProducer, (Papua New Guinean, Scottish). 
Kerry Warkia has been at the forefront of some of New Zealand's most innovative content for both television and the web. Passionate about telling Maori and Pasifika stories, Kerry was a producer on the acclaimed trio of anthology films Waru, Vai, and the latest Kāinga which centres on Pan-Asian stories, and which she co-produced with Dr Shuchi Kothari. 



Date: Wednesday 12 October
Time: 6:00pm drinks for a 6:30pm start
Location: Click Studios, 525 Rosebank Rd, Avondale Auckland

WIFT members FREE; non-members $15 cash. Includes a drink and nibbles.
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Wednesday 26 Oct 2022

In Conversation with Rachel Lang (WTN)

Come and learn from one of New Zealand's best screenwriters, showrunners and executive producers at this Wellington workshop. 

Rachel Lang MNZM, has co-created many of New Zealand's most successful television shows: Outrageous Fortune, The Almighty Johnsons, Mercy Peak, Nothing Trivial, Go Girls, Bad Mothers, and many more. She was the first New Zealand story editor, a writer and an executive producer for Shortland Street

Rachel will discuss writing and showrunning with producer and line producer Michelle Turner, and if her August workshop in Christchurch is anything to go by, you will not want to miss this one! 

Facilitator: Michelle Turner
As a producer and line producer, Michelle has worked in feature films, short films, television and documentaries including Stickmen, Bollywood Queen, Children of the Migration, Under the Vines, Dox, Wellington Paranormal.

The discussion will cover the following topics:

· What a showrunner does;

· How you get to be a showrunner;

· How Covid has changed the practicalities of writing for television;

· What the ingredients for a successful writers room are;

· Tips for creating ideas and how to market them.

Bring your questions and Rachel will do her best to answer them! 

WIFT members free; non members $15 cash; includes drinks and nibbles.

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Programme is brought to you with generous support from the NZ Film Commission and Foundation North.