The Filmmaker as Shooting Director (AKL)

The Filmmaker as Shooting Director (AKL)

Posted Monday 09 Oct 2023

There are many reasons these days why a filmmaker may find themselves shooting their own footage: think Dame Gaylene Preston following Helen Clark at the United Nations, Briar March for Dame Valerie Adams: More Than Gold or Rachel Currie on the TVNZ docuseries Unbreakable.

Come along to this event and join our panel of Dame Gaylene, Briar and Rachel as they discuss the pros and cons of directing as the camera person with broadcast quality in mind. This is an interactive workshop. FUN and instructive!!! Clips will be screened!

About the panelists:

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  documentaries Mothers of the Revolution, There Once Was An Island, A Place To Call Home, Smoke Song, Dame Valerie Adams: More Than Gold. She is currently completing a short drama called I See You.

Dame Gaylene Preston
Dame Gaylene Preston is one of New Zealand's most valued filmmakers, with a screen career spanning four decades. She has writer, director and producer credits covering feature films, documentaries and TV drama series. Many, including War Stories, Bread And Roses, Mr Wrong, and Home By Christmas, are classics of New Zealand cinema. Her documentaries, recognised as taonga - national treasures, include Lovely Rita, Making Utu, Getting To Our Place, (co-directed with Anna Cottrell) Earthquake, and her 2017 documentary My Year With Helen which follows former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark while she is campaigning for the role of UN Secretary-General. 

Rachel Currie
Producer/director Rachel Currie (pictured) is the head of Storymaker, a creative independent production company dedicated to telling great stories through bold ideas. A former journalist, Rachel has been creating unique high-end factual programming for over two decades, including content for broadcasters such as BBC, Channel Four,  ITV and TVNZ. Storymaker’s projects include How Not To Get Cancer, a series of four prime-time documentaries for TVNZ, and Unbreakable, a seven-part series about people with disabilities.

RSVP essential  to

WIFT NZ members FREE; Non-members $20, Students $10, cash at the door; includes wine and nibbles. 

Date: Wednesday 11 Oct 2023
Location: Click Studios, 525 Rosebank Rd, Avondale
Time: 6pm drinks for a 6:30pm start


Upcoming events...

Wednesday 03 Jul 2024

What can VFX and animation offer to live-action filmmakers?

WIFTNZ and DEGANZ have teamed up for this exciting Wellington workshop. Here's your chance to understand the transition from live action to animation or VFX. Demystifying the creative process, the art form and the terminology, this workshop will give you the information you need to expand your vision successfully!

Join for an illuminating evening with this talented group of panelists: Senior Lecturer Lala Rolls, Director Jo Luping, Director Loren Taylor and Director and Technical Artist, Raqi Syed.

  • Are you looking to include animation or VFX into your next project?
  • Do you want to save time and money by learning what you need to know beforehand?
  • Would you like to ask all your questions now, so you can be smart when the times comes?

This is a workshop for directors, producers, the production team, and anyone else who wishes to increase their knowledge!

Date: July 3

Time: 6 pm drinks, 6:30 pm start.

Venue: 129 Park Rd. Miramar.

WIFT NZ and DEGANZ members FREE, non-members $20, students $10, includes wine and nibbles.


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