International studies have shown that supporting emerging talent is a more effective way of improving diversity and sustaining the industry long-term than a top-down approach. Auckland’s Department of Post is committed to supporting New Zealand’s Screen Production industry, and have demonstrated this by introducing a number of unique initiatives targeted at bridging the gap between entry-level and established professionals in the community.
Inspired by the widely celebrated model of the PDAP programme by Blue Collar Post Collective, which provides financial assistance to low-income professionals, specifically giving them equal opportunities to attend important industry events, conferences and trade shows in the USA, Department of Post has committed to opening doors to local industry events. As a local business supporting organizations by sponsorship, DOP is reserving tickets to major sponsored events for donation to Next-Generation professionals.
“Traditionally, corporate sponsors invite key clients to major industry events as their guests,” says Department of Post Head of Operations, Katie Hinsen. “I’m taking up the challenge to honour the kaupapa of supporting our industry, by proving with more than words that we truly value New Zealand’s creative talent at every level, not just those who have already made it to the top.”
Department of Post supports a growing number of tertiary programmes, offers accessible services to emerging filmmakers and low-budget productions, and provides resources to community organizations across the screen sector. They are well-known for being generous with their expertise, empowering Producers and filmmakers to confidently make technical decisions, and ensuring that productions of every level and budget have equal access to the best talent and technology the world has to offer.
This weekend they will be represented at Script to Screen’s Big Screen Symposium by their younger members of staff. At the exclusive New Zealand Cinematographers Society NZCS Awards Gala, Department of Post will be joined by Documentary Camera Operator Sophie Musgrove, and Focus Puller / AC Kelly Chen. Musgrove and Chen were nominated by the Screen Production community as “rising stars” who would benefit from the opportunity to mingle with celebrated Cinematographers.
For more information, check out departmentofpost.com
Top image: Department of Post Colourist James Gardiner teaching students Colour Grading and HDR