Irish Film & Television Academy

Irish Film & Television Academy www.ifta.ie

The Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) is an all-Ireland non-profit organisation (Est. in 2003) to stimulate original and creative production work, and to encourage excellence through Recognition, Education and leadership in film and television.  The Academy has over 1000 Members with 14 Chapters of Discipline (including Acting, Writing, Directing, Producing)  and inspires and encourages its Members through its annual programme of 30+ Educational & Learning Events year round (Masterclasses, In Conversation With, Panel Discussions, Lectures, Tributes) along with the annual Irish Film & Television Awards Ceremony which provides a platform to showcase Irish achievements at home and abroad. The Academy also founded theJohn Ford Ireland – Film Symposium, www.johnfordireland.org  a three day celebration, welcoming Irish and International filmmakers to vibrant contemporary discussions & events in Dublin, acknowledging the continued influence of world-renowned Irish American filmmaker, John Ford.

WEBSITE LAUNCH

We are delighted to launch our new look Screen Training Ireland website and corporate identity. The website will feature details of all upcoming training opportunities across the three main training areas: Creativity and Creative Collaboration, Production and Technical, and Business and Enterprise. In addition there will be detailed information on the Bursary Award Scheme, International Training Programmes supported by Screen Training Ireland, and the Creative Europe/IFB-funded Screen Leaders and VFX: Script to Screen Programmes.

Screen Training Ireland has developed a new resources section for the website which includes an industry blog, information on traineeships, stakeholders, funding bodies, guilds and other training resources. We hope to develop this section of the website over the coming months and would welcome suggestions. Please email info@screentrainingireland.ie.

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TRAINING HIGHLIGHTS 2014

Screen Training Ireland delivered a wide range of programmes across the three key training areas in 2014: Creativity and Creative Collaboration, Production and Technical, and Business and Enterprise. In addition, Screen Training Ireland supported individuals to attend key European training programmes through the Bursary Award Scheme.

Creativity and Creative Collaboration

In the Creative area, highlights included the Bobette Buster course “The Art and Process of Cinematic Storytelling”, in which Bobette analyses classic films, explores the craft of cinematic storytelling, and presents film clips from scores of beloved, international films in various genres. The highly regarded Directing Workshop with Dearbhla Walsh, which aims to strengthen participants’ drama directing skills, was once again delivered in association with Galway Film Centre. Dearbhla also delivered an Auditioning workshop for actors with casting director Maureen Hughes for Galway Film Centre and Screen Training Ireland. Bruce Block returned to Ireland to deliver his acclaimed Visual Storytelling course to Directors, Cinematographers and Animation and Games professionals. A number of Film Music seminars and workshops were delivered in association with IMRO, Pulse College MA in Scoring for Visual Media, and First Music Contact. Creative training in 2014 was rounded off with a Script Reading programme with script consultant Ruth McCance.

Production and Technical

Training in production and technical skill spans physical and digital production, and includes the development of technical and artistic skills in animation, VFX, and production and crew skills. 2014 saw a strong focus on animation and VFX, with a number of courses such as Transitioning to Maya, Nuke Compositing and Intermediate Nuke all being run in collaboration with Animation Skillnet. STI supported the second Irish VFX and Animation Summit, and launched the ASSET scheme, a specialist skills enhancement scheme for Animation and VFX that offered successful applicants support for a variety of training interventions including mentoring, online training and local and overseas training courses.

Screen Training Ireland also launched Production Club in 2014, a series of evening seminars for production personnel and crew, and focusing on a variety of practical issues such as copyright, music licensing, cost reporting and employment law. A two-day First AD course was completed, as well as further training from First AD Liz Gill on set and crew management for producers and directors. STI and Galway Film Centre delivered a practical, hands-on course on Digital Self-shooting and Data Management, and collaborated with Screen Producers Ireland to deliver a Digital Production and Delivery seminar for TV producers. STI also partnered with SIPTU to deliver Safepass and Manual Handling training throughout the year. STI also ran EP Movie Magic Budgeting and Scheduling courses with European Movie Magic distributors Sargent Disc.

Looking ahead to 2015, production and crew skills across all departments will be a key focus, and STI will be developing a number of initiatives that focus on work-based learning. STI, together with Animation Skillnet, have already announced the VFX and Animation Traineeship, and further on-the-job training initiatives will be launched in 2015.

Business and Enterprise

In the Business and Enterprise area the final module of the Screen Leaders 2014 programme took place in Amsterdam from the 27th to the 30th of November 2014. Speakers on Module 3 of the programme included Golden Globe and EFA nominees Erik Hemmendorff, Producer of FORCE MAJEURE, Platform Produktion and EWA Puszczynska, Producer of IDA, OPUS Films; Mark Little, CEO, Storyful, Henric Larsson, CEO, Chimney Group, Esther Bannenberg, Acquisitions, Lumière, Pim Hermeling, Owner, September Film Distribution, Martin Paul-Hus, Vice President, Amèrique Film, Martin Rabarts, Head of Development, NFDC India and Deborah Rowland, CEO, We Are The Tonic. Screen Leaders with the support of the Nederlands Film Fund and the Creative Europe Desk NL also presented a seminar in the Eye Museum entitled How to Launch a European Film in the International Market.

Under the Business Matters series of Seminars Screen Training Ireland delivered seminars on Getting to the Heart of the Deal to explore sales and distribution agreements and on Chain of Title. In the television area, a series of seminars on Developing Original Formats for Television and Research Skills were delivered.

Another key programme was Leading Edge: the Producers Programme. This is a project specific programme which focused on the Irish and UK markets, with a module held in London. The programme focused on finance, development, sales and distribution.

Key programmes for 2015 will focus on the areas of marketing; sales; distribution; exhibition; format development; strategic planning; and career development for writers, directors and producers.

INTERNATIONAL TRAINING / Bursary review 2014

Bursaries in 2014 were awarded across the areas of Business and Enterprise, Production and Technical and Creativity and Creative Collaboration. The Bursaries awarded in the area of Business and Enterprise were largely to producers for programmes such as the European producer’s workshop EAVE, ESO DOC and for the National Film and Television School (NFTS) programme in Entertainment Format Development. Bursaries were also awarded for the Lisbon Documentary Workshop.

In the Production and Technical area, bursaries awarded to art department professionals for Draughting training, and a bursary was awarded for attendance at the Gnomon School of VFX for a Concept Drawing course. There was also a bursary awarded for a work placement in the hair department. In the camera department a bursary was awarded to attend a Camera Operator’s Workshop at the NFTS, and a further bursary was awarded for attendance at the New York Film Academy’s Film-maker’s programme.

In the area of Creative and Creative Collaboration, bursaries were awarded to attend the NFTS for the Directing Actors course, and an award was given to attend a film-maker’s residency programme in Toronto. Screen Training Ireland accepts applications for the Bursary Award Scheme before the last Friday of each month. Please apply before Friday the 26th of December 2014. For further information on the Bursary please contact Emer on emer.macavin@screentrainingireland.ie

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UPCOMING TRAINING: Production and Technical

As part of its Production and Technical training strand, Screen Training Ireland will deliver two Prosthetics courses in January 2015. The first, an Introduction to Prosthetics with The Bowsie Workshop, is aimed at trainees and new entrants to the make-up department keen to learn more about basic prosthetics. The two-day course will include an optional third day exploring lifecasting. Bowsie Workshop Ltd was formed by Aoife Noonan and Ben O’Connor in 2011 with the aim to create a facility where ideas are concepted and fabricated all under one roof, with a strong emphasis on craft and artistry. They have gained a reputation for their imaginative approach to FX – mixing traditional techniques and the latest industry standard technology.

The second course, Prosthetics Application, is aimed at experienced make-up artists who wish to enhance their skills in prosthetics application. This two-day course will be run by Soda, a Copenhagen-based make-up and FX studio which has created make-up effects for more than 120 European feature films, including AntiChrist, Breaking The Waves, The Keeper of Lost Causes, Dancer In The Dark and Adams Apples.


UPCOMING TRAINING: Production and Technical

As part of its Production and Technical training strand, Screen Training Ireland will deliver two Prosthetics courses in January 2015. The first, an Introduction to Prosthetics with The Bowsie Workshop, is aimed at trainees and new entrants to the make-up department keen to learn more about basic prosthetics. The two-day course will include an optional third day exploring lifecasting. Bowsie Workshop Ltd was formed by Aoife Noonan and Ben O’Connor in 2011 with the aim to create a facility where ideas are concepted and fabricated all under one roof, with a strong emphasis on craft and artistry. They have gained a reputation for their imaginative approach to FX – mixing traditional techniques and the latest industry standard technology.

The second course, Prosthetics Application, is aimed at experienced make-up artists who wish to enhance their skills in prosthetics application. This two-day course will be run by Soda, a Copenhagen-based make-up and FX studio which has created make-up effects for more than 120 European feature films, including AntiChrist, Breaking The Waves, The Keeper of Lost Causes, Dancer In The Dark and Adams Apples.


INTRODUCTION TO PROSTHETICS

Thursday 15th to Saturday 17th January 2015

This two/three-day course will introduce participants to the process of making basic prosthetics, focusing on flat moulds and offering participants the chance to sculpt, mould and apply a simple wound prosthetic. An optional third day will focus specifically on life casting.

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PROSTHETICS APPLICATION

Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st January 2015

This two-day crash course in prosthetic application will provide demonstrations and guided tutorials on a range of prosthetics materials and application techniques.

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VFX AND ANIMATION TRAINEESHIP ANNOUNCED

Animation Skillnet, Screen Training Ireland and the Irish Film Board have announced a new Traineeship Programme for the Irish Animation and VFX sectors. The announcement was made at the 2nd annual Irish VFX and Animation Summit, which took place in the Science Gallery on Saturday and Sunday 29th and 30th November.

The new Traineeship Programme will be piloted in 2015 with approximately 10 trainees and 10 Animation and VFX studios involved. It will run for approximately 12 months, and will involve a mix of on-the-job training/mentoring as well as additional specialist training/mentoring delivered through Animation Skillnet and Screen Training Ireland.

Teresa McGrane, Deputy CEO of the Irish Film Board, said that the Traineeship will crucially offer “formalised training modules running alongside the Traineeship itself”. Gareth Lee, Network Manager at Animation Skillnet, said: “This is the first programme of its kind in Ireland. The combination of on-the-job training and mentoring and off-site specialised training is particularly effective, and we look forward to working with local studios on shaping the curriculum in the coming weeks and months.”

The Traineeship is currently in development, and the partners are in the process of recruiting interested studios and trainees to take part in the pilot programme. It is anticipated that the scheme will be extended to a larger number of studios and trainees in 2016.

For further information on the Traineeship programme please contact Screen training Ireland on info@screentrainingireland.ie or Animation Skillnet on animationskillnet@dublinbic.ie.

VFX: SCRIPT TO SCREEN 2015

The course completely immersed me in the world of VFX, covering every aspect, to give me a knowledge base and the confidence to make decisions as a director which will be invaluable in the future.” Brendan Muldowney, Director, Ireland

Screen Training Ireland’s European VFX: Script to Screen programme is now open for applications for the 2015 programme.

VFX: Script to Screen is aimed at European producers and directors who wish to gain the skills to produce and manage a VFX project from development to post-production. Key creatives such as cinematographers, editors and production designers may also attend. The programme is funded by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board and the Creative Europe Programme of the EU, and designed in collaboration with the VFX Association of Ireland (VFXAI).

This workshop is brilliant. Extremely well organised, excellent tutors and case studies. A great way to immerse yourself in the world of VFX.” Catharina Schreckenberg, Producer, Germany

The 2015 programme will take place in Dublin over two modules, and will offer a full VFX shoot and immersion in a VFX facility. For further programme and application details, please visit www.screentrainingireland.ie or contact Sorcha Loughnane at Sorcha.loughnane@screentrainingireland.ie.

Irish Film & Television Network

Irish Film & Television Network www.iftn.ie

The Irish Film & Television Network (IFTN) is an award winning website and Ireland’s central network and resource for information about the Irish film and television industry and acts as an essential tool for industry professionals working in the television and film industry in Ireland.  Founded in 1995, IFTN will celebrate 20 years as the industry bible in 2015.

Screen Training Ireland announce launch of new website and corporate identity

Screen Training Ireland are delighted to announce the launch of the new website and corporate identity. The new website will feature details on upcoming training opportunities across the three main training areas; Creativity and Creative Collaboration, Production and Technical and Business and Enterprise. In addition there will be detailed information on the Bursary award Scheme, International Training Programmes supported by Screen Training Ireland and the EU funded Screen Leaders and VFX: Script to Screen Programmes. The main goal of the website is to provide an access point and outline resources for the audio-visual industry.

The resources section of the website will provide information on stakeholders, funding bodies, guilds and associations and other training linked to Screen Training Ireland. Other resources on the website include an industry blog and access to podcasts. The resources section of the website will be developed further over the coming months and we welcome suggestions in relation to resources which would be useful to industry practitioners.

Please email info@screentrainingireland.ie

The Screen Training Ireland website will also provide social media integration with direct links to the Screen Training Ireland Facebook, Twitter, Linked In and Vimeo accounts.

For further information, please contact: Criona Sexton, T: +353 86 9891018 E: criona.sexton@screentrainingireland.ie

Notes Screen Training Ireland is part of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board and provides on-going training for the screen sectors through the delivery of world class training initiatives

Lisbon Docs 2014, Colm Quinn

Our feature doc project Going Viral was recently selected as one of 22 projects from across Europe to participate at the LisbonDocs Pitching forum and workshop organised annually by the European Documentary Network and hosted by Portuguese doc outfit ‘Apordoc’.

LisbonDocs presents itself as a more intimate pitching arena in contrast to the larger events held at Sheffield, IDFA or Hot Docs, yet it still attracts heavy hitting commissioning editors from the likes of  ITVS, PBS, and ARTE amongst many others, not to mention quite a few sales agents and distributors.

My producer Ciaran Deeney and I went over to Portugal for a week of pitch workshopping before presenting our project publicly to a group of commissioning editors. With the rain soaked streets of Lisbon presenting the visible scars of a struggling economy, both myself and Ciaran felt right at home from the moment of arrival. As two austerity hardened dubs arriving into town with a project that explores the more absurd reaches of economic marginilization, things took an ironic turn for us when we learned that the venue hosting LisbonDocs was one of Portugal’s largest banks.

On our first day in the bank we found ourselves alongside a group of documentary makers with impressive track records, some of whom had picked up Oscar nominations along with awards at Cannes, Berlin and Sundance. Searching for Sugarman creator Malik Bendjelloul was a previous participant at LisbonDocs.

Leading the event was Paul Pauwels, Director of the European Documentary Network. From the outset he spelled out the harsh truth that anybody hoping to leave Lisbon with a cheque in their back pockets had better think twice, that nowadays commissioning editors simply do not have the power to make such snap judgements without wider consultaiton. Thankfully he delivered this harsh truth cloaked in enough solid gags to make us realize how crucial a sense of humour would be to a week of pitch workshopping with a miniscule chance of any real funding at the end of it.

Being a hugely experienced documentary producer himself, Paul outlined the critical importance of pitching a project well in order to develop relationships with commissioning editors over a longer period of time. He also stressed what a valuable opportunity LisbonDocs would be to develop co-production opportuinities with other Europan states. His points would all become relevant for our project.

Three days of intense pitch workshopping commenced. The format saw teams of six projects placed into a group, with each project being pitched in front of two tutors who would evaluate how the project was presented. This method would be repeated four times with different tutors before each project would then get pitched and judged in front of the entire group.

With 7 minutes being the allocated time to screen your 3 minute promo and verbally pitch your project, the challenge was in figuring out what relevant information to include in such a short space of time, and how best to communicate it. Each tutor pairing would focus on different aspects of a project, pitch and promo. As we received feedback on our fumbling early pitch attempts, it became apparent that our project’s strengths needed to be framed in very particular terms if it was going to connect with a potential funder.

Tracie Holder, a US based documentary producer, was one of the tutors forced to endure our inital pitching blunders but she clearly understood the aim of our story as putting a human face on wider global economic trends. She allowed us to develop that aim and define it more clearly within our pitch.

As the week of workshopping unfolded, Going Viral was developing from the type of story we feared might be too local toward something that embodied the challenges faced by someone trying to survive in today’s shifting global economic landscape. Each time we pitched the project it seemed as though the universal nature of this struggle and the humour it contained were crossing cultural boundaries. On finding out we had we had been scheduled as the first of the 22 projects to pitch in front of the commissioning editors, we were clinging to whatever positives we could find.

As the main pitch day arrived, we were a mix of both exhaustion and nerves after an intense week of workshopping and a growing sense that our project might yet come away with something. The auditorium in which we pitched had solid projection which allowed the promo to gain a few laughs in the right places. Whether our verbal attempts matched up to the onscreen presentation is debatable. The questions we were posed by the commissioners enaged with our characters and story in very direct terms, which allowed us to feel we at least communicated something clearly.

That afternoon a series of meetings were arranged between the project teams and commissioners. Paul Pauwels’ dampening of expectations earlier in the week was proving accurate, despite some very positive enngagement from the US based commissioners and a European sales agent. In terms of potential pre-sales, the one thing that commissioners were demanding was a full rough cut of the film, which for us was still many months off. However in getting to that rough cut stage we did receive some notable co-production interest from other producers in attendance.

Leaving Lisbon there was a strong sense that our project had evolved from a tiny local story to something that contained the sort of resonances that might really travel. The challenge we now face is to stay on top of our evolving story while somehow assembling our budget in a piecemeal fashion from both Irish and international sources. With initial support provided from the Irish Film Board we’re hopeful that if further funding can be secured that Going Viral will emerge blinking into the world toward the end of 2015.