Screen Training Ireland and VIKINGS drama series partner to develop director talent in Ireland

Screen Training Ireland and the global hit TV series VIKINGS are collaborating to develop talent among Irish directors.

Four candidates have been chosen to ‘shadow direct’ for a day each on VIKINGS. They are Terry McMahon (Patrick’s Day, Charlie Casanova), Geraldine Creed (Want, Chaos), Brendan Muldowney (Pilgrimage, Love Eternal) and Bonnie Dempsey (The Girl at the End of the Garden, All in Good Time).

“Screen Training Ireland are delighted to be working with the incredibly successful Vikings series to broaden and develop the skills of these talented directors,” said Neil Murphy, Business, Bursaries & Festivals/Events Coordinator at Screen Training Ireland.​

According to VIKINGS “We are delighted to collaborate with Screen Training Ireland on the upcoming workshops and this shadow director scheme.”

Learning Needs Analysis Survey 2018

The development of people and skills in the screen sector is crucial for our industry’s growth, and Screen Training Ireland is committed to continually evaluating the sector in terms of learning needs. Our priorities are to identify future skills gaps and support ongoing professional development for a growing industry.

We’d like to invite you to have your say on what those skills and training needs are, so that we can continue to offer courses that benefit your career and our industry.

The survey is 9-12 questions long, and should only take 5-10 minutes maximum of your time. The survey will close on Friday the 23rd of November. We’d really appreciate your input!

Take the survey

Cleraun Media Conference Documentary Masterclasses – Supported by Screen Training Ireland

Scheduled to take place every two years, the Cleraun Media Conferences began in 1986 and have gradually grown in stature. They now constitute an important forum where media practitioners can address and discuss ethical and professional issues which arise in the course of their work in a positive and constructive way. This year’s conference takes place Friday 16th (starting 6pm) – Sunday 18th November 2018.

With support from Screen Training Ireland, Cleraun Media Conference 2018 will host 4 separate documentary masterclasses, featuring case studies from documentaries including:

Sinéad O’Shea: “A Mother Brings her Son to be Shot”
Chair: Stephen Desmond, Southampton Solent University

Carlo Bonini: “Daphne” – Who was Daphne Caruana Galizia and why was she murdered?
Chair: Dawn Wheatley, DCU Journalism

John Sweeney: “Taking on Putin”
‍Chair: Declan Lawn

Amy Molloy: “Troubled Water”
‍Chair: Díóg O’Connell, Film & Media Studies, IADT

Cleraun Media are offering 10 x free passes to the conference for Screen Training Ireland applicants.

Register for the conference via this link

The first 10 to sign up on the above link or using the code CMC2018STI will receive free registration for all masterclasses, as well as the range of interactive sessions offered in:

  • Document-led Human-Interest Investigative Reporting
  • Evolving fomats – Next Gen Storytelling, Podcasts
  • The Future Lies in Quality
  • The Challenge for Editors
  • Reporting the Victims
  • Dangerous work, if you can get it – Foreign Affairs
  • Columnist on the Edge
  • Growing Audience Share

Cork Film Festival Industry Days supported by Screen Training Ireland

The Cork Film Festival 2018, taking place on 9th – 18th November, has with support from Screen Training Ireland, launched their programme of Industry Days.

Industry Days provide invaluable opportunities for established and emerging filmmakers to connect, and to explore all aspects of the film industry.

The following Industry Days can be booked now:

First Take – Thursday 15th November
First Take is a training and development event aimed specifically at newly established film professionals, emerging filmmakers, and film and media students. Case studies and panel discussions will promote fresh thinking amongst attendees and to inspire them to be proactive in promoting their own film work.

Doc Day, In Partnership with Screen Ireland – Friday 16th November
Cork Film Festival’s annual documentary-focused Industry Day, Doc Day is a major event that engages and connects Irish and international documentary filmmakers and industry leaders, it provides a vital platform to promote Irish documentary film and filmmaking talent. Doc Day is presented in partnership with Screen Ireland/Fís Éireann, with support from Screen Training Ireland.

Focus: Filmmaker Forum – Saturday 17th November
This new event compliments the Screen Ireland-supported Focus Shorts World Premiere programme at The Everyman. It will provide attending filmmakers with the opportunity to take part in informal networking and a series of roundtable sessions, which will help guide participants through the process of developing their first feature; from development and financing, through production, festival strategy and distribution.

VIKINGS Production Workshops 2018

Screen Training Ireland, in collaboration with VIKINGS, are pleased to announce a series of workshops, delivered by industry experts and hosted in Ashford Studios, Co. Wicklow.

These workshops are suited for those seeking to gain an insight on the knowledge and skills that are needed to work in high-end TV Drama and an opportunity to meet various Heads of Department and senior crew that work to put this production together.

This is your opportunity to hear from some of the industry’s most experienced professionals and gain an insight into what it’s like to work on a production of the scale of Vikings.

The workshops will be in the following departments:

Camera Setting Up and Executing a Camera Department for a Major TV Drama Series: 17th of November
Tutors: Alan Butler, Dave Doherty
Deadline for applications 6th of November.

Assistant Director Department: The Importance of Being Prepped: 17th of November
Tutors: Nick Thomas, Richie Cosgrove
Deadline for applications 6th of November.

Art Department: Set Development for Studio and Location filming: 20th of November
Tutors: Irene O’Brien, Jon Beer
Deadline for applications 6th of November.

Hair Design: An Introduction to Film/TV Hair Styling for Trainees: 24th of November
Tutors: Dee Corcoran
Deadline for applications 13th of November.

Set Decoration & the Production Buying: 28th of November
Tutors: Jil Turner, Anna Kirwan
Deadline for applications 20th of November.

Costume Dept: The A to Z of Costume Design for high-end TV drama: 1st of December
Tutors: Susan O’Connor Cave
Deadline for applications 20th of November.

The Next Step

If you’re interested in attending a workshop please apply online through Screen Training Ireland.

Applicants will be required to submit an up to date CV highlighting relevant experience in their chosen area. Places are very limited. Screen Training Ireland will make selection on relevant experience in the industry.

Any further queries please contact

Irish Writers Announced for LA Writers Room Placements

Screen Training Ireland is delighted to announce that the writers for the LA Writers Room placements have been chosen.  The aim of the placements is to provide Irish writers with an opportunity to experience a US TV Writers Room.  

The selected writers are, award-winning writer and director for stage and screen, Carmel Winters (FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY, SNAP); Pierce Ryan, screenwriter (BLACK ’47, STANDBY); Paul Walker, Showrunner/Writer (RED ROCK, Season 4), Story Producer (RIVER CITY, RED ROCK SEASON 1). Paul is currently writing for the International drama series SOLDIERS OF FORTUNE and EASTENDERS.

Taking place from October 25th to November 2nd the writers will participate in real ongoing writer’s rooms based in Los Angeles.

Writers Rooms include, JUPITERS LEGACY a Netflix Millarworld series with showrunner Steven S. DeKnight (SPARTACUS, DREDEVIL, PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING); NETFLIX/WBTV drama series WHAT IF with showrunner Mike Kelley (REVENGE, SWINGTOWN); and Warner Brothers THE BIG BANG THEORY with showrunner Steve Holland, Creator/Producer, Bill Prady and Writer/EP, Tara Hernandez.

As part of the placements, the writers will attend mentorship meetings throughout the week, which include Liz Alper, Writer, CHICAGO FIRE (NBC), HAWAII 5-0 (CBS), THE ROOKIE (ABC); Hart Hanson, Showrunner/Creator, BONES, BACKSTROM, THE FINDER and more.

Speaking about the placements, Des Doyle, Director and organiser said: “This unique opportunity allows Irish writers to experience first-hand how US Writers Rooms, run by some of the most successful Showrunners in the business, operate and to take a deep dive into the process of storytelling for US TV which they can then apply to their own projects”.

Gráinne Bennett, Skills Development Executive, Screen Training Ireland said: “I am delighted key Irish writing talent will gain an insight into the US Writers Room process while working alongside some of the US industries top writers. I look forward to hearing about their experience”.




Screen Training Ireland and Animation Skillnet announce Animation and VFX Graduate Traineeship and Trainees

Screen Training Ireland and Animation Skillnet are delighted to announce the Animation and VFX Graduate Traineeship, trainees and host studios for the 2018/19 programme.

Now in its fourth iteration, this highly successful programme takes place over a six-month period and is targeted at developing skills and talent in the Irish animation and VFX sectors.  The programme will involve a mix of on-the-job learning and mentoring in host studios as well as additional specialist training delivered through Screen Training Ireland and Animation Skillnet.

The 8 participating studios and 15 trainees for the 2018/19 Graduate Traineeship Programme are:

  • Piranha Bar – Trainee: Jonah Burke
  • Salty Dog Pictures – Trainees: Ellen Collins and Mark Brennan
  • 3D4 Medical – Trainee: Bruno Cerkvenik
  • Turnip and Duck – Trainee: Liam Walsh
  • Jam Media – Trainees: Cristina Rodríguez and Peter Hargan
  • Cartoon Saloon – Trainees: Susan Crowe, Azahara Quesada Tellez, Julia Brandes and Fraser Thomson
  • TouchPress/StoryToys – Trainees: Iara Harris and Eoghan Sellier
  • Lighthouse Studios – Trainees: Gráinne White and Colm Dowling

The Animation and VFX Graduate Traineeship programme will coincide with Schoolism Live Dublin taking place on Saturday the 20th and Sunday the 21st of October, where trainees will have an opportunity to hear from top talent in the feature animation and gaming sectors, including Stephan Martiniere, Megan Brain, Shannon Tindle, Sylvain Marc, Nathan Fowkes and The Black Frog; whose combined credits include GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, FOSTERS HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS CORALINE and HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON.

Trainees will start their traineeship programme with a full week of intensive training from the 22nd October covering topics such as Storytelling, Storyboarding, Production Management, Production Pipelines, Emotional Intelligence, Personal Effectiveness, Career Management, Teamwork, Effective Communication and Creative Thinking Techniques delivered by industry focused tutors such as John Dawson, Patrick O’Callaghan, Stephen Fagan, Paul Timpson, Fiona Flynn, Carmel Morrissey and Pam Relton.

Gareth Lee, Manager of Screen Training Ireland and Animation Skillnet, said: “The VFX and Animation Graduate Traineeship has played a significant role in addressing skills gaps in Ireland over the last few years with over 90% of graduates from the programme going on to further work in the industry. We’re delighted to see a new batch of trainees join the fourth iteration of this highly successful programme in 2018/19. We’re also excited to be kicking the programme off with the Schoolism Live Dublin event this weekend which will give the trainees and other attendees the opportunity to learn from and network with high-level global talent.”

Schoolism Live Dublin is supported by Screen Training Ireland and Animation Skillnet. For further information on the full line-up please click here

The Animation and VFX Graduate Traineeship is an initiative of Screen Training Ireland and Animation Skillnet, and supported by Screen Ireland/Fís Éireann, Skillnet Ireland, and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

Image: THE BREADWINNER, Cartoon Saloon.

Gerry Grennell Masterclass – ‘Act Like A Child’

Film In Cork, Bow Street Academy for Screen Acting and Screen Training Ireland bring you a two-day masterclass with Hollywood acting coach Gerry Grennell. This two-day course will take place in Cork City on the 3rd and 4th of November.

The course is aimed at Actors with previous film and television experience who are interested in expanding their repertoire of skills in acting for screen. This course seeks to help coalesce the screen acting community in the Cork area and so priority will be given to Cork-based applicants for the Film In Cork funded places.

Gerry will share his vast experience and insights in to the craft of screen acting having worked with some of the industry’s best. Over the 2 days he will simplify the key components of screen acting and deal with topics such as:

  • How owning your environment improves your expressive muscle;
  • Global moment v Personal Moment. Defining the Global Moment, Reestablishing the Personal Moment;
  • Self and the Critic (Positive v Negative);
  • Ownership (Owning v Being Owned);
  • Being part of the world v the world being part of you;
  • How memory works (and how we might refine our learning process);
  • Expressive Communication;
  • Expression (from baby to adult);
  • Learning Lines through Concepts.

Gerry Grennell collaborated extensively with Heath Ledger on numerous projects including BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT and THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus, and has worked frequently with Johnny Depp, Bruce Willis, Oscar Isaac, Joel Edgerton, Abbie Cornish, Natalie Portman (JANE GOT A GUN), Tom Cruise (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL), Sean Penn, Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Matt Damon, Amy Adams, Kate Hudson, Ewan McGregor, Orlando Bloom, and many more.

Gerry is heavily involved in the Bow Street Academy for Screen Acting and is also writing a book on the principles taught there.

He trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, Constructive Teaching Centre London (Alexander Technique) and Hochschule fur Misik und Theater Hannover (Music).

Application Procedure: Please apply with a CV & Headshot direct to Film In Cork at  by midday on October 25th

Fee: €30

Location: Cork City.

For further details, please contact

Screenwriting: Tools, Not Rules! Screenwriting evening class starting in Cork

Screenwriting: Tools, Not Rules!

Film In Cork have announced they will host a five-week Screenwriting evening class from October 31st. This course is for new-to-intermediate level screenwriters who are keen to expand their storytelling knowledge and abilities.

The five-week course will increase participants’ understanding of modern screenwriting standards and will help to develop their approaches and skills by way of a detailed exploration of screenwriting’s main interrelating elements:

  • Story Premise – dramatic conflict, thematic conflict and tension.

  • Character Journey – types of conflict, character change and near-change.

  • Character Nature – understanding character behaviour, depth and relatability.

  • Story Structure – arranging the scene, sequence, act and feature-length narrative.

  • Dialogue – moving the story, revealing character, assisting tension and subtext.

The course features case studies of three films (two original screenplays by male and female writers, and one adaptation), demonstrating different approaches and techniques relating to the different story elements. The course also appreciates the script reader’s perspective, helping to strengthen participants’ understanding of industry expectations.

The course will be lead by Patrick O’Driscoll, an independent story analyst and script editor known for maximising the potential of emerging film projects.  As script editor, Patrick collaborates closely with writers and producers from Ireland, the UK, the US and Australia on projects of all genres and formats and at different stages of development. Patrick also consults with Irish and UK film/TV funding organisations, helping to assess and support commercial and artistic projects by established and emerging writing talent.

The five-week programme kicks off on Wednesday, October 31st and runs until Wednesday, November 28th from 19:30-21:30 in Civic Trust House, Pope’s Quay, Cork. The course costs €60 and those interested can contact

WORKING TOGETHER Workshop in Geneva – Deadline 15th October

FOCAL, founded in 1990, is a Switzerland-based organisation which aims to develop and promote creative, technical and entrepreneurial skills among professionals in the areas of film, audiovisual arts and new media.

It is now offering a new workshop, WORKING TOGETHER – Filmmaking Is A Collaborative Process, which will take place near Geneva from 29 November to 2 December 2018. The deadline for application is Monday 15 October 2018.

“Filmmaking is a fantastic job and most of us are always enthusiastic when a new project comes along. Yet, at times, personal relationships make certain projects more difficult than others. Creative people clash with each other, and soon we realize that it is no longer about the film, but about personalities. In coproductions, we often face misunderstandings coming from cultural differences. Are we really equipped to deal with that? After all, we are filmmakers, we are not well-trained leaders or intercultural coaches!” – FOCAL

If you recognize yourself in the above situation, then WORKING TOGETHER is for you. This 3-day workshop has been designed by the promoters of the long-running and successful training PRODUCTION VALUE – The European Scheduling and Budgeting Workshop ( It will offer you approaches and techniques to deal with intercultural gaps, interpersonal conflict and team motivation.

The first edition of the workshop will take place near Geneva from 29 November to 2 December 2018.

Applications are open until Monday 15th October  2018

Candidates can apply at