Upcoming Workshops in partnership with Animation Skillnet

Screen Training Ireland is delighted to partner with Animation Skillnet on two exciting workshops; Designing for Animation with Ernie Gilbert and Character Performance for Animation with Myrna Gawryn scheduled to take place in September.  For further details on each of the workshops and to make an application please see below.

Designing for Animation with Ernie Gilbert

This workshop will cover a systematic approach to designing for animation, with a focus on developing credible and effective characters. Regardless of project style or project format (2-D or 3-D), the same principles of design and character development apply. Various aspects of character design/development will be covered, including research, shape psychology, asymmetry, personality, rhythm, line-of-action, proportion, silhouette value and solid draftsmanship.

Participant Profile: The course is aimed at graduates and professionals who want to further their understanding of effective character development and design for 2D and 3D animation.

Ernie Gilbert is a graduate of the University of Michigan and The California Institute of the Arts. After receiving a degree in theatre performance from U of M, Ernie moved to Los Angeles to study animation at CalArts, and to make funny cartoon shows. Since then, Ernie has worked as an Animator, Character Designer, Art Director, Design Supervisor, Assistant Director, Storyboard Artist, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Flash Animator, and voice actor. Ernie has received two Emmy Awards from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and two Annie Awards from the International Animated Film Society for his animation design work. Ernie has taught at The Barnsdall Art Institute and at California State University- Northridge, and has held design and drawing workshops at various schools in and around the Burbank/Glendale area,
Ernie’s clients include Nickelodeon Animation, Walt Disney Television, Disney Jr, Cartoon Network, Sony Pictures, Warner Brothers, Ka-Chew, Nick Jr and American Greetings. When he’s not making cartoons, Ernie enjoys writing and directing for the theatre, making music with friends, and spending time with his family (not necessarily in that order).

To find out more, visit: www.erniegilbert.com

Date & Times: Saturday 15th September, 10am -5pm.

Venue: Conference Room 1+2 (first floor), Guinness Enterprise Centre, Taylors Lane, Dublin 8 (Directions and Map: http://gec.ie/get-in-touch/).

Cost: Members: 100 Euro, Non Members: 125 Euro

Payment can be made by credit card online (a link will be sent to you) or by cheque/postal order payable to Animation Skillnet.

Application Procedure:

Please apply by sending an email to: animationskillnet@gmail.com

Deadline for Applications: Monday 10th September.

Character Performance, Acting, and Storytelling for Animation

The globalization of the animation industry has erased borders, crossing culture, orientation and language.  Animators, worldwide, are tasked with producing an unprecedented standard of quality, and the ability to captivate and communicate, no matter what the culture or story being told.

Myrna works with animators and directors to develop physical behavior, performance, relationship to other characters, emotional context, and anatomical detail — all the components that make animation truly alive and specific. To this end, Myrna employs principles of movement, anatomy, gender, age, environmental elements, heightened moments (keyframing), creature and object characteristics, emotional condition, choices in expression, transitional movement, shape, weight, locomotion, breath, timing, rhythm and the involvement of text, props and choreography as they relate to animation.

By noticing the details of character, environment and relationship, and exploring and refining the physicality of these details in shot preparation, imagined situations, and team and one-on-one consultation, Myrna works with participants to develop advanced skills for creating truly powerful visual and physical storytelling.

Participant Profile: This workshop is aimed at animators, directors, writers, voice performers, story boarders, riggers, previs artists, background artists, and all other crew members interested in creating clear and powerful work as a team.

Myrna’s Gawryn’s background is in dance, choreography, character and physical performance for theater, film and T.V., human behavior and anthropology, anatomy, kinesiology and performance capture.


Myrna has been teaching, performing, and studying the movement of all things animate, all her working life. Her experience with the details of action and character driven performance, and her passion for understanding how we move and what moves us, has brought her to her work in animation.

To find out more, visit: www.myrnagawryn.com

Date & Times: Saturday 22nd September, 10am – 6pm

Venue: Conference Room 3, Guinness Enterprise Centre, Taylors Lane, Dublin 8 (Directions and Map: http://gec.ie/get-in-touch/).

Cost: Members: 100 Euro, Non Members: 125 Euro

Payment can be made by credit card online (a link will be sent to you) or by cheque/postal order payable to Animation Skillnet.

Application Procedure: Please apply by sending an email to: animationskillnet@gmail.com

Deadline for Applications: Monday 17th September.


Schoolism Dublin 2018

Screen Training Ireland and Animation Skillnet are excited to collaborate with Schoolism Live Dublin 2018 taking place on the 20th and 21st of October. Schoolism brings together some of the best talent in the industries of feature animation, gaming, illustration, and design in an intensely focused weekend of workshops.

Schoolism LIVE Dublin 2018 includes an exciting line-up of speakers including Stephan Martiniere, Megan Brain, Shannon Tindle, Sylvain Marc, Nathan Fowkes, and The Black Frog, whose combined credits include GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, I, ROBOT, FOSTERS HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS CAROLLINE, THE PRINCE OF EGYPT and HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON.

Schoolism Dublin, in collaboration with Animation Skillnet and Screen Training Ireland, is fast approaching and there are still some tickets available. Check out the line-up of speakers below!

DAY 1: October 20th

    with Stephan Martiniere (9:00am to 12:00pm)
    with Megan Brain (1:00pm to 3:00pm)
  • SHARING YOUR STORIES: FROM NOTEPAD TO SCRIPT with Shannon Tindle (3:30pm to 6:30pm)

DAY 2: October 21st

    with Sylvain Marc (9:00am to 12:00pm)
  • DESIGNING WITH COLOR & LIGHT with Nathan Fowkes (1:00pm to 4:00pm)
  • PROCR(E)ASTINATION: THE ART OF PERPETUAL PRODUCTION with The Black Frog (4:30pm to 6:30pm)

For more details, visit: https://www.schoolism.com/workshop-dublin/

In addition to the exciting line-up already announced, attendees are also invited to an additional one hour workshop with renowned artist Bobby Chiu at the Morrison Hotel from 8.30pm-9.30pm on Saturday 20th October to be followed by a networking/drinks reception at 9.30pm in the same venue.

Painting Creatures with Bobby Chiu

Join Bobby Chiu on Saturday 20th October, as he teaches his methods for painting creatures, what directors look for in concept artists and successful career building. In this workshop you will learn techniques to help you better visualize through imagination, creating life-like fictional creatures. Other topics include leveling up your own style and what makes art viral. This workshop is ideal for artists of all levels.

Workshop info: 


-What makes a good idea?

-Building function-based structure




-Character assignment

-Creature design demo

-Questions & Answers

-Live sketching


Bobby has been a professional artist for over twenty years, starting at the age of seventeen designing for Disney, Warner Bros., and Star Wars toys at Thinkway Toys in Toronto, Canada. He is the founder and creative director at Imaginism Studios located in Toronto. He is an acclaimed concept artist and character designer, winning an Emmy award for his creation of NIKO AND THE SWORD OF LIGHT. Some of his most recent projects were Tim Burton’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND, Tim Burton’s ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS and he was also a Master Award recipient to Exposé 3. Bobby is also extremely passionate about teaching and education and is heavily involved in the artistic community. He continuously provides lectures at schools, workshops, and conventions. He also runs an online school known as Schoolism, for today’s evolving artist, and he also hosts a YouTube channel that is extremely educational and informative, providing artist interviews, tips, demos, and news.

Animation Skillnet have a limited number of tickets at a reduced members rate available on a first come first served basis as follows:

One Day Pass – 115 Euro

All Access Two Day Pass – 165 Euro

Registration/Payment here: http://animationskillnet.ie/event-registration/?ee=184

IMRO | RTÉ Scoring For Film Programme Seeks Composers & Filmmakers

Following on from the success of previous collaborative film scoring programmes, IMRO and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, in association with The Contemporary Music Centre (CMC) and Screen Training Ireland will bring together some of the very best emerging Irish filmmakers and composers to work on an exciting collaborative project during 2018/2019.

This initiative will provide emerging filmmakers and composers with an invaluable opportunity to enhance their skills through hands-on experience in a vital aspect of film post-production. It is also a rare opportunity to have a score composed and recorded for full orchestra.  Each year, films featured in this initiative have gone on to win awards at various national and international film festivals, clearly signalling the impressive creative output of Irish film composers and filmmakers.

The focus of the project is a one day recording session in RTÉ studios in March 2019 with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra recording original scores for short film submissions selected for the initiative.  Programme participants will be further supported through mentoring sessions and workshops with leading industry specialists.

We are now seeking applications from interested composers and filmmakers who would like to participate in this programme. Due to the limited number of places available we have set down a number of qualifying criteria for those wishing to take part.


1. Previous experience in scoring to picture (short film/advertisements etc.) desirable.
2. The ability to score for full orchestra is essential.
3. The ability to work to a tight deadline is also essential.


Submitted film projects for the initiative should require original scored music totalling between three and five minutes. Ideally the film should have a maximum duration of 10 – 15 minutes and should be close to or have completed picture lock. Once selected, the filmmakers will work with a composer, who has been selected through the process, who will create a full score for the film to be performed and recorded by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

All categories of film will be considered e.g. live-action drama, animation, documentary, experimental, etc. Ideally, the film projects submitted should be close to completion on editing, but un-sound edited/mixed. The use of temp tracks or “mood music” where score is required is allowed but not required.

The closing date for submissions for this initiative is 5pm Friday 28th September 2018

Our preference is to receive your submission electronically. Please send a link to your music or film submission to keith.johnson@imro.ie or alternatively by post to:

IMRO / RTÉ Scoring For Film Program 2018/19
Keith Johnson
Director of Marketing & Membership
Irish Music Rights Organisation
Copyright House
Pembroke Row
Lower Baggot Street
Dublin 2

Multi-camera Drama Directors Training Course

Screen Training Ireland are excited to partner with RTÉ on a Multi-camera Drama Directors Training Course which will will commence in December 2018 and run for 12 days.

The training course will provide an opportunity for four multi-camera Drama Directors to go through a structured training programme preparing them to direct episodes on RTÉs, ongoing drama, Fair City.

Directors work to the Executive Producer and the Series Producer and will be a key part of the team leading cast and crews through the production process.  Because of the nature of ongoing drama there is a rigorous approach to story, script, scheduling and a formulated method of production.  Directors are asked to bring original thinking to the production and be part of the ever evolving nature of serial television drama production.

Successful candidates must have previous professional experience directing performance in theatre, video, TV or film.  The emphasis of the course is to train directors with drama, comedy and performance experience to direct in a multi-camera studio environment.  We will look for candidates who have a creative imagination and a rigorous work ethic.

A professional working knowledge of directing actors for performance and a high appreciation and knowledge of soaps and serial drama will be expected as well as a proven ability to interpret a script and lead a crew.

Successful candidates will undergo a 12 day classroom, studio, location and editing training programme followed by a 5 week shadow directing period and, if successful, a 5 week mentored directing period in preparation to become a regular director on RTÉ’s 200 episode a year soap.

The training course will commence in December 2018 and run for 12 days. Successful applicants must be available to attend the complete course.  They must also be available to attend the shadowing and mentored cycles, which may take place up to the end of 2019 preparing the candidate to take up the role of director.

If you are interested in applying for this exciting opportunity please apply in strictest confidence by submitting a cover letter, your Curriculum Vitae outlining your suitability for the role and a vimeo link to your showreel. The showreel should include examples of previous drama directing work. (Please attach all as one document when submitting your online application.) Please click here to submit your application

Closing date for receipt of applications is Thursday 6th September 2018 at 5pm.


GAZE International LGBT Film Festival 2018

The 26th GAZE International LGBT Film Festival is set to take place at the Light House Cinema in Dublin from the 2nd to the 6th of August 2018. The festival will  include a selection of shorts programmes and workshops.

MobDoc Mobile Filmmaking Workshop – an initiative to encourage our festival audiences to become active storytellers and embrace their creativity. It involves practical exercises focused on learning how to tell stories utilising mobile filmmaking technology // August 4th @ 10:00 – 13:00 //

Men’s Shorts – featuring seven international shorts which reflect on subject matter from the emotional turmoil of unrequited love, the tribulations of same-sex parenting to the colloquial accounts of LGBT history // August 4th @ 14:00 //

Drawn This Way: Queer Animation – a bold and inventive series of adventurous and engaging shorts that highlight the medium varied capacity to capture self-expression, identity and communication // August 4th @ 16:00 //

Women’s Shorts – weaving together distinct and compelling narratives around the queer female voice, this shorts programme traverses age, nationality, ethnicity and time period // August 5th @ 16:00 //

Irish Shorts – this curated programme reflects the quality of LGBT film and filmmaking talent within Ireland as well as the diverse spectrum of voices and experiences of the LGBT community // August 5th @ 18:00 //

Iris Prize Shorts – the Iris Prize Festival returns to GAZE with an incredible trio of three shorts from Marley Morrison, Dionne Edwards and Jari Osbourne which celebrates and raises up the intersectionality of voices in the LGBTQ+ community // August 5th @ 14:00 //

Trans Shorts – this collection of finely crafted short film intricately dissects the complex interior and exterior worlds of the trans people, as well as the joys, frustrations and complications of trans identity // August 6th @ 12:30 //

All screenings will take place in Light House Cinema. Our full programme is available online here, with family screenings, public discussions, visiting guests and exhibitions.

There is a discount for children, students, OAPs and for group booking of 10 or more. Tickets can be book online, by phone at 01 872 8006 or in person at Light House Cinema.

We can also be found online on Facebook @gazefilmfest or on Twitter @GAZEFilmFest. You can also join the conversation online using the official hashtag #GAZEFilmFest.

Second International Film Conference on Hitchcock’s Vertigo

Announcing the Second International Film Conference: “Hitchcock’s VERTIGO: 60th Anniversary 1958-2018” to be held on 20-21 September 2018 in Trinity College Dublin.  Six years ago Hitchcock’s VERTIGO ousted Orson Welles’s CITIZEN KANE from the top ranking position of the British Film Institute’s industry respected Sight & Sound poll conducted every 10 years. Previously CITZEN KANE monopolised the top billing every decade since 1962 but, after 50 years, CITIZEN KANE was finally de-throned by VERTIGO when it was proclaimed as the “Greatest Film Ever Made”.

This coming September in Dublin, we are delighted to celebrate Hitchcock’s masterpiece VERTIGO on its 60th anniversary as the “Greatest Film Ever Made” in this Second International Film Conference in Ireland. This exclusive 2-day film conference in Trinity College Dublin will feature the presentations of many international scholars on Hitchcock participating in the conference from across the globe: USA, Canada, UK, Hong Kong, Belgium and Switzerland.  In particular we are delighted to welcome the British film historian Charles Barr and the renowned British feminist film theorist Laura Mulvey as key note speakers at the conference in September. Laura Mulvey’s seminal essay “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema” was one of the first film theory publications to apply a political and psychoanalytic interpretation to the cinematic apparatus of classical Hollywood cinema. Mulvey coined the notion of the “male gaze” to the power asymmetry in representation and assigned gender roles that emphasised the patriarchal ideological agenda of the American film industry at the time.  The conference includes a special screening of the 1958 classic film VERTIGO starring James Stewart and Kim Novak in the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin.

Presentations at Conference Vertigo: 60th Anniversary

Prof. Charles Barr (UK): “VERTIGO: French Connections”
Prof. Laura Mulvey (UK): “The Metaphor of the Beautiful Automaton Reanimated: Artifice and Illusion in Vertigo”

Prof. Sidney Gottlieb (USA): “The Variety of Gazes in VERTIGO, Part Deux”

Prof. Richard William Allen (Hong Kong): “Love and Death: VERTIGO, Dil Se, and the Circle of Influence”
Prof. Janet Bergstrom (USA): “Forced Perspective in VERTIGO: Art, Technology and Hitchcock’s German Silent Film Heritage” 
Prof. Barbara Straumann (Switzerland)
: “Fatal Resemblances: Cross-mapping Hitchcock’s VERTIGO with Nabokov’s LOLITA”

Prof. Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli (USA): “Vertiginous Hauntings”

Prof. Robert Belton (Canada): “Triviality and Meaning in VERTIGO: How the Incidental Amplifies Interpretive Excess”

Dr. Christine Sprengler (Canada): “The Broom that Sweeps the Cobwebs Away: VERTIGO’S Soundtrack as Sound Art”

Prof. Ned Schantz (Canada): “The Hospitality of Scottie Ferguson in VERTIGO”

Prof. Steven Jacobs (Belgium): “The Tourist Guide Who Knew Too Much: VERTIGO and the Monuments of San Francisco”
Prof. Mark Osteen (USA): “Versions of VERTIGO: They Wake Up Screaming”
Dr. Kevin Donnelly (UK): “The Ascent of VERTIGO”
Prof. Dona Kercher (USA): “Dressing to Be Different: Almodóvar and Martel Refashion VERTIGO”

Prof. Mark Padilla (USA): “Mapping the Mythical Terrain of VERTIGO”
Dr. Richard Blennerhassett (Ireland): “The Dark Side of Romance: ‘Shadow’ in VERTIGO”
Dr. Stephane Duckett (UK): “Post-War Gender Politics in VERTIGO”

Event Details:

Conference Venue: Trinity Long Room HUB, Trinity College Dublin

Date: Thursday 20 – Friday 21 September 2018

Time: 9am-4.30pm

Screening Venue: Lighthouse Cinema Dublin

Conference Tickets: €60  (includes film screening at Lighthouse Cinema)

For more details visit www.vertigo60.com

Advance Ticket Puchase, please contact: info@vertigo60.com

D3 Fundamental & Advanced Training Course


Masterclass with David Feiss (Cow and Chicken, I am Weasel, The Ren and Stimpy Show, The Jetsons)

Animation Skillnet with support from Screen Training Ireland are excited to host a masterclass in Dublin with Animator, Writer and Director, David Feiss (COW AND CHICKEN, I AM WEASEL, THE REN AND STIMPY SHOW).

This half-day masterclass will cover:

  • Story Boarding for Features and Television: David will show his process of breaking down a script, thumb nailing a sequence, and boarding.
  • The Writing and Design process: David will present episodes of COW AND CHICKEN and I AM WEASEL, and discuss the writing and design process that was involved in developing these hit TV series.
  • Developing and Selling an Idea: David will discuss the process of developing, selling an idea to a network, and producing a show

Participant Profile:
This master class is aimed at graduates and professionals who want to further their understanding of the story boarding process for features and television; as well as gaining valuable insight into the writing, design and development of the acclaimed animated TV series, ‘COW AND CHICKEN’.


David Feiss  is an American Animator, Writer and Director. He joined Hanna-Barbera around 1978 while still a teenager and worked on many series including the 1980s revival of THE JETSONS. He was also a key animator on THE JETSONS movie. In the 1990s he co-animated the REN AND STIMPY pilot “BIG HOUSE BLUES” for Nickelodeon, and was an animation director on THE REN AND STIMPY SHOW during its first season. He also served as a supervising producer and storyboard artist for ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS in the late 1980s during the DIC Entertainment era with Don Spencer. Feiss created the Cartoon Network original series, COW AND CHICKEN and its spin-off, I AM WEASEL and in both series, Feiss directed every episode and also worked as a writer on some episodes.

Date & Time:
Tuesday 24th July from 1pm – 5:30pm

Bow Street, 12/13 Bow Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7 (Directions and Map
50 Euro

Please note there are limited places available on this half-day course.

Application Procedure:
Please apply by sending an email to: aconroyanimationskillnet@gmail.com

Deadline for Applications:
Friday, 20th July 2018

Perfect Pitch – A Workshop on New Ways of Pitching your Documentary

Screen Training Ireland is excited to partner with Guth Gafa International Documentary Festival to present ‘Perfect Pitch’, a pitching workshop with a difference for documentary filmmakers, who have a project they are working on, and who are looking for ’the perfect pitch’, or who just wish to explore the many ways to achieve that ‘perfect pitch’. While the traditional ‘pitching forums’ and ‘pitching markets’ have a strong reputation and an important place on the documentary circuit, they are highly competitive, and their numbers are restricted – for example, MeetMarket at Sheffield DocFest this year had over 500 submissions for 65 pitch slots.

At the Guth Gafa ‘Perfect Pitch’ workshop, a new online platform, Pitch The Doc, will be presented. This platform proposes to change the playing field, as it will allow filmmakers to present, and decision-makers to view, a broad range of doc projects without the need for competing for a forum place, and without the challenge of pitching in the ‘gladiator arena’ scenario, like HotDocs Forum or IDFA Forum.

The format of the workshop will be a presentation by the Pitch The Doc team, followed by two established international filmmakers, who have both pitched at the big international forums and/or markets, who will talk about their experiences, and consider the merits and values of the pitching forums/markets versus the online platform.

Participants in the workshop will be involved in the discussions, and will have the opportunity to talk about their own individual pitches, and pitch strategies, with our experts.

The workshop will take place at Guth Gafa Doc Festival, Headfort House, Kells, County Meath on Sunday 22nd July at 12.30pm

Admission to the workshop is free, but tickets must be booked online by following the link below.



Writing Mentorship Scheme

Screen Training Ireland in association with Galway Film Centre and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and are pleased to announce a new writing mentorship scheme aimed at writers from and/or currently based in the WRAP* counties Clare, Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo.

Writers will be invited to submit ideas for genres including feature film or TV series (both live action and animation). Four writers will be selected and allotted contact time with script editors from Ireland and the UK over a period of months, as well as receiving an award of €500 each to develop the idea further. Mentors will include Andrew Ellard, Eimear Markey, Mark McIlrath, Oona O’ Beirn and Lucy Ryan. The writers will also have access to producers and commissioning editors to guide them to the next stage after development. Writers may also attend an Advanced Screenplay Development workshop with Emmanuel Oberg, in association with Creative Europe MEDIA Office Galway, which takes place in September 2018.

The scheme will endorse 50:50 gender equality, as well as encouraging diversity of voices and ages and it also aims to nurture ideas generated and located in the region. Writers’ track records as well as the originality and boldness of the ideas submitted and the potential for development will be key criteria in selection of the projects.

The deadline for application is 23rd of July 2018. Applications guidelines below.

Please email writingmentorship@galwayfilmcentre.ie for any further information.

*WRAP refers to the Western Region Audiovisual Producer’s Fund, a new €2 million regional fund which supports production in the following six counties: Clare, Galway, Roscommon, Mayo, Sligo and Donegal.


Application Guidelines:

  • Applicants’ experience must demonstrate at least one of the following: festival or online success; broadcast credits; or work that has acquired funding.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Students in full time education are not eligible
  • Applicants must be from or based in one of the WRAP counties.
  • The scheme is open to ideas which can be produced, but are not necessarily set in the WRAP counties.

Submission details:

Email the following information to: writingmentorship@galwayfilmcentre.ie

  • A one page synopsis of the idea. If your idea is for a TV series, then outline the narrative for the series. (PDF format)
  • A sample of your writing up to 15 pages (PDF format)
  • A one page CV outlining relevant experience (PDF format)
  • A personal statement of up to one page in length (PDF format)

The deadline for application is 23rd of July 2018.

Please email writingmentorship@galwayfilmcentre.ie for further information.