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Bursary Information Day

Screen Training Ireland and Creative Europe MEDIA hosted an information day in January which focused on training opportunities offered by Creative Europe MEDIA for documentary filmmakers which can be accessed through the Bursary Award Scheme.

The information day gave an overview of European market and training opportunities, and featured presentations from and key European training programmes such as Eurodoc, Documentary Campus and IDFAcademy.

Speakers included Paul Pauwels, Director, EDN who gave a keynote on the European documentary landscape; Patrick Hurley, Head of Marketplace and Talent, Sheffield MeetMarket; Manuela Winkler, Head of Events, Documentary Campus; Maria Bonsanti, Head of Programme, Eurodoc; Meike Statema, Head of Education, IDFAcademy.

A highlight of the event was a case study of SCHOOL LIFE (IN LOCO PARENTIS) with Irish documentarians Neasa Ní Chianáin and David Rane and focused on the highs and lows of the development process, funding supports and training.

For further information on the bursary award scheme please click here.

Employee Relations Seminar in Association with Screen Producers Ireland


Screen Producers Ireland and Screen Training Ireland will host an Employee Relations Seminar on the 27th of February. The three-hour session will be delivered by Karen Conway of Graphite HRM and will focus on providing people managers with the practical skills; as well as what constitutes as a fair procedure in relation to disciplinary, grievance or dignity at work concerns.

The session will focus on three key modules:

  • Understanding the principles of natural justice
    – Applying fairness throughout your policies and procedures
    – Key legislation and relevant codes of practice
  • Managing a disciplinary, grievance and dignity at work concern through the informal resolution procedures 
    – Discuss the benefits of resolving issues through the informal channels
    – Understanding what the correct informal procedure is
  • Going formal
    – Overview of the formal procedure and what supports are available
    – Associated risks of not following the correct procedure
    – Understanding the process for termination of employment

If you are interested in attending this event please email Screen Producers Ireland directly on

Venue: The Dean Hotel, Harcourt St, D2 (map here)
Date: 27th February
Time: 9:30am – 1pm
Speaker: Karen Conway, Graphite HRM.

Miniature Model Making course at Pinewood Studios

Irina Kuksova received a bursary to attend a Minature Model Making course at Pinewood Studios. Read more about her experience on the course.

“At the time of the application for a Screen Training Ireland bursary, I had been involved with the Irish Film Industry for eight years. Coming from a fine art and interior design background, I contributed to art department work as Scenic Artist, Portrait Artist, Calligrapher and Art Director.

When my schedule allowed, I took Screen Training Ireland courses to develop and keep-up skills that are most valuable for the art department or those I was curious about, and felt the need to investigate. If I could learn just one trick that would save time, cut costs and let the team end up with a better set, I’d take that course.

“Miniature Model Making at Pinewood Studios in London was one of such courses. I was especially interested in its ‘moulding and casting’ part, as the need to create and replicate complex custom shapes – think period films, fantasy sequences and unique props – is relevant to almost every film. As an Art Director, I wanted to know the limits of Miniature Model Making, the actual manufacturing timeframe, costs involved and tips on how to save the day when things didn’t go to plan. As an Artist, I wanted to have a hands-on experience with top pro guidance regarding the process and the materials plus a good allowance for mistakes, spillages and experiments.

“I learned about the course in June 2017 and immediately got in touch with Emer MacAvin at Screen Training Ireland to see whether there was a possibility to apply for a bursary.  It was a very short notice as the course was scheduled for July 2017. The application required at least two recommendations and I was lucky to secure those from Tom Conroy, whom I recently worked for on ‘The Professor and The Madman’ and Paki Smith, whose team I joined to contribute to ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’. Despite time constraints, the application process was smooth and three weeks later I was on a plane heading to the UK, ready to add another string to my bow.

“I am most grateful to Screen Training Ireland for helping me attend a course that currently isn’t available in Ireland, having a one-to-one chat with a legendary Model Maker Leigh Took and gaining knowledge I wouldn’t have had access to otherwise.

If you are thinking of taking Miniature Model Making course, below is a ‘facts&figures’ account on my experience in July 2017, so you have an idea of what to expect.  

The course was attended by 10 people of all levels of experience – from students to people working in the industry for multiple years, but looking to add to their skills. Ages varied from 19 to 44. Provenance – the UK, Ireland, Brazil and China.

The course was 5 days long, 9am to 4pm, with possibility of arriving an hour earlier and leaving an hour later if need be.

The course location is within Creative Media Skills offices, which are in the Prop House in Pinewood Studios. Participants were able to have a look around Pinewood Studios during 1 hour lunch breaks. A canteen and a cafe were open for lunch and teas and coffees as well as snacks were available at Creative Media Skills kitchen.

Day 1 – Introduction, Concept, Blocking in

“The first day started with an introduction to Miniature Models for Film through a series of real life examples (both photos and videos) of how miniature models are used in film starting from 1980s till today. All examples were original work of our tutor Leigh Took and his team. The course was lead by Leigh Took and his daughter and model-maker herself, Lauren Took.

In the afternoon the group were offered to split into two teams to work on either an underwater shipwreck scene or an apocalyptic cityscape. Each team spent some time researching and sketching to define the scene concept. Once the concept was established, the models were blocked in using materials provided by the tutor, including bits cast during past courses and generic bits ‘from car boot sale’.
The two models were set up in different rooms so that the participants had enough space for work. Each person had their own desk space for carving and casting. Although the participants were recommended to bring their own kit, all tools and materials necessary were provided by the tutor.

Day 2 – Shape Building, Moulding and Casting

“Both teams worked on refining the larger model shapes with aid of glue guns and hot wire polystyrene cutting.
Lauren demonstrated how to make silicone moulds and casts. The team planned on which items need to be cast – from texture stamps made from selected existing items to original plastiline sculptures.

Day 3 – Sculpting, Casting, Painting

“First part of the day was dedicated to plastiline sculpting, making silicone molds and casting with FastCast. Importance of different scale casts to create forced perspective was discussed. The teams were given printouts of where casting materials can be sourced.

The second part of the day was dedicated to painting the model shapes using relevant materials – a mix of paint, PVA and Fillite for organic stone shapes and a variety of acrylic paints and dirty-down sprays for the apocalyptic city.

Participants could freely switch their tasks at any time and try their hand at every aspect of Model Making.

Day 4 – Greens and Foreground details

This was the day to finish all the finer elements of the model – foreground details (most of them sculpture casts, hand-made and hand-painted by participants) and greenery. The tutor gave an overview of materials used to create greens and ways to convincingly blend them into the model space and create forced perspective. Most of the day was spent ‘planting’ the greens and hand-painting foreground dressing.

Day 5 – Dressing for camera, Lights and Shooting

“Both models were moved into a studio and dressed for camera under tutor’s supervision.
The underwater scene was lit through a Perspex tray filled with water, which allowed creating ‘water ripple’ light effect whenever the water was moving in the tray.
The cityscape was lit with fluorescent wires and ‘Christmas lights’ over a black background cityscape silhouette cutout, which created additional depth.
The studio was filled with smoke to help the models look more realistic on camera.
A few still shots of the scene were taken as well as a short ‘walk-through’ with aid of a handheld gimbal stabilizer.

By the end of the day both models were taken down. All the participants were welcome to take any element of the model with them, as well as the moulds created during the course.

Before leaving, the participant got a glimpse of another Creative Media Skills course on make up & prosthetics, which was as fascinating as it was horrifying for an untrained eye.

The tutors were always available to the participants to help with any questions they had.
All participants left with a better understanding of how miniature models can be used in film, the general workflow for creating a model, materials and tools necessary, time and costs involved and how to set up a model for camera, lit and shoot it.

I cannot describe the quality of the course as anything but excellent.”

Course Tutors:
Leigh Took was born on September 17, 1959 in Romford, Essex, England. He is known for his work on Batman (1989), Lost in Space (1998) and The Da Vinci Code (2006), Stardust (2007), The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009), The Chronicles of Narnia (2010), Dark Shadows (2012) and The Monuments Men (2014).

Lauren Took is a Prop and Model Maker and Set Builder, she works with her father Leigh Took as part of Mattes & Miniatures Visual Effects Ltd.

Applications Now Open for Screen Leaders 2018

Screen Leaders is the Strategic Company Development Programme for the Screen Industries.

Is your company going through a period of change or growth?
Do you want to internationalise your business?
Do you need to re-define the scope of your business?
Is it time to frame your company vision?

If you are asking these questions about your business, then Screen Leaders is the programme for you.

Screen Leaders is the company development programme that can transform your creative business. It is designed for company leaders working in film, television, animation, games, post-production, VFX, facilities, sales, distribution and exhibition.

The Screen Leaders programme will provide you with the skills to lead and grow your organisation in a complex, innovative and evolving international marketplace.

When does the programme take place?

Running from June to November, there are three modules, with ongoing feedback between sessions.

Module 1:  Residential, Ireland:  25th – 28th June 2018

Module 2:  Strategic Planning and Leadership Coaching:  3rd – 5th Sept (Dublin) OR 6th – 8th Sept (Berlin) / Strategic Planning Review:  8th October (Dublin) OR 12th October (Berlin)                             

Module 3:   Residential, EU:  22nd – 25th November, 2018

TO APPLY click here

Deadline for Applications 13th April 2018

To find out more about the programme and what previous alumni have to say click here

“Screen Leaders meant a lot for our company as well as our personal development. The most important thing was that we were forced to face our weaknesses; both those we knew of and those we needed to hear. With the help from the experts in the program we understood more clearly what had to be done structurally, economically and in terms of content, to make our company more stable. Even after the sessions with Screen Leaders were over we received tutorial help. We feel more secure now than ever about what to focus on.” Mimmi Spång and Rebecka Lafrenz, Garagefilm International AB

“Screen Leaders is a challenging yet hugely rewarding course. It provided the business audience we needed to expand our company and move it in the right direction. Crucially, we were supported by a team and mentors who wanted us to succeed.” Lindsay Campbell, Underground Films

For further information please contact Screen Training Ireland at  Ph: +353 1 6798040  Website:

This Programme is funded with the support of Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union and the Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann

Minister Madigan T.D. Launches the Start of the Production of Nightflyers Filmed at Troy Studios

Minister Madigan T.D. Launches the Start of the Production of NIGHTFLYERS Filmed at Troy Studios and Supported by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D., today launched the start of the production of NIGHTFLYERS in Troy Studios Limerick at an event in the Merrion Hotel hosted by Kim Harris, General Counsel at NBC Universal.

The much anticipated Syfy series NIGHTFLYERS, is based on George R.R. Martin’s 1987 Novella and is being produced by NBC Universal & Universal Cable Productions, alongside Wild Atlantic Pictures with Irish producers Macdara Kelleher and Eoin Egan, and will air on the Syfy Channel in the US, and will also be made available on Netflix.

Speaking at the launch Minister Madigan said:

“For this fledgling studio — which opens its doors to an international production for the first time — it is great cause for celebration. I wish to congratulate all in Limerick who had the vision to transform the old Dell factory into what is now a major asset for Ireland’s creative industries.

This project chimes with so much of what this Government is aiming to do:

  • Bring investment to the regions in line with the Action Plan for Jobs;
  • Bring creativity to the centre of everything we do as set out in the Creative Ireland Programme;
  • Bring top quality jobs and training to a whole new generation in Limerick to ensure that Limerick becomes a major centre of film and TV Drama for years to come.”

James Hickey, Chief Executive of the Irish Film Board added: “Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board is delighted to be supporting the production of NIGHTFLYERS at Troy Studios in Limerick. A production of this scale is a huge vote of confidence in Irish creative talent and technical skills available in Ireland. It is creating substantial employment in the mid-west and is part of the IFB’s promotion of production in the regions. Attracting an inward production of this type is significant not only for Limerick because of the jobs it creates and the associated spend, but also for the wider industry and economy because it further enhances Ireland’s reputation internationally as a production location.”

Kimberley Harris, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, NBCUniversal said: “NBCUniversal is happy to be doing our first major production in Ireland. The supportive public policy environment and skilled local workforce were key factors for this investment and we appreciate the continued support.”

IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan said, “This is great news for the city of Limerick, not only is today’s announcement NBCU’s first project in Ireland but it is the first production of its kind for Limerick.  The series has the potential to bring significant employment across a wide range of trades and skills during production, but also further spin-out benefits across the region to support the large crew involved. IDA executives met with senior executives at NBC Universal in New York during the highly competitive site location process so we are delighted with this endorsement for the mid-west region and we wish the team in Limerick every success.”

Conn Murray, Chief Executive of Limerick City and County Council said: “This is a hugely significant day for Limerick as it realizes a vision that few would have dreamed possible. It started with talks about transforming the facility we had acquired into the now world-class film hub that has been developed. To have it associated with NBC Universal shows how far we have come and validates our courage in thinking beyond normal boundaries.”

Up to 500 people will be employed during its filming at the state of the art Troy Studios. In turn it is estimated that as much as a €70 million knock on effect into the local Limerick economy.

The production includes a stellar cast. Irish talent includes Eoin Macken as Karl D’Branin and Brían F. O’Byrne as Auggie, alongside major international stars such as Gretchen Mol who has previously starred in BOARDWALK EMPIRE as Dr. Agatha Matheson, David Ajala who was in FAST & FURIOUS 6 as Roy Eris, Sam Strike as Thale, Maya Eshet as Lommie, Angus Sampson, star of the award-winning FARGO as Rowan and Jodie Turner-Smith as Melantha.

The Irish Film Board (IFB) has granted production funding to NIGHTFLYERS, while its training arm,  Screen Training Ireland, has also collaborated with Troy Studios and NIGHTFLYERS to develop work-based learning initiatives for new entrants, alongside shadowing and mentoring opportunities for more experienced industry practitioners. Since the Troy Studios Open Day in late 2016, Screen Training Ireland has delivered training in areas such as Construction, Set Build, Introduction to the Production Office, Drafting and a P.A. Boot camp.

Minister Madigan concluded by wishing Troy Studios and its team as well as the cast and crew of NIGHTFLYERS every success with this exciting project.

Industry Talks at Rathmullan Film Festival 2018

Screen Training Ireland are delighted to support The Rathmullan Film Festival 2018. The festival is an all ages inclusive and participatory festival taking place in the beautiful seaside village of Rathmullan, Co. Donegal, from 15th to 18th of February. The programme has been curated by local community groups, businesses, school kids and film fanatics, with a view to engaging the local community in the creation of unique cinematic experiences.

This is a different approach to film festival programming as it promotes local creativity while offering residents and visitors a versatile programme of film screenings, workshops, food & film experiences, industry talks, sports fun and pub entertainment. Screen Training Ireland and Regional Cultural Centre are supporting an afternoon of industry talks which will cover topics such as setting up an award-winning production company, how to get started in the film business and the role of virtual reality in the future of cinema. Speakers include: Pierce Boyce (Abu Media), actor and director Keith O’Grady, director Orla Walsh (Northern Lights Films), actor and producer Jason Matthewson (Gold Movie Awards), writer and filmmaker Derek O’Connor, producer Catherine Lyons (Camel Productions), VR developer Dr.Jamie McrRoberts, and filmmaker and scholar Dr. Laura Aguiar.

The event will be of interest to film lovers and current and feature creative practitioners based in the North West of Ireland. Each talk costs €5 and can be booked online: Early booking advisable as places are limited.

OFFline Film Festival Animation Residency 2018

OFFline Film Festival is delighted to announce a 6 month Animation Residency which will kick off in May, culminating in a showcase of the work created, at OFFline Film Festival in October 2018. If you’re an ambitious Animator who is ready to take the next step, but you need the headspace, work space and support to work on your passion project, or even to kick start your own animation studio, then this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss!

This summer, two Animators will embed themselves in the beautiful Georgian town of Birr, with accommodation, a stipend and studio space with industry standard software and computing technology provided. Birr is the cultural hub of the Midlands, with a vibrant arts community and the benefit of super-high speed broadband. The Animators will receive ongoing mentoring, as well as post-production services, from award-winning animation studio Piranha Bar. This exciting inaugural Residency is open to Animators working individually, or to dynamic duos planning to collaborate on a project. You will also be introduced to local enterprise resources should you wish to take the leap into setting up your own studio once the Residency finishes up.

Funded by The Trench Trust and Offaly County Council, the OFFline Film Festival Animation Residency will be an annual opportunity for Irish and International Animators to create and showcase their work to an audience of filmmakers and film fans.

How to apply:

To apply go to

Applications will close on Friday 30th March 2018 at 1:00 pm.      

Film In Cork announces details of 2018 Short Film Award

Film In Cork, through the support of the Arts Offices of Cork City and County Councils, and in association with the Tomar Trust, is delighted to announce the launch of the 2018 Short Film Award. This funding initiative aims to support creative and resourceful filmmaking in the Cork region.

Film In Cork is looking for original, entertaining stories by talented filmmakers who, if selected, must shoot their project in Cork City and/or county.

The award will be given to one successful project which will receive €8,000 towards the cost of production, along with support in terms of locations, production, mentoring and planning the film’s festival release strategy.

In order to be eligible for the award, applicants must have full rights to the material they are submitting. Live action short film scripts will be accepted up to a maximum of 10 pages.

Announcing details of the scheme, Rossa Mullin, who runs Film in Cork said: “The Short Film Award offers filmmakers in the region the opportunity to work with a budget and bring to life on the big screen ideas and emotions that are currently on paper.”

Rossa continued “The process in 2018 has been modified somewhat and will involve several stages, beginning with a half-day session on February 25th looking at the development of successful short films, followed by a “Speed Dating” session for writers, directors, and producers to meet and see what synergies they may have to collaborate together. It is very exciting to see this Short Film Award launched, and we are very grateful for the generous support of the Arts Offices of Cork City and County Councils, as well as the Tomar Trust, who have helped to make this happen.”

The closing date for script applications is 5pm on Friday, April 6th.

Application forms and detailed guidelines for the 2018 Short Film Award can be found at

Photo: 2017 Award winner, EARTHLY BONDS, written and directed by Alan Dunne.



Screen Training Ireland: A year in Review 2017

Screen Training Ireland are delighted to release “A Year in Review 2017”.  The review looks at key initiatives, training highlights and the bursary award scheme for 2017.

Plans for 2018 are also outlined.  For a full breakdown please click here