Screen Training Ireland appoints Fran Keaveney to new role

Screen Training Ireland is delighted to announce the appointment of Fran Keaveney to the position of Skills Development Executive – Film and TV Drama Production.

Fran will work closely with industry guilds, heads of department, crew and producers to address gaps in skills and competencies and address future skills requirements. She will also work closely with the Skills Development Executive – Apprenticeships & Traineeships at Screen Training Ireland, developing pathways into the industry, structured modular training and career progression opportunities beyond entry-level.

Speaking about the new appointment, Gareth Lee, Skills Development Manager of Screen Training Ireland, said “We’re delighted to have Fran joining the team here at Screen Training Ireland. Fran will bring a wealth of production experience and skills development knowledge to the role. The development of people and skills in the screen sector is a crucial component of growth and success, and this appointment will help to exponentially increase the skills development provision for the Film and TV Drama sector nationally”.

Fran Keaveney returned to Ireland in 1991, having spent four years in Australia, studying Film and TV and working at The Australian Film Studios in Melbourne. She began freelancing on features and commercials and worked mainly in the Production and Locations departments. The following are some of the films she worked on, ‘Into The West, ‘The Snapper’, ‘In The Name of The Father’, ‘Moondance’, ‘A Man of No Importance’, ‘Braveheart’, ‘The Van’, ‘The Devil’s Own’ and ‘Let Us Prey’. She moved to Galway in 1996 and was the first production manager on the TG4 soap ‘Ros na Rún’ until joining the Irish Film Board in 2000 where she worked as Production Manger initially and then Short Films Executive for eight years.  She has continued to work on a consultancy basis with Screen Ireland since her departure in 2012. She has tutored at the Huston School of Film and Digital Media, NUIG since 2007 and is an assessor with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland since 2013.

Screen Training Ireland is the leading agency with responsibility for investing in people through skills development initiatives for the screen sectors in Ireland, including Film, TV, Animation, VFX, and Games.

Irish Writers in the US: Writers Room Placements

Screen Training Ireland is seeking three experienced Irish Writers for placements in Los Angeles.  The placement will commence on the 25th of October and run until the 1st of November.

Screen Training Ireland will provide a €2000 contribution to costs for each participant but participants will be expected to organise their own transport and accommodation.

The Placements will run as follows:

Writers Rooms:

  • “Jupiter’s Legacy”
  • 2 days in the Writers Room for new Netflix/MillarWorld series
  • Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus, Daredevil, Pacific
  • Rim:Uprising)
  • Genre: Superhero Action Adventure

 

  • “What/If”
  • 2 days in the Writers Room for new Netflix/WBTV series
  • Showrunner Mike Kelley (Revenge, Swingtown)
  • Genre: Drama

 

  • “The Big Bang Theory”
  • Onset observing the Writers for a taping of an episode of this Warner Bros. Series
  • Showrunner Steve Holland, Creator/Producer Bill Prady
  • Writer/EP Tara Hernandez

 

Mentorship Meetings:

  • Liz Alper – Writer – Chicago Fire (NBC), Hawaii 5-0 (CBS) The Rookie (ABC)
  • Hart Hanson- Showrunner / Creator Bones, Backstrom, The Finder
  • Others TBC.

Application Procedure:

Please apply with an up to date CV by emailing grainne.bennett@screentrainingireland.ie.

Deadline for applications: 10:00am Thursday 11th October.

Shadow Directing Opportunity – Wildfire

Screen Training Ireland is seeking applications from female directors interested in a shadow directing opportunity on upcoming film production Wildfire.

Due to the nature of production, the opportunity will have a fluid form but the overall objective will be to provide participants with exposure and experience on a feature film set, and ultimately to help increase the number of future productions directed by female talent.

This is not a training scheme and the shadowing opportunity is not open to entry-level talent. The focus is on career advancement. There is a modest stipend provided and the duration of the shoot is 6 weeks, starting Monday the 22nd of October with an opportunity to observe some of the pre-production and post-production processes.

Locations:

Week 1 – Downpatrick area NI

Week 2 – Week 5 – Dundalk area

Week 6 – Donegal area

It is not a requirement to attend all weeks but the successful candidate must be able to attend a minimum of four of the shoot weeks.

Essential requirements:

  • Candidates must be female, and have directed at least one short film that has had an award-qualifying festival premiere, or TV broadcast
  • Candidates must have a director, assistant director, or DOP credit on at least two short films, and/or one feature film
  • Candidates must able to provide a link to an up to date showreel and provide a current director CV
  • Candidates are expected to be self-starters, with a positive attitude, who have on-set experience and who recognise this role is to assist and shadow the director
  • Candidates must have a current, clean driving licence and their own car.

To apply please email grainne.bennett@screentrainingireland.ie by 10:00 am Wednesday the 10th of October. Please supply a current CV, a link to a show reel, and a short description of why this shadow directing opportunity might be beneficial in advancing your directing career.  Candidates who do not meet the essential requirements will not be considered.

Físín Irish Scriptwriting Competition open for submissions

An open invitation for submissions of a short film proposal in the Irish language.

The project targets and encourages filmmaking in Irish. The Físín competition does not favour any particular genre and is open to submissions in all categories.

The competition has a cash prize of €5,000 to the overall winner. The winner will also receive €2,000 worth of film equipment hire from Vast Valley Ltd. Vast Valley Ltd. provide equipment and support for feature films, TV drama and commercials. They supply cameras, lenses, accessories and grip equipment and are located in Dublin 2 and Belfast.

First Stage
We are inviting you to submit an idea for a short film in Irish. We will select up to 10 of the best entries for a script and production development weekend in Dingle in November 2018.

What we need from you at this stage by email is:

Deadline for submitting ideas – 26th October 2018

Key Dates:

  • First Stage/Entry Deadline: 26th October 2018
  • Notification to successful entrants: 9th November 2018
  • Second Stage/Development weekend: 23rd-25th November 2018
  • Re-Submission Deadline:14th January 2019
  • Notification to successful entrants: 11th February 2019
  • Final Stage/Live Pitches: 24th March 2019
  • Winner Announced:24th March 2019
  • Festival Dates:21st – 24th March 2019

Enter now!

IndieCork 2018: Directors Studio with Rebecca Daly and Oonagh Kearney

IndieCork 2018 – Directors Studio – Rebecca Daly and Oonagh Kearney

On the occasion of the inaugural IndieCork award for Best Emerging Irish Female Director, IndieCork with support from Screen Training Ireland present this encounter between two Irish women directors, focusing on the challenges and opportunities for women who take on the directorial role in the Irish and International film industries. Rebecca and Oonagh have taken different career-paths in the film industry and consequently have had different experiences. We are delighted that they are willing to share these experiences with participants at this IndieCork event.

Rebecca Daly is one of Ireland’s most accomplished film directors. Her first short, Joyriders (2006) played extensively on the festival circuit, winning several International awards. Her first feature film, The Other Side Of Sleep premiered in Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival and played in the Discovery section of the Toronto International Film Festival (2011). Rebecca was invited to participate in the first Berlin Film Festival Residency with her second feature Mammal. Mammal premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016. Good Favour is her third feature and had its world premiere at Toronto, ,2017. Good Favour screens at IndieCork on Monday October 8th at 9.15pm in the Gate Cinema.

Oonagh Kearney has written and directed nine short films and one documentary with the support of the Irish Arts Council, Irish Film Board, RTE, TG4, BRITDOC and The Wellcome Trust. Her work has screened at film festivals around the world. Oonagh’s short dance film Her Mother’s Daughters, screened at over seventy film festivals and won seven awards. Her 2012 Reel Art documentary, Wonder House, was nominated for Best Emerging International Filmmaker and awarded special mention at the London Open City Doc Festival in 2013.

This workshop is for existing and aspiring filmmakers and places are limited. While the session is open to all, it’s especially aimed at women who are considering careers as film directors.

Fee: €12

Attendance is by application only to info@indiecork.com by October 7th.

This includes teas and coffees and admission to Good Favour on Monday, October 8th. The event will take place in the magnificent Nano Nagle Place, Douglas Street.

 

Production Value Workshop 2019 in Sweden

Are you an assistant director or a line producer/production manager interested in improving your scheduling and budgeting skills at an international level, in learning from senior professionals, and in developing a European network?

Are you a producer with a complex project, interested in getting a schedule and a budget supervised by top-level first assistant-directors and line producers?

PRODUCTION VALUE is an 8-day Workshop that aims at strengthening the creative partnership of assistant directors and line producers/production managers with producers and directors. It focuses on 6 European feature films and TV series in pre-production, endeavouring to meet the creative and financial challenges of each project.

Past tutors have included Marco Valerio Pugini (Italy – ZOOLANDER 2, LETTERS TO JULIET, ROME), Stuart Renfrew (UK – 6 films de Stephen Frears, BREATHE, PRIDE, BRIDGET JONES’ DIARY), Scott Kirby (Germany – POINT BREAK, V FOR VENDETTA, A MOST WANTED MAN), José-Luis Escolar (Spain – AGORA, KNIGHT AND DAY) et Michael Schwarz (Germany – RENEGADES, OLIVER TWIST, BORGIA).

Further details can be found at www.productionvalue.net

Date and venue: 12 – 20 January 2019 in Vänersborg, near Gothenburg, Sweden

Applications until 10 November 2018 at https://focal.ch/prodvalue/applying2019.html

For projects: 1 December 2018

Shadow Directing Opportunity – The Last Right

Screen Training Ireland is seeking applications from female directors interested in a shadow directing opportunity on upcoming film production The Last Right.

Due to the nature of production the opportunity will have a fluid form but the overall objective will be to provide participants with exposure and experience on a feature film set, and ultimately to help increase the number of future productions directed by female talent.

This is not a training scheme and the shadowing opportunity is not open to entry-level talent. The focus is on career advancement. There is a modest stipend provided and the duration of the shoot is 5 weeks, starting in early November, with a potential extra week or two either side to also get some pre/post experience.

Essential requirements:

  • Candidates must be female, and have directed at least one short film that has had an award-qualifying festival premiere, or TV broadcast
  • Candidates must have a director, assistant director, or DOP credit on at least two short films, and/or one feature film
  • Candidates must able to provide a link to an up to date showreel and provide a current director CV
  • Candidates are expected to be self-starters, with a positive attitude, who have on-set experience and who recognise this role is to assist and shadow the director
  • Candidates must have a current, clean driving licence and their own car

To apply please email grainne.bennett@screentrainingireland.ie by 30th of September. Please supply a current CV, a link to a show reel, and a short description of why this shadow directing opportunity might be beneficial in advancing your directing career. Candidates who do not meet the essential requirements will not be considered.

APostLab Annual Workshop Deadline Extended to the 18th September

Amsterdam-based APostLab provides training programs focusing on post-production management of internationally co-produced feature-length films, targeting producers and post-production supervisors. Their annual workshop deadline has now been extended to the 18th September.

Its primary mission is to make producers more aware of the post-production requirements of their projects, and bring producers and post-supervisors together to help them gain a better understanding of each others’ professional concerns.

Group leaders on the 9th annual workshop will be Joost de Vries, seasoned producer and Managing Director of APostLab, who will team up with Hans van Helden, Director Post Production International Originals EMEA at Netflix, and Roshanak Behesht Nedjad, experienced producer & EAVE tutor who will team up with freelance post production supervisor Niko Remus, Head of Studies for APostLab.

As one of the workshop’s goal is to make post production accessible and understandable for those who don’t deal with it on a daily basis, they have selected a group of experts which includes:

  • Dennis Kleyn, VFX Supervisor, The Netherlands
  • Viola Fügen, Producer, Match Factory Productions – Germany
  • Peter Albrechtsen, Sound Designer – Denmark
  • Laurence Kaye, Music Expert – UK
  • Juan Galva, Colorist & Trainer at Up.Grade – Germany
  • Neeltje van der Heijden, Post Production Supervisor – The Netherlands
  • Kartriel Schory, Producer and Executive Director of the Israel Film Fund – Israel
  • Nevina Satta, Sardegna Film Commission – Italy

The 9th APostLab annual workshop will be organized in Sardinia, Italy between the 8th and 13th November 2018, with the support of Creative Europe MEDIA, and the Sardegna Film Commission.

Producers with a project in development, financing, or pre-production, and post-production supervisors can submit their application at www.apostlab.com/annual by the 18th of September.

Half-Light Post Production unveils state-of-the-art post production studio

Half-Light Post Production, Cork City’s only independent purpose built post production facility, has unveiled recent development works which were carried out in order to cater for the studio’s continued growth and the demand for high end post production services for the film and television industry in Cork and further afield in Munster. In addition to the existing post production studio, Half-Light is now providing premium picture edit and colour grade facilities.

The company, which provides television and film producers with a full range of post production services, was first established in 2009 by Cork man Conor Barron, who holds an MA in Music Technology from the University of Limerick, and prior to establishing Half-Light was a sound and music production education specialist for Apple in Bristol, UK. New additions to the facility, located in Cork City’s Marina Commercial Park, include a Colour Grade Suite, Edit Suite, 5.1 Mix Room, ADR Studio, Voice Over Booth, and a sound proof and acoustically treated Green Screen Sound Booth for filming piece-to-camera with superior sound quality. The combination of these facilities make it the first “all in one” post production house in Munster.

Speaking about the development, CEO of Half-Light, Conor Barron stated:

“It’s fantastic to see Half-Light grow, and as we near our 10th birthday, we are delighted to now offer a full range of production services, having spent the last 12 months on R&D to get it just right. Creating and developing a high end facility and service was extremely important when developing our studio, and we are really seeing the results of this with a high calibre of return clients.

“As well as that, it was important for us that those working in film and television in the region didn’t have to make the trek outside of Munster to avail of these types of post production services. We have so much talent in the film and television industry here in the south of the country and it’s a very exciting time for the sector.”

In this expansion phase of the business, Half-Light has received the support of Film in Cork, which provides production, location and training support services to those working in film, television, and animation in Cork. Speaking about Half-Light’s offering, Rossa Mullin of Film in Cork said “The development of Half-Light is a very positive addition to the film and television industry here in Cork. Having a purpose-built facility in the city will open many more opportunities to grow and develop Cork’s talent pool in the sector. Conor has created a fantastic new facility and we wish him every success as he expands the range of services at Half-Light.”

Half-Light’s team consists of some of the best and most experienced creative talent in the region, and works with clients on an international, national and local level including RTÉ, Marvel Television, Walt Disney Pictures, BBC One, BBC Earth, and Cork projects such as The Young Offenders.

For more information visit www.halflight.ie.

Actors Masterclass with Hugo Weaving in Association with Bow Street Academy for Screen Acting

Screen Training Ireland is delighted to host an Actors Masterclass in partnership with Bow Street Academy for Screen Acting. Award-winning Australian actor Hugo Weaving who stars in director Lance Daly’s Irish Famine revenge thriller BLACK 47 will be the subject of the masterclass.

His impressive list of credits includes CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, HACKSHAW RIDGE, LITTLE FISH opposite Cate Blanchett, THE MATRIX, V FOR VENDETTA, Peter Jackson’s THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY and THE HOBBIT TRILOGY, THE ADVENTURES OF PRICILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT and many more.

The masterclass will focus on Hugo Weaving’ vast experience as an actor working across various genres and environments; and the skills, methodology and aesthetics of screen acting. It will also look at the collaborative dynamics between the director and the actor.

Acclaimed auteur filmmaker Lance Daly, BLACK 47, KISSES, LIFES A BREEZE, THE HALO EFFECT, LAST DAYS IN DUBLIN, will facilitate the masterclass providing an enriching experience for the participating actors and an opportunity to discuss the actor/director relationship.

Gráinne Bennett, Training Executive Screen, Training Ireland said “I am delighted to be working with Bow Street Academy of Screen Acting to bring this Masterclass with Hugo Weaving to an audience of Irish actors. Having Lance Daly to facilitate the masterclass will enhance the experience for all involved.”