Huge Turnout for Film Industry Open Day in Limerick to Encourage Job Opportunities and Film and TV Production Activity in the Mid-West Region
Speakers included YOUNG OFFENDERS director Peter Foott, multi award-winning Costume Design Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh and The Rubberbandits.
Almost a thousand people turned out for the Screen Training Ireland and Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) Film Industry Open Day in Troy Studios, Castletroy, Limerick on Saturday the 15th of October, which forms part of the overall strategy to grow film and television production activity in the Mid-West region.
“We are delighted to see such a high turnout and interest in this event. With the development of TROY Studios in Limerick, we believe there is a major opportunity to grow film and television production activity across the Mid-West region. As part of the IFB’s strategy announced early this year, job creation is at the core of our policy of growth for the audio-visual sector and training is a key element of this. This event has been organised with the aim of mapping current levels of skills across the region, in order to gauge the necessary training courses needed to allow people interested in working in the film and television sector to train and pick up additional skillsets” said James Hickey, Chief Executive, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board.
“We are working closely with Innovate Limerick and the Education Training Boards in the region to build strong foundations for growth. Of central importance is the ability for individuals to acquire the necessary skills in order to develop freelance careers within the film and television sector, which can offer a long-term continuum of employment.”
Aimed at school leavers, job seekers, new entrants to the labour market, graduates and those seeking information on the industry, the day has served as an opportunity to hear from some of the industry’s most experienced professionals and heads of departments providing a 360-degree view of a production.
YOUNG OFFENDERS Director Peter Foott delivered a keynote address which was followed by sessions from heads of departments in production, accounts, camera and lighting, sound, art department, costume, make-up and hair, set craft/construction, props and continuity.
Top industry speakers from the Mid-West included multi award-winning Costume Designer Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh (BREAKFAST ON PLUTO, BECOMING JANE, BRIDESHEAD REVISITED, THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY, LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP); Noëlette Buckley, Line Producer (HAYWIRE, THIS MUST BE THE PLACE, DISCO PIGS, THE FALL, BALLYKISSANGEL, FRANK JIMMY’S HALL, WOLF HALL); Conor Dennison, Production Designer/Art Director (TITANIC: BLOOD AND STEEL, VIKINGS).
Other speakers included Rebecca Daly, Accountant (ROOM, THE LOBSTER, FRANK, GLASSLAND); Hannah Quinn, Assistant Director (MAZE, THE CANAL, THE JOURNEY, FOYLES WAR, TITANIC: BLOOD AND STEEL); James Maguire, Gaffer (THE SECRET SCRIPTURE, BROOKLYN, RIPPER STREET, REBELLION); Dan Birch, Sound (THE SECRET SCRIPTURE, VIKINGS, JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE); Dave Moran, Script Supervisor (A DATE FOR MAD MARY, THE LOBSTER, GAME OF THRONES, RIPPER STREET); Tim Fleming, Cinematographer (REBELLION, JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE, CITADEL, ONCE).
The morning featured a session from Limerick artists The Rubberbandits.
A demonstration area showcasing various skillsets within departments was available for attendees to explore. The demo area included sessions on VFX, Costume Construction, Costume Design: Distressing and Ageing, Modelmaking with Fab Lab Limerick; Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, Camera and Lighting and much more.
Picture Credit: Nick McDonagh