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  training@filmincork.com  by midday on October 25th

Fee: €30

Location: Cork City.

For further details, please contact amy@filmincork.com

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  amy@filmincork.com.

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 (www.productionvalue.net). 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 focal.ch/en/working-together

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.