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.
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.”
Screen Training Ireland (STI) is delighted to announce three new appointments to the current team. Sorcha Scully has been appointed to the positon of Animation and VFX Coordinator, Emer MacAvin has been appointed as Apprenticeship and Traineeship Executive and Sharon O’Hara has been appointed as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Screen Training Ireland.
Sorcha will be tasked with the roll out of training and skills development activities across animation, VFX, AR/VR and gaming. Emer will look after work-based learning initiatives including structured Apprenticeships and Traineeships. Sharon will work across all marketing and communications activity for Screen Training Ireland including the website, social media content, newsletters and industry and public engagement. Sharon will also oversee data protection and freedom of information compliance for Screen Training Ireland.
Speaking about the new appointments, Gareth Lee, Manager of Screen Training Ireland, said “We are delighted to welcome Sorcha, Emer and Sharon to Screen Training Ireland’s growing team. Sorcha will play a key role in identifying and responding to skills gaps in the animation, VFX and games sectors; Emer will be heavily involved in all of STI’s work-based learning programmes; and Sharon will take on the challenge of marketing Screen Training Ireland’s skills development initiatives through various communication channels.”
Sorcha Scully previously worked as a Sales Executive for Monster Entertainment, a brand management company which develops animated series and distributes them worldwide. While working at Monster Entertainment, Sorcha was an active member of the team and attended MIPCOM and MIPTV to showcase the companies exciting catalogue of animation for all ages from pre-school, through to animation for adults, including; Oscar winning, Oscar nominated and Emmy award winning animation. Sorcha holds a BA (Honours) Degree in English, Media & Cultural Studies from the Institute of Art Design & Technology, Dun Laoghaire.
Emer MacAvin began her career in the Film and TV Industry in 1992 as a freelance trainee buyer, working up the ranks on various International and Irish feature films, TV series and TV commercials from Trainee Buyer to Buyer to Set Decorator. Some of the productions Emer worked on include King Arthur, PS I Love You, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Disco Pigs and A Tigers Tail. Emer has worked at Screen Training Ireland as a Training Coordinator since 2007 on a range of training programmes in the technical, business development and creative areas. Emer holds a BA in Training and Education (NUIG), a Certificate in Training and Continuing Education with (NUIM) and a Certificate in Stage Craft Production.
Sharon O’Hara has worked as a digital media producer for the past 6 years, primarily in the digital media and digital marketing space – creating content for pre-school properties like Peppa Pig and PJ Masks, managing social media and website content, and implementing marketing and communications campaigns at media companies like Entertainment One, Sony Pictures Television and Hachette UK. Sharon holds a first class BA (Joint Hons) Degree in English & Sociology from NUI Maynooth.
Screen Training Ireland (STI) is the national training and skills development resource specifically tailored for Ireland’s film and television industry. It was established to provide ongoing training and career development opportunities for professionals working in the screen industry. Screen Training Ireland delivers structured training and skills development initiatives to the Film and TV Drama, Animation, VFX, Games, AR/VR and the Television Broadcast sector.
Last years programme saw 12 graduates placed in animation, games and VFX studios for up to 6 months, as well as receiving targeted and intensive training in specific skills areas throughout the training period. Off the job training included courses in storyboarding, production management and visual storytelling. The participating studios last year included Brown Bag Films, JAM Media, Cartoon Saloon, Boulder Media, Windmill Lane VFX, Screen Scene VFX, Piranha Bar, HMH and Immersive VR Education.
The programme, which has been running since 2016, has a great track record with over 90% of participants going on to gain further work in the industry either with their host studio or with another studio.
The 2018/19 programme will take place over an intensive 6-month period, with a short intensive period of upfront training, followed by a mixture of on-the-job and classroom based training over the following months. Selected participants for the 2018/19 programme will once again be matched with leading animation, VFX and games studios and participate in tailored training through Animation Skillnet and Screen Training Ireland. The VFX, Animation & Games Graduate Traineeship is a full-time programme for which a training allowance/bursary will be made available to selected participants.
Start Date: Monday 22nd October 2018
End Date: Friday 5th April 2019
Interested applicants should upload a CV Link or LinkedIn link and showreel/portfolio link to:
Deadline for applications: Wednesday 12th September 2018.
Interviews in late September/early October with Final Selection on Friday 5th October 2018.
*All applications will be evaluated and shortlisted for interview by a panel of industry experts, in consultation with Screen Training Ireland/Animation Skillnet. Please note only those who are shortlisted will be called for interview.
Skills Development Executive – Film and TV Drama Production
Screen Training Ireland (STI) is the national training and development body for Ireland’s film and television industry. It was established in 1995 to provide ongoing training and career development opportunities for professionals working in the screen industry. STI comes under the auspices of Screen Ireland.
The screen sector encompasses the development and production of Film, Television, Animation, VFX, Post Production and emerging screen technologies and STI works across all these sectors.
The development of people and skills in the screen sector is a crucial component of growth and success and as part of our strategy for Audio-Visual training for the sector STI want to exponentially increase the training provision for the live-action sector. This will include an increased focus on:
A crucial element of the role will involve working with the STI Apprenticeship and Traineeship Executive on the design and implementation of skills development initiatives within a structured training environment for Trainees. This will involve developing pathways into the industry, structured modular training and career paths beyond entry-level.
This is a newly created full-time position working directly with and reporting to the STI Training Manager. The role will see the successful individual working across the live-action production of feature film and TV drama with industry guilds, heads of department, crew and producers. The role will consist of skills analysis, role mapping and competency mapping across live-action departments. The role will address gaps in skills and competencies and address future skills requirements within the live-action production sector. The role will also involve working closely with all industry stakeholders in terms of standards for Health and Safety and the design of a new set pass scheme which can be rolled out to all stakeholders.
The role will consist of:
An aspect of unsocial hours may be a feature of this position.
Interested applicants are invited to forward a detailed CV that highlights relevant experience and a covering letter in strict confidence to email@example.com by Friday the 7th September 2018.
You will also be expected to be conversant with the training strategy ‘Final Report in respect of a Strategy for the Development of Skills for the Audio-visual industry in Ireland’ see www.screenireland.ie and www.screentrainingireland.ie.
This is a sanctioned full-time 5 year fixed term post at HEO level at a starting salary of €47,552 with annual increments subject to performance.
Annual leave is 25 days per annum and this post will be part of the Screen Ireland Superannuation Scheme.
There will be a 6 month probationary period.
This position is directly responsible to the STI Training Manager.
The post will be based in the STI offices in Dublin but will involve some national travel.
Screen Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.
Screen Ireland is under the aegis of the Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht.
Dublin International Film Festival (DIFF) announces Virgin Media, Ireland’s leading connected internet provider, as the festival’s new title sponsor. The term of the title sponsor partnership is for three years beginning with the 2019 festival which takes place from 20th February to 3rd March 2019. For more information visit www.diff.ie
Over the past sixteen years, Dublin International Film Festival has showcased the work of Ireland’s very talented producers, directors, screenwriters and actors. It has hosted over 600 major guests, including winners of the festival’s prestigious Volta Award such as Al Pacino, Julie Andrews, Danny DeVito, Daniel Day-Lewis, Joss Whedon, Brendan Gleeson, Angela Lansbury, Stanley Tucci, Stellan Skarsgård, Kristin Scott Thomas and Ennio Morricone.
The Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival will bring the world’s best films to Dublin in its spectacular 17th edition that will include world premieres and a total of over 110 features. Known for its own creativity and entertainment, Virgin Media will now be associated with Ireland’s premier film festival, and through its sponsorship will also foster local Irish indigenous talent in the filmic arts.
To celebrate the announcement, the first collaboration will see the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival host the European premiere of Lenny Abrahamson’s new film THE LITTLE STRANGER at a gala screening on 12th September next at The Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin. The darkly mysterious period drama is based on the novel of the same name by Sarah Waters and features Irish and international acting talent including Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Charlotte Rampling and Will Poulter.
Lenny Abrahamson, Academy Award nominated director of ROOM, will be in attendance at the premiere of THE LITTLE STRANGER alongside cast members Domhnall Gleeson and Ruth Wilson.
Grainne Humphreys, Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival Director said: “It’s a huge honour for us to have Virgin Media join with us as our new title sponsors. As a festival we have grown to become one which features a truly global line-up, as well as celebrating the best of Irish film talent, both in front and behind the camera. Virgin Media’s decision to come on board reflects the belief a global company has in what the festival offers and also in the wider Irish film industry.”
Paul Higgins, Director of Consumer, Virgin Media said: “We’re extremely proud to be the title sponsor of the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival. This underlines our commitment to foster creativity in film production and television content as Ireland’s leading connected entertainment provider and commercial broadcasting company. In 2019, Dublin will once again become a global showcase for the best films and talent. We want this to be a signal to the world of everything Ireland has to offer as a film industry hub where we are also focused on encouraging home produced content for our own TV channels and services.”
Founded in 2003, the Dublin International Film Festival sets the agenda of the year with its programme of outstanding Irish and international film. Featuring an extraordinary red carpet line-up of on-screen talent and guest filmmakers, the festival offers unique access to a plethora of filmmaking talent and transforms Dublin into a hub of glamour, creativity and film appreciation. The festival enjoys an international reputation and is considered a vital launch-pad for Irish titles and an important showcase of world cinema for discerning audiences.
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.
Please apply by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
She has taught and consulted in the area of character behavior and development, visual storytelling and movement for animation at DREAMWORKS and DISNEY, as well as LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY in Los Angeles, LUCASFILMS and CG PROTEGE in SINGAPORE, GOBELINS and ANNECY in France, the GOBELINS INTERNATIONAL MASTER CLASS PROGRAM worldwide, GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY in BRISBANE/AUSTRALIA, The BAROS INTERNATIONAL ANIMATON FESTIVAL in INDONESIA, The MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL in CANADA, MOME in BUDAPEST/HUNGARY, FILMAKADEMIE in STUTTGART/GERMANY, The OUTBACK FILM BOOTCAMP in WINTON/AUSTRALIA, THE NORMAL UNIVERSITY IN TAIPEI/TAIWAN and THE ONE ACADEMY in KUALA LUMPUR/MALAYSIA.
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: email@example.com
Deadline for Applications: Monday 17th September.
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
DAY 2: October 21st
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.
-What makes a good idea?
-Building function-based structure
-Creature design demo
-Questions & Answers
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively by post to:
IMRO / RTÉ Scoring For Film Program 2018/19
Director of Marketing & Membership
Irish Music Rights Organisation
Lower Baggot Street
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.