Please see Application Procedure for details.

Passport to Production – Donegal

Tutors: Claire Wilde

Date: Saturday, February 6th, 2021

Duration: 5 days over 3 weekends (10.00 -15.30)

Venue: Online

Cost: €0

Course Profile:

Passport to Production is a New Entrant Training Online Programme, delivered in partnership with Donegal County Council, which has been developed to equip new entrants with the key future skills and the key elements of working in the Film and TV Industry and to support new entrants on the job.

New entrants are increasingly required to possess competencies that reflect the ever-changing dynamics of the work environment for the high-end TV Drama space. The course will examine why this skill set is important in the film industry and how these skills are of growing importance across all industries.

Industry feedback internationally and nationally continually highlights the need for future skills such as problem-solving, adaptive thinking, creative collaboration, and emotional intelligence.

Other important elements of the programme include Health and Safety, set etiquette, script breakdown and self-management in the industry.

This 5-day programme is one of the essential steppingstones and forms the basis of the new entrant’s journey to working in the industry.

The programme will give a broad overview of all the departments and to help equip new entrants with the knowledge and some of the essential skills to working on set.

There will be some practical elements during the 4 days and will consist of virtual group activities, industry panel experts and case studies.

The programme will be facilitated and delivered by industry experts and design thinkers which include tutors guest speakers and panellists.


Future Proofing on the Job

  • Emotional intelligence, building self – awareness, motivation, empathy, social skills, feeling confident starting out.
  • Teamwork and collaboration – understanding how to cultivate a great team environment, how teams interact, collaboration is key, active listening and giving feedback effectively.
  • Managing in a stressful yet fun environment
  • Thinking outside the box
  • Thinking on your feet
  • Taking a user cantered approach and brainstorming.

The 360 of Set Etiquette

Who’s who?

  • How Departments interact
  • Radio etiquette – the standard approach
  • Sensitivity around cast and crew
  • Production terminology and jargon
  • Essential production paperwork
  • Copyright, product placement and clearances the basics.
  • Script breakdown the basics with a practical exercise.
  • Technical on set jargon – crossing the line, eye lines, camera set up, why set ups take so long essential equipment.
  • Shooting on location vs studio

Health and Safety on Set

  • Health and safety overview legislation/risk assessments
  • Film Set Safety Protocol/Health and Safety Culture
  • Your role as a crew member
  • Departmental hazards in production a broad overview
  • From construction site to movie set.
  • Bullying and harassment

Self-Management in the Industry

  • Navigation through the industry
  • How to manage as a freelancer
  • CV Clinic
  • HR – the basics
  • Getting your first job
  • Reading contracts
  • Essential networking

Participant Profile:

The programme is aimed at new entrants in the Donegal area who possess commitment, motivation, and a passion to work in the high-end film and tv drama space.

Passport to Production is an industry-recognised programmes that was developed by Screen Skills Ireland with industry, for industry.

The programme has some of the essential steppingstones to support new entrants on the job, and on set and will form the basis of the new entrant’s journey to working in the industry.

Screen Skills Ireland courses are open to all regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.

Application Procedure:

Please apply online by 12pm on Friday 29 January 2021 with an up-to-date CV, including a personal statement (no more than 300 words) outlining why you would like to work in the Film and TV Industry. You can only upload one document so please make sure the personal statement is included as part of your CV. 

For further information, please email

For technical difficulties with the online system please email

Applications for this course are limited and we expect a high volume of applications.

Applications without a CV, a personal statement, or from applicants not based in Donegal will not be considered for selection.

Please see Application Procedure for details.