RED ROCK Training Scheme Open Day provides graduates with an insight into TV Drama Production

Friday, September 25th, 2015

The RED Rock Training Scheme an exciting new partnership between Screen Training Ireland, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and TV3’s RED ROCK kicked off last week with an Open Day attended by over 130 graduates and new entrants to the industry.

Attendees at the event had the opportunity to learn about different aspects of TV drama production from a range of industry experts, and gained a close insight into how RED ROCK is made from the show’s heads of departments.

The RED ROCK Training Scheme will offer a select number of placement opportunities on the set of TV3’s drama as it enters into production of season 2. The six-week placements will introduce participants to essential skills in a number of key production departments, such as Locations, Wardrobe, Hair/Make-Up, Art Department, Continuity, and Post Production.

Assistant Director, Hannah Quinn opened the training day with an in-depth discussion of working on set and set etiquette. This was followed by an insightful panel discussion with Red Rock 1st Assistant Director Nick McCarthy and the Red Rock Head of Departments. An illuminating discussion followed providing an overview of the key departments and outlining the specific roles and responsibilities of each on the Red Rock set. Glen Fox, Emergency Services Training Institute provided an overview of safety on set.

HODs for the day included Rosie Blackmore, Make-Up and Hair; Inez Nordell, Costume; Ciaran Tanham, Camera; Tracey O’Hanlon, Art Department; Gordon McCauley, Continuity; Dave O’Mara, Locations; Gemma O’Shaughnessy, Production; and John Philipson, Post Production. Other highlights on the day included tours of the RED ROCK set led by Series Producer Paula Heffernan and Executive Producer Gareth Phillips.

Closing the day showrunner Gareth Philips, Series Producer Paula Heffernan and lead Red Rock writer Kim Revill spoke about the development of the show and long-running drama as a medium.

The €7m drama employs 130 full-time staff and features actors including ‘Braveheart’ actor Liam Carney, Richard Flood, Denise McCormack and Cathy Belton.

For further information please contact Sorcha Loughnane at Screen Training Ireland.