Troy Studios Speakers and Presenters

Peter Foott is an award winning filmmaker with prizes from Venice Film Festival and The Irish Film & Television Awards (IFTA) where he won best TV moment of the year. He is creator, writer and producer of RTE’s hit comedy show “The Fear” which is on its fourth season. Before that he was producer, writer and director on RTE’s Republic of Telly. He recently wrote and directed his debut feature film entitled “The Young Offenders” which has achieved the highest opening box office for an Irish film in 2016.

Julie Ryan is an international producer with broadcast experience in Ireland, Vancouver, Melbourne and Hollywood across factual, lifestyle, documentary and studio based filming. Julie has worked with studios such as RTE, TV3, Walt Disney Animation, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros, HBO, Showtime, Lionsgate, Sony and Paramount. Julie has produced award winning shorts premiering at Palm Springs, St. Louis International, Hollywood and the Los Angeles International Film Festival. Julie now producers The Fear for RTE and has recently completed the Irish Film Board documentary Showrunners, which debuted No.1 on the iTunes documentary chart in the US.

Blindboy is a Limerick based artist who works in film, music, theatre and social media.  He is a member of the Rubberbandits. The Rubberbandits first rose to prominence in December 2010, when their music video, “Horse Outside“, went viral on YouTube. They have since won awards for both their music and comedy. Blindboy has been commissioned as a writer with Channel 4, RTE, ITV and MTV. The Rubberbandits currently have a prime time TV show on MTV USA.  He recently completed a master’s degree in socially engaged art, which focused on the crossover between filmmaking, social media and the use of art as a dialogue for social change.

Noëlette Buckley has been a Production Manager/Line Producer for the past 25 years, specialising in TV Drama and Feature films. Currently working in London as Head of Production with Playground Television UK, since the beginning of her career Noelette has worked on a wide array of internationally acclaimed films & TV shows such as Boy Eats Girl, Becoming Jane, Inspector George Gently, Stella Days, Frank, The Fall, and Haywire, having worked with renowned directors such as Lenny Abrahamson, Paolo Sorrentino and Steven Soderbergh.

Rebecca Daly is a Production Accountant/Financial Controller and has been working in the film industry since 2003. Included in her impressive filmography can be found films & TV shows such as What Richard Did, The Lobster, Room and Red Rock.

Hannah Quinn is a successful Assistant Director who has been working in the industry since 1995 as both 1st AD and 2nd AD. Hannah has worked on a variety of internationally successful productions, and with highly prolific directors. Her filmography includes projects such as The Gladiator, The Martian, Children of Men and Saving Private Ryan. Her directorial debut short film ‘My Bonnie’, has screened at multiple festivals internationally, gaining several nominations and winning four festival awards

Tim Fleming is a highly regarded and successful Irish Director of Photography/Cinematographer. Since the start of his career in 1992 he has worked on such productions as Rebellion, Jimi: All is By My Side and Once working side by side with Directors such as John Carney, Ridley Scott & Ciaran Donnelly.

James McGuire Since 1994, has been working as Chief Lighting Technician. He has worked on many productions, both large and small in Ireland and in the UK, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the USA over the years. By using a variety of technologies, James is continually pushing boundaries to significantly improve and automate the way in which his team in the Electrical Department works. James has also developed an app called Light Source Pro which was designed to help take the guesswork out of choosing the correct lamp for the job in hand and has been sold worldwide.

Daniel Birch has been working in the film and television industry in production sound for 28 years.  His credits include Titanic: Blood and Steel, Camelot, The Tudors and In America. He won the inaugural IFTA for Dead Bodies and is currently Production sound mixer the series 5 of the Vikings. He has also worked in postproduction as a sound editor/ ADR rerecording mixer on a number of projects.

Mick Swan has been working in Location Management since 1998 and is still loving the job after working on over 50 feature films and drama series such as such as PS I love You, Brooklyn, The Guard and Garage, and close to 500 TV commercials, photoshoots and music videos. Mick is currently the chairman of the Locations Guild of Ireland.

Dave Moran is a successful Script Supervisor who has been working in the film Industry since 2008. His impressive filmography includes films such as Patricks Day, The Lobster and Game of Thrones, having worked alongside prolific directors such as Miguel Sapochnik, Yorgos Lanthimos & Terry McMahon.

Martin Hayes has been working in the industry for the last 28 years, starting in 1988 on film, and spending over 6 years in the Abbey Theatre. He has worked his way up from carpenter to standby carpenter, and all the way to construction manager, which he has been doing for the last 8 years. With many internationally acclaimed films to be found in his impressive filmography such as Ella Enchanted, Byzantium and Quirke

Cos Egan is a Buyer/Set Decorator and has been in charge of moveable props on films such as Saving Private Ryan, Braveheart and the Count of Montecristo. Having started his career in film in 1975, Cos has worked alongside some of the world’s most notable directors such as Stanley Kubrick, Jim Sheridan and Ron Howard.

Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh started working in film in the early 1990s as a trainee in the costume department on films including John Sayles’ The Secret of Roan Inish and Widow’s Peak with Mia Farrow and progressed to assistant costume designer, working with Joan Bergin on Michael Winterbottom’s Family, Marit Allen on Scarlett and then with Sandy Powell on Michael Collins and The Butcher Boy. After this apprenticeship, she began to work as a costume designer in her own right and over the years has worked with directors such as Gerry Stembridge, Jim Sheridan, Neil Jordan, Ken Loach and Whit Stillman. Her credits as costume designer include, About Adam, In America, Breakfast on Pluto, Becoming Jane, Ondine, Brideshead Revisited, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Leap Year, Jimmy’s Hall and Love and Friendship.

Conor Dennison. Production Designer, Art Director, Registered Architect and Draftsman. Conor Dennison was born in Tralee, Co. Kerry in 1970 and spent his formative years growing up in Abbeyfeale in West Limerick. As a prominent figure of the Art Department in the film industry, Conor has worked on many internationally acclaimed productions such as Vikings, Ella Enchated and Ordinary Decent Criminal.

Liz Byrne is a Film & TV Make Up Artist working in the industry for over 15 years.
A graduate of IADT, Liz has worked on a wide variety of film and tv projects throughout her career both in Ireland and abroad. Previous productions include King Arthur, The Clinic, Vikings, Ripper Street, Strangerland, What If, The Runway, Penny Dreadful, Kisses, Damo and Ivor, A Date for Mad Mary.

Sandra Kelly, Hair Designer, is 22 years in the industry. After her first film, Braveheart, she never looked back. Her filmography includes films such Angelas Ashes, King Arthur, Becoming Jane and more recently, Sing Street, I.T and TV shows such as Love/Hate, Charlie Haughty and BBC Redwater.