The Coca-Cola Cinemagic Film and Television Festival for Young People is seeking young people aged 16-25 to participate in their ‘Talent Lab’ and Masterclass series - covering topics such as screen fighting, casting, makeup, production, acting and screenwriting amongst others.
The 2009 Masterclass lineup for the Cinemagic Festival includes: ‘Fights for Stage and Screen’ with Youngblood’s fight director Tim Klotz (Shakespeare’s Globe, Lyric Hammersmith, Royal Festival Hall); ‘Make-up for Film’ with Academy Award winning hair and make-up artist Christine Blundell (Topsy Turvy, Casino Royale, Sherlock Holmes); costume design guidance from Academy Award winning designer Jenny Beavan (A Room with a View, Gosford Park, Alexander); a script writing lesson with Ryan Rowe (Tapeheads, Run’s House, I’m on Fire); a film production session with Terry Bamber (Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Phantom of the Opera) and David Cain (Thunderbirds, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Hannibal Rising), casting advice from casting director Ros Hubbard (The Commitments, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Bourne Ultimatum), and location management pointers with Andrew Wilson (City of Ember, Middletown, Breakfast on Pluto).
Cinemagic are running other special events in November. Amongst these is an ‘In Conversation with’ session with Muppets Potto and Hilda on November 20th who will be screening ‘Sesame Tree’, the Northern Ireland adaptation of ‘Sesame Street’. There will also be an acting masterclass with IFTA winning actor Ciaran Hinds (The Eclipse) on November 23rd where the actor will deliver a practical workshop in acting for film. Another masterclass being held on the same day is the Channel 4 Programme Making Workshop, hosted by Neil McCallum (head of music at Channel 4) and other members of the Channel 4 Production Team, which aims to expand the skills of individuals who already have gained a degree of experience in areas such as presenting, producing and directing. The Channel 4 Programme making workshop will run for two days.
Joan Burney Keatings, Chief Executive of Cinemagic encourages young people aged 16 -25 to get involved “With valued support from Invest NI, Cinemagic is once again able to offer a fantastic series of ‘Talent Lab’ masterclasses for young people interested in learning about the film industry. All of the masterclass participants will be given first-hand advice and gain new skills from the film professionals over the two days. It’s a chance to network with other like-minded people and pick up top tips on how to succeed in the industry.”
Ingrid Arthurs, Moving Image Arts Subject Officer of Northern Ireland’s Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) says “CCEA is delighted to be hosting three exciting Cinemagic ‘Talent Lab’ masterclasses. Each of the film craft-based workshops will be of particular value to CCEA’s Moving Image Arts, Art & Design and Drama students, who will benefit greatly from this dynamic and hands-on learning opportunity.”
The Coca-Cola Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival, sponsored by Invest Northern Ireland, runs in Belfast from 18th November- 4th December 2009 and it includes more than 100 film screenings and over 50 different workshops, competitions, masterclasses and film-related events.
For more information about Cinemagic’s Talent Lab, Special Events and Masterclasses visit www.cinemagic.org.uk.