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New Irish Industry Training Opportunities
25 May 2005 :

The industry training schedule is hotting up with more opportunities for filmmakers to better their skills. Latest announcements are the Galway Film Centre is offering a Mini DV course, Filmbase offering two new courses (Documentary Making & Scriptwriting for under 18’s) and Cinemagic is calling for young filmmakers to participate in two new masterclasses.

The Galway Film Centre are running an Introduction to Mini Digital Video Camera & Lighting Course on the 18 & 19th of June.

This introductory course is for individuals who intend to shoot drama/documentary pogrammes on MINI-DV Camera Equipment (Canon XM-1 also showcasing our most recently purchased Sony PD 170) and will explore TV terminology, composition techniques, lighting principles, shoot-to-edit and professional sound acquisition techniques on a Canon XM-1 the compact version of the XL1.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
Operate the Canon XM1
Record effective sound through the XM1
Understand the principles behind three-point lighting Identify the necessary material needed to ‘cover’ a sequence
Course Duration: One Weekend
Course Dates: 18th & 19th of June 2005
Course cost: € 180 unwaged/€ 220 waged

Participants need to be members of the Galway Film Centre which costs € 45 unwaged and € 55 waged.

For further information contact the Galway Film Centre on 091 770748 or e-mail: education@galwayfilmcentre.ie

Filmbase are offering two new summer programmes; a new high level Documentary Making programme and a Scriptwriting summer workshop for 13 – 17 year olds.

In conjunction with award winning Documentary Maker, Sinead O’Brien (Luke, Bram Stoker & Friel), Filmbase is introducing a High Level Documentary Programme. 16 Candidates will be selected to attend this programme which will run for two full days a week over a 15-week period during Summer 2005.

Successful Candidates will be tutored and trained by experienced Documentary Makers and Crew on all the Practical and Theoretical aspects of Documentary Making, attend Screenings and Master Classes with award-winning Documentary Makers and meet with Commissioning Editor’s and Representatives from all the main funding bodies.

The key tutor for this programme will be Sinead O’Brien. Other Tutors will include Martina Durac (Producer), Sé Merry Doyle (Director / Editor), Robert Flanagan (Sound Designer), Mark Byrne (Entertainment Lawyer).

Mentors & Speakers will include: Alan Gilsenan (The Road to God Knows Where), Philip King (Freedom Highway), Oscar Nominated Louis Marcus (Paisti ag Obair), John Kelly (Other Voices: Songs From a Room), Pat Collins (John McGahern), Adrian McCarthy & Martha O’Neill (To Russia with Love, Living the Revolution), David Power ( Chavez), Steve Carson (Who Kidnapped Shergar?)

**Under the supervision of Documentary Professionals & Mentors, the Candidates will also Produce and Direct Two 26 minute Documentaries over the 15 week period.

This High Level Programme will cover:
• Producing
• Directing
• Funding
• Finding Ideas & Treatment & Proposal Writing
• Pitching your Project to Funders
• Research & Pre-Production
• Archive
• Interview Techniques
• Camera & Lighting, Sound Recording & Design
• Post-production, Music (Original and Source)
• Distribution & Festivals
• Career Path

Course Fee : €2,000
Dates: 21st June – 20th Sept 2005 (5 day shoot & 2 Week Edit)
Application: Please send CV and letter of application to Vanessa Gildea
Head of Training, Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar
Dublin 2 or e-mail training@filmbase.ie

The Scriptwriting workshop will provide an opportunity for young writers to learn the skills and techniques of writing for the screen. It is suitable for complete beginners.

Topics covered:
• Script format
• 3 Act structure
• Storytelling
• Outlines & Treatments
• Character development
• Dialogue
• Case Studies (film screenings)
• Feedback on scripts

Participants are encouraged to bring script ideas with them but this is not a requirement. This course will include daily practical exercises – making scriptwriting fun!

Where: Filmbase, Curved Stree, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Dates : Monday 18th – Friday 22nd July
Course Fee: €205 Per participant
Application: To book a place please contact Jennifer on 01 6796716 or e- mail info@filmbase.ie

Finally, Cinemagic is calling all young filmmakers to participate in one of its two masterclasses. For under 18’s there is a Scriptwriting class with Gary Mitchell on Thursday the 2nd of June. Be it writing for radio, the theatre, television or film the award winning Gary Mitchell is at the top of his field. Gary is offering 15 young people (under 18) the chance to take part in a master class during Young Filmmaker 2005. Gary will share his knowledge and give expert advice to those seeking to pursue a career in scriptwriting.

For 18 – 25 year olds, ‘Mickybo & Me’ director Terry Loane is hosting a masterclass on Friday the 3rd of June. Cinemagic is offering the opportunity for 15 young filmmakers (18-25) to learn from one of Northern Ireland¹s most exciting film talents. Terry will relive his experiences while making his first feature and divulge exactly what it takes to succeed in the film industry. To reserve your place please contact Peter Killops at Cinemagic on 02890 311900 or email peter@cinemagic.org.uk

This class is followed by a FREE screening of ‘Mickybo and Me’ Village Cinemas, Odyssey, Belfast 3.30pm - 5.30pm.

For further info go to www.cinemagic.org.uk



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