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Screen Training Ireland and Animation Skillnet Announce Animation and VFX Graduate Traineeship and Trainees
18 Oct 2018 :
Screen Training Ireland and Animation Skillnet have announced the Animation and VFX Graduate Traineeship, trainees and host studios for the 2018/19 programme.

Now in its fourth iteration, this highly successful programme takes place over a six-month period and is targeted at developing skills and talent in the Irish animation and VFX sectors.  The programme will involve a mix of on-the-job learning and mentoring in host studios as well as additional specialist training delivered through Screen Training Ireland and Animation Skillnet.

The 8 participating studios and 15 trainees for the 2018/19 Graduate Traineeship Programme are:

  • Piranha Bar – Trainee: Jonah Burke
  • Salty Dog Pictures – Trainees: Ellen Collins and Mark Brennan
  • 3D4 Medical – Trainee: Bruno Cerkvenik
  • Turnip and Duck – Trainee: Liam Walsh
  • Jam Media – Trainees: Cristina Rodríguez and Peter Hargan
  • Cartoon Saloon – Trainees: Susan Crowe, Azahara Quesada Tellez, Julia Brandes and Fraser Thomson
  • TouchPress/StoryToys – Trainees: Iara Harris and Eoghan Sellier
  • Lighthouse Studios – Trainees: Gráinne White and Colm Dowling

The Animation and VFX Graduate Traineeship programme will coincide with Schoolism Live Dublin taking place on Saturday the 20th and Sunday the 21st of October, where trainees will have an opportunity to hear from top talent in the feature animation and gaming sectors, including Stephan Martiniere, Megan Brain, Shannon Tindle, Sylvain Marc, Nathan Fowkes and The Black Frog; whose combined credits include ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, ‘Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends’, ‘Coraline’ and ‘How to Train your Dragon’.

Trainees will start their traineeship programme with a full week of intensive training from the 22nd October covering topics such as Storytelling, Storyboarding, Production Management, Production Pipelines, Emotional Intelligence, Personal Effectiveness, Career Management, Teamwork, Effective Communication and Creative Thinking Techniques delivered by industry focused tutors such as John Dawson, Patrick O’Callaghan, Stephen Fagan, Paul Timpson, Fiona Flynn, Carmel Morrissey and Pam Relton.

Gareth Lee, Manager of Screen Training Ireland and Animation Skillnet, said:

“The VFX and Animation Graduate Traineeship has played a significant role in addressing skills gaps in Ireland over the last few years with over 90% of graduates from the programme going on to further work in the industry. We’re delighted to see a new batch of trainees join the fourth iteration of this highly successful programme in 2018/19. We’re also excited to be kicking the programme off with the Schoolism Live Dublin event this weekend which will give the trainees and other attendees the opportunity to learn from and network with high-level global talent.” 

Schoolism Live Dublin is supported by Screen Training Ireland and Animation Skillnet. For further information on the full line-up please click here

The Animation and VFX Graduate Traineeship is an initiative of Screen Training Ireland and Animation Skillnet, and supported by Screen Ireland/Fís Éireann, Skillnet Ireland and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.




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