Bodecii Film, WFT (Women in Film & TV) & Screen Wexford invite you to a public table read, showcasing selected scenes from all eight of the Wexford Screen Writer’s Anthology Series, Menapia, and an industry Panel discussion, Filmmaking from Beyond the Pale.
Wexford Screen Writers Academy is a Bodecii Film, Screen Wexford and Wexford County Council initiative funded by Creative Ireland which supports eight Wexford-based screenwriters in professional script development for a new commercial Anthology Series, titled Menapia. This event involves a public table read, showcasing selected scenes from all eight of the Wexford Screen Writer’s Anthology Series.
An industry Panel Discussion discussion Filmmaking from Beyond the Pale, will take place before the reading which is organised by WFT ( Women in Film & TV ) Ireland, Screen Wexford and funded by BAI (Broadcasting Authority of Ireland). The Panel will feature Co-Founder and Producer of Tara Studios, Ivan Dunleavy, guest speakers from TG4, Cartoon Saloon and more who have been successfully producing film, TV, documentary and animation for the past number of years.
This will be a Hybrid event held and streamed from the National Opera House followed by a networking reception.
About Wexford Screen Writer’s Anthology Series
Menapia is an ambitious three phase TV production that combines training, career opportunities and employment for emerging regional creative talent and crew.
In phase one in 2021 which was funded by Creative Ireland, twelve new Wexford writers were selected for the inaugural Wexford Screenwriter’s Academy to create 12 original scripts for television broadcast through the unique Wexford Writers Scripting for Broadcast Academy programme. Building on the success of Phase One of the project, eight writers and their scripts from the original twelve were selected to move into Phase Two: professional script development for a commercial Anthology Series, titled Menapia. These eight writers have been professionally engaged to work with industry experts and series producers from their original screenplays – 8 uniquely dark and different tales firmly rooted in their hometown.
WEXFORD WRITER’S SCRIPTING FOR BROADCAST ACADEMY
Margaret lives for the ‘inside smile’ of writing. A freelance journalist for 35 years she also works part-time as a press officer and magazine editor and has had poetry and short stories published and one-act plays staged.
From Tinahely in County Wicklow she lives on a farm in south Wexford where, as a writer, her instinct is always to give voice to those who don’t have one. Her first book Restless Spirit:The Story of Rose Quinn dealt with the asylum era in Ireland, her first novel Deny Me Not was about hidden children and the novel that she has just completed – a gripping rural mystery – is part homage to her home landscape of south Wicklow. As a journalist she has worked principally for the Irish Farmers Journal.
Writing for radio is a definite love of hers also and her essays have been broadcast on RTE 1’s Sunday Miscellany programme and included in two of its anthologies. She is an Ireland’s Own short story competition winner and was a finalist in RTE’s PJ O’Connor radio drama awards twice. She has also worked for South East Radio in Wexford as presenter, current affairs researcher and producer and was involved, for many years, with Wexford Arts Centre Theatre Group (WACTC).
Her documentary Forgotten People received funding and commendation from the BAI in 2000 and RTE Television made a documentary related to her first book for their Flesh & Blood series.
She enjoys the discipline of memoir writing, the humour and soul food of open mic performance and storytelling nights and has published a collection of poetry inspired by those experiences entitled Freewheeling Up The Hill.
She reached the shortlist in a Write By The Sea Festival competition in 2022 but her concentration at present is on developing her screenwriting skills.
My lifelong love of cinema and continuous passion for writing led me to undertake a degree in Film and TV Production at Dun Laoghaire’s Institute of Art, Design and Technology. In my final year, I chose to major in Screenwriting, where I completed my first feature-length script. Since completing my degree, I was able to partake in Screen Wexford’s Scriptwriting for Broadcast Academy to further my skills. I have since been published in Wexford Women Writing Undercover magazine, and currently work as Script Assistant Editor for Fair City.
Christian O’Connor is a Wexford-based writer that is passionate about telling stories – if he’s not dreaming up a new idea or story to explore, he’s not happy. His work often explores what happens when ordinary people are pulled into extraordinary situations with a view to subverting typical genre expectations.
Writing and the creative expression that comes with it has been a hugely fulfilling part of his life for many years. Originally this desire to tell stories manifested itself as short prose which he achieved some success with when he was published in the ‘Young Emerging Writer’s and Artists’ magazine when he was sixteen.
As film was his first love though, he turned his attention to screenplays and has worked to develop it through various courses, collaborations and projects throughout the years. His screenplay ‘Kings’ finished as an Official Finalist in the 2018 Barcelona International Film Festival. Most recently, Christian was accepted on to the Wexford Writers Scripting for Broadcast Academy facilitated by Screen Wexford with Wexford County Council and mentored by Paul Walker and Laura Day. As part of this Academy he and seven other writers have been commissioned to write their standalone TV scripts as part of an overall anthology series.
Emma is a writer based in Wexford. Following a degree in Communications from DCU, Emma has worked in the digital sector for twenty years. In her spare time, she writes children’s books and scripts. Her first book, a comedy for pre-teens, was published in 2018 with Little Island Books. She’s recently completed her second book and is now onto writing her third, all comedies.
Emma renewed her interest in screenwriting in recent years. She was shortlisted with a co-writer for RTE’s Storyland in 2019 and had a children’s drama proposal shortlisted for Torino Lab 2019. She took part in the Nostos Screenwriting Retreat in Tuscany, Italy in the summer of 2019. The pilot script that she worked on during this retreat, a children’s comedy drama, was recently optioned with an Irish production company.
She is currently also trying her hand at writing a video game.
Roberto Forte is an experienced videographer, film maker and writer based in County Wexford but works across Ireland and internationally. Roberto created Robot Wasp Media, a small production company in 2018 and since then has been engaged to create video content for companies such as Sports Ireland, Celtic Woman, The HSE and Riverdance. He is highly accomplished in all aspects of the pre-production, production and post-production parts of the film production process. He graduated from DBS college with a diploma in marketing and advertising in 1996, and recieved a Higher Diploma in Digital Media Design in 2018 from Carlow IT. He is a screen Ireland supported scriptwriter and has also written, produced and directed several short films for himself and local award winning filmmakers.
The majority of my Max’s life has been split into two halves; a childhood largely spent abroad in Africa, and the latter half spent in Ireland, where he has been based out of Wexford.
Whilst relatively new to the Industry from a career perspective, film, writing and storytelling have all been a central part of his life for as long as he can remember.
Two years ago a global pandemic happened and he found himself in a similar position to many… asking himself “what is it i’ve always wanted to do but haven’t had the time”. The answer was to write a screenplay.
Subsequently, one such script was used as his application to the inaugural Screen Broadcast Academy, his acceptance to which he views as the first of many falling dominoes that brought him to the present. Since that time, he has written an original script – scheduled for production – under the tutelage of Paul Walker, in association with The Academy, and also had two short films he wrote featured at the Rathmullen Film Festival 2022.
He is hopeful this is only the beginning… In the meantime, he hope those dominoes keep falling…
Conor Martin, from Wexford, 36 years of age, aspires to be a filmmaker with a keen interest in writing original material. Graduated from Aberystwyth University, Wales, back in 2010. A degree was achieved in Film and TV. Returned home and had a working relationship with Highwind Media. Worked on several of their corporate projects in the lighting and camera department. He has written and directed two hip-hop videos for Irish rap artist Rob Kelly, the first one in 2015, Jack the Ripper II and most recently in 2018, Crimey. The former mentioned featured on a rap documentary, ‘The Origins of Irish Hip Hop’, which was produced by Red Bull and aired on RTE Television and Red Bull media platforms, this coupled with a string of unproduced short films written.
In 2016, he was selected for the Wexford County Council Writer’s Development Scheme headed by Irish filmmaker Laura Way (Red Rock, Eastenders, Blood & The Holiday) and tutored by Irish screenwriter Eugene O’ Brien (Pure Mule, Red
Rock, and Black ’47). In 2020, he was selected to take part in a masterclass workshop with Irish filmmaker, Dearbhla Walsh (Shameless, Netflix’s The Punisher, Fargo, Penny Dreadful, The Tudors). And then in 2021, he was selected to take part in the first Wexford Writers Scripting for Broadcast Academy, which saw Irish writer Paul Walker (Red Rock, Eastenders, Call the Midwife, Professionals) mentor local writers along with Irish Producer Fiona Kinsella (Jumper Productions) and Irish filmmaker Laura Way. He is currently working on a feature story with Irish writer/director Ian Power (The Clinic, The Runaway, The Guarantee, Roy, The Tattoo). The love of film for Conor took over in the mid nineties when he was treated to an array of genre films and from such an early age, from there on in imagination took over. It was terminal.
A practitioner of professional Children’s Theatre for more than 20 years, in recent times Abigail has taken over the reigns as Creative Director at Red Moon Creative Arts Theatre – ‘explorers of the imagination’, following in the footsteps of Red Moon Founders, Irene and Michael Way, and devising, writing, producing and performing-in touring original Theatre-in-Education comedy-dramas and programmes as well as delivering Educational Drama classes, creative arts workshops and camps, children’s entertainment activities and specially commissioned theatre pieces within the Primary Education system.
A staunch advocate for the extension of childhood through the arts and the opening out of the creative arts to young people who may not traditionally have an opportunity to experience or express in an accepting and encouraging context, Abigail is heartened to see drama practices and methodologies becoming more mainstream in the Irish education system, to the great benefit of many children throughout the country.
Abigail’s background in children’s theatre and roots in country life, not to mention countless hours enveloped in the wonders of her parent’s inspired ‘Theatre Workshop’, (a busy and valued hub of theatrical and artistic innovation in Wexford Town for many years), continues to inform her writing, be it for stage or screen, for young people or an adult audience.
Drawing on the notion of ‘everyday magic’, a concept she was fortunate enough to experience often in the ever-transforming theatre spaces and endlessly intriguing wardrobe department of that determinative creative environment, she is compelled to capture the essence of an ilk of subtle (yet impactful) magic in her work, aiming to evoke nostalgia, raise a fleeting memory, foster an unexpected emotional connection, conjure a glimpse of some long-forgotten dream.
Moving into screenwriting for a more mature audience is a most welcome stride forward into new and stimulating realms of creative challenge.
Date: 13th November 2022
Location: Artspace, Creative Hub, Wexford town
Cost: This workshop is Free – Please register to attend
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Screen Wexford are excited to work with the team at The Frederick Douglass Civil Rights Festival Wexford to support the Activist Media Lab. To all budding film journalists/activists, this one-day workshop will help you learn to structure your script, shoot your scene, shape your edit and champion your cause with the smartphone in your pocket and in the words of Frederick Douglass ‘Agitate, Agitate, Agitate’
The Frederick Douglass Civil Rights Festival Wexford are running a Activist Media Lab to give a platform to Wexford’s activists.
We want to help write and produce a short film and think about those people who are marginalised and need their civil rights to be recognised.
Over the course of the one-day workshop, we will create, write and perform a collective film that will be shown at The Frederick Douglass Civil Rights Festival Wexford. This will involve scripting and delivering multiple pieces to the camera related to areas that you are passionate.
This workshop will be supported by Screen Wexford and run by Wexford filmmaker Therese Dalton who facilitates a range of video-based educational training including the Wexford Youth Film programme. Therese will walk participants through the fundamentals of filmmaking and the editing process to create engaging short films.
All the footage created on the day will be then edited and presented at the 2022 The Frederick Douglass Civil Rights Festival Wexford on the 25th November 7-9pm in the Wexford Arts Centre.
The Frederick Douglass Civil Rights Festival Wexford values are:
- To be rooted in the community, giving opportunity to local diversity, activists and artists.
- To include national and international artists and speakers to develop local awareness and links.
- To highlight contemporary civil rights issues and discrimination in Ireland.
We are seeking young creative activists who wish to be a part of this journey and use their voice to speak about issues that are important to them.
Background info about Frederick Douglass
Runaway slave and American campaigner against slavery, Frederick Douglass visited the Assembly Rooms (now the Wexford Arts Centre) in October 1845 and spoke for 2 nights. The people who heard him were excited by his articulate oratory and the passion he had for his cause.
Douglass was just 27 when he came to Ireland for just 4 months – he met Daniel O’Connell on his arrival in Dublin and was invited to speak at the end of one of his events. Both men were seriously impressed with each other and became friends for life. Douglass was given the nickname ‘The Black O’Connell’ Douglass said that O’Connell had changed him from a single issue campaigner to one who advocated for civil rights for everyone everywhere. He was ahead of his time in supporting advocates for women’s rights. He only visited Ireland again once many years later but was still shocked by the poverty.
He wrote prolifically and founded a newspaper. He was an adviser to Abraham Lincoln and saw the abolition of slavery in 1865. He married twice – his second wife was white. While he was in Ireland Quakers in the UK purchased his freedom as he had arrived with a bounty on his head. Until his death in 1887 he was politically active and his last advice to a young activist was Agitate, agitate, agitate.
One-Day Workshop in Costume Design and Management for TV & Film
Friday 18th November 2022
Wexford Opera House
Free: Apply here for workshop
Screen Wexford are delighted to present a One-Day Workshop in Costume Design and Management for TV & Film that has been developed by industry professionals for those interested in getting involved in TV, Film or Theatre Costume Design.
This workshop is suitable for those already active in areas of drama or performance, with or without a fashion background and wanting to learn more about all aspects of costume for performance.
- – This workshop’s aim is to provide participants with an introduction to the world of Costume Design and management over a variety of media formats.
- – It will give attendees an appreciation of the role of the Costume Designer, the Costume Team and how Costume integrates and functions as part of any production within Film, TV and Theatre.
- – We will aim to highlight the day to day work of the costume designer and the running of a costume department.
- – We will also seek to provide a realistic picture of options for further study and career specialisations in costume within the performance industries.
This one day course will be run by Wexford resident Inez Nordell. Inez has designed costumes for upwards of seventy projects for theatre, film & television including contemporary & period drama & light entertainment in Ireland and the U.K. Her work has taken her to Europe, Africa & the US and has seen her offer Industry training and mentoring of Costume and Fashion students on work experience placements at Granada Television and on various independent productions for the B.B.C. and Channel 4.
Screen Wexford will supply as many materials as possible on the day but if you have access to them please bring the following:
- A3 Sketch book heavy cartridge paper
- Pencils (from H to 5B)
- Range of old magazines/ decorative papers. for collage and
- Coloured Pencils illustration.
- General PAPER Scissors,
- Notebook for lecture notes
- Pen for taking notes
- Chalk pastels (Tiger)
- Oil pastels Eraser (Staedtler white)
- Putty A4 Plain White Paper (Loose sheets 80gsm)
- Rubber Ingres paper – for pastel and conté
- Pritt Stick Fine Line Pen Black 0.5mm
- Fine Line Pen Black 0.7mm
- Tailors tape measure
This course is aimed at new entrants and trainee crew who want to work or are working in the camera department of the Film & TV Drama industry. There are a maximum of 15 spaces.
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Screen Wexford is proud to announce successful applicants for the New Voices 2022 Short Film Award in Drama, Documentary and Animation. The fund is an initiative of Wexford County Council’s Arts Office in conjunction with Screen Wexford.
The aim of the New Voices 2022 bursary is to provide funding and to give support to emerging filmmakers. Three teams have been selected and will receive production finance, equipment support from Film Equipment Hire and professional mentors to support the filmmakers throughout the production process.
The three projects to make it through to final selection are:
- Woman of the Rebellion by Leah O’Toole – This short drama is based on a true story and tells of an important moment for two women during The War of Independence.
- The Haunting of Loftus Hall by Joseph Orr – A short Animation that tells the story of the most famous appearances of the devil in Irish history. Directed by Joseph Orr with sound design by Justin Cullen.
- A Search for an Ancient Relic by Andrew & Shane Kenny – A short Documentary investigating the mystery, history, folklore and traditions surrounding the wooden statue of Saint Maelruan.
These projects were selected by our industry judges Laura Way and Conor Morrissey. Speaking about the process Laura Way said “We had an interesting selection of submissions this year and as judges, we sought to find projects that embodied the essence of the New Voices idea. I believe that the films that we have selected will give an opportunity to showcase work from new filmmakers and with the support of Screen Wexford they will have an opportunity to create exciting projects.”
Speaking about the three successful teams and their upcoming films, Screen Wexford’s coordinator Al Butler said that “We are very thankful to the Wexford Arts Department for supporting this bursary. It’s a great opportunity for filmmakers to be supported in this way. The projects that have been selected are representative of the core objectives of New Voices. We had an excellent number of applications for the Bursary this year with some very strong projects in the mix. We would like to thank everyone that applied and took the time to be a part of the process. We are really excited to work with the selected filmmakers and to help them tell their stories.”
Screen Wexford is committed to providing training, funding opportunities and mentorships for new and emerging filmmakers as well as growing a diverse regional pool of creative talent and crew. The aim is to provide opportunities within the industry, to nurture a diverse range of talent from all backgrounds and to an inclusive and evolving screen industries workforce.
Date: 29th October 2022
Location: St. Michael’s Theatre – Centre for the Arts, New Ross, Co. Wexford.
This workshop is Free – Please register to attend
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Screen Wexford and Wexford filmmaker Therese Dalton will present a one-day Introduction to Video workshop. This workshop is a 101 introduction to learning the basics of video production. It will aim to give you an understanding of the basics of video production including pre-production, production and post-production.
The world of video production can seem a little overwhelming at first, but our workshop will help you to become familiar with the world of video production can seem a little overwhelming at first, but our workshop will help you to become familiar with the three main stages involved in creating video content. Whether you are creating a short film, documentary or promotional video for your business. Most videos follow the same steps and our goal will be to give you an understanding of how to create videos of your own using traditional tools such as a camera and laptop or your smartphone.h the three main stages involved in creating video content.
Whether you are creating a short film, documentary or promotional video for your business. Most videos follow the same steps and our goal will be to give you an understanding of how to create videos of your own using traditional tools such as a camera and laptop or your smartphone.
We will cover:
- Pre-Production: The planning stage. How can you best prepare to shoot your video?
- Production: Shooting your video. What do you need to know about camera, lighting, and audio equipment to best execute your vision? How to get the best results out of your smartphone using everyday items.
- Post-Production: Editing your video. How do you put all the final pieces together to present your final video? Learn about editing software available on your phone/tablet and how to use it to create an engaging film.
Over the course of our Introduction to Video workshop, we will give you an overview of each of these stages helping you understand how to approach creating videos of your own. This workshop will be run by Wexford filmmaker Therese Dalton who facilitates a range of video-based educational training including the Wexford Youth Film programme. Therese will walk participants through the fundamentals of filmmaking and the editing process to create engaging short films.
Screen Wexford is an initiative of Wexford County Council’s Arts and Economic Development departments, the aim of which is to support the development of the ever-growing Film and AV sector.
Screen Wexford is committed to providing training, funding opportunities and mentorships for new and emerging filmmakers as well as growing a diverse regional pool of creative talent and crew. The aim is to provide opportunities within the industry for those who at present may feel precluded from a career within the sector and to nurture a diverse range of talent from all backgrounds and an inclusive and evolving screen industries workforce.
This workshop is Free – Please register to attend
Laura Way, Fiona Kinsella & Pail Walker will represent Screen Wexford on the 24th of September in Griffith Collage Dublin at the FNI Unmasked event. Film Network Ireland are hosting an incredible event that focuses on a wide range of subjects in the film and TV industry.
The team from Bodecci Films will be there to discuss their innovative programme, Wexford Writers Scripting For Broadcast Academy. This programme brings a diverse range of writers together, all with one goal in mind, to write for an Anthology series “Menapia”, that tells the stories of County Wexford. The programme was funded by Screen Skills Ireland, Creative Ireland, Wexford County Council, and run by Bodecci Films.
Out of sixty-four applications twelve writers were selected. These writers represented a diverse range of new original voices, from the town and the country, and different socio economic backgrounds. Gender parity was also achieved. Over the course of a year these writers were mentored into bringing their ideas to a one hour television script.
The 12 Wexford writers worked in a collaborative environment with established and experienced Lead Writer/Series Producer, Paul Walker, Producer (Jumper Productions/Tile Media) Fiona Kinsella, and Director/Exec Producer Bodecii Film, Laura Way, to acquire the skills to become broadcast writers. They developed their screen writing skills in a practical environment preparing them to become broadcast writers and bridging the skills gap to the Film and Television Industry. They have engaged with industry professionals, agents, Development Executives, Producers, Directors, Writers and Guilds and all 12 writers have delivered a one hour second draft of their screenplay to date.
The ultimate aim for this programme is to produce the Anthology Series, with training and development for key creative talent incorporated every step of the way. In the summer of 2022, eight of the scripts, were selected, to be further developed and honed into the anthology series and get them Market ready.
In MENAPIA each episode is a new story that spans different genres including horror, thriller, comedy and science fiction. All the while encompassing full diversity of Irish Cultural Life, generating a weird ,wonderful, but most importantly honest snapshot of an Irish County. We will have selected local stories with Universal themes, ones that will appeal to global audiences.
We are very excited to work with FNI and the team at Bodecci Films on this event and help give a platform to Wexford voices at a key industry event like FNI unmasked.
In response to the need to create a place where we can build a stronger community Screen Wexford have created a The Screen Wexford Crew Community group on Facebook.
The Screen Wexford Crew Community is a place for everyone involved in Wexford Film & Video Production to connect.
Our goal is to help Wexford Crews find each other and to work together to create a strong connected community of Wexford filmmakers.
– Please post
– Roles paid/unpaid
– News about the Irish film industry
– Film Festivals
We would encourage all filmmakers in Wexford to join this group and to actively participate. It is essential that we are interconnected as a group of filmmakers and that we take the time to connect, share and celebrate each other’s work.
Wexford Filmmakers Robert Tyrrell and Joanne Heffernan in conjunction with Screen Wexford, FDYS, Wexford Arts Office, and The Presentation Arts Centre present a showcase of Traveller arts, crafts & film.
Fresh from its premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh, Robert Tyrrell & Joanne Heffernan’s short documentary, Halted, is a short documentary film about the everyday lives of the Travelling community in Enniscorthy. Halted was shot last year after the filmmaking duo received funding through the Wexford Arts Department and Wexford County Council New Voices bursary. It will be accompanied by an hour-long programme of short films about traveller culture.
Working with the local FDYS Traveller inclusion program in Enniscorthy this film screening will accompany an exhibition of work by the Travelling Community from Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford which runs at Presentation Arts Centre from 17th September – 15th October.
This Culture Night event takes place in the Presentation Arts Centre Enniscorthy from 6pm-7pm on the 23rd of September 2022.
This film showcase event will include:
- – Halted by Robert Tyrrell and Joanne Heffernan
- – Crown by Mia Mullarkey
- – Wagon Wheels by Terence White
- – Spread the Wings by Alice McDowell
- – Innocent Boy by John Connors
This year’s Culture Night, on September 23rd, will see venues all over the country open their doors, with free events programmed from 4pm till late. Culture Night in County Wexford will host a variety of events and reach to all corners of the county, which will appear online https://culturenight.ie/events/ and an e-brochure detailing all events will be available in September from the Arts Office website.
Every year Culture Night brings people together to create unique shared experiences and memories. All for FREE! Exhibitions, performances, workshops and heritage events are all on the programme for this year’s Culture Night.
“Culture night has grown phenomenally throughout Wexford County and it is fantastic to see activities planned in all five municipal districts. The Arts Office looks forward to continuing to support Culture night’s growth countywide over the coming years. I urge you all to come out Friday 23rd September for a free and entertaining night of art, heritage and culture”. – Liz Burns – Arts Officer, Wexford County Council
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This is a free and un-ticketed event and entry will be on a first come first served basis.
Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir is brought to you by the Arts Council; it is a national moment, celebrating culture, creativity and the arts and County Wexford will be host to a programme of events on the night that offers something for everyone. For more information on County Wexford Culture Night 2022, visit https://culturenight.ie/events/
Address: The Presentation Arts Centre, Convent Road, Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland
Cllr George Lawlor, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council was delighted to announce the green light by An Bord Pleanála for the Tara Film Studios development for North Wexford. He stated that the film studios were a major uplift to the economy of Wexford and Ireland’s eastern corridor, demonstrating the strategic strengths of Wexford’s motorway connectivity to Dublin creating a major film hub for the industry.
“This is one of the most exciting developments to create real jobs for the people of Wexford and I am delighted as the Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council to applaud Tara Film studios for their vision and commitment to Wexford with this significant investment project”.
He added further that earlier this year he had held very productive meetings with the Savannah Film Commission about developing further potential economic partnerships with Wexford and that Tara Studios would cement this opportunity, particularly in nurturing skills and talent for the film industry across a range of sectors. Tom Enright, Chief Executive of Wexford County Council highlighted how the announcement was a significant boost to the local economy and a real game-changer for the County. He outlined that the planning permission was granted by Wexford County Council in January of last year and then went to An Bord Pleanála who approved the planning permission for the major strategic project today.
“The investment by Tara studios will see the construction of seven studio stages, ten workshops and two office buildings, demonstrating the scale of the investment for North Wexford. I am delighted to see the economic benefits of this project which, with a major film production could create 630 jobs in Wexford, which is the equivalent of 3 major IDA announcements. This does not capture the employment gains in the construction phase with 120 jobs expected followed by indirect employment opportunities in terms of maintenance contracts, equipment supply, set design and landscaping”. He stated this was one of the “best days for the County and Wexford County Council positioned the film industry as one of our job creation pillars in recognition of the vibrant cultural assets in the county and growth in the global film and television sector. We established Screen Wexford to ensure the right skills and training to support the industry and create as much local employment as possible. This really positions Wexford’s reputation as an investment location and an ideal place to do business.”
Cllr Donal Kenny, Chair of the Gorey Kilmuckridge Municipal District was delighted to welcome the news of the Tara film studios at Borleigh Manor which itself is very fitting given its historical association with Hollywood actors in the past.
“I am delighted to see this investment which will have a positive impact for local businesses and communities. Wexford has a strong reputation for people with skills in the construction sector and during the building phase and when the film studios are up and running will bring jobs to the Gorey area in terms of tourism, food and supply side opportunities. We have great people in North Wexford and organisations such as the Gorey School of Art who will be delighted to support opportunities for people to get into the film sector and develop their careers. This announcement will really put North Wexford on the map given the calibre of the highly experienced people behind the project. I am delighted on behalf of the elected members and the people of Gorey kilmuckridge Municipal District to welcome the news today of this investment and I want to congratulate all involved”.
Al Butler is the film coordinator with Screen Wexford which is an initiative of the Arts and Economic sections of Wexford County Council. He stated that Screen Wexford are incredibly excited about the news of planning being granted for Tara Studios in North Wexford. This announcement is a real catalyst for the film industry in County Wexford
“We have a huge amount of creative talent and stunning film locations, but the addition of Tara studios takes the local film industry to another level. Tara
Studios will provide incredible cultural and employment opportunities for County Wexford and Screen Wexford are looking forward to being able to support national and international productions and to working on the development of new and experienced Wexford-based talent in the screen sector”.
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Saturday 20th August 2022
11 AM- 4pm
Gorey School of Art
This course will run over one day on Saturday, 20th August 2022 from 11:00am to 4:00pm.
Screen Wexford are proud to present this unique opportunity to get a hands-on practical experience with super 16mm film and cameras. This workshop will give you an opportunity to practice loading/unloading, exposure, shooting film, post-production workflows and using different film stocks in Arriflex and Bolex cameras.
- – Choosing film stocks
- – Overview of the camera and its components
- – Arriflex
- – Bolex
- – Superspeeds
- – Zooms
- – Camera Mags
- – Varispeed
- – Basics of loading
- – Exposing film
- – Working with film vs digital
- – Shooting 16mm
- – Unloading
- – Completing negative reports
- – Processing film and negative scanning
This workshop will be delivered by JP Quill. JP has experience working across the camera department; working on drama features, shorts, documentaries, TV, music videos, commercials, branded content, corporate video, and art films in both Ireland and internationally.
This course is aimed at new entrants and trainee crew who want to work or are working in the camera department of the Film & TV Drama industry. There are a maximum of 15 spaces.
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Selection for the workshop will be based on the quality of application and industry experience relevant to the course.
Monday 23rd May 2022
10 AM-12 pm
The Presentation Arts Centre Enniscorthy
Free: CLICK HERE to register.
This event is for Wexford based filmmakers to meet, support one another and learn new skills with the aid of expert workshops.
Throughout 2022, Screen Wexford are running a series of networking events throughout Wexford. At each event Screen Wexford will bring a new industry expert to share tips and resources about working in the Film & TV industry.
We are looking for members of the Wexford film & TV community to join us as we connect, socialise, share industry tips and opportunities.
We aim to provide opportunities for filmmakers to meet people working in the industry at all levels.
We will host workshops throughout the year on a variety of topics for beginners and advanced. Over the course of the year we will look at a wide range of areas from sound to costume design and from drama to documentary.
CLICK HERE to register and grab a free ticket to our May Networking event!
At our May Networking Event our guest speaker will be broadcast Camera operator Garr Cleary.
Garr will bring us through the industry workflow, will give us an introduction into working with Sony FX6 & Fs7, getting started in the business and how to approach shooting for television.
Garr Cleary has been working as a camera op in the film and TV industry for over 12 years. He has worked on some of Ireland’s most known shows and Documentaries featuring on RTE, BBC, History Channel, Netflix and more. Garr has travelled around the world specialising in filming adventure and travel series like Ultimate Hell week and Go fly!
Screen Wexford is a Wexford County Council initiative supported by Arts and Economic Development Departments. We aim to advance the film industry in Wexford by facilitating indigenous and international Film & TV production while supporting training initiatives that develop and grow our film community.