Screen Wexford is running an exciting new training programme in the field of film archive this autumn in collaboration with Make Film History and supported by Screen Skills Ireland.
Archive film can inspire new original stories: a personal tale about your own life; a film about a childhood memory or a chance conversation. Any subject that excites you could be the jumping-off point for an archive-based short film.
This is a wonderful opportunity for ambitious early stage career filmmakers and artists working with the moving image across Wexford to engage imaginatively with the enormous untapped potential of archive film, and to learn to integrate it into their films, with the help of mentoring workshops.
Mentored and guided by leading international names, 12 aspiring filmmakers will have the unique opportunity to work with remarkable footage from celebrated Irish and UK film archives that include the BBC, the IFI, NI Screen and the BFI through the Make Film History Workshop.
The workshop element will run over two weekends – 9th, 10th & 16th October and will be led by Irina Maldea and Brendan Culleton of Akajava Films with guest speaker Dónal Foreman, all of whom work with archives in their artistic practice. The mentors will help the workshop participants to develop their filmmaking skills through working on a new archive-inspired piece, which will be presented at a special screening event late 2021.
– a brief bio noting any previous production experience
– a short response (no more than 300 words) to one of the films listed on the Make Film History website, suggesting how you might creatively respond to it.
– if you wish to send samples of previous work, in any medium, you may do so, but this is absolutely not a requirement.
We would like to have an indication of how your voice, style and vision can offer a fresh and original perspective on your chosen film and theme.
Please note that this call for proposals is not intended for experienced filmmakers.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Sunday 3rd October 2021 @ 5pm.
Successful applicants will be notified by Monday 4th October @ 5pm.
This workshop is funded by Screen Skills Ireland, Wexford County Council & Make Film History and is free to participants.
Make Film History is funded by UKRI-AHRC and the Irish Research Council under the ‘UK-Ireland Collaboration in the Digital Humanities Networking Call.’
Screen Wexford is excited to announce an upcoming workshop for Wexford based filmmakers with renowned film & TV editor Tony Kearns. Tony is a highly experienced, BAFTA nominated, film editor who has worked on music videos, TV commercials, short films, feature films and TV drama. His most notable recent work has been the interactive Black Mirror film Bandersnatch and episodes 1 to 4 of the second series of The End Of The F***ing World. He also edited Wexford feature film ‘The Lodgers’.
Tony is based in Ireland and works internationally. He edits on Premiere Pro and Avid.
– Overview of Tony’s experience and insights in editing drama for film and TV
– Break down the edit process
– How to effectively start a project
– Assembling and fine tuning the cut
– Working with the directors
– Interactive TV (Bandersnatch)
– Editing techniques: creating pace and rhythm, reacting to actors’ performance, using sound and music etc
– Project walk throughs – Black Mirror eps (Metalhead, Bandersnatch and Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too), episodes 1 to 4 of the second series of The End Of The F***king World as well as the feature films Cardboard Gangsters, Let Us Prey and The Lodgers.
Date: Saturday 22nd May 2021
Time: 10am – 5pm
All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application Wednesday 19th May.
PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is strictly for Wexford based filmmakers.
Screen Wexford is delighted to partner with the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Wexford to offer a three week ‘Start Your Own Business Programme’ specifically designed for those working in Film, Television and Animation. If you have ever considered starting your own business or would like to hone your business skills in a supportive environment, this course is for you.
Validating your business idea
Generating a Business Plan
Industry Specific Tax Breaks
Building your Portfolio
Case studies with industry professional
Following successful completion of the course, graduates can avail of a business mentor.
Location: Online via zoom
Duration: 3 weeks
Times: 930am – 1230pm (Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Tuesday 9th March
Thursday 11th March
Tuesday 16th March
Thursday 18th March
Tuesday 23rd March
Thursday 25th March
Screen Wexford in association with Wexford County Council Arts Office and Bodecii Film is calling for applications to its Short Film Fund initiative. The aim of this annual award is to provide funding and support to emerging filmmakers based in the County Wexford region looking to develop ambitious and creative narrative short films.
Closing date for submissions is 5pm on Friday 27th November 2020.
Funding will be available through the scheme to support three short films -narrative film, documentary and animation with a budget of up to €2,500 funded through Wexford County Council Arts Office. The award also consists of mentorship from leading industry professionals, project management support from Bodecii Film (Wexford based production company) as well as lighting equipment hire to the value of €1,500 from film lighting company Teach Solais.
The focus of this award for 2020 – 2021 is supporting new and emerging local Writer/Director/Producer teams.
At least one of the creative team must be from Wexford.
Funding will be awarded to successful Creative teams by December 2020 for:
- €2500 & Mentorship – Narrative Short Film (10 page max)
- €2500 & Mentorship – Documentary Short Film (Aprox. 10 Minutes)
- €2500 & Mentorship – Animation Short Film (10 page max)
In each category completion funding for works in progress will also be considered for the awards. Successful applicants will receive mentorship from leading Industry professionals in production, direction and writing.
Applications will require the following elements:
1. Logline (1-2 line synopsis of the film) and short synopsis (200 – 300 words)
2. Completed Script (10 pages or for documentary no more than 2 page outline)
3. Director’s notes (including notes on visual style/visual references 1000 words max)
4. Producer’s notes (no more than 500 words)
5. Identification of possible Co. Wexford locations
6. Production budget, and notes on any additional funding required
7. Biography’s of the core creative team (to include at least Writer, Producer and Director)
8. Include in paperwork, links to samples of previous work/showreels/links, if available
COLLABORATIVE FILM FORUM:
To expand on this film industry professional development initiative for local film making talent, Screen Wexford and Bodecii Film are facilitating an ONLINE NETWORKING FORUM in which Directors/Producers/Writers nationwide will have an opportunity to network with Wexford filmmakers.
This forum is on Facebook and you will need to have a Facebook Account:
- Sign into Facebook
- Send a Friend Request to https://www.facebook.com/bodeciiprojects/
- State you are a filmmaker who wants to take part in the Online Networking Forum Creative’s Exchange
- You will be sent an invite to join the private group
- Please read the rules in the ‘About’ section of the page
Creatives can meet and exchange information and match based on their assessment of the writer/director/producers past work, short screenplays, and compatibility to work together.
- All of the above production paperwork and screenplay to be uploaded as one PDF, (max. 10MB) not separately uploaded.
- Applications must be submitted electronically.
- The creativity and quality of the script and project proposal.
- The suitability of Co. Wexford Locations for use in filming.
- The track record and demonstrable ability of the creative team to complete and deliver the project with the resources and funds available
Assessment will involve a review of applications by a panel in November 2020. The panel will include representatives from Wexford County Council Arts Office, and/or industry experienced filmmakers.
The deadline for applications is: 5pm on Friday 27th November 2020
Send applications with the title ‘Film Award’ to email@example.com
Applicants will be notified in December 2020.
Successful applicants must have completed their productions by August 2021 and will be invited to screen their films in Wexford following the completion date.
Screen Wexford is proud to announce successful applicants for the New Short Filmmakers Fund in Drama, Documentary and Animation.The fund is an initiative of Wexford County Council’s Arts Office in conjunction wit Bodecii Film and is run by Screen Wexford, the county’s agency for promoting Film & TV production and training.
From a highly competitive slate of submissions, three Wexford based teams have been selected to receive €2,500 production finance; equipment support from lighting company Teach Solas to the value of €1,500; and a professional mentor to support the filmmakers throughout the production process.
The three projects to make it through to final selection are:
• HALTED by Robert Tyrell and Joanne Heffernan – a documentary about the everyday lives of women from the Travelling Community in Wexford.
• SAMSARA by Unity, a collaboration between artists Mirona Mara and Jonathan Murphy who plan to make an animated short about the cyclical nature of life, death and rebirth.
• SONNY, MAMMY AND PATCH THE DOG by Sinead O’Quigley, Richard Deering and Adam Hart is a dark comedy about how life can be put back together after a bereavement.
Speaking about the three successful teams and their upcoming films, Screen Wexford’s co-ordinator Linda Curtin said that “although the benchmark for choosing projects was the potential to make a great short film, we also wanted to represent a diversity of subject matter, culture and ethnicity.” According to Curtin, the selection panel which also included playwright-actor Michael Cristofer and writer-director Conor Morissey was excited by the quality of projects selected, but overall it had been a tough process given the surprisingly high standard of submissions. She added that “we hope to repeat this process in future given the level of talent and creativity in the county.”
Screen Wexford, in partnership with Bodecii Film, is seeking Wexford-based participants for a two-day Directing For Film & TV Workshop with leading Irish Film Director Dearbhla Walsh. Funded through Creative Ireland and supported by Wexford County Council ‘s Arts and Economic Development departments, this workshop aims to strengthen participants’ drama directing skills for film and TV.*
Dearbhla Walsh is an award-winning director who has worked on drama series including most recently Tales from the Loop, The Handmaid’s Tale, EastEnders, Shameless, Penny Dreadful, The Tudors and much to her nephew’s delight the Netflix Marvel series The Punisher. She won the 2009 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special for Little Dorrit. She directed Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot, starring Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench, a television film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel of the same name. She has also directed several art/dance films, funded by the Arts Council, in collaboration with Fearghus Ó Conchúir including Match and I’m Roger Casement. Walsh has been nominated for the Irish Film and Television Awards nine times and won three times for directing in 2011, 2018 and 2020 respectively. Dearbhla Walsh is from Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo.
This masterclass will provide an insight into Dearbhla’s approach to directing. In addition to this, participants will work in small groups to direct scenes with actors in a remote capacity. This workshop is limited to ten participants. Areas covered will include:
- Approach to reading a script.
- How to communicate your vision.
- How to break down a scene on paper.
- Aids for spatial visualization of a scene
- How to block a scene with two actors and think of what is the third character in the scene
- Finding the beats and mini beats within a scene and using that to inform your approach to blocking.
- How to guide an actor’s performance on the set.
- Dealing with particularly difficult scenes e.g. love and violence.
- A one to one de-brief with each director at the end of the session.
This workshop is aimed at emerging and experienced Wexford based drama directors. Directors must have directed at least one short film.
Date: Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th November 2020
Duration: 2 Days
Deadline: 17th November 2020
New entrants are increasingly required to possess competencies that reflect the ever-changing dynamics of the work environment for the high-end TV Drama space. The course will examine why this skill set is important in the film industry and how these skills are of growing importance across all industries. Industry feedback internationally and nationally continually highlights the need for future skills such as problem-solving, adaptive thinking, creative collaboration and emotional intelligence. Other important elements of the programme include Health and Safety, set etiquette, script breakdown and self-management in the industry.
This 4-day programme is one of the essential steppingstones and forms the basis of the new entrant’s journey to working in the industry. The programme will give a broad overview of all the departments and to help equip new entrants with the knowledge and some of the essential skills to working on set. There will be some practical elements during the 4 days and will consist of virtual group activities, industry panel experts and case studies. The programme will be facilitated and delivered by industry experts and design thinkers which include tutors guest speakers and panellists.
“Future Proofing on the Job”
- Emotional Intelligence, building self – awareness, motivation, empathy, social skills, feeling confident starting out.
- Teamwork and collaboration – Understanding how to cultivate a great team environment, how teams interact, collaboration is key, active listening and giving feedback effectively.
- Managing in a stressful yet fun environment
- Thinking outside the box
- Thinking on your feet
- Taking a user centered approach and brainstorming.
“The 360 of Set Etiquette”
- Who’s who?
- How Departments interact
- Radio Etiquette – the Standard Approach (AD)
- Sensitivity around cast and crew
- Production terminology and Jargon
- Essential Production Paperwork (AD)
- Copyright, product placement and clearances the basics.
- Script Breakdown the basics with a practical exercise. (Irene)
- Technical on set jargon – crossing the line, eye lines, camera set up, why set ups take so long essential equipment. (Alan)
- Shooting on location vs Studio
“Health and safety on Set”
- Health and safety on Set;
- Health and Safety overview legislation/risk assessments
- Film Set Safety Protocol/Health and Safety Culture
- Your role as a crew member
- Departmental hazards in production: a broad overview
- From construction site to movie set.
- Bullying and harassment
“Self-Management in the Industry”
- Navigation through the industry
- How to manage as a freelancer
- CV clinic
- HR the basics
- Getting Your First Job
- Reading Contracts
- Essential Networking
The programme is aimed at new entrants in the Wexford area who possess commitment, motivation and a passion to work in the industry. Please apply online with an up-to-date CV, including a short paragraph outlining why you would like to work in the Film and TV Industry.
Wexford County Council’s Screen Industries initiative, Screen Wexford, has announced the appointment of a new Film and TV Coordinator, Linda Curtin, who will oversee the implementation of a Screen Sector Strategic Plan for the region. This initiative is part of a drive for the development of film, TV and animation in County Wexford. The aim is to attract more international and indigenous film and TV productions to the region, and to nurture homegrown talent.
Curtin is an award-winning filmmaker who has been working in the industry for ten years in varying capacities from festival marketing to hands-on film production in the fields of documentary and art film. Her work has been broadcast on TV and exhibited in galleries and festivals worldwide. She facilitates workshops in creative filmmaking, while making collaborative works funded in conjunction with bodies such as CREATE and the Arts Council of Ireland. She has been involved in film programming and currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the Cork Film Centre and First Cut Film Festival.
“Screen Wexford is perfectly placed to promote the many unique advantages to shooting here,” Curtin states, “but equally important is to help grow our local grassroots film and TV industry. The arts and media sectors are hugely vibrant in the county, with tremendous potential for growth. From a film locations perspective, the county has enormous untapped potential from our unique Norman and Viking architecture to our sprawling coastline. I’m very excited to get stuck in. We have big plans.”
The Screen Wexford Steering Group, which includes Liz Burns (Arts Officer), Liz Hore (Head Of Enterprise/Wexford LEO) and Laura Way (Bodecii Film), have been engaged with the screen sector, government agencies, training bodies and guilds, including Screen Ireland, Screen Skills Ireland, WWETB, Creative Ireland & SDGI, to develop an ambitious vision for County Wexford in the thriving Irish film, television and animation industry.
“We are excited to have Linda in her new role at Screen Wexford, especially as this is a crucial time for Film and TV production and development in Ireland. Currently there are thirteen large scale productions filming in the country, with a demand for trained crew. With Linda as Film and TV Coordinator, Screen Wexford will be focused on the development of filmmaking infrastructure, regional skills development and nurturing of local talent, and also attracting foreign and international productions to the county.”