Script Writing & Music in Film Workshops to be held in Cork


As part of its commitment to building the indigenous screen industries in Cork and promoting the City & County as a prime filming destination, Cork Screen Commission is hosting a series of workshops in December. “Music in Film” is a weekend, residential, workshop with Maurice Seezer & Special Guests Ray Harman and Carl Davis, which takes place in Grove House, Schull, Co. Cork on the weekend of December 13th. “Training for Screenwriters with The Script Factory” takes place at the River Lee Hotel, Cork on Wed 18th & Thurs 19th December.


The Music in Film workshop aims to provide a context where aspiring and established soundtrack composers can view and respond to each other’s work. Composers are invited to email online links to two examples of their work (no longer than 5 minutes each) and a CV before 5pm on Friday 22nd November to the Cork Screen Commissioner; The weekend is targeted at aspiring composers who work in the audio/midi environment using programmes such as Protools, Logic, Cubase, or music notation software such as Sibelius or Finale. Familiarity with, and access, to such an audio midi, or pure midi set-up is a requirement for participation, as the ten chosen participants will be asked to score a short film in the two weeks before attending for consideration at the weekend. For full details of the selection process visit the Cork Screen Commission website.


Participants will be driven from Cork City to Schull on Friday 13th December, where they will arrive in time for an evening introduction with workshop facilitator Maurice Seezer. Over the course of the weekend, each of the participant’s work will be represented to the group and discussed. Further discussions will examine the fundamentals involved in scoring a film, including spotting with the film’s director, working in broad strokes, budget constraints, finding the emotional core of the film, working to a schedule and representing your work to a director. There will be a Q&A session with Ray Harman on Sat.14th Dec and with Carl Davis on Sunday 15th Dec. Participants will be delivered back to Cork on the Sunday night.


Maurice Seezer is a songwriter and composer for film and theatre. Collaboration and production credits include work with Gavin Friday, Bono, Maria McKee, Andrea Corr and Sinead O’Connor while Ray Harman is a composer, songwriter and guitar player with legendary Irish band Something Happens now working mainly in film and television. Carl Davis’ output for film and television is vast with works including The World At War, The Snow Goose, Hotel du Lac, Hollywood, The Naked Civil Servant, Silas Marner, The French Lieutenant’s Woman and Pride and Prejudice.


Training for Screenwriters with The Script Factory is a two-day workshop exploring the essential elements of designing a story for the screen. Will your story speak to the widest possible audience? Are you using the best cinematic devices to hook the audience in? Have you created a compelling and intriguing story world? Working with trainer Rob Ritchie, this course is suitable for emerging writers who have a good idea for a screen story and/or have completed at least one draft of a short film script and are looking to hone the concept and improve their craft skills.


The Script Factory is the UK’s leading script development organization, pioneering professional training in the areas of script reading, script development and screenwriting. Writers should send a letter of application outlining their writing credits, and any other film experience and training, with a brief CV to by Friday, 22nd November.


Music In Film: Fri 13th – Sun 15th December, Grove House, Schull, Co. Cork. Fee: €150 (includes transport Cork-Schull return, B&B accommodation, lunch on 14th & 15th Dec and Dinner on 14th Dec).


Training for Screenwriters with The Script Factory runs Wed 18th & Thurs 19th December, River Lee Hotel, Cork. Fee: €30.


For further information and details of application process visit or email Niall Mahoney at


Cork Screen Commission is an initiative of Cork City Council, Cork County Council and the Cork Film Centre.




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