Looking to get into film? Want to start out or upskill? Here’s some upcoming training programmes to help you make that move. 

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Writing a Successful TV Series -25/26th May 2020. Galway. This 2-day Workshop – an extension of the 3-day Advanced Development Workshop – will explore the crucial distinction between conventional TV Series formats and the actual story structure lying underneath.

Introduction to Screen Acting – Starts 21st April. Lir Academy. This practical ten week course introduces students to the processes involved in successful screen acting and developing confidence in front of the camera.

Toon Boom Rigging  – Starts 20th April 2020. Online. Due to the success of the last instalment of these courses, Toon Boom Trainer (Adam Oliver) is returning with his popular online courses in Toon Boom Harmony. This course is being offered free of charge from Screen Skills Ireland & Animation Skillnet.

Animating Walks and Runs in Maya – Starts 20th April 2020. Online.Screen Skills Ireland and Animation Skillnet bring you this new online course to give participants the tools and techniques for animating walks for 2 and 4 legged characters in Maya for TV, Film and Games. This course is being offered free of charge.

Excel for the Screen Sector – Starts 14th April 2020. Screen Skills Ireland offer Excel for the Screen Sector. This course is being offered free of charge to support the Irish creative screen industries impacted by the ongoing situation with COVID-19. This course is being held on 14th and 21st April to accommodate as many participants as possible.

Writing a Webseries – Starts 6th April 2020. Online. This Screen Skills course will take you through the development and writing of a web series over four weeks.

Improve Your Drafting Skills – 6th April 2020. Online. The idea of the course is to allow people to practice and improve specific skills with the structure of a set project and feedback from an experienced film drafting practitioner/ tutor over a two-week period. g with his popular online courses in Toon Boom Harmony. This course is being offered free of charge from Screen Skills Ireland

Successfully Managing Creative Teams Remotely – 6th April 2020. Online. The aim of the training is to work on preparing managers to optimise the performance of their team in the remote working environment, developing key communication skills, relationship management techniques and practical tools and solutions for effectively operating in remote working arrangements. g with his popular online courses in Toon Boom Harmony. This course is being offered free of charge from Screen Skills Ireland

Virtual Classroom Essentials for the Screen Sector – Starts 30th March 2020. Online. This course is being offered free of charge to support the Irish creative screen industries impacted by the ongoing situation with COVID-19. The Programme endorsed and facilitated by the Institute of Training and Development is designed to help you quickly transition your existing training programmes to virtual delivery. Participants will gain an insight into best practice approaches for the design and delivery of interactive and engaging live classroom sessions, and gain first-hand experience of the virtual classroom environment.

FOCUS ON: Intellectual Property – 1st April 2020. Online Webinar. Catherine Potts (Scottish Enterprise) discusses the importance of Intellectual Property (IP) for film and TV production companies.

PITCH IT! – 23rd March 2020. A ScreenSkills workshop about The Art of Pitching

Film Studies 101. Now that the list of films for the Leaving Cert 2020 have been released, filmmaker and film scholar Natasha Waugh will be available for film studies tutorials, for students who wish to learn a bit more about how to think about film in an academic context. The tutorials will cover: Basic terminology; Scene Analysis; Film Style & Aesthetic; Genre studies. For information on booking tutorials, please feel free to contact Natasha at Natasha.waugh@ucdconnect.ie

Genre Writing with Ferdia Mac Anna  – 9th March 2020. An Droichead Arts Centre. Have you ever wanted to write a Thriller, Horror tale or Comedy? This 1 day course is aimed at emerging writers and will focus upon Thrillers, Comedy and Horror to explore character, storyline, structure and more. A lively and informative introduction to writing for genre.

Young Women in Film & TV Workshop – 7th March 2020. This two-day workshop will focus on visual storytelling and is designed to inspire young women to consider a career in the film and television industry

Writing for Animation with Kristina Yee – 3rd March 2020. Irish Writers Centre, Dublin.This is a practical 6-week course for writers looking to break into the animation industry. There will be a focus on writing for children’s television, while exploring the industry in the UK and Ireland.

Filmmaking  Basics  – starts 18th February 2020. Cork Film Centre. A hands-on course for entry-level filmmakers. Over six evening classes plus one day-long shooting session, participants will acquire the basic skills to devise and shoot films.

Write or Rewrite YOUR Short Film with Eilish Kent – starts 12th February 2020. Dublin, TBC. Want to write a short film that will get noticed? Over four weeks you will get continuous feedback on your script and learn the dos of short scripts that get made.

Writing Female Centered Films   – starts 10th February 2020. Dublin, TBC. In this eight-week course you will explore the fundamentals of writing feature film, with special emphasis on stories about and for women. How to give agency to female protagonists who frequently don’t fit the role of active hero. Explore the narrative risks worth taking and the rules to break.

Creating Screenplays for Short Films with Stephen Walsh –starts 3rd February 2020. Irish Writers Centre, Dublin. A 10-week introduction to visual narrative and the screenplay form which is also a workshop in which participants can develop their ideas into short scripts.

Managing Mentoring Workshop 1st February 2020. Dublin TBC. This workshop looks at mentoring, how to manage this as part of your overall role and how, if done effectively it can have a positive impact on individuals and the industry as a whole.

Full-Time Professional Actor Training Programme – starts 31st January 2020. Gaiety School of Acting. The intensive two-year actor training programme is designed to prepare participants for work as an actor in Ireland and internationally

Leading Successful Teams  Dublin TBC, 25th January 2020. This course is the second in a number of three workshops run for people working in the screen industry.  It is ideal for department heads, those managing people in the industry, and people who are about to step up to this role.

The Lir Audition Workshop Cork, 25th January 2020. At this acting audition workshop, one of the core acting teachers at The Lir Academy, will guide participants through preparing for auditions, through careful selection of monologues and developing characterisation.

Abel Ferrara Masterclass Trinity College Dublin, 23rd January 2020. This inspiring masterclass will focus on the director’s work, style & creation of films including working with non actors discussing films to date. It will feature open discussion, allowing for interactive questions & answers, and will be of particular interest to directors, writers, cinematographers, actors, and producers.

Assistant Editing for Non-Fiction in Association with Irish Screen Editors 24th January 2020. In this course participants will gain a full insight into the role and responsibilities of the assistant editor.

In The Writers Room III 20th January 2020. MICHAEL ZAM was co-creator, writer and co-producer on the FX miniseries, Feud: Bette & Joan, which was nominated for 18 Emmys, including two for Zam, which was based on his Black-Listed screenplay, Best Actress. Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon starred in the 2017 series

BAME/Afro Hairstyling Workshop 19th January 2020. This one-day workshop, run in partnership with the Hairstylist Guild of Ireland and Image Skillnet, is the first in a suite of courses aimed at upskilling hairstylists working with BAME hair (Black Asian Minority and Ethnic), focusing on Afro Hair.

The Lir Audition Workshop Dublin, 18th January 2020. At this acting audition workshop, one of the core acting teachers at The Lir Academy, will guide participants through preparing for auditions, through careful selection of monologues and developing characterisation.

Jeb Stuart Masterclass IFI, 19th January 2020. Join award-winning screenwriter Jeb Stuart (Die HardThe Fugitive) for a masterclass in writing action movies. Using clips from his blockbusting classics, he will explore the process of mapping twists, creating charismatic characters and crafting memorable lines.

Write that Script! – Screenwriting Workshop with Lindsay J. Sedgwick Dublin, 18th January 2020. This workshop will look at how to adapt an idea for the screen, from developing characters and writing powerful scenes, through to structuring stories, creating worlds and everything in between. The goal: that you will know what you need to have the confidence to write a compelling and visual screenplay. Cancelled.

Building Resilience and Time Management Skills 18th January 2020. This course is the first of three workshops run for people working in the screen industry. This course will focus on helping attendees manage their time and remain resilient in this fast-paced and ever-changing industry.

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