Close Up: New Talent Development Scheme for Actors at Filmbase

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Filmbase has announced the first in a series of talent development schemes for actors. Close Up is a professional development programme for actors at Filmbase.

The programme is open to actors who wish to engage in a series of workshops with a range of professional directors working across film and television projects. The studio will run on Tuesday evenings and actors will work with a different director each week, adding up to a unique series of professional workshops.

Close Up is intended as a programme for actors who are developing their screen careers and can benefit from focused professional feedback on craft technique. Participants must have some existing credits or recognised professional training in order to apply. It is not a traditional acting course and is not suitable for beginners.

Each workshop will be led by a different director, ensuring that all participating actors gain a valuable experience working with a range of different professionals and gaining an insight into the different ways directors communicate and prepare actors for scenes.
Directors taking part will include Lisa Mulcahy (THE LEDGEND OF LONGWOOD, REDROCK), Kieron J Walsh ( THE SAVAGE EYE, JUMP, RAPT), Nick Kelly (DELPHINE, WHY THE IRISH DANCE THAT WAY, SHOE), Johnny Gogan (THE LAST BUS HOME, MAPMAKER, BLACK ICE), Frank Berry (TEENAGE CICS, BALLYMUM LULLABY, I USED TO LIVE) and Louise Ní Fhiannachta (RÚBAÍ, EIPIC, ROS NA RÚN).

Application Process:
Actors wishing to take part are invited to submit an application before 5PM Thursday 3rd November.
To apply you will need:
1. Completed Online Application Form
2. Your professional CV and headshot
3. Showreel/Scenes
4. Filmbase membership number
Application is open to all members of Filmbase and places are fully sponsored. Studio blocks will run on six week rotations, beginningTuesday 8th of November 2016 until Tuesday 13th December. There will be a limited number of places available per studio block to ensure a high quality of experience for all taking part.

Selection Criteria:
Spaces on the programme are limited to 16. Application to the programme does not guarantee a place. In the event that applications exceed the number of places available, priority will be given to emerging actors with feature film, television, commercial or short film experience in professional productions. Showreel scenes will be required as proof of existing experience. Actors who have completed advanced training in screen acting will be considered on the basis of showreel scenes shot as part of their training.
The final pool of actors selected for the programme will be chosen by a panel.
This is professional development workshop series. It is not a traditional acting class and is not suitable for beginners.

Taking Part:
You will be notified by 5pm, Friday 4th November if you are being offered a place on the programme.
Once you confirm your place we will ask you to fully commit to attending all modules in your block to allow for programme continuity and planning of exercises. If you will not be able to attend all modules we would kindly ask you to decline your place to allow someone else to attend. You will not lose your place on the programme if you do so and your place will carry forward to a future studio block.

Actors must be 18 or over to take part.
You must be available to take part in all six modules.
Although the there is no application fee you must be a Filmbase member to apply.

Topics:
− Script Breakdown & Analysis
− Finding Your Unique Voice
− Getting Clarity of Vision
− Articulating Your Vision
− Being the Actor
− Working with Directors
− Shooting & Reviewing Scenes
− Actors/Directors Tool Kit
− Creating an Honest Moment/Performance
− Auditioning & Casting
− Rehearsals: The Different Approaches
− Getting Your Work Seen

Directors Dates:
Lisa Mulcahy – 8th Nov, 7pm until 10pm
Kieron J Walsh – 15th Nov, 7pm until 10pm
Nick Kelly – 22nd Nov, 7pm until 10pm
Johnny Gogan – 29th Nov, 7pm until 10pm
Frank Berry – 6th Dec, 7pm until 10pm
Louise Ní Fhiannachta – 13th Dec, 7pm until 10pm

***ACTORS MUST BE AVAILABLE TO ATTEND ALL SIX EVENINGS TO APPLY***
For more information and link to the online application form check out:
www.filmbase.ie<http://www.filmbase.ie>

 

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The Teen Actors Summer Programme – (Level 1) 5 Days @Filmbase

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4th July – 8th July 2016, 5 Days, Mon – Fri,

(14yrs – 17yrs)

Cost: €180

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm

The Teen Actors Summer Programme is a five day workshop. This class provides teen actors the opportunity to tailor their work for the camera.

During the programme teens will cover commercials, auditions, scene work, and other exercises highlight the different technical skills and adjustments required to cultivate a film/TV performance.

The course will cover:

Acting for camera
Cold readings
Scene work
Monologues
Commercials
Improvisation

Students are introduced to the world of a creative artist and scenes are practiced and critiqued to better understand how to apply all on-camera media in a fun and relaxed environment.

Who should apply:

This 5-day course is ideal for teens (14yrs – 17yrs) who have an interest in acting and feel they would like to explore the world of acting at a beginner level.

Dates:

4th July – 8th July, 5 Days, Mon – Fri

Class times:

10am – 4pm

Pricing:

€180
€100 Deposit

Add Teen Actors Level 2 (Tues 2nd Aug – Fri 5th Aug, 10am until 5pm) for a total cost €330.

Location:

Filmbase, Temple Bar, Curved street

To book your place, contact Filmbase Reception on 01 679 6716 and dial 0.
For more information, email our Training Department at training@filmbase.ie.

 

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Tips: Producing A Short Film: In Three Simple, Difficult Steps

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Barry’s Bespoke Bakery (produced by Ben Keenan)

 

Ahead of his weekend course at Filmbase (18th & 19th June 2016), producer Ben Keenan shares three things you need to get right when producing a short film. 

Making a short film is hard, but going through all of that work without getting these things right would be a real shame…

 

1. The Right Script

The right script is better than the best script – choose something that suits your abilities, resources and sensibilities. Find out what kind of film you want to make and choose something fully do-able. A small victory is even better than a genuinely noble failure since it can show you parts of the process only available to filmmakers who finish films. When making a documentary, there should still be a script or vision for the finished film.

 

 

2. The Right Director

A functional and productive director-producer relationship is an expensive investment, so you should choose someone you can work with again. Often the script and the director come as a package, so make the decision based on both, with one eye on the proposed project and another on what you think it would be like to work with them again.

 

 

3. The Right Budget

Perhaps a little controversially, sometimes this is zero. Dollar-signed bags of other people’s money come with perfectly reasonable strings attached. If you are trying something experimental or trying to learn the craft, you are likely better off making something with little to no money. More freedom, lower cost on your mistakes, less visibility. You can also get a protracted shooting schedule which teaches discipline in continuity and allows you to review and digest footage as you proceed. As long as it’s a valuable learning experience for everyone on the crew and they know what they’re signing up for, it’ll be a fair proposition.

 

Producing a Short Film – With Ben Keenan
18th & 19th June, 1 weekend

Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

€175 Members / €200 Non-Members

Do you want to know what it takes to produce a short film? This course is designed for anyone setting out to make their first short film.

Intro:

Do you want to know what it takes to produce a short film? Producing a Short returns to Filmbase with experienced Producer, Ben Keenan (Barry’s Bespoke Bakery, The Chronoscope). Using successful short films as case studies, this course is theory based with some practical exercises. It is the ideal course for first-time filmmakers.

 

Course Content:

  • Relationship between Producer and Director
  • What a Director looks for in a Producer
  • Production Department – Who’s who?
  • Pre-production meetings
  • Short Films – Award Schemes
  • Legal Issues for Short Films
  • Script breakdown
  • Scheduling
  • Casting
  • Post-Production
  • Film Festivals

 

Ben Keenan

In 2009 Ben Keenan directed his first feature film, a comedy titled The rise of the Bricks, starring Emmett Scanlan, Eoin Macken, Ciaran McNamee, Cillian Scott and Cathal Sheahan. Since then he has gone on to work as a Development Executive for Fastnet Films and a Digital Content Producer in BK Media. He also produced and developed online comedy as Half a Giraffe.

Short films Ben has produced, including Barry’s Bespoke Bakery (Irish Film Board), The Chronoscope and This is Not A Conspiracy Theory (RTÉ), have screened at festivals around the world, including The Galway Film Fleadh, Eat My Shorts, The Underground Film Festival London, The Capital Irish Film Festival Washington, The International Film Festival Molodist in the Ukraine, The Charlie Chaplin Film Festival in Kerry and the Darklight festival.

 

Dates:

  • 18th & 19th June, 1 weekend

Class times:

  • Sat 10.30 – 5.00 & Sun 11.00 – 5.30

Pricing:

  • €175 Members / €200 Non-Members
  • €100 Deposit

Location:

  • Filmbase, Temple Bar, Curved street

 

To book your place, contact Filmbase Reception on 01 679 6716 and dial 0. For more information, email our training department at training@filmbase.ie. Please read our Terms & Conditions before booking a course.

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Filmbase to Host The Teen Actors Easter Programme – 4 Days

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29th March – 1st April 2016, 4 Days, Tues – Fri,

(14yrs – 17yrs)

Cost: €180

Time: 10.00am – 5.00pm

The Teen Actors Easter Programme is a four-day workshop. This class provides teen actors the opportunity to tailor their work for the camera.

During the programme teens will cover commercials, auditions, scene work, and other exercises highlight the different technical skills and adjustments required to cultivate a film/TV performance.

The course will cover:

Acting for camera
Cold readings
Scene work
Monologues
Commercials
Improvisation

Students are introduced to the world of a creative artist and scenes are practiced and critiqued to better understand how to apply all on-camera media in a fun and relaxed environment.

Who should apply:

This 4-day course is ideal for teens (14yrs – 17yrs) who have an interest in acting and feel they would like to explore the world of acting at a beginner level.

Dates:

29th March – 1st April, 4 Days, Tues – Fri

Class times:

10am – 5pm

Pricing:

€180
€100 Deposit

Location:

Filmbase, Temple Bar, Curved street

To book your place, contact Filmbase Reception on 01 679 6716 and dial 0.
For more information, email the Training Department at training@filmbase.ie.

 

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Tips: Creating a Webseries

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Story consultant and script editor Eilish Kent gives three tips for creating a web series.

 

Creating an online series is a great way to get noticed in the industry and kick startyour career or prove that your idea has commercial value.  If you can show that you can attract and engage audience with your content broadcasters and financiers will follow.  As usually no one is paying for you to make the series, you have total creative freedom.

 

  • Define your audience: with so much content available to audience online you need to find an idea that is going to standout to a specific audience and target that cohort. Often this is people who have similar tastes and interests to you, you need to know this audience’s likes and dislikes, how to find them online and how to get them to take notice of your content.

 

  • The renewable idea: while online is saturated with content, audience is always hungry for good/original series and want more and more of it; so ensure that your idea is endlessly renewable from the beginning; for this you need to have an open-ended narrative with no built-in definitive end point. This idea will be your story engine.

 

  • Engaging, active characters carry the story: without great characters your series will be boring and you will lose audience. Turn up the heat on the idea you already have by making your central character just a little sharper/dumber/hapless/romantic, etc.  Define the protagonist and antagonists and give them memorable entrances onscreen.

 

To explore these topics and more join Eilish for a weekend on Creating Webseries (13th – 14th February 2016) where you will get the opportunity to work on your ideas for a webseries and pitch them to the rest of the group. 

Eilish is a story consultant and script editor with 20 years’ experience in project development and commissioning in Irish TV.

Eilish is available for script editing and story consultancy, she can be contacted by email at eilishkent@gmail.com

 

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Screen Training Ireland: Adaptation – with Beth Serlin

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Tutors: Beth Serlin
Date: Monday, February 29th, 2016
Duration: 5 Days – 29th February – 4th March 2016
Venue: Dublin TBC
Cost: €350

 

The goal of this course is to explore the process of successfully adapting pre-existing material to the big screen. Participants will analyse how a variety of source materials – including novel, stage play, short stories and history – can transform into a powerful cinema story. Group discussions will explore the unique challenges of each source. Participants will also explore the process by adapting pre-assigned short stories and discussing the results. By combining the creative and analytic, writers will gain a deeper understanding of what it means to adapt stories from one medium to another. There will be a case study on the multi Oscar-nominated Room.

The course will explore the following:

  • Where stories come from
  • Conceptualisation
  • Comparative adaptation
  • Adaptations from novels (case study: Room)
  • And adaptations from plays, history/articles, short stories and comics/graphic novels.

The course is designed for experienced screen writers and development executives. Ideally participants will have an adaptation project currently in development. Applications from directors attached to adaptation projects will also be considered. Please note that the course is intensive – there will be preparation material in advance, and assignments throughout the week.

Please apply online at www.screentrainingireland.ie with your current CV.
The Deadline for applications is Friday the 5th of February.
For further information please contract dearbhla.regan@screentrainingireland.ie

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Make a Short Film at Filmbase 2015

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Run over 12 weekends, this hands on course will take you through the filmmaking process from script to screen, culminating in two groups shooting two short films.

With all tutors current film practitioners, this course has been designed to encourage and develop independent filmmaking. This is ideal if you are looking for a way into the film industry or want to gain a better understanding of filmmaking – at the end of the course you will have a short film to use as part of a show reel for your Curriculum Vitae or film school.

 

Course Modules:

  • Short Scriptwriting and Development
  • Production
  • Directing
  • Camera and Lighting
  • Casting
  • Location Sound
  • Continuity
  • Theory of Editing
  • Art Direction
  • Assistant Directing
  • 3-Day shoot with supervisors
  • 3-Day edit with professional editor
  • Professional Sound Mix

For a full course outline (with individual dates and course modules), please email Tristan Hutchinson at tristan@filmbase.ie

– For Bookings & Enquiries call Filmbase reception on 01 679 6716 (dial 0)
– Flexible Payment Options available
– Non-refundable Deposit Required
– Course Cancellation Policy

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Developing a Short Animation & Getting it Funded

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Developing a Short Animation & Getting it Funded

Duration / Date: Saturday, March 1st, 2014 (9.30am-4.30pm)

Cost: €50 (members)/ €60 (non-members)

This day-long course will cover how to turn a short film idea into a fully financedfilm commission. The day will be spent taking a generated idea through the three ‘rewrites’ – the page, the storyboard, the edit. It will focus on animation, but the skills can be applied to live-action.The course is aimed at those who have some knowledge of film/animation/direction and would like to know more about developing a short film.

Areas covered will include:

Idea generation

Script writing/formatting

Storyboarding

Editing

Delivering a finished animatic

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