Screenwriting: Tools, Not Rules!

Film In Cork have announced they will host a five-week Screenwriting evening class from October 31st. This course is for new-to-intermediate level screenwriters who are keen to expand their storytelling knowledge and abilities.

The five-week course will increase participants’ understanding of modern screenwriting standards and will help to develop their approaches and skills by way of a detailed exploration of screenwriting’s main interrelating elements:

  • Story Premise – dramatic conflict, thematic conflict and tension.

  • Character Journey – types of conflict, character change and near-change.

  • Character Nature – understanding character behaviour, depth and relatability.

  • Story Structure – arranging the scene, sequence, act and feature-length narrative.

  • Dialogue – moving the story, revealing character, assisting tension and subtext.

The course features case studies of three films (two original screenplays by male and female writers, and one adaptation), demonstrating different approaches and techniques relating to the different story elements. The course also appreciates the script reader’s perspective, helping to strengthen participants’ understanding of industry expectations.

The course will be lead by Patrick O’Driscoll, an independent story analyst and script editor known for maximizing the potential of emerging film projects.  As script editor, Patrick collaborates closely with writers and producers from Ireland, the UK, the US and Australia on projects of all genres and formats and at different stages of development. Patrick also consults with Irish and UK film/TV funding organizations, helping to assess and support commercial and artistic projects by established and emerging writing talent.

The five-week programme kicks off on Wednesday, October 31st and runs until Wednesday, November 28th from 19:30-21:30 in Civic Trust House, Pope’s Quay, Cork. The course costs €60 and those interested can contact  amy@filmincork.com.

 

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Film In Cork 2018 Short Film Award

Film In Cork have announced a winner of the 2018 Short Film Award, valued at €8,000.

The winning project is The Shift written by Mairéad Kiernan, directed by Megan K.Fox, and produced by Bankhouse Productions.

There were 90 scripts submitted for the April deadline, which was whittled down to 16 for a one-day development session on May 5th as part of Film In Cork’s on-going commitment to training. This day was delivered by the script judges, Oonagh Kearney & Pierce Ryan.

The interview panel comprised of Writer/Directors Oonagh Kearney & Rebecca Daly and Producer Deirdre Levin. Speaking on behalf of the panel, Oonagh Kearney commented that “The Shift brims with personality, wit and humour. It has a cracking lead character and well-defined story world. We feel this coming-of-age bilingual story will make for a powerful and memorable short film. We look forward to helping the team realize their vision for this project.”

The team will benefit from the experience and talent of the interview panel in terms of mentoring support as they begin the process of translating the script to the screen.

For further information on Film in Cork, please visit http://filmincork.com/

 

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Call For: Film In Cork 2018 Short Film Award

 

Film In Cork, through the support of the Arts Offices of Cork City and County Councils, and in association with the Tomar Trust, have announced the launch of the 2018 Short Film Award. This funding initiative aims to support creative and resourceful filmmaking in the Cork region.

Film In Cork is looking for original, entertaining stories by talented filmmakers who, if selected, must shoot their project in Cork City and/or county.

The award will be given to one successful project which will receive €8,000 towards the cost of production, along with support in terms of locations, production, mentoring and planning the film’s festival release strategy.

In order to be eligible for the award, applicants must have full rights to the material they are submitting. Live action short film scripts will be accepted up to a maximum of 10 pages.

Announcing details of the scheme, Rossa Mullin, who runs Film in Cork said: “The Short Film Award offers filmmakers in the region the opportunity to work with a budget and bring to life on the big screen ideas and emotions that are currently on paper.”

Rossa continued “The process in 2018 has been modified somewhat and will involve several stages, beginning with a half-day session on February 25th looking at the development of successful short films, followed by a “Speed Dating” session for writers, directors, and producers to meet and see what synergies they may have to collaborate together. It is very exciting to see this Short Film Award launched, and we are very grateful for the generous support of the Arts Offices of Cork City and County Councils, as well as the Tomar Trust, who have helped to make this happen.”

 

The closing date for script applications is 5pm on Friday, April 6th.

Application forms and detailed guidelines for the 2018 Short Film Award can be found at http://filmincork.com/funding/

 

 

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Film In Cork presents 1 Day Pitching Workshop

 

In advance of IndieCork Film Festival‘s Ronan Phelan Pitching Competition on October 14th, Film In Cork will host a 1 Day Pitching Workshop with David Keating on October 7th.

 

This one day, trauma free workshop explores effective and persuasive ways to present and pitch film projects. This training is aimed at writers, directors and producers who are interested in developing pitching skills for shorts, features and television drama.

David Keating will lead the workshop. A film director and screenwriter, David also directs theatre, and his writing includes work for Sony Miramax and films such as Into The WestThe Last of the High Kings, and Cherry Tree. He is a teacher and project mentor working on an international basis.

Pre-enrolment is essential and applications with a CV should be made to rossa@filmincork.comby 5pm on Thursday, September 28th. The cost of the workshop for participants is €20.

For further information, see http://filmincork.com/news.

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Film In Cork: Six-week ‘Start Your Own Business Programme’

 

Film In Cork has joined forces the with Local Enterprise Office (LEO) South Cork to offer a six week, Start Your Own Business Programme, specially designed for those working in film, television and animation.

 

The practical course, running one Monday evening per week from September 11th to October 16th, will cover everything participants need to know about areas such as assessing the viability of a business idea; working up a complete business plan; conducting basic market research; developing a marketing plan; and simple bookkeeping.

 

Speaking about the upcoming programme, Rossa Mullin, who runs Film In Cork said “We are thrilled to partner LEO South Cork to offer this programme to people in the Cork region. If you work in the film, television or animation sphere, and have ever thought about starting your own business or would like to hone your business skills in a supportive environment, this course is ideal for you!”

 

The course costs €50, and LEO South Cork is now taking bookings. Places are limited so book your place now to avoid disappointment. To sign up, call 021 4975281 or visit  https://www.localenterprise.ie/SouthCork/SouthCork/Training-Events/Online-Bookings/8-2017-Start-Your-Own-Business-Programme-.html.

 

For more information on Film In Cork visit www.filmincork.com, follow on Twitter @filmincork, and Facebook at Film-In-Cork.

 

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Film In Cork 2017 Short Script Award Winner Announced

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Film In Cork has announced a winner for the €8,000 Short Script Award 2017.

The winning project is Earthly Bonds, written and to be directed by Alan Dunne, and to be produced by Eamonn Tutty.

Almost 130 scripts were submitted prior to the December deadline, which was whittled down to five that went forward to the next stage for interview. The interview panel, comprised of writer/directors Oonagh Kearney and Michael Kinirons, and producer/ production manager Steven Davenport, had a very challenging job selecting the overall winner.

Speaking on behalf of the panel, Oonagh Kearney commented that Earthly Bonds is an elegant and well told story, and the director, Alan Dunne, shows evidence of emerging talent, has a good eye, and demonstrates ambition for the continued development of his craft as a writer-director. All of us feel this will make for a great short and look forward to helping the team realize their vision for this project.”

Alan and his team will benefit from the experience and talent of the interview panel in terms of mentoring support as they begin the process of translating the script to the screen, and Film In Cork looks forward to seeing the finished film premiere later this year.

 

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Film In Cork 2017 Short Script Award Shortlist

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Film In Cork, supported by the Arts Offices of Cork City and County Councils has announced that a shortlist of six scripts has been selected by the judging panel in its 2017 Short Script Award.

 

Almost 130 scripts were submitted prior to the December deadline, a number that far surpassed what was anticipated. Speaking about this, Rossa Mullin, CEO, Film In Cork said “The huge response to the call for short scripts was very encouraging, with both emerging and more established writers from all over the country submitting their work.”

 

Tasked with drawing up the shortlist were writer/ director, Ben Cleary, whose short film “Stutterer” won the Oscar for Best Short at last year’s Academy Awards, and Cork writer, Stefanie Preissner, whose show “Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope” was a major hit on RTE last Autumn.

 

Speaking about the difficulty in arriving at a final selection from a longlist, Ben commented “It was both enjoyable and challenging trying to whittle the selection of scripts down to the shortlist. I wish we could have included more to be honest. There were lots of funny scripts, lots of poignant ones, and in general, lots of imagination across the board too, which was great to see. I look forward to seeing what gets made.” 

 

Stefanie added that “Reading the scripts was a very uplifting experience, looking at the wealth of Irish talent. It makes me feel very excited and hopeful for the future of Irish cinema.”

The shortlisted projects are:

  • Blindsided by Ciara Hyland
  • Earthly Bonds by Alan Dunne
  • Foretold by Ciarán Collins
  • Mind’s Eye by Eleanor McSherry
  • Support by Mathew Roche
  • Woodpeckers by Mike O’Dowd

 

These projects will now go forward to the interview stage to be held towards the end of February, with one project receiving €8,000 towards the costs of production of their short, along with mentoring and support to assist with locations, production, and devising a festival release strategy later in the year.

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Film In Cork – Short Script Award

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Film In Cork, through the support of the Arts Offices of Cork City and County Councils, has announced the launch of the 2017 Short Script Award. This funding initiative aims to foster creative and resourceful filmmaking in the Cork region.

 

Film In Cork is looking for original, entertaining stories by talented filmmakers who, if selected, must set and shoot their project in Cork City and/or county.

 

The award will be given to one successful project which will receive €8,000 towards the cost of production, along with support in terms of locations, production, mentoring and planning the film’s festival release strategy over the course of a nine month period.

 

In order to be eligible for the award, applicants must have full rights to the material they are submitting. Short film scripts, including treatments for documentary, of any style and genre will be accepted as long as they are between 7 and 12 pages.

 

Announcing details of the Short Script Award, Rossa Mullin, who runs Film in Cork said “The Short Script Award affords filmmakers in the region the chance to bring what are ideas on paper, to life on the big screen, which they may not ordinarily have the opportunity of doing. This would not be possible if it weren’t for the financial support from the Arts Offices in Cork City and Cork County Council, who have been an integral part of bringing this to fruition.”

 

Rossa continued “The process will see three to five scripts shortlisted by mid-January 2017, with those projects going forward for interview in February. By this time, the writer will need to have a producer and director on board to demonstrate how the script will be brought to life on the big screen. It is very exciting to see this Short Script Award in Cork, the first in the region since 2012, and we look forward to helping the selected project get made and seen by as wide an audience as possible.”

 

Film In Cork provides production, location and training services to those working in film, television, and animation. It also promotes and markets the Cork region locally, nationally and internationally as a wonderful place to work.

 

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday, December 9th. Application forms and detailed guidelines for the 2017 Short Script Award can be found at http://filmincork.com/funding/.

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