Film in Limerick Present John Maclean Workshop

BAFTA Award winning film director and former member of the Beta Band John Maclean is to come to the mid west to speak to local filmmakers.

Acclaimed film director John Maclean will be delivering a workshop on directing a first feature film on Wednesday 12 February in Ennis and on Thursday 13 in Limerick.

The talks are part of the new Film Meet-Up events run by Film in Limerick and are an exciting opportunity for experienced and aspiring filmmakers in the region to hear from one of the most exciting directors working in independent filmmaking.

Maclean’s collaborations with Irish actors Michael Fassbender and Liam Cunningham have seen him win the BAFTA for best film for Pitch Black Heist and the top award at the Sundance Film Festival for his western Slow West.

Maclean will be at Glór in Ennis on Wednesday 12 February and in Limerick at ENGINE on Upper Cecil Street the following day, Thursday 13 February.

Maclean who was the keyboardist in seminal 90’s band The Beta Band turned his hand to film after the demise of his much-loved cult pop group.

Taking a break from preparations for his second feature film, Maclean will be visiting Ennis and Limerick to share his experiences and tips on making short films and how he made the jump to directing feature films.

A regular speaker at international film schools including the National Film & Television School in London, Maclean is looking forward to his visit to the Mid-West.

“I am delighted to be visiting Limerick and Clare to share my experiences and to meet local filmmakers. I’ll always been a big fan of Independent Irish filmmaking and the intense stories that the Irish are so good at telling. I’ve been reading about all the developments around film happening in the Limerick area too and I’m looking forward to experiencing the city and hopefully visiting some of its historic sites,” said John Maclean.

Regional Film Manger Paul C. Ryan said: “We are delighted to welcome the multitalented John Maclean to the Mid-West for what promises to be an entertaining evening and a revealing insight into his approach to film directing. John’s talk is the latest in the Film Meet-Up series, which has now expanded to include events in County Clare as well as in Limerick. The events aim to bring local experienced and aspiring filmmakers together to be inspired and to hatch their own plans for future film collaborations.”

Both talks start sharp at 6.30pm. Admission is free and you can reserve your spot by emailing film@limerick.ie

 

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A ‘shop window’ for film producers across the world, showcasing the advantages of filming in Limerick has been unveiled.

Film in Limerick is a new resource for the film, television, moving image art and online video industries to promote Limerick and the wider mid west region as a film destination.

As part of the comprehensive offering, a website has been developed by Innovate Limerick, with the goal of facilitating the growing film and television production industry in the region by providing a service to find locations and production resources.

Film in Limerick has actively engaged with professionals and the public to gather information and provide a reliable up-to-date information resource.

Film in Limerick has been designed to complement the work of Troy Studios, essentially it is a one-stop shop containing information on film locations, professionals, accommodation and all other local information needed for production companies.  It also catalogues many of the diverse productions which have been filmed in Limerick.

Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Kieran O’Hanlon said: “The launch of the new website, Film in Limerick shows that the council is serious about Limerick becoming a major player in the film production industry.  This website is the latest in a series of investments made by Limerick City and County Council to help grow the industry.  These include the purchase of the old Dell Building, which has become the site of Troy Studios, and the establishment of a new Production and Digital Skills Academy.  This will help provide future productions with highly skilled locally-based workers.”

The launch of the new website coincides with the Open Day being held at Troy Studios and run by Screen Training Ireland and the Irish Film Board.  More than 600 people will get first hand experience about how film production works, how the set operates and the myriad of jobs associated with the film industry.

Mike Cantwell, Head of Innovate Limerick said: “Today’s Open Day at Troy Studios is the first significant step in preparing film crews for an international film industry on the west coast of Ireland.  Innovate Limerick has created Film in Limerick which is a shop window for national and international film producers looking for possible locations to shoot in Limerick and the Mid-West Region.  This one-stop shop will provide all the information a film producer needs while showcasing the landscapes, buildings, accommodation and expertise which the region has to offer.”

Siún Ní Raghallaigh, Director of Troy Studios welcomed the new resource: “Troy Studios very much welcomes the launch of the Film in Limerick resource, which has been spearheaded by Innovate Limerick.  This resource will no doubt prove invaluable resource as part of our strategy to grow film production infrastructure in Limerick and the mid west region.  By having Film in Limerick working in conjunction with Troy Studios, it will further enhance our ability to attract film producers to shoot here.”

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