Screen Wexford, in collaboration with the Arts, Economics and Tourism Departments of Wexford County Council, Wexford LEO, Screen Skills Ireland, Creative Ireland and Bodecii Film, has announced details of a partnership that will deliver new training initiatives and events to help develop the local film sector in County Wexford, and to prepare aspiring and emerging filmmakers for employment in the screen industries. We will be rolling out a variety of training courses, master-classes and screen talks in the coming months.
SCRIPTING FOR BROADCASTING ACADEMY
Bodecii Film in association with Screen Skills Ireland and Screen Wexford are searching for emerging writers in the Wexford region to take part in a Scripting For Broadcast Academy.
This unique professional development workshop series is specifically aimed at writers from, or located in, the Wexford region. The course is delivered by Bodecii Film and funded by Screen Skills Ireland, Screen Wexford, Creative Ireland and Wexford County Council Arts Office as part of their commitment to supporting filmmakers and film production in the region.
This is Phase One of a two phase programme which will endeavour to represent a diverse range of new original voices and talent from all backgrounds, in Phase One, emerging Wexford writers will work in a collaborative writers room environment with established and experienced Lead Writer/Series Producer and Show Runner, Paul Walker (RedRock, Call the midwife, Eastenders, River City, BBC Writers Academy ) and will acquire the skills to become TV broadcast writers. They will also engage with experienced TV Director, Laura Way (Red Rock, East Enders, Blood) and Producer Fiona Kinsella (Head of Production Tile Media/Executive Producer Jumper Productions) throughout the process.
Industry experts including Directors, Producers, Screen Writers, Talent Agents and Editing Commissioners will feature as guest speakers throughout the year. Upon completion of Phase One of the programme, each of the participants will end up with a one hour broadcast standard TV SCRIPT.
(In Phase Two of the programme, Bodecii Film will endeavour to commission four to six of the writers and their scripts to enter into development and production of a six part ORIGINAL ANTHOLOGY SERIES based in County Wexford.)
On completion of the writing workshops, writers will attend an industry panel seminar (taking place online until further notice) exploring the current industry landscape for Irish writers, career development and funding opportunities, along with practical advice on moving into production from script to screen.
This unique professional development workshop series is specifically aimed at writers from, or located in, the Wexford region. The course is delivered by Bodecii Film and funded by Screen Skills Ireland, Screen Wexford, Creative Ireland and Wexford County Council Arts Office as part of their commitment to supporting filmmakers and film production in the region. This course will take place online until further notice once a month from February to October 2021.
- a sample screenplay or stage play min.10 pages/max. 30 pages
- Writers CV and biography
Shortlisted applicants will be contacted and asked to provide further details, including proof of residence in county Wexford.
This is an intensive programme aimed at writers wishing to develop their professional skills and industry awareness. Applicants must be free to attend all modules and to complete and revise their own short film screenplay between workshops.
This course is free.
Number of Participants:
This course is strictly limited to 10 participants
March - October
One - two days per month
(Course will take place on Weekends).
Tutor Profile: Paul Walker
Paul was mentor for the inaugural Arts Department of Wexford County Council and Bodecii Film Wexford Screen Writers Professional Development Programme and is currently a mentor for YIFM National Development Programme. He is also on the panel of mentors at Screenskills Ireland, the BBC Writers Academy and guest lecturer at IADT film school.
Current television work includes PHOENIX / T4Productions, DESCENDENT/Maxfilms, CALL THE MIDWIFE / Neal Street Productions for BBC THE PROFESSIONALS (fka SOLDIERS OF FORTUNE) / Fortune Productions, Ireland and EASTENDERS / BBC1; and for film, three original Dublin-set stories DIRTY DUBLIN TRILOGY. Paul’s controversial award-winning two-parter on the STARDUST disco fire won ‘Best Drama’ at the Irish Film & Television Awards 2007 (Merlin Films for RTE, produced by Norman Siderow, directed by Ciaran Donnelly (Vikings, Titanic, T4 Productions). As well as developing original television drama work, Paul has been a long-time contributor to long-running series. He was Story Producer on BBC Scotland’s RIVER CITY from January-December 2014 and on RED ROCK Season 1 (Element Pictures/Company Pictures for TV3, Ireland, 2015). He went on to Studio Produce RED ROCK Season 2 and was Series Producer (Editorial) on Season 3 of the show. He has also been on writing duties on both Season 2 and Season 3. The series won ‘Best Soap’ at the Irish Film and Television Awards 2016 and Paul was also nominated as ‘Best Writer’ for his work on the show.
Paul was Showrunner/Writer of RED ROCK Season 4. Paul won the Writers Guild of Ireland’s Best Scriptwriter award for in 2019.
START YOUR OWN BUSINESS COURSE WITH
SCREEN WEXFORD AND LOCAL ENTERPRISE OFFICE WEXFORD
The programme is a New Entrant Training Online Programme, delivered in partnership with Screen Skills Ireland, which has been developed to equip new entrants with the key future skills and the key elements of working in the Film and TV Industry and to support new entrants on the job.
New entrants are increasingly required to possess competencies that reflect the ever-changing dynamics of the work environment for the high-end TV Drama space. The course will examine why this skill set is important in the film industry and how these skills are of growing importance across all industries. Industry feedback internationally and nationally continually highlights the need for future skills such as problem-solving, adaptive thinking, creative collaboration and emotional intelligence. Other important elements of the programme include Health and Safety, set etiquette, script breakdown and self-management in the industry.
This 4-day programme is one of the essential steppingstones and forms the basis of the new entrant’s journey to working in the industry. The programme will give a broad overview of all the departments and to help equip new entrants with the knowledge and some of the essential skills to working on set. There will be some practical elements during the 4 days and will consist of virtual group activities, industry panel experts and case studies. The programme will be facilitated and delivered by industry experts and design thinkers which include tutors guest speakers and panellists.
“Future Proofing on the Job”
Emotional Intelligence, building self – awareness, motivation, empathy, social skills, feeling confident starting out.
Teamwork and collaboration – Understanding how to cultivate a great team environment, how teams interact, collaboration is key, active listening and giving feedback effectively.
Managing in a stressful yet fun environment
Thinking outside the box
Thinking on your feet
Taking a user centered approach and brainstorming.
“The 360 of Set Etiquette”
How Departments interact
Radio Etiquette – the Standard Approach (AD)
Sensitivity around cast and crew
Production terminology and Jargon
Essential Production Paperwork (AD)
Copyright, product placement and clearances the basics.
Script Breakdown the basics with a practical exercise. (Irene)
Technical on set jargon – crossing the line, eye lines, camera set up, why set ups take so long essential equipment. (Alan)
Shooting on location vs Studio
“Health and safety on Set”
Health and safety on Set;
Health and Safety overview legislation/risk assessments
Film Set Safety Protocol/Health and Safety Culture
Your role as a crew member
Departmental hazards in production: a broad overview
From construction site to movie set.
Bullying and harassment
"Self-Management in the Industry"
Navigation through the industry
How to manage as a freelancer
HR the basics
Getting Your First Job
The programme is aimed at new entrants in the Wexford area who possess commitment, motivation and a passion to work in the industry. Please apply online with an up-to-date CV, including a short paragraph outlining why you would like to work in the Film and TV Industry.
Screen Wexford is delighted to partner with the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Wexford to offer a three week 'Start Your Own Business Programme' specifically designed for those working in Film, Television and Animation. If you have ever considered starting your own business or would like to hone your business skills in a supportive environment, this course is for you.
Validating your business idea
Generating a Business Plan
Industry Specific Tax Breaks
Building your Portfolio
Case studies with industry professional
Following successful completion of the course, graduates can avail of a business mentor.
Location: Online via zoom
Duration: 3 weeks
Times: 930am - 1230pm (Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Tuesday 9th March
Thursday 11th March
Tuesday 16th March
Thursday 18th March
Tuesday 23rd March
Thursday 25th March
DIRECTING FOR FILM & TV MASTERCLASS
WITH DEARBHLA WALSH
Screen Wexford, in partnership with Bodecii Film, is seeking Wexford-based participants for a two-day Directing For Film & TV Workshop with leading Irish Film Director Dearbhla Walsh. Funded through Creative Ireland and supported by Wexford County Council 's Arts and Economic Development departments, this workshop aims to strengthen participants’ drama directing skills for film and TV.*
Dearbhla Walsh is an award-winning director who has worked on drama series including most recently Tales from the Loop, The Handmaid’s Tale, EastEnders, Shameless, Penny Dreadful, The Tudors and much to her nephew’s delight the Netflix Marvel series The Punisher. She won the 2009 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special for Little Dorrit. She directed Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot, starring Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench, a television film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel of the same name. She has also directed several art/dance films, funded by the Arts Council, in collaboration with Fearghus Ó Conchúir including Match and I’m Roger Casement. Walsh has been nominated for the Irish Film and Television Awards nine times and won three times for directing in 2011, 2018 and 2020 respectively. Dearbhla Walsh is from Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo.
This masterclass will provide an insight into Dearbhla’s approach to directing. In addition to this, participants will work in small groups to direct scenes with actors in a remote capacity. This workshop is limited to ten participants. Areas covered will include:
Approach to reading a script.
How to communicate your vision.
How to break down a scene on paper.
Aids for spatial visualization of a scene
How to block a scene with two actors and think of what is the third character in the scene
Finding the beats and mini beats within a scene and using that to inform your approach to blocking.
How to guide an actor’s performance on the set.
Dealing with particularly difficult scenes e.g. love and violence.
A one to one de-brief with each director at the end of the session.
This workshop is aimed at emerging and experienced Wexford based drama directors. Directors must have directed at least one short film.
Date: Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th November 2020
Duration: 2 Days
Deadline: 17th November 2020