Archive for February 3rd, 2009

Script Analysis in Galway

3rd February 2009 by Maura McHugh

The Galway Film Centre is offering a Script Reading and Analysis Course taught by Paula Mulroe, former head of development at the Film Board and senior script editor on The Clinic.

This course is aimed at interested graduates or practitioners in the industry who want to learn how scripts are evaluated professionally by funding organisations and production companies. It will help to give participants a strong insight into why certain scripts are chosen for funding over others. It could also act as a building block towards becoming a script editor.

The course takes place over 4 sessions (4 Saturdays), with the aim of each session being to provide the participants with sufficient knowledge to be able to write reports and analyse screenplays for professional organisations and companies.

In each session, participants will learn about a particular area for analysis by reading scripts and also watching individual films. Each week, they will be asked to write a report on a script taking on board the professional criteria outlined above and will be given feedback on their reports.

The course will take place at the Galway Film Centre on each Saturday from February 28th – March 28th (no class St Patrick’s Weekend). Places are limited so early booking is advised. For details on how to apply visit the web site.

Fighting Words

3rd February 2009 by Maura McHugh

A wonderful new writing centre, called Fighting Words, has been established by Roddy Doyle and Sean Love to help students of all ages develop their writing skills and explore their love of writing.

It was inspired by 826 Valencia in San Francisco, and is located on Behan Square, Russell Street, Dublin 1, close to Croke Park.

The centre provides story-telling field trips for primary school groups, creative writing workshops for secondary students, and seminars, workshops and tutoring for adults. All tutoring is free.

A number of evening courses will be launched soon, including: “Writing out of your skin” taught by Colum McCann, Introduction to writing fiction taught by Roddy Doyle, Memoir writing taught by Lia Mills, and Filmscript writing taught by Gerard Stembridge.

Fighting Words is also looking for volunteers with skills that involve teaching, writing, and/or language, as well as people who are familiar with software and design.

If you are interested in any of the courses or volunteering, please visit the web site.

GFC Awards 09

3rd February 2009 by Maura McHugh

The Galway Film Centre Short Script Awards are open to emerging filmmakers with original scripts under 15 minutes that display a strong cinematic vision and a fresh Irish perspective.

Three awards will be allocated from a total production fund of €28,500, which includes use of the facilities at the Galway Film Centre.

The 2009 deadline is 5pm Friday 27th February. Applicants must be members, and information on entry forms is available on the web site.