Archive for August, 2010

Big Smoke Screenwriting

23rd August 2010 by Maura McHugh

Big Smoke Writing FactoryThe Big Smoke Writing Factory is running a Screenwriting Course, taught by Mary Kate O Flanagan.

Developing an idea through craft

This ten-week course will go over the fundamentals of screenwriting as applicable to works in progress. Participants are invited to attend with a premise they’d like to develop, an outline or an early draft. We will be looking at defining the main narrative drive of a movie and building the beats of the story from there.

The approach taken will be based on understanding how a writer’s choices affect an audience’s experience. There will be writing exercises in class as well as some light home assignments. These are designed to give writers a greater command of craft and help them shape their stories effectively.

The course fee is €350, and classes take place every Thursday from 6.30pm-9.30pm, starting September 16, 2010.

Information on how to apply for the course is on the web site.

Culture Night 2010

20th August 2010 by Maura McHugh

Culture Night 2010: What Will You See?

Temple Bar Cultural Trust has unveiled the programme for the largest ever Culture Night, which will take place on Friday, the 24th September 2010:

The theme of this year’s Culture Night is ‘What Will You See?’ and there is plenty to choose from! The participating regions, Dublin, Galway City, Galway County – Oughterard, Cork, Limerick, Waterford, Wexford, Sligo, Mayo, Wicklow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Westmeath, Letterkenny, Kerry, Carlow, Leitrim, Roscommon, and The Gaeltacht regions, will be transformed into cultural playgrounds with culture in all its forms including painting, poetry, dance, opera, traditional music, architecture, history, theatre and more, accessible to people of all ages.

A record 132 cultural venues in Dublin will open their doors for Culture Night this year including the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Light House Cinema, Freemasons’ Hall, National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, The Custom House, Quakers Meeting House, Irish Film Institute, National Leprechaun Museum, St Mary’s Abbey and many more.

To help visitors move around Dublin City on the night, Dublin Bus is providing free buses along three culture trails from 6pm to 11pm.  Buses will leave every 20 minutes from bus stops at Bachelor’s Walk, Aston Quay and Trinity College transporting visitors to outermost venues.

A full list of all the events going on is available on the web site.

NCFA Video

20th August 2010 by Maura McHugh

The National Campaign for the Arts has created a video calling for support for the Arts, and promoting the Day of Action on September 17th, 2010.

National Heritage Week

19th August 2010 by Maura McHugh

National Heritage Week is going on in Ireland from the 21st – 29th of August in hundreds of locations all over the country.

There will be a diverse range of events going on: check out the web site for more information on what’s happening in your local area.

Script Clinic

18th August 2010 by Maura McHugh

FAS Screen Training Ireland IADT National Film School

FÁS Screen Training Ireland, in association with The National Film School, IADT, seeks participants for their new course, Script Clinic: Developing your project for funding.

Dates: Thursday 23rd – Saturday 26th September
Location: Dublin, Odessa Club, Dublin 2.
Fee: €200

Participant Profile
This script clinic is for emerging writers who have completed a post-graduate screenwriting course or have professional equivalent experience.  The goal is to bring projects to a standard where they will be strong contenders for funding and/or investment from producers.

Participants will have a feature film project (at outline or early draft stage) to bring through the clinic. This will not necessarily be the project they developed on their post-graduate course.

Course Profile
The purpose of the course is to bring projects completed on a course (or in isolation) to the stage where they are ready to apply funding and/or be ready to meet and present their projects to producers.

This course provides emerging writers with the opportunity to bring a project through an intensive development process that will hothouse their script under the guidance of experienced script consultants.  The clinic will provide them not only with expert feedback on their project, but also peer-to-peer feedback from other emerging writers.  Lastly there will be an emphasis on practical advice as to how to grow a career as a screenwriter, that is guidance on how emerging writers should present their work, approach producers and funders, make contacts, and develop professional relationships.

The four days will consist of lectures and workshops in the mornings with each project being brought through an individual development process in the afternoon sessions.

The course will cover the following:

  • Developing a draft of a script to deadline
  • Writing treatments and outlines
  • Replacing expositional dialogue with visual storytelling
  • Developing vivid characters
  • Approaching potential collaborators and funders professionally
  • Working successfully with producers

There will be follow-up meetings of two hours each six weeks later to give guidance and feedback on the progress each writer has made.

Tutor Profile
Mary Kate O Flanagan works as a script consultant and trainer with writers and producers in Ireland and internationally. She trained with David Howard, author of The Tools of Screenwriting and Martin Daniel, Professor of Screenwriting at USC. She is a guest lecturer at The National Film School of Ireland, has an MA in Screenwriting and is a film reviewer for Newstalk 106. She gives screenwriting workshops in Ireland for Fas/STI among others, and overseas, having designed and delivered screenwriting training across Europe and in South Africa and Botswana. Mary Kate’s own screenwriting has won awards internationally and she has several feature film projects funded by IFB/Bord Scann·n.

Rachel O’Flanagan is one of Ireland’s most experienced and highly trained script editors and has worked with leading producers and screenwriters on a variety of projects, including animation, television drama and feature films, including several award-winning and critical and commercial successes. She has been a guest lecturer in screenwriting film development and script editing at The Huston Film School, The National Film School/IADT and Filmbase and has consulted on various television and feature film projects with Irish, UK, Scandinavian and US-based production companies and writers.

Jean Rice has worked in the film and television industry for over twenty years in Ireland, the UK and the US.  She has lectured on the BA Film & Television and on the MA in Screenwriting for Film & Television at the National Film School at IADT for the last ten years.

Please apply to (with Script Clinic in subject heading) with a CV and a one-page outline of the work in progress (N.B. This can be a new project that is at outline stage; successful applicants will be asked to submit a 10-page outline or early draft a week before the course start date).

For further details contact Criona Sexton/Claire Dix at F¡S Screen Training Ireland.  Ph:  (01) 6077437/087 6720492   Email: (with Script Clinic in subject heading).  Or contact Jean Rice at IADT:

Deadline for applications:  1st September 2010.