Archive for September 20th, 2010

Day of Action Flash Mob

20th September 2010 by Maura McHugh

Dancers, other arts workers and members of the public took part in a dance flash mob outside Government Buildings in Dublin as part of the first ever National Day of Action for arts and culture in Ireland on September 17, 2010.

The group danced to ‘Dearg Doom’ by the Horslips in a routine choreographed by Olwen Grindley.

The day was organised by the National Campaign for the Arts and also involved other events around the country and over 80 meetings between arts workers and their local TDs.

Writing Online Narrative

20th September 2010 by Maura McHugh

FAS Screen Training IrelandFÁS Screen Training Ireland is running a course on Writing Online Narrative from the 2 – 3 Oct, 2010 in Dublin, and it will cost €150.

Participant Profile:
Professional Writers, Producers, Directors, Development Executives

Course Profile:
This course will aim to give participants a broad understanding of the nature of writing online drama. You Tube and other websites are a new platform for content. As audience viewing patterns are evolving markets are looking to the web to source fresh ideas. Broadcasters and the advertising industry are also looking for innovative ways that additional content can be created online and on mobile media to extend brands.

This course will explore the opportunities which exist for writers to develop projects which appeal to these developing avenues for their work.

The course will seek to inform participants about the emerging trends in online narrative and the opportunities they present to writers, producers, development executives and directors.

The course will cover the following:

  • An understanding of the internet and interactive storytelling
  • The different online narrative formats
  • Trends in Transmedia/Cross-Platform Projects
  • Finding an audience, audience identification, audience engagement
  • Story development, durations and demographics
  • Concept and Idea generation
  • Ideas and the market
  • Recognising a saleable idea
  • Writing for different platforms
  • Playing with the format, continuous narrative, episodic tags and hooks
  • Understanding genre and tone
  • Building an online community

This seminar will be followed by a Writers only module which will provide training for writers in a “Writers Room” environment for online narrative. Writers will develop and write a series suitable for online distribution in a Writers Room environment working under the direction of an experienced Head Writer (Luke Hyams, Melanie Martinez). Applications for the Writers Module will be invited following the original seminar.

The application must be processed online, and the deadline for entries is Friday the 24th of September.