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8th November 2012 by Maura McHugh

From 10.30 – 1.30 on Thursday 29th November 2012, The Irish Playwrights & Screenwriters Guild and FÁS Screen Training Ireland will present a free seminar for writers who are currently developing or writing feature film scripts.

This seminar is aimed at existing and aspiring feature film writers who are trying to get a high-quality feature film made in the current marketplace.

The seminar will tackle the following subjects:

  • Creative Collaboration: at what point is it best to seek the creative input of the producer / director / script editor or other consultant for your script? Who decides where to draw the line in terms of creative decisions which affect the quality of the script?
  • Development Ad Infinitum: How have the writers on the panel approached development? How do you know when your structure, story, characters, themes, style and other elements have been sufficiently developed? What do you do when the script has been overcooked?
  • I Really Loved It But…: constructive criticism vs. too many cooks; whose opinion should a writer seek? What to do when you get conflicting opinions and suggestions and your gut instinct has gone on strike.
  • The Look of Love: in this increasingly challenging economic environment, is money everything when it comes to film quality? Should the writer be taking budget / financial / market considerations into account while writing the script? Does this hinder creativity or is it the mark of a market-savvy writer?
  • Visions of the Future: What genres / themes are hot right now or might be hot in two year’s time if your film is produced? Write what you know or what you know is making money?
  • Show Me The Money: The current financial crisis is leading to an increase in the number of writers who are developing their multi-disciplinary skills to avail of potential income in other areas; series tv, animation, advertising, gaming, e-books, ghost writing, websites, journalism, apps etc.
  • The Multitasking Writer: the increasing number of writers who are also directing and/or producing (and directors/producers also writing…) – does this dual or deltoid role increase the possibility of getting your film produced and what affect might it have on the quality of the script or produced film?
  • Deal or No Deal: Negotiating contracts in highly competitive times: how to get the best deal in the current circumstances; key points to bear in mind.

The panel will share their experience and advice on these topics with those present and will take questions throughout.

The Panel:

  • Malcolm Campbell – Writer, What Richard Did
  • Ciarán Foy – Writer & Director, Citadel
  • Kirsten Sheridan – Writer & Director, Dollhouse
  • Glenn Montgomery – Writer, The Other Side of Sleep
  • Juanita Wilson – Writer & Director, As If I Am Not There

Please apply online at www.screentrainingireland.ie. For further details contact the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild at info@script.ie or phone (01) 6709970.

Deadline for applications: Tuesday, 20 November 2012.

2012 ZeBBie Awards Photos

29th May 2012 by Maura McHugh

Here is a selection of photographs from the 2012 ZeBBie Awards Ceremony, which was held in the Sugar Club in Dublin on Thursday, 10th May 2012:

2012 ZeBBie Award Winners

10th May 2012 by Maura McHugh

ZeBBie AwardsAt the 2012 ZeBBie Awards Ceremony tonight in the Sugar Club, Dublin the winners of 2012 ZeBBie Awards were announced:

Best Television Script

  • Stuart Carolan for Love/Hate, Episode 6

Best Radio Script

  • Joe O’Byrne for The Blue Hyacinth

Best Theatre Script

  • Mark O’Halloran for Trade

Best Feature Film Script

  • Juanita Wilson for As If I Am Not There

Best Short Film Script

  • Claire Dix for Downpour

Honorary Services to Writers Award

Congratulations to all the winners!

2012 ZeBBie Awards

The 2012 ZeBBie Awards at the Sugar Club in Dublin tonight.

One week to go!

3rd May 2012 by Maura McHugh

There is only one week to go until the 2012 ZeBBie Awards Ceremony! It will take place on Thursday, 10th May 2012, at the Sugar Club, in Dublin.

Ticket(s) for the awards ceremony may be purchased online, and includes food and entertainment.

By attending the ZeBBie Awards Cerenmony not only will you support your colleagues and discover which screenwriters win in their respective categories, you also get to enjoy the inimitable Senator David Norris as MC, and musical entertainment from the hugely talented Shaz Oye.

If you listen to this sample of Shaz singing on YouTube I think you’ll agree the price of entry is worth it to hear her alone.

Tickets cost €15 for IPSG members, and €25 for non-members.

We look forward to seeing you next week!

2012 ZeBBie Awards Short-List

13th April 2012 by Maura McHugh

ZeBBie AwardsThe IPSG is delighted to announce the short-list of nominees for the 2012 ZeBBie Awards:

Best Television Script

  • Ronan Bennett for Hidden, Episode 1
  • Stuart Carolan for Love/Hate, Episode 6
  • Damien Owens for Trivia, Episode 1

Best Radio Script

  • Carlo Gébler for Charles and Mary
  • Joe O’Byrne for The Blue Hyacinth
  • Karl O’Neill for Think Well, O Singer

Best Theatre Script

  • Nancy Harris for No Romance
  • Pat Kinevane for Silent
  • Mark O’Halloran for Trade

Best Feature Film Script

  • Ciarán Creagh for Parked
  • Terry McMahon for Charlie Casanova
  • Juanita Wilson for As If I Am Not There

Best Short Film Script

  • Claire Dix for Downpour
  • Phil Harrison for Even Gods
  • Colin Thornton for Two Hearts

Congratulations to all the nominees!

ZeBBie Awards Ceremony

The winners will be announced at the ZeBBie Awards Ceremony on Thursday, 10th May 2012, at the Sugar Club, in Dublin. Doors open at 7.30pm, and the ceremonies begin at 8.00pm.

Tickets

Ticket(s) for the awards ceremony may be purchased online. Tickets cost €15 for IPSG members, and €25 for non-members. Ticket price includes food and entertainment.

Purchased tickets can be collected at the Sugar Club door on the evening of the Awards Ceremony.

Numbers are limited, so please book tickets quickly. Tickets may be available for purchase at the door on the night, subject to availability.

No one will be admitted to the Awards Ceremony without a ticket.

Dress Code: writer chic.

Voting

Voting is now open on the short-list and IPSG members should have received an email with details on how to vote.

Voting closes at 5pm on Monday the 23rd of April 2012.