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The Graft of the Craft

24th November 2015 by Maura McHugh

How Can Irish Scriptwriters Make a Living?

The WGI, in association with Screen Training Ireland, is organising a free one-day seminar on ‘The Graft of the Craft: How Can Irish Scriptwriters Make a Living?’.

It will take place from 10.00am – 12.30pm on Friday, 11 December, 2015, at 2nd Floor, Arthouse, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

Participant Profile

This seminar is for scriptwriters who are currently writing for the Irish industry or who have done so in the past, but who would have primarily written for one sector to date, and would like to broaden their scope.

Course Profile

This seminar will consist of a panel of three writers who have extensive experience writing for more than one sector in the Irish industry. Between them they have written many successful stage plays, television drama series, radio plays, feature films and web series.

The panel will address the overall question as to whether Irish scriptwriters can make a living writing scripts for the Irish industry. Within this topic, they will give advice on how best to work across multiple sectors; whether multi-sector writing beats specialisation in one sector; whether different sectors demand different skill sets and how to actually pay the bills while you’re doing all of this!

The panel will share their experience and advice on these issues and will answer participants’ questions throughout.

Writers’ Panel

Gary Duggan is a playwright and screenwriter. He co-wrote RTE’s very successful series Amber, along with numerous stage plays including Monged, Shibari, Trans-Euro Express and Neuropolis. He writes regularly on Fair City and has also written radio drama and web series including Storyland.

Lauren Mackenzie has written extensively for television and film and is known for her writing on many successful Irish TV drama series such as Pure Mule, Fair City, Bachelors Walk, Deception, Na Cloigne and The Clinic. Her horror feature film The Daisy Chain starred Samantha Morton and she is currently writing for TV3’s Red Rock.

Christian O’Reilly is a playwright, screenwriter and radio writer. His plays include Is This About Sex? , Chapatti and It Just Came Out.  As well as having penned the acclaimed feature film Inside I’m Dancing, he has also written extensively for Irish and British television, including On Home Ground, Deception, Red Rock, Doctors, Holby City and Eastenders.

Chair/Moderator: David Kavanagh, CEO of the Writers’ Guild of Ireland

Application

Please apply online at the www.screentrainingireland.ie web site.

Space is limited so booking is essential.

For further details contact the Writers’ Guild of Ireland at info@script.ie; ph: (01) 670 9970.

First Feature Script to Screen

27th September 2011 by Maura McHugh

The IPSG is pleased to annouce a half-day seminar called First Feature Script to Screen, organised in conjunction with FÁS Screen Training Ireland and the IADT.

It will take place on Monday 24th October 2011 in Dublin (location TBC).

Participant Profile

This free seminar is aimed at screenwriters seeking to enhance their understanding of the process of getting a feature script produced.

Course Profile

The Irish Playwrights & Screenwriters Guild, FÁS Screen Training Ireland and IADT present a seminar for writers focusing on the development of first features from script to screen.

This seminar will explore the various methods through which writers have had their first features produced. The journey from script to screen can be long and difficult; writers will describe the different ways in which they have successfully navigated the development process.

The seminar will cover the following:

  • In the Beginning – brief summary of the kind of stories and genres each writer has written; what stage of development their scripts had reached
  • Creative realisation – how to find creative mentors, script-editors, a producer, a director
  • Collaboration – what’s the ideal amount of collaboration on a script? Who to collaborate with and when? Considerations involved in co-writing
  • Where to send your draft – understanding the market – audience, production companies, distributors
  • Developing multiple projects
  • Negotiating and signing contracts, redrafts, polishes, payments
  • Funding – the various avenues for funding, pros and cons, control of work, implications etc.
  • Overall pros & cons of funding options – of low-budget/catalyst/no budget!/ development & shoot time etc
  • The writer’s involvement in the whole process and their ultimate satisfaction or otherwise with the finished film
  • Regrets I’ve Had a Few – three bits of advice to writers of first features
  • Q & A – from the audience

Speaker Profiles

Terry McMahon – writer-director-producer, Charlie Casanova
Ciaran Creagh – writer, Parked
Lauren Mackenzie – writer, The Daisy Chain
Conor Horgan – writer-director, One Hundred Mornings
David Keating (Chair) – director, The Wake Wood, Last of the High Kings
*other speakers TBC

Application

Apply online at www.screentrainingireland.ie.

Deadline for applications: Monday 17th October 2011.

Comedy Feature Writing Workshop

16th May 2011 by Maura McHugh

FAS Screen Training IrelandFÁS Screen Training Ireland is running a Feature Comedy Writing Workshop taught by Steve Kaplan from 1-2 July, 2010 in Galway. Cost: €150.

Application Procedure:
Application Procedure: Please apply online at www.screentrainingireland.ie submitting a current CV by Wednesday the 8th of June. Applicants who wish to be considered for a consultation with Steve Kaplan should be aware of all the information below. Screenwriters with feature length comedies in development are invited to apply for a consultation with Steve Kaplan. Steve is a US based consultant and script doctor for comedy writers in the area of Features and TV. He has worked in this area for 15 years and his clients include companies such as DreamWorks, Disney, HBO, Paramount, Touchstone and others. Steve has also taught at UCLA, NYU, Yale and other universities. The consultations will take place in Galway on Sunday, July 3rd. Three participants will be selected for the consultations based on the merit of their treatment and their writing experience.

Please note the following in relation to applying for a consultation:

  • A one page treatment will be required. Nothing over this will be considered
  • Also include a logline and a one paragraph synopsis of the feature comedy you are writing
  • Nothing will be considered after the deadline date of June 8th
  • All treatments for consideration should be emailed to criona.sexton@fas.ie

Participant Profile:
Emerging and experienced screenwriters. Screenwriters who wish to submit a treatment must have a feature lenght comedy in development.

Course Profile:
The aim of this workshop is to examine the nuts and bolts of successful comedy writing. The workshop will take the form of lectures and practical exercises.

The outline is as follows:
I. Premise: THE ART AND SCIENCE OF COMEDY
1. Introduction and Overview
2. Dying is Easy, Comedy is Hard
3. Comedy Perception Test – Are you seeing 20/20?
4. Funny vs. Comic – The difference
5. The Comedy Equation
II. Set-up: THE SIX HIDDEN TOOLS OF COMEDY
1. Winning
2. Non-Hero
3. Metaphorical Relationships
4. Positive (and Negative) Actions
5. Active Emotion
6. Straight Line/Wavy Line

III. Development: APPLYING THE TOOLS
1. Entire History of Comedy…in 15 minutes.
2. The Commedia Intensive
3. Comedy Structure & Development
4. Comic Premise—The Lie That Tells the Truth
5. Comic Premise Exercises & Analysis
6. The Comedy Paradigm
7. Comedy Writing in Film and Television
8. Jokes and Other Weapons of Mass Distraction
9. Developing Unique Comic Character POVs
10. and Personalities

IV. Payoff: COMEDY PRACTICUM
1. Script Analysis (TV and Film)
2. Clips from classic and current comedy TV
3. Shows and films demonstrating the principles and tools of Comedy
4. Exercises and demonstrations of comedy principles
5. Final Q&A

Treatments and Outlines

14th April 2011 by Maura McHugh

Galway Film CentreThe Galway Film Centre is running this short four-hour course on Friday May 13 (11am – 3pm), tutored by Mark McIlrath

What are Treatments and Step Outlines? Why are they necessary? What they are not? The workshop will look at how the Industry uses Treatments and Step Outlines and what producers and funders expect. Is there an Industry standard or is it about what works? What about length?

This workshop is aimed at scriptwriters who feel they’d like to understand these formats better. This workshop will involve in class exercises.

To apply or for more info, contact Mary at education@galwayfilmcentre.ie or phone 091-770748.

Fee: €65 unwaged/€75 waged. Those that have done a course with us within the last year: €58.50 unwaged/€67.50 waged

The course is limited to 8 places.

Visual Screenwriting Course

12th April 2011 by Maura McHugh

Galway Film CentreThe Galway Film Centre is running this course, tutored by Mark McIlrath, aimed at writers with treatments or screenplays. This is an excellent opportunity to look at your story from a completely new perspective. The tutor will work with you by email prior to the course to develop your idea.

The first step will be to look at your story in terms of Sequences. Next, the Dramatic Structure and the key images in your story will be examined. This will include looking at the motifs, symbols and metaphors and asking why they are necessary, how you’re using them, and how you can develop a coherent Image System which layers the themes of your film. Participants will be asked to take basic digital photos, and present the story through stills using Power Point (similar to Chris Marker’s La Jetée). Help will be given, if needed, in the use of Power Point.

Dates: 3 Days, May 14 – 16.

Fee: €295 unwaged/€315 waged. Prices include membership for year. Members who have done a course within the last year: €225 unwaged/€234 waged. Members who haven’t done a course with us in the last year: €250 unwaged/€260 waged

To apply or for more info, contact Mary at education@galwayfilmcentre.ie or phone 091-770748.

The course is limited to 8 places.