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Hope and Vachon Masterclass

31st March 2011

FAS Screen Training IrelandTutors:

Date: 06/04/2011
Duration: 1 Day
Venue: Dublin
Cost: €40.00

Application Procedure:
Applicants for this course should apply on the website. Please email with any queries.

The deadline for course application is Monday the 4th of April at 14:00.

Participant Profile:
This masterclass is highly recommended for all filmmakers.

Course Profile:
Two of America’s most acclaimed Independent producers, Ted Hope (21 Grams, In The Bedroom, Happiness) and Christine Vachon (Far From Heaven, Boys Don’t Cry, One Hour Photo), will give a unique masterclass in Independent film development, financing, production and distribution. With an emphasis on getting your first feature film produced, the masterclass will cover such topics as:

  • Challenges and opportunities for Independent Producers in the film industry
  • Independent Film Finance
  • Developing projects for the budget
  • Marketing and distribution strategies for independent films
  • Costs of marketing and distribution
  • Strategies for engaging with US festivals, agents and distributors
  • Audience Q&A

This masterclass gives unique access to two of Independent Cinema’s most experienced and respected champions. Between them they share over 100 feature film credits and have been instrumental in starting the careers of some of cinemas most individual talents, including Ang Lee, Todd Solodnz, Michel Gondry, Hal Hartley, Todd Haynes, Mark Romanek and many others.

BBC Writers Academy

21st April 2010

Applications are now open for the BBC Drama’s Writers Academy


The training you receive from BBC Drama’s Writers Academy will give you the specific skills required to write for some of the BBC’s most popular series such as Doctors, EastEnders, Holby City and Casualty, and a springboard to write across all the BBC’s drama output.

To be eligible for this scheme, writers will have already had at least one professional (paid) drama commission in film, television, radio or theatre.

The Writers Academy will train up to 8 writers a year, over a period of twelve months.

Course Breakdown

The course will break down as follows:

Introduction to Writing for Continuing Drama Series

This is a 3 month training course in writing for Continuing Drama Series which will consist of a number of workshops and lectures accompanied by intensive writing exercises and analysis.

During this period each writer will write a broadcast episode of Doctors.

The training course will be lead by John Yorke, Controller, Drama Production and New Talent, and other industry experts from all areas of drama production.

Course participants will be required to attend classes at the BBC premises in Elstree for three days per week, and one day at Television Centre in London.

Some expenses will be paid for writers based out of the London area for this period.

Writing for Broadcast

After you have completed the initial training and the Doctors script, your work will be assessed. If you have reached the required standard for production on Continuing Drama Series you will begin the next phase of the training.

Writers will rotate across Casualty, Holby and Eastenders in turn, writing a broadcast episode, spending a maximum of 12 weeks on each show.

At the end of the 12 months, each writer will have written for each of the four shows.

Core team & HQ

The course will be run and administered from BBC TVC in London W12 and BBC Elstree Studios. The course will be overseen and run by a Course Producer.

The deadline for applications is: May 5th 2010. More information and how to apply is on the web site.

Save our Scripts

17th February 2010

The Bureau Film Company is launching a new MEDIA-funded development programme called SOS: Save Our Scripts.

The SOS development programme is currently searching Europe for emerging producers and screenwriters.

Writers will develop their selected one page idea to a full length script, which will then receive feedback from financiers and key industry figures. Alongside this the producers will build their development skills, and new relationships with the participating writers, producers, and industry contacts.

The training will run from May until December and is made up of 3 intensive workshops and a number of one to one virtual script meetings. The workshops will take place in the UK, France and Belgium, and will be composed of a range of writing exercises, master-classes, and peer to peer development.

Writers must be able to display the strength of their writing ability, but cannot have had more than one feature film produced.

More information on the application process is on the web site – note a new web site for the programme will be launched soon.

The deadline for entries is the February 26, 2010.

If selected, the Initial Development fee is £250, and the Final Development fee is £250.

Darklight X Announced

10th September 2009

Darklight X: New World Order (October 8 – 11), Ireland’s celebration of art, film and technology, is a three-day event involving performances, screenings, workshops, seminars, symposiums, visual art happenings and much more. This year the festival is taking over Dublin’s Smithfield district, where the Lighthouse Cinema and other venues will host a feast of events.

Highlights include:

  • A public interview and workshop with legendary music video director Mark Romanek. Mark directed the classic video for “Hurt” by Johnny Cash, and has worked with everyone from Michael Jackson and Madonna to Nine Inch Nails and Jay-Z.
  • The Irish premier of a major new video instillation, Three Potential Endings, from two-time Turner Prize nominee Willie Doherty, on Smithfield Plaza.
  • A celebration of Oscar-nominated Irish animation company Brown Bag.
  • Collaborations with cutting-edge Irish companies thisisnotashop, Synth Eastwood, Nartystation and Performance Corporation.
  • A discussion with Anna Troberg, the Vice-Chairwoman of Sweden’s Pirate Party the political outfit dedicated to radical copyright reform who recently won two seats in the European elections.
  • Ten Irish filmmakers conspire to produce a brand new feature film in seven days! It’s our latest DIY movie spectacular, Hotel Darklight!
  • The World Premiere of Vincent Moon’s stunning Irish-lensed concert movie R.E.M. Live At The Olympia.
  • The debut of Virtual Cinema 2.0, the Irish Film Board’s latest round of cutting-edge on-line short films.
  • A screening of Brendan Muldowney’s Savage, the most controversial Irish film of 2009.
  • A weekend long Performance Lab with acclaimed artist Amanda Coogan.
  • The EA Hub Gaming Station, a spectacular outdoor gaming extravaganza.
  • O Canada! Screenings celebrating 70 years of the Canadian Film Board.
  • Plus: The Straylight visual art trail and unexpected happenings aplenty…

Booking information will be available on the web site from Friday, September 11 2009.

SWF Approaches

9th September 2009

The 4th International Screenwriters’ Festival, takes place 26-29 October 2009 at the Cheltenham Ladies College in the English Cotswolds.

The festival will provide an opportunity for writers to connect with directors, producers, agents, development and studio execs, financiers and commissioners. It is a meeting place for screen storytellers in film and television, as well as in the fields of digital/online and gaming.

At the festival projects get picked up, new partnerships and alliances are forged and delegates are offered a menu of events that include keynote speeches, seminars, screenings, masterclasses, workshops and limitless networking opportunities with commissioning, production and agency talent.

The festival programme embraces all genres and attracts writers (both established and new), producers, directors, agents, developers, financiers and film executives. Last year saw some 600 attendees from 15 countries that included Australia, Spain, USA, Canada, France and Italy.

A 2 Day Ticket costs £246.00, and a 4 Day Ticket costs £389.00.

Also, Nicola Depuis is looking for writers with experience writing LBGT characters for film and television to take part in a symposium she is hoping to arrange at the Screenwriters Festival on the subject of writing LGBT characters for the screen. Please contact Nicola at 085-7874149 if you are attending the conference and have some background in this area.