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See it – Be it!

1st July 2016 by Maura McHugh

See it – Be it! Putting Women in the Picture is a panel discussion taking place at the Galway Film Fleadh on at 3 pm on Saturday, 9 July in the Galway Rowing Club. It’s organised by by the Equality Action Committee (EAC) of the Writers Guild of Ireland & the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland.

We know that far fewer women than men write and direct films and TV drama. That’s true in Ireland and across the world, and it has consequences not only for the filmmakers themselves but for all of us. When women are out of the picture it can impact on the kinds of stories and characters that end up on our screens.

In December 2015 the Irish Film Board took steps that promise to shake up the landscape of Irish film. Their new 6 Point Plan includes 50/50 gender funding parity over three years. It’s bold. It’s innovative. And it’s the of talk of Europe.

But what exactly does it mean for you, the writers and directors? Join a panel of women filmmakers to shine a spotlight on women in the Irish film industry.

We’ll be celebrating and learning from the experiences of some of our women filmmakers. Afterwards, we’ll thrash out the challenges and possibilities of this new policy together. Get informed, motivated, and inspired!

Panel:

Chair

It will be followed by open discussion with Dr Annie Doona and members of the EAC.

The EAC is comprised of Liz Gill, Dr Susan Liddy, Lauren Mackenzie, and Marian Quinn.

Crafty Features

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.