Posts Tagged ‘workshop’

Galway Fleadh Masterclass

17th June 2011 by Maura McHugh

Galway Film Fleadh 2011The Galway Film Fleadh in association with IFTA are delighted to announce the Screenwriter-in-Residence programme: Gill Dennis is a man who ‘knows that the way to learn is to listen, and to ask the questions that will find the heart of the subject. He starts at the heart of his subject, no matter how difficult and moves to the center with unerring accuracy. He’s an expert communicator, which serves him both as a teacher and writer.’.

Gill studied screenwriting with Frank Daniel at The American Film Institute and in the past ten years, he has mentored over a new generation of filmmakers there, including Jonathan Levine (The Wackness), Jacob Estes (Mean Creek) and Goran Dukic (Wristcutters). He has also conducted workshops throughout the US, Europe and Australia. His work covers all genres from the multi-award-winning story of Johnny Cash in Walk The Line (2005) to the cult classic Return To Oz (1985) and many others along the way. Gill’s tremendous talent drew the attention of some of Hollywood’s finest, such as Francis Ford Coppola, Sam Peckinpah, James Mangold, Caleb Deschanel, Ed Harris, Azazel Jacobs, Frank Pierson, and Victor Nunez and he was asked to work on scripts as diverse as Apocalypse Now, Pollock and The Black Stallion.

Gill is currently Master Filmmaker in Residence at the American Film Institute.

Gill Dennis’s writing credits include:

He wrote the documentaries The Man on Lincoln’s Nose (2001) and A Few Notes On Our Food Problem (1968), both nominated for Long Form Academy Awards. He has two screenplays presently in pre-production; Spanish Blood (written with the director Azazel Jacobs) and Forever (written with the director Tatia Pilieva).

In other guises, he played the Sergeant in Azazel Jacobs’ The Good Times Kid (2005) and has won the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for Distinguished Direction in theatre.

Gill will be giving us an insight into his collaborating and rewriting skills whilst also focusing on how stories are discovered, discussed and structurally examined. He will be giving a masterclass for screenwriters (script editors and producers are also invited to attend) at this year’s fleadh as well as giving one-on-one consults to individual screenwriters.

The Master Class will take place at 2pm on Wednesday the 6th of July: in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway and costs €50. For further information or to apply for a place, contact Brónagh Keys at 091-562200 or email: masterclasses@galwayfilmfleadh.com

Please note places are limited. Deadline for applications: Friday the 24th of June.

JDIFF 2011

26th January 2011 by Maura McHugh

JDIFF

The programme for the 2011 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival was announced last night, and will present 130 films plus special events, panel discussions, public interviews and industry masterclasses, with special guests at the festival including Emilio Estevez, Martin Sheen, Kevin Spacey, Richard Ayoade, Ken Loach, Jim Loach, Guillaume Canet, Harry Shearer, Timothy Spall, Aiden Gillen, Eva Birthistle, George Nolfi, Fiona Glascott and Andrew Scott.

Commenting on the programme, Festival Director Grainne Humphreys said: “I’m incredibly honoured to unveil this years’ film festival programme – It’s a world class line up, with premières of the best of international cinema, seasons of new work from Romania and Latin America, a fantastic line up of new Irish cinema, some classic films back on the big screen and a very special line up of guests.”

Events of interest to our members include a Screenwriting Panel on the 19 February, which will feature Brendan McCarthy (Wake Wood), Thomas Hefferon (The Pool), Brian O’Malley (Crossing Salween), Carmel Winters (Snap), and will be chaired by Barry Dignam of Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (DLIADT). There is also a Masterclass on Approaches to Interactive Storytelling given by Charles Cecil on 23 February, which looks at the intersection between computer gaming and filmmaking, which will be chaired by Hugh McAtamney, the Course Chair MS c in Digital Games at Dublin Institute of Technology.

The festival programme can be downloaded from the web site.

SPACE Programme 2011

20th December 2010 by Maura McHugh

Performance CorporationThe Performance Corporation is now inviting applications for The SPACE Programme 2011.

This unique international artists residency offers an opportunity for artists of all disciplines to collaborate, experiment and innovate in an inspiring environment.

The residency which takes place over a two-week period at Castletown House Co. Kildare is an open-ended process hosted by The Performance Corporation. The programme facilitates artists from diverse backgrounds to collaborate and explore their artistic process while removing the pressure to come up with an end product.

The SPACE Programme will run from 7th – 18th March, 2011. The chosen participants will receive a stipend of €1,000 for their participation to cover their costs. Participants are selected by a panel of leading arts practitioners following a wide-ranging submission process. Submissions are welcome from Irish and International practitioners in all disciplines.

Applications are welcome from artists who applied in previous years and were unsuccessful due to the high demand.

The programme has been created by Ireland’s The Performance Corporation with support from The Arts Council, Kildare County Council, OPW and Irish Landmark Trust.

Details on now to apply are on the web site.

Closing Date for applications: 10th January, 2011.

The Write Direction

26th October 2010 by Maura McHugh

Northern Ireland ScreenAs part of Northern Ireland Screen’s drive to develop a sustainable and dynamic screen industry in Northern Ireland, it is running a panel session on Friday 12th November entitled The Write Direction, looking at how young screenwriters and film-makers can break into the industry.

The workshop will take the form of a panel event, moderated by renowned industry pundit and former European Editor of trade bible Variety, ADAM DAWTREY.  Key members of the panel will include London-based literary agents MATTHEW BATES of Sayles Screen and ROB KRAITT of AP Watt, as well as the award-winning writer GUY HIBBERT and actor/filmmaker LIA WILLIAMS.  Further panel participants are to be confirmed.

The session, aimed at upcoming screenwriters and film-makers, will look at key questions such as:

  • What are literary agents currently looking for?
  • How do they make their choices?
  • How does a screenwriter break into the industry?
  • If I’m a feature film writer and haven’t had a break, should I switch to television?
  • Are soaps a good way in?  Or short film?
  • Am I at a disadvantage if I only write and I don’t want to direct as well?
  • What you need to secure an agent?  Is it a Catch 22?  I can’t get an agent before I get a credit.  I can’t get a credit before an agent.
  • What is the market looking for in terms of talent.  Is there a certain “type” or “trend” right now?
  • Should I align myself with a producer or production company or keep my options open?
  • How involved do agents get in terms of packaging and producing?Can agents help bring finance to the table?
  • How a successful writer/agent partnership works and tips for good agent relations.

THE WRITE DIRECTION
Friday 12 November 2010 at 3.30-5.00pm including Q&A
The Crescent Arts Centre, 2-4 University Road Belfast BT7 1NH

Please note that this workshop takes places before the BAFTA/Rocliffe New Writing Forum event, which is at the same venue on the same date at 7.00pm.  If you have already registered for the BAFTA/Rocliffe event, you must register separately for this workshop.  If you are attending both events, we have made provision for hot food between 5.30pm and 6.30pm.

The event is free of charge.  Please email rsvp@northernirelandscreen.co.uk with your name immediately to reserve your place, and put “THE WRITE DIRECTION” in the subject line.