FILM SCHOOL : Learn the basics in 7 weekends

film-centre-300x99FILM SCHOOL : Learn the basics in 7 weekends (Just 1 place left)
This practical course will guide participants through all of the steps involved in making a short film. Tutored by industry professionals, the course offers a hands-on, step by step approach that will take a small group of 8 participants from a starting idea to a finished film. The course runs for seven weekends during which two short films will be devised, scripted, shot and edited.

This course is suited to: those who wish to try to seek work in the film industry at an entry level, those who wish to know what goes on behind the scenes in film-making, or those who wish to study film at college. Topics covered will include:
    •    Production
    •    Scriptwriting
    •    Camera & lighting
    •    Direction
    •    Sound
    •    Editing    

Dates: 14 days (7 Saturdays & 7 Sundays from 9.45am – 4.45pm each day): Feb 9th/10th, Feb 16th/17th, Feb 23rd/24th, Mar 2nd/3rd, Mar 9th/10th, Mar 23rd/24th, April 6th/7th 2013. Note there is no class on bank holiday weekends.
Cost: €600 unwaged/€700 waged. Early Bird Discount of €50 if you pay in full by January 18th. Includes membership to Galway Film Centre. Limited to 8 places so early booking is advised.

How to Make a Documentary (Just 1 place left)
Over five weeks*, this course will introduce beginners to all the elements involved in making a documentary film. Through a mixture of theory and practical work, experienced documentary maker, Jill Beardsworth, will guide eight participants to make a short documentary. Modules covered will include:
* Genres of documentary
* Research
* Proposal writing & Pitching
* Camera (Tutor: Experienced Documentary Maker, Keith Walsh)
* Interview Techniques
* Sound
* Production, including budgets
* Editing

* Course takes place on four Saturdays and two Sundays from 9.45am – 4.45pm and five Wednesday Evenings from 6.30pm – 9.30pm.

Dates: Week 1: Sat Jan 26th, Wed Jan 30th, Week 2: Sun Feb 3rd, Wed Feb 6th, Week 3: Sat Feb 9th, Wed Feb 13th, Week 4: Sat Feb 16th, Sun Feb 17th, Wed Feb 20th, Week 5: Sat Feb 23rd, Wed Feb 27th, 2013.
Cost: €400 unwaged/€450 waged. Includes membership to the Centre for the year.

About the Tutor: Jill Beardsworth is an experienced film-maker and editor who has made documentaries for RTÉ, TG4 and the Irish Film Board including films shot in Belarus, Kosovo, Ireland, India and Syria. Her most recent feature, Apples of Golan, which she co-directed with Keith Walsh, premiered at Jameson Dublin International Film Festival this year. Jill has had her films officially selected for several international film festivals.

5 Day Hands-On DSLR Film-making Course
This hands-on course is designed to teach you the technical fundamentals and techniques of DSLR filmmaking. The intensive course will help beginners gain the confidence to become a DSLR filmmaker whether you’re a photographer, journalist, corporate or documentary shooter. Please note participants bring their own DSLR to the course.
Day 1 Camera: DSLR- manual controls, exposure, white balance etc
Day 2 Lighting: Fundamentals of lighting & safety, interview setups.
Day 3 Sound: Principles of sound recording, mics, mic placement, syncing.
Day 4 Shooting Exercise: Students put the knowledge they’ve gained in the past three days to shoot a simple setup eg an interview/scene
Day 5 Post Production: Importing clips, syncing sound, basic editing. Exporting movies.

About the Tutor:

Aidan Maguire has shot a number of festival screened short films, including The Knife for Venom Films, Joyrider for Fastnet Films as well as corporate shoots for Red Bull and Oxygen. He is also founder of Time Lapse in Motion (, providing high definition timelapse visuals through commissioned shoots.
Dates: Monday 4th to Friday 8th of March 2013
Cost: €270 members/€290 non-members. Just 6 places available.

Scriptwriting Clinic with Script Editor
This four day course will look at how to develop your story idea. It is aimed at both emerging & experienced screenwriters working on their feature film screenplays. It is also aimed at emerging script editors.  The class is limited to four writers and two trainee script editors and offers a great experience for emerging writers and script editors to work intensively on their stories with a professional script editor. It will cover the basics such as wants and needs, objectives, obstacles, rising action and ideas on sequencing & structure. All participants read each other’s treatments prior to the course commencing. Mark McIlrath is a script editor who works on feature film projects in Ireland, Italy, France and the UK. Each editor works with 2 writers during the course.
How to apply:
Writers interested in this course will need to submit a CV and treatment/story outline to by March 15th 2013.
Guide length for treatment/story outline is 3 to 10 pages. 10 pages is the maximum allowable.
Editors will submit a CV to
Dates: Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st of April 2013
Cost:  €360 unwaged/€380 waged


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