On Thursday the 2nd of March, at 6.30pm, which will be opened by visiting human rights defenders from Kenya, Nigeria and Zambia.
3pm, Saturday 25th June 2011
One of the highlights of the day was a public interview with our special guest, Saoirse Roanan. Saoirse is one of Ireland’s truly great acting talents with an Oscar nomination under her belt and a string of internationally successful films. We were delighted that she could take some time to help us celebrate our birthday and talk about movies, acting and her career so far. Interviewing her on the day was filmmaker and actor Hugh O’Conor.
Saoirse Ronan came to prominence in 2007 with her Oscar nominated performance in Atonement. She was also nominated for a BAFTA, a Golden Globe and won the IFTA for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for the same role. Since then she has appeared in a wide range of films including The Lovely Bones, directed by Peter Jackson, and Hanna, directed by Joe Wright. She’s due to star in Neil Jordan’s next film, Byzantium, alongside Gemma Arterton. Only 17, Saoirse is already one of Ireland’s most successful actresses having shown an impressive depth and range of talent. We are delighted that she took time out to take part in our 25th anniversary celebrations in what was a truely insightful interview.
1.30pm, Saturday 25th June 2011
As part of the Filmbase 25 celebrations, we were delighted to invite Cliff Parrot along to run through the ins and outs of animating with Adobe Flash. The free class ran for approximately an hour and was geared at those with an interest in animation. Cliff screened a number of examples of what can be achieved using the programme and gave advice and tips on how to use the programme to create a variety of animations.
Punters enjoying Film Ireland
12pm, Saturday 25th June 2011
Film Ireland had a special reading area set up on the ground floor of Filmbase throughout the day on Saturday 25th of June. This provided an opportunity to drop in to browse through a copy of the magazine or pick up a back issue that you might have missed. Niamh Creely, editor of Film Ireland, was there to lead a one hour session on film reviewing at 12 noon. During the hour, Niamh went through the ins and outs of reviewing films, what makes a good review and what to avoid.
Meet the training department
12pm, Saturday 24th June 2011
Filmbase offers a wide range of film production, post-production and multimedia courses suitable for beginners right through to the advanced. To keep with the theme of ‘Get into Film’ Grainne, Paul and Simon from the training department were on hand at the Filmbase 25th anniverasy celebration to talk to you about how to get started in filmmaking and to fill you in on the services Filmbase provides. It provided a great opportunity to grab a cuppa in the café and chat to our staff about how you might get that break that you’ve been looking for! They are always available to give general advice on getting into the industry, as well as specific info on upcoming courses that might suit you best.
12pm, Saturday 25th June 2011
For those interested in the technical side of things, we hosted an hour long tips and tricks session for using the Canon DSLR camera. One of the latest trends in filmmaking has seen huge demand in the use of the DSLR for filmmaking. Used in everything from commercials and short films to music videos and even big budget US TV shows, the Canon DSLR has revolutionised the way filmmakers approach shooting on a budget. Filmmaker Aidan Maguire (Needle Exchange) was on hand to talk through some tips and tricks to bear in mind when using the Canon EOS 5d. Our own Richie O’Keeffe from the Equipment Department was also available to give advice on the equipment and filmmaking facilities available here at Filmbase.