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Visual Narrative Workshop

Girl Band Video - June2016 - IMG_5190

TBC: 1 Weekend

€150 Members / €175 Non-Members

Is your work a little too dialogue heavy? Would you like to develop your skills in writing and storytelling? In this weekend course, students will develop the tools to communicate ideas through visual mediums. This course is perfect for both directors and writers who want to expand their skillset.



The course will focus on visual storytelling, exploring how to deliver exposition with minimal use of dialogue. Through a combination of  references and materials, you will learn to examine how thoughtfully considered visuals, through movement, shooting style, symbolism, and performance, can enhance your story cinematically.

Using some examples of his own work with Girl Band, SOAK and others, Bob will explain his approach to narrative driven music video, and visual drama and workshop potential ideas and pitches. Although not a requirement, students are invited to bring their own concepts and ideas to work through in the class.


Course Content

  • Script – Incorporating visual cues at the early stages
  • Treatments and pitches – Expressing your idea through references
  • Beats of a scene – How to break a scene into visual cues
  • Scene structure – drawing the viewer into your world
  • Symbolism, archetypes and subtextual information
  • Directing performance – Saying things without saying them


Tutor: Bob Gallagher

Bob Gallagher is an award winning director and cinematographer, with a background in both drama and music video directing, and a recipient of both the Filmbase/RTE short film award and the Filmbase/Nikon music video award.

He has directed videos for a number of Irish acts including Girl Band, Myles Manley, Spies, Floor Staff and Elaine Mai and most recently Choice Prize winner SOAK. His videos have featured on prominent music websites such as NPR, Stereogum, Noisey, and many others. He’s worked alongside Independent artists and record labels, including legendary indie label Rough Trade Records. In 2015 Bob received the inaugural ‘Best Irish Music Video’ Award at Cork Film Festival, for Girl Band’s ‘Paul’. Bob also had two of his videos recognised in Stereogum’s Best Music Videos of 2015 with Girl Band’s ‘Paul’ and ‘Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage’ and featured heavily on a number of other end of year lists. Music Video’s directed by Bob have featured in ‘best of’ charts across the media, including, and

He recently received two awards from the ICAD Young Director’s Awards in the Music Video and Commercials categories.

Stereogum link :

Bob Gallagher – Showreel from Bob Gallagher on Vimeo.



  • TBC, 1 Weekend

Class times:

Sat 10.30 – 5.00 & Sun 11.00 – 5.30


  • €150 Members / €175Non-Members
  • €100 Deposit


  • Filmbase, Temple Bar, Curved street

Girl Band – Paul from Bob Gallagher on Vimeo.



To book your place on this course, please contact Filmbase Reception on 01 679 6716 and dial 0. For more information on this course, email our Training Department at Please read our Terms & Conditions before booking a course.