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The Guest

Dates: tbc, Thursday – Sunday

€295 Members / €325 Non-Members

Have you always wanted to dabble in the world of Music Video Filmmaking? In this 4-day course, you will put striking visuals to cool tunes with Director Bob Gallagher, an acclaimed recipient of the Nikon/Filmbase music video award and established filmmaker. Finish up with footage for your showreel!



During the course the group will have the opportunity to select a track, and using the ‘exquisite corpse‘ technique employed by surrealists, each student will have an opportunity to direct their unique section of the final music video.

The course gives each student the chance to produce a small segment of the video, leading to a finished piece that will be aired on our Youtube channel as well as shared through other online resources –  a perfect opportunity to develop work for a showreel.


Course Content

  • Treatments and pitches – conceptualizing your idea.
  • Relationship between Director and Band
  • Working with agencies
  • Insight into Editing music videos
  • Working to tight budgets and managing expectations
  • Practical exercises


Tutor: Bob Gallagher


Bob Gallagher has directed videos for a number of Irish acts including Girl Band, Myles Manley, Spies Floor Staff and Elaine Mai and most recently Mercury Award nominee 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. This year Bob received the inaugural ‘Best Irish Music Video’ Award at Cork Film Festival, for Girl Band’s ‘Paul’.

Bob recently 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 list. Bob is a past recipient of the Filmbase / Nikon Music Video Award.


“The big story was the partnerships we’ve seen forming between musicians and directors: Colin Tilley and Kendrick Lamar, Paul Thomas Anderson and Joanna Newsom, Bob Gallagher and Girl Band, Allie Avital and Autre Ne Veut, FKA twigs and FKA twigs, Grimes and Grimes. These artists are figuring out that these directors understand their visions and aesthetics, that their music and these people’s visual sensibilities just make sense together. (And when the artist and the director are one and the same, they’re just that much more symbiotic.)”

– Stereogum, the 50 Best Mucsic Videos of 2015


Music Video’s directed by Bob have featured in ‘best of’ charts across the media, including, and

Bob Gallagher – Showreel from Bob Gallagher on Vimeo.



  • tbc, Thurs – Sun

Class times:

  • 10 – 5pm


  • €295 Members / €325 Non-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.