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NEW 2017 DATES: CLOSE UP – Development scheme for Actors


Filmbase Talent Development Scheme

Starting Tuesday 14th Feb 2017
Deadline to apply: ****Deadline Passed, More dates TBA****
Filmbase is delighted to announce the second in a series of talent development schemes for actors. CLOSE UP is a professional development programme for actors at Filmbase.

The programme is open to actors who wish to engage in a series of workshops with a range of professional directors working across film and television projects. The studio will run on Tuesday evenings and actors will work with a different director each week, adding up to a unique series of professional workshops.
Close Up is intended as a programme for actors who are developing their screen careers and can benefit from focused professional feedback on craft technique. Participants must have some existing credits or recognised professional training in order to apply. It is not a traditional acting course and is not suitable for beginners.

Each workshop will be led by a different director, ensuring that all participating actors gain a valuable experience working with a range of different professionals and gaining an insight into the different ways directors communicate and prepare actors for scenes.
Directors taking part will be announced shortly.

Application Process:

Actors wishing to take part are invited to submit an application before 5PM Thursday 26th Jan 2017.

To apply you will need:
1. Completed Online Application Form
2. Your professional CV and headshot
3. Showreel/Scenes
4. Filmbase membership number
Application is open to all members of Filmbase and places are fully sponsored. Studio blocks will run on six week rotations, beginning Tuesday 14th of Feb 2017 until Tuesday 21st March. There will be a limited number of places available per studio block to ensure a high quality of experience for all taking part.

Selection Criteria:

Spaces on the programme are limited to 16. Application to the programme does not guarantee a place. In the event that applications exceed the number of places available, priority will be given to emerging actors with feature film, television, commercial or short film experience in professional productions. Showreel scenes will be required as proof of existing experience. Actors who have completed advanced training in screen acting will be considered on the basis of showreel scenes shot as part of their training.

The final pool of actors selected for the programme will be chosen by a panel.
This is professional development workshop series. It is not a traditional acting class and is not suitable for beginners.

Taking Part:

You will be notified by 5pm, Thursday 2nd Feb 2017 if you are being offered a place on the programme.
Once you confirm your place we will ask you to fully commit to attending all modules in your block to allow for programme continuity and planning of exercises. If you will not be able to attend all modules we would kindly ask you to decline your place to allow someone else to attend. You will not lose your place on the programme if you do so and your place will carry forward to a future studio block.

Actors must be 18 or over to take part.
You must be available to take part in all six modules.
Although the there is no application fee you must be a Filmbase member to apply.
Details on Filmbase membership can be found HERE>


− Script Breakdown & Analysis
− Finding Your Unique Voice/Being Authentic
− Getting Clarity of Vision
− Articulating Your Vision
− Being The Actor
− Working With Directors
− Actors/Directors Tool Kit
− Creating An Honest Moment/Performance
− Auditioning & Casting
− Rehearsals: The Different Approaches
− Getting Your Work Seen

Directors that took part in the last round were Lisa Mulcahy (THE LEDGEND OF LONGWOOD, REDROCK), Kieron J Walsh ( THE SAVAGE EYE, JUMP, RAPT), Nick Kelly (DELPHINE, WHY THE IRISH DANCE THAT WAY, SHOE), Johnny Gogan (THE LAST BUS HOME, MAPMAKER, BLACK ICE), Frank Berry (TEENAGE CICS, BALLYMUM LULLABY, I USED TO LIVE) and Louise Ní Fhiannachta (RÚBAÍ, EIPIC, ROS NA RÚN).

Directors Dates:

14th Feb, 7pm until 10pm until 21st Mar, 7pm until 10pm

Week 1> 14th Feb 2017
Graham Cantwell
Graham Cantwell
Graham Cantwell was born on March 25, 1974 in Dublin, Ireland. He is a director and writer, known for The Callback Queen (2013), Lily (2016) and The Letter (2009).
Lily has won the Tiernan McBride Best Irish Drama award at The Galway Film Fleadh, qualifying it for Academy Award consideration. It also screened as part of the Global Shorts Forum at the prestigious Savannah Film Festival. Graham has recently been attached to write and direct World War II drama Faraway Home with Powerscourt Pictures. The Callback Queen was nominated for two Irish Film and Television Academy Awards at the 2016 IFTAs.
Anton has been released in the UK and Ireland to buy and rent.

Week 2> 21st Feb 2017
Conor McMahon
Conor McMahon
Conor McMahon studied filmmaking at the Irish National Film School in Dun Laoghaire.
Fangoria described his latest feature From the Dark as “a taut, coiled piece of dread-infused cinema that… delivers everything one could hope for from a fresh entry in that subgenre.”
His 2012 feature film Stitches, starring British comedian Ross Noble, won best film at the Midnight Xtreme section of the prestigious Sitges Film Festival.
In 2004 he made his debut feature film Dead Meat which was funded by the Irish Film Board.
Conor went on to direct Zombie Bashers, an entry in the RTE Storyland online series scheme. The show proved extremely successful with horror and comedy fans alike and was voted the eventual winner of the competition. Conor directed all 6 episodes of the show.
His short films have won many awards including: Best Short at the Sitges Film Festival (Spain), First Prize in the Kodak Commercial Awards (London), Second prize at Edinburgh’s Dead by Dawn Horror film Festival.
Along with developing feature film ideas Conor has worked on numerous seasons of the popular RTE sketch show The Republic of Telly, writing and directing sketches with acts like The Rubber Bandits, Damo & Ivor and Georgia Salpa.
Conor also works as an editor. Work includes the RTE hidden camera show The Fear.

Week 3> 28th Feb 2017
Nick Kelly
Nick Kelly

Nick wrote and directed his first short film Delphine under the Irish Film Board’s Short Shorts scheme. Described by the Evening Herald as “one of the best Irish movies of the past decade, Delphine was accepted for a host of Irish and international festivals, and has been broadcast on TV in 13 countries including France, Spain, Canada, and Japan.
He wrote and directed his second short Why The Irish Dance That Way for the RTE/Arts Council Dance On The Box series. It was one of nine short films selected by New York’s Museum of Modern Art for Shortfest: Outstanding Shorts from The International Festivals, it won First Prize at the Chicago Irish Film Festival. It has received nearly a quarter of a million hits on YouTube to date.
His script Shoe won First Prize in the Short Screenplay Competition at the Vail Film Festival (Colorado), and Second Prize in the Champion Screenwriting Competition (Los Angeles).
Nick completed his first feature-length screenplay, Incognita, supported by a writer loan from the Irish Film Board.
Nick was awarded funding to direct Shoe under the Irish Film Board’s Signatures programme. Following a brief theatrical run in Los Angeles, Shoe received its Irish premiere at the Cork Film Festival. Later it was announced that Shoe was one of 10 movies on the shortlist in the Live Action Short category for the 2011 Academy Awards.

Week 4> 7th March 2017
Lorcan Finnegan
Lorcan Finnegan TBC

Lorcan’s most recent film Without Name is currently screening at this years Audi Dublin International Film Festival. The film sees Eric, a troubled land surveyor, takes up a job in a remote forest. Deep in the woods, he becomes aware of a malevolent presence, an intelligence of sorts. A silhouette flits between trees. The place fascinates the fragmenting Eric as much as it disturbs him. Is his mind playing tricks on him or is there some ancient horror wishing him harm?

Week 5> 14th March 2017
Mark O'Connor
Mark O’Connor
Mark O’ Connor has written and directed Cardboard Gangsters, Soldier for a Summer, King of the Travellers, Stalker and Between the Canals.


Week 6> 21st March 2017
Imogen Murphy
Imogen Murphy

Imogen is an Irish director of drama for film & television. A graduate of the National Film School of Ireland, she has gained numerous awards for her drama and documentary work. Her short films have played at over 100 film festivals world-wide, and she has directed for broadcasters including BBC, Channel 4, E4, MTV, RTE, TG4, TV3, Setanta and the History Channel.
Imogen has been IFTA nominated for her television credits.
Imogen has directed includes WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE and FAMILY SILVER. Recent drama work includes HOLLYOAKS for Lime Pictures and Channel 4, and RED ROCK for Element Pictures, Company Pictures and TV3.




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