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OCT/NOV 2017 DATES: CLOSE UP – Development scheme for Actors

Filmbase Talent Development Scheme

**** Starting 31st October 2017****
Deadline to apply: 5pm Tuesday 24th October 2017

Filmbase is delighted to announce the third 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.

Application Process:

Actors wishing to take part are invited to submit an application before 5PM 24th October 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 31st October until Tuesday 5th November 2017. 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, Friday 27th October 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), Louise Ní Fhiannachta (RÚBAÍ, EIPIC, ROS NA RÚN), Marian Quinn, Graham Cantwell, Ciaran Creagh, Ronan Burke, Gerry Stembridge and Laura Way.

Directors Dates:

31st October until 5th December 2017, 7pm until 10pm

Directors Dates:

Declan Recks – 31st Oct, 7pm until 10pm

Declan is a graduate of DunLaoghaire College of Art and Design (Dublin), and UCLA Extension (Los Angeles), where he studied film and television. His early short films won several awards and played at numerous festivals worldwide. He founded Paradox Pictures with Producer Liam O’Neill in 1990. The company produced numerous short films, documentaries and several feature films including; SEPARATION ANXIETY (1996), PETES METEOR (1998) and HOW HARRY BECAME A TREE (2001). Declan left Paradox in 2003 to concentrate on his Directing career.

His television work includes some of the top rated shows on Irish Television. ANY TIME NOW (BBC/RTE 2002), PURE MULE (RTE 2005), THE CLINIC (RTE 2004-2006), THE RUNNING MATE (TG4 2007). He has been nominated for an IFTA for Best Director on 4 occasions and won in 2005 for his direction of the critically acclaimed ratings hit PURE MULE. The Irish Times wrote PURE MULE had “spectacularly raised the bar for Irish television drama” while THE RUNNING MATE was described as “Truly marvelous…A political drama with balls” His film, EDEN, was the closing film at the 2008 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival and has since been shown at over 40 film festivals worldwide. It was selected to screen in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival where lead actress Eileen Walsh was awarded the Best Actress Award. The film was released theatrically in the US in late 2008 to critical acclaim. The New York Times described it as“Exquisitely tuned to the terrors of approaching middle age” and was a New York Times “critics pick”.

In 2009 Declan directed PURE MULE – THE LAST WEEKEND, a two part special revisiting the characters from the original series five years on. The show was nominated for seven IFTA awards, including Best Director. Recent credits include two series of the IFTA nominated drama SCÚP written by Colin Bateman for BBC(NI)/TG4 and the final series of 6 DEGREES for BBC(NI).

He completed THE TRUTH COMMISSIONER based on David Parks’ book of the same name. The film stars Roger Allam and Sean McGinley and is a co-production between Big Fish Films (UK) and Samson Films (IRL) it was released in early 2016. Film Ireland described it as “A powerful commentary on the devastation terrorist groups can leave on society” and The Observer called it “Resonant, electric drama”. The film was nominated for Best Single Drama at The 2016 Celtic Media Festival.

He completed THE FLAG starring Pat Shortt and Moe Dunford, written by Eugene O’Brien for Treasure Entertainment, it was released in Ireland and screened on RTE1 on Christmas Day.

John Hayes – 7th Nov, 7pm until 10pm

John Hayes is a Film, TV and Commercials Director based in Dublin, Ireland. He directed all 4 episodes of the new ITV drama Bancroft as well as episodes of the popular series Vera and Home Fires, mini-episodes of Doctor Who, and has been the 2nd Unit Director on Game of Thrones, Strike Back, Vikings and Camelot.

He is also the award-winning director of the short films Two Fat Ladies, Venom, The Girl, and Anywhere But Here, and is currently developing projects with The Irish Film Board.
John is also a leading commercials director, and his work for major brands including Guinness, Heineken, Coca-Cola and SEAT, has won numerous international awards.

Lisa Mulcahy – 14th Nov, 7pm until 10pm

Lisa Mulcahy is an award winning feature film and television director. She has just completed work on 12 episodes of the critically acclaimed TV3 drama series Red Rock and is about to return to direct the final four episodes of Season 1.

She is in development on several feature films including Stolen, a remarkable true story of a woman who enters war torn Syria alone to rescue her 6-year-old daughter. Her award winning second feature film The Legend of Longwood will be released in cinemas in Holland in June 2015 and has sold to many territories worldwide including Australia, Brazil and the USA where it will be released by Shout Factory, also in June. The film will be released in cinemas in Ireland and Germany later in 2015.
The Legend of Longwood has been screened at many festivals worldwide and was the runner up in the 10+ category at the 2014 Giffoni Film Festival, the largest children’s film festival in the world. It continues to travel the festival circuit and will be next seen at the inaugural Bentonville Film Festival set up by actress Gina Davis in Arkansas in May.

Morgan Bushe – 21st Nov, 7pm until 10pm

Morgan’s previous directing credits include his graduation short Shelter (a place of refuge), which was nominated for the DM Davies Award, the Galway Film Centre supported Mr. Crocodile in the Cupboard featuring Ger McSorley and Darren Healy, and the Filmbase supported If I Should Fall Behind, which premiered in official competition at the BFI London Film Festival. It was later nominated for Best Short at the IFTAs, received a special mention at the Galway Film Fleadh and the Best Short Bronze Torc at the Celtic Media Festival. In 2013 he wrote and directed the IFB Signatures short Doghouse featuring Peter Coonan which was nominated for the Golden Horseman at the Dresden Film Festival, and was screened at over fifty international film festivals. He is currently in post production on his feature debut The Belly of the Whale featuring Lewis MacDougall, Pat Shortt and Michael Smiley.

In his role as producer his previous work has screened most notably as part of Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, the Berlinale, TriBeCa, TIFF and Sundance and has received three European Film Award nominations and collectively for eighteen IFTA nominations, receiving three. His previous projects have received awards in the US, Holland, Sweden, Slovenia, Australia and Spain. In 2012 he was selected as the Irish representative for the EFA Producer on the Move. He is one of the owners of Fastnet Films, Fastnet Docs and sister company WildCard Distribution.

Diarmuid Goggins – 28th Nov, 7pm until 10pm

Diarmuid is an IFTA-nominated TV drama director: he is currently directing a two-parter episode of the forthcoming series of the BBC forensic crime-drama ‘Silent Witness’. He’s directed on medical-drama ‘Casualty’, episodes for the Dublin-set police drama ‘Red Rock’, as well as for Channel 4’s ‘Hollyoaks’. Previously, Diarmuid directed for the hit BBC Irish teen-drama series ‘6 Degrees’ and also episodes for CBBC comedy-dramas ‘Dani’s Castle’ and ‘Millie Inbetween’. Diarmuid was selected for the TG4 half-hour drama season for two-years running (similar to the Channel 4 Coming Up scheme), directing two 30’ short drama films. Diarmuid had a passion for directing from an early age and picked up his first drama award, at the British Amateur Video Awards, aged just 13. His National Film School short, Nell, premiered successfully at The Galway Film Fleadh and his RTÉ/Galway Film Centre short was a runner up at the Action/Cut Short Film Festival in LA. Diarmuid began his career directing an impressive range of award-winning documentaries and factual/entertainment programming before moving across to directing for television series drama.

TBC – 5th Dec, 7pm until 10pm.

Last director date will be announced soon.




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