With over 14,000 students on six campuses in Ireland’s Midwest and Midlands, TUS is Ireland’s newest and most unique Technological University. Through applied learning and fresh thinking, our focus is on meeting the evolving needs of society and industry, within our region and beyond.

The Creative Technologies Programmes, Creative Broadcast & Film Production, and Music Technology & Production, are looking forward to working with our new setup at the Moylish Campus. As part of the Department of Digital Arts & Media at Limerick School of Art & Design (LSAD) we offer creative opportunities to new students who are think of taking on the industries of Film, Television, Music and other creative areas.

For more information on the programmes at TUS check out the link below as well as the Open Days coming soon in Oct/Nov 2021:

Creative Broadcast & Film Production

Music Technology & Production

TUS Open Days

Returning once again is a very popular film festival on the Irish circuit. The OFFline Film Festival, taking place from Oct 13th to 17th, in Birr, Co.Offaly, will feature; a shorts competition, the Made in the Midlands Night, Educational Screenings and much much more.

Download the full Programme below:

For further info check out their website HERE

Free Online Event.

Irish Screen Editors (ISE) will be hosting a webinar on the roles and responsibilities of assistant editors, particularly in the fields of high end TV drama and feature films. The webinar will consist of a panel of highly experienced assistant editors as well as an editor who made the transition from assistant editor in recent years and this panel will discuss the typical workflows for TV drama and film, the importance of the assistant editor in the post production pipeline and the skills and knowledge required for the job. Being an assistant editor is an extremely important, if somewhat undervalued, part of the post production process and ISE intends,through this webinar, to highlight the role and demonstrate its value.

This webinar will be ideal for students who are considering a career in post production. It will be held on Saturday the 11th of September at 15:00, The link to show your interest is on our Facebook Page HERE, and a link to sign up to the event below. We feel that this will be a very useful event for any students interested in pursuing editing as a career.

Basically it’s everything you ever wanted to know about assistant editing but were afraid to ask! Register for free HERE

Wired FM is hosting the inaugural Limerick Media and Arts Conference online on August 25 and 26, 2021.

LMAC is a free event aimed at young Irish broadcasters, artists, content creators, film makers and journalists to discuss creativity, criticism, production and innovation in media and arts. We will also address some of the challenges facing media/arts students and graduates today.

The conference will take the form of several panel discussions, with some workshops and talks littered throughout the two days. Panels will take place over Zoom (webinar style) and will be moderated by an industry professional. The panels will be just under and an hour in length.

The event kicks off with a plenary session at 2pm on Wednesday 25, August. Rob Quicke (Co-Founder, World College Radio Day (Professor, William Paterson University, NJ, USA)), Paula Healy (Station Manager Flirt FM 101.3/Irish Student Radio Network/Craol), Diarmuid McIntyre (HearSay Audio Festival/Grey Heron Media) and others will discuss student media, and the importance of getting involved.

This will be followed by a unique multi-camera online workshop with one of Ireland’s most celebrated DJ’s Aoife Nic Canna. The event will be streamed live from Melody in Limerick and is an absolute must for any burgeoning DJ. Following that, we have a very unique event, Making it in America, with Malachy Browne and some very well-known Irish journalists based in the US. We’re very excited about this one, keep tuned to our socials for updates

Our panel discussions run from 11-4pm Thursday, 26 August.

TikTok star Lauren Whelan will accompany Craig Houlden from the Anfield Agenda YouTube channel. Instagram content creator Clóda Scanlon (orangeobviously) and up-and-coming sports pundit Jay Daly (The United Stand) will complete the Millennial Media panel.

Nessa McGann will moderate the panel discussion Challenging Current Affairs Programming. She will be joined by The Irish Mirror’s Ciara Phelan, Virgin Media’s Rob O’Hanrahan, NewsTalk’s Andrew Lowth and The Irish Examiner’s Aoife Moore to offer their expertise.

Where Are The Critics?: The Role of the Critic in 2021Sunday Times journalist Cristín Leach will talk to well-known and respected critic Zara Hedderman, Dave Hanratty of the No Encore Podcast, freelance writer Alannah Hopkin, and CEO of Blinder Films Katie Holly.

Journalist Aoife Barry (The Explainer/Journal.ie and Get Around To It Podcast (host/producer) will join Martin Beanz Warde of The HazBeanz Show,  Fur Coat No Nickers’ Sophie La Touche and HeadStuff’s Conor Reid to discuss all things Podcasting. This panel is moderated by Diarmuid McIntyre.

The conference will come to a close with two really special events. Well-known funny man Owen Colgan (Hardy Bucks/RTE’s Around the Fire) will be the focus of a Questions and Answer’s session where students can pick his brain about the fantastic range of projects he has been involved in over the years, from stand-up to acting, from guerrilla film-making to working for RTE, and larger, big budgeted productions. 

The film maker and musician Nick Kelly will present an hour long workshop on directing. Nick has been a prolific short film maker for several years, and has been shortlisted for an Oscar. He released his full length feature The Drummer and the Keeper in 2017, and he had a rewarding fifteen year career directing high profile advertisements. He is also the former front man with The Fat Lady Sings and is an accomplished and successful solo musician. We feel incredibly lucky to have Nick on board, his SEE:HEAR Stage show was a massive influence on the team here at Wired FM.

We put this event together to revitalise and invigorate those involved in college media – after what has been a very challenging 18 months.

We did so in a bid to look ahead to the new college year with enthusiasm and optimism.

Tickets are free, and available here

See Facebook Twitter and Instagram for more details 

Filming began on a new comedy project last week, involving the team from the Dublin Comedy Improv. This will be available online in the Autumn and features numerous sketches from a number of famous Irish comedy faces.

Production takes place on location in Counties Kildare and Limerick over the summer with post production to be completed early Autumn.

More Soon.

It’s that time of the year again when CAO applicants have the change to amend their choices for college places. If you need to amend or add courses you can use the Change of Mind facility before the 1st July at 17:15.

Based in the Moylish Campus, in Limerick, the Creative Broadcast & Film Production and Music Technology & Production Programmes offer a blend of learning solutions for those thinking of a career in the creative industries. As part of the Department of Digital Arts & Media, Limerick School of Art and Design, students have availed of the practice based programmes and achieved multiple awards both locally and nationally.

For more information, check out the programmes and the CAO change of Mind page on the links below.

Creative Broadcast & Film Production Course Code: LC371

Music Technology & Production Course Code: LC372

CAO Change of Mind

A Message from the Film in Limerick Co-Ordinator, Paul C.Ryan, to all new film makers in the region.

Dear Filmmaker, 

We just want to let you know about a new 5-day course for new entrants to the film & TV Industries being offered by Screen Skills IrelandPassport to Production is a FREE programme where you can gain the tools to take up your first position as trainee crew member.

The course is now open for you to ‘register your interest’ until 14 June only – next Monday!

If you, or someone you know living in Limerick, Clare or Tipperary has an interest in pursuing a career in film or TV, this is the course that you want to start with. 

The programme will provide a broad overview of all the departments and help equip new entrants with the knowledge and some of the essential skills for working on a live action set. Participants will receive training facilitated and delivered by industry experts and Irish professional crew, and the programme aims to offer participants structured and paid work experience as a trainee on a production shooting in Ireland. 

You can find out more info and complete the short application at this link.

Deadline to apply is Monday 14 June at 12 noon. Don’t miss out!

Yours,
Paul 

Delighted to have achieved the Avid Media Composer Instructor Certification for 2021 last week.
As part of the Creative Technologies programmes at Limerick School of Art & Design, LIT, we hope to be offering students the opportunity to take the Avid User Certification 101 course in the coming 2021/2022 academic year.

Avid Media Composer is a film and video editing software application or non-linear editing system (NLE) developed by Avid Technology. Initially released in 1989 on Macintosh II as an offline editing system, the application has since evolved to allow for both offline and online editing, including uncompressed standard definition (SD), high definition (HD), 2K and 4K editing and finishing. Since the 1990s, Media Composer has been the dominant non-linear editing system in the film and television industry, first on Macintosh and later on Windows.

Avid Certified Instructor

LSAD, LIT Graduate Showcase 2021 “RALLY” launches online for second year running

LIT’s Limerick School of Art & Design final year students launch their graduate showcase online for the second-year in a row.

RALLY the Limerick School of Art & Design Graduate Showcase of 2021 launches (Saturday May 29, 2020) at 3pm on https://www.facebook.com/LIT.LSAD with a series of documentaries depicting how this year’s graduates continued to create during the pandemic.

Creative Broadcast & Film Production and Music Technology & Production Graduates will feature from 3pm. Do check out the specially commissioned documentary by former Graduate Steve Hall (Hallway Media). See the promotional video below.

Well done to all the students on their work and achievements on what has been a very challenging year for all.

Simon.

A community response to a community issue.

The Garda Youth Diversion Project at Moyross Youth Academy in partnership with the Lifesaver Project and supported by the National Ambulance Service, Roads Policing, LIT and others have launched the “Project Off-Road” on Wednesday the 19th May 2021 at Corpus Christi School in Moyross, Limerick City. Project Off-Road is a community response to a growing problem with young men and women who are driving quad bikes and scramblers and other motorized vehicles on roads, paths and across the greens in urban areas. This community based project is aimed at moving these young people away from this dangerous, nuisance and illegal behaviors and onto the track, classroom and workshop with a safe and controlled environment where they can learn about the mechanics of motorcycles and how to drive them properly. The Moyross Youth Academy has partnered with The Lifesaver Project, a road safety education program which has been running in Limerick since 2006. The Lifesaver Project is run by An Garda Síochána and the HSE and supported by Limerick City and County Council. Sgt. Tony Miniter from the Roads Policing Unit in Henry Street said that: “this has been a growing problem in this community and across the country over the past year or more. All too often we see young people driving quad bikes and scramblers across green areas putting themselves and others in danger. This is a fantastic project which is being run by the Garda Project in Moyross Youth Academy which encourages young people to do something they love but in a controlled and safe environment.” Advanced Paramedic Keith Mullane who is the Operations Officer for the HSE in Limerick said “This is a great opportunity for young people to engage with staff from the Moyross Youth Academy who can show them how to use a motorcycle in a safe way, using the proper equipment and follow what they love doing.”    

The event on the 19th May 2021 involved the recreation of a serious road traffic collision involving a car and a scrambler motorcycle. Gardaí and Ambulance staff will attend the scene and treat it as they would a similar collision. The event was witnessed by 6thclass students from Corpus Christi School. It was be followed by a discussion on road safety between the students, Advanced Paramedic Keith Mullane and Sgt. Tony Miniter Limerick Roads Policing Unit and then was followed by a launch of the new documentary on the issue. 

Andrew O’Byrne of the Moyross Garda Youth Diversion Project stated: “during lockdown in 2020, with quieter roads and finer weather we saw an increase in the number of bikes and quads in the area. This prompted us to review our efforts in order to address this. Meeting with a group of like-minded people and agencies, the idea of a road safety awareness campaign was suggested around the proper use of scramblers. The documentary ‘Keeping it on Track’ was planned, filmed, edited and is being launched here today. Many thanks to all those involved who gave so freely and willingly of their time to bring the project to fruition”. The list of those involved is included in the end credit sequence. Tiernan O’Neill, Principal of Corpus Christi Primary School welcoming the launch at the school as we head into the Summer said “the timing of this launch ties in nicely with the Governments Forum on Anti-Social Behaviour who are looking at a three pillared approach of legislation, enforcement and community engagement in trying to address the issue. The motocross project seeks to promote the positive use of bikes and quads in a safe, controlled, regulated and fun way with proper instruction, appropriate safety gear and in a place that eliminates the nuisance, dangerous and illegal elements. The aim is to turn an ‘anti-social’ problem to a ‘pro-social’ programme in what could be a win:win situation for all concerned”.

You can view the documentary ‘Keeping It On Track’ below. This was produced by Simon with the help of the participants and local community.