Delighted to be selected to give a presentation on part of my research at the Media Educational Summit 2020, at the University of Leeds in April.

Each year the Media Education Summit brings together a global network of researchers, educators and practitioners working across all aspects of media education, media and digital literacy and media / technology in education.

The event is the leading global showcase for research, pedagogy and innovation on all aspects of media education.

This year’s conference theme is: Media Education, Diversity and Voice

With some interesting keynote speakers lined up for the two day event, I look forward to gaining new insights for my doctorate research and meeting some of the other speakers and presenters in Leeds.

Here is the abstract for my presentation entitled:

“Encouraging new and diverse identities (and voices) in Higher Education through

Craftsmanship”

ABSTRACT (Conference paper)

Keywords:

identity, education, craft, craftsmanship, presentation of self.

“In modern society there is far greater scope for skill and craftsmanship than in any

previous society.” (Frayling, 2011)

Educators, in traditional media such as television and film practice based skills, have a

constant battle with keeping their students focused and fixed on the creative practice. With

social media and its influence on content production, pushing the desire for instant

gratification, students look for “the app for that” to achieve what the craftspeople have

mastered before them, thus missing out on the discovery of the processes and skills that

could define their own identity.

Using the goals of ‘presentation of self’ with identity in education, and combining them with

the technical skills of a craftsperson, new diverse student voices could be formed though

professional practice in higher education.

Author’s Bio

With over twenty five years experience in Film and Broadcast Editing, Simon teaches his

craft at Limerick Institute of Technology, Ireland and is undertaking a Doctorate of

Education in Creative Media Practice at Bournemouth University.

References:

Frayling, C. (2011). On craftsmanship. 2nd ed. London: Oberon Books Ltd.

Goffman, E. (2007). The presentation of self in everyday life. London [u.a.]: Penguin

Books.

Sennett, R. (2009). Craftsman (UK Edition). London: Penguin Books.

Tutors: Eoin McDonagh, Editor
Date: Friday, January 24th, 2020
Duration: 1 Day
Venue: Dublin TBC
Cost: €150

Course Profile:

In this course participants will gain a full insight into the role and responsibilities of the assistant editor.

Areas covered include:

  • Organising project and footage
  • The difference between fiction and non-fiction assisting
  • Expectations of performance from the assistant editor

Preparation

  • Ingest of rushes
  • Logging and synching
  • Treatment of non-standard archive

Editing

  • Sound work – Track laying on sequences
  • Adding Footage as the edit continues – Moving footage between machines – Importance of Master project
  • Preparation of exports/promo material – Choice of codecs for export – Using third party compression software – BITC

Finishing

  • Relinking to full-res – Project parameters (SD, HD,2k etc.) – How to check the relink is correct – Troubleshooting relink problems
  • Creation of deliverables for Grade and Mix

Participant Profile:

This one-day course is aimed at those interested in moving into assistant editing and who wish to gain a thorough overview of the role and the responsibilities it entails. Applicants should have a working knowledge of Avid Media Composer and/or Adobe Premiere and/or FCPX. There will be a one-day supervised placement with an editor working in non-fiction offered to those interested.

Application Procedure:

Please apply online at www.screenskillsireland.ie by 12:00 PM, Tuesday, January 7, 2020, attaching a current CV and an overview of why you would like to participate  in this course.

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Tuesday evening, (10th Dec), saw the inaugural Monthly Meet of Mid-west Film Makers and community at the Film In Limerick HQ, based at Engine, Upper Cecil Street. Organised by the newly appointed Film Coordinator for Limerick, Paul C. Ryan, a fine turn out arrived to listen to insider tips and tricks of pitching for Film given by Writer Brian McGill.

Taking the audience through his unique process, Brian gave stories about his experiences of pitching, the what to do and not to do, as well as discussing the ideas of hooking the panel’s attention for that all important funding.

Afterwards the audience were invited to a Christmas drink where networking and idea sharing were the top of discussion between the many talents who attended.

This was the first of what is a new monthly film group which is hoped to inject new enthusiasm for filmmakers in the region in conjunction with the continued success of Troy Studios in Castletroy.

I enjoyed the workshop and as a documentary film maker there were some new approaches I may try out for those all important pitching sessions in 2020.

For more information about the next monthly meet-up check out Film In Limerick on Facebook.

Well done to Paul and Brian on what was an enjoyable meeting on a cold and wet winters evening.

Simon with Paul C. Ryan, Limerick Film Coordinator, earlier this year.

A new Monthly Meet-up for local filmmakers in the city kicks off on Tuesday December 10th at 6.30pm at Engine. And each month we will have a guest speaker from the industry followed by networking drinks. We are thrilled that our first guest is script and pitch guru Brian McGill who will be doing a session on The Art of Pitching. All those working or interested in working in filmmaking are very welcome to attend. See you there for Brian’s talk at 6.30pm which will be followed by Christmas drinks. Spread the word and RSVP to film@limerick.ie The event is supported by Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board and Film in Limerick

 

The Leamy School on Hartstonge St, Limerick where the Frank McCourt Museum has been housed.

With the recent closure of the Frank McCourt Museum in Limerick, we were on site to record images of the museum as well as an emotional interview with the museum’s curator and founder Una Heaton.

Containing stories of the foundation of the Museum, the many national and international visitors, the unveiling of the bust of Frank by his wife Eileen and family, Una retells her journey and ultimately the very difficult decision to close the doors for the last time. ‘Tis…the end, also frames the many artefacts, the classroom, bedroom and kitchen reconstructions in the legacy this great museum has given to Limerick over the years.

‘Tis…the end, a short documentary, is available below to watch.

The post-production of this short documentary was completed using Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve, using archive footage of the museum filmed over a ten year period.

 

The Leamy School on Hartstonge St, Limerick where the Frank McCourt Museum has been housed.

With the recent closure of the Frank McCourt Museum in Limerick, we were on site to record images of the museum as well as an emotional interview with the museum’s curator and founder Una Heaton.

Containing stories of the foundation of the Museum, the many national and international visitors, the unveiling of the bust of Frank by his wife Eileen and family, Una retells her journey and ultimately the very difficult decision to close the doors for the last time. ‘Tis…the end, also frames the many artefacts, the classroom, bedroom and kitchen reconstructions in the legacy this great museum has given to Limerick over the years.

‘Tis…the end, a short documentary, is in post production and will be released very soon.

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This week, Creative Broadcast & Film Production are offering another great industry event to attend. We have a script development masterclass with award winning scriptwriter Ailbhe Keogan.

Ailbhe started her writing career with her novel Molly & the Cyclops, published by Hag’s Head Press, in 2006. From there, she moved into screenwriting. Her first feature film, Run & Jump was selected as part of the Berlin Talent Campus Script Station and the Sundance Institute’s lab. Directed by Oscar-nominated Steph Green, it premiered at Tribeca in 2012 and the script went on to win numerous awards including a 2014 IFTA nomination and a Zebbie for best screenplay 2014.

Her second feature film, Joy & Mully, went into production in 2018, a co-production between Zentropa Films (Denmark) and Subotica (Ireland) She is currently working on Sidelined, a feature film for Parallel Films and the Irish Film Board. Ailbhe was selected for Guiding Lights 8, the UK film industry’s leading mentoring programme. She was under the mentorship of Alex Garland.

Ailbhe’s short film script, Take Me Swimming, was one of four films to be funded by the Irish Film Board Focus Shorts scheme in 2016 and premiered at the Cork Film Festival 2017. It stars Barry Ward, Olwin Fouere and B.J. Hogg. Ailbhe is on the board of the Kerry Film Festival and has worked with the Youth Justice programme for many years in conjunction with KDYS.

Book your place through our eventbrite site:

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/script-development-master-class-with-ailbhe-keogan-tickets-82835476139

 

About this Event

Creative Broadcast & Film Production are pleased to host an open casting call for actors interesting in taking part in a short student film, and or voice over parts. We are looking for males and females of all ages (over 18 only)

Millennium Theatre – Moylish Campus, Limerick Institute of Technology.

Thursday November 21st 201916:30 – 18:30

For further info & to secure your place, just book a ticket and you will be sent a short script to prepare along with further registration instructions.

For further information & to secure your place booking is via:
News Item for release (11/11/19)
 
LSAD Creative Broadcasting & Film Production presents masterclass with Oscar Nominated Director, Steph Green
Steph Green is an Oscar nominated film and TV director. Selected as one of Creativity Magazine’s Top Directors to Watch and Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film, her critically-acclaimed feature film was shot in Ireland and stars Will Forte and Maxine Peake.  She has directed top TV shows such as The Americans, The Deuce, Man in the High Castle, American Crime, Bates Motel, You’re the Worst, Billions, Preacher, Luke Cage, Scandal and most recently, Watchmen for HBO. Her recent pilot Dare Me was picked up by USA/Netflix and will premiere in 2020.  She also just directed the pilot for The L Word: Generation Q which has a straight-to-series pick up from Showtime.

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A message from Nora Ní Fhlatharta, Programme Leader of the Creative Broadcast & Film Production Programme, LSAD.

Day two Creative Broadcast & Film Production opendays and today we are running film screenings in our Clare St Campus and Camera demos in Moylish campus. It has been brilliant to meet with our future students. Huge thanks you to all the staff who helped out, to Art O Laoire, tecnichal supervisor, IT staff, Tom Brophy and Annette Bowman, to Des Farell and Mike Fox LSAD for making us feel so welcome, to lecturers, Simon McGuire, Muireann DeBarra, Mike Gavin, John Greenwood, and Mark Griffin, to our head of department James Greenslate, to Ken Coleman of Game art and design, but most of all to Creative Broadcast and Film production students. I get the pleasure of working with the hardest working, creative, and funfilled crew in the world. Thanks so much to all the @creativetechlit student volunteers who made our opendays a joy to be part of. Thanks a million everyone. Nora Ni Fhlatharta @lsadlimerick @limerick_it #CreativeBroadcastFilmProductionlit#openday#filmcrew

Video produced by Amerson Fortunato , 2nd Year Creative Broadcast & Film Production.