As the good weather arrives once again and the urge to capture stories, action and imagination takes hold of film makers young and old alike, there is a need for reflection on the current state of resources for the film makers in our cultural rich city.

While there is an insurgence of interest in the mid-west due to the arrival of Troy Studios, and their first collaboration with the producers of the Nightflyers series, I do feel that there’s maybe not enough support for the novice, students and even freelance professional filmmakers so that they can aspire to the levels that is expected by Troy and Nightflyers.

Why so? Well you can only compare to the other urban areas around Limerick such as Galway, awarded the 2020 City of Culture as well as a UNESCO city for film, which has a Film centre, the Oscar affiliated Galway Film Fleadh as well as a rich television, film and media industry in the city and county with the likes of TG4 studios and Telegael. Galway has been very attractive for students to study in the field of film making with NUIG Huston Film School also located within walking distance to the central hub.

While Limerick also has a strong student population with third level educational institutions offering courses from Fine Art, Journalism, Music Technology as well as Creative Broadcast and Film Production there is a lack of outside support in the form of a film centre or hub venue where communities can meet on a daily basis.

There were numerous attempts to get one off the ground, including ‘The Royal‘ which would have supported a couple of medium sized cinema screens for film, as well as a training centre and equipment hire facilities for the film making community, however due to lack of visible backing from the local authorities and business community along with other road blocks (mainly financial, this idea remains just that, an idea, and an opportunity lost.

While the Belltable is considered the closest thing Limerick has to an Arts Centre and screens Irish films through their collaboration with the IFI in Dublin, it is under the control for commercial use by The Limetree Theatre. The venue itself would be fine but having a screening venue is not enough. Film makers need a base from which to work from not a theatre space at a cost ( that most new film makers can’t afford) which is also limited by the other commercial demands and requirements of the space.

So what to do! Well the answer maybe in with collaboration with the higher educational bodies of our city and county whose resources are already in place and in most would be under utilised during the holiday periods when the students have left for the summer break. Three areas can be identified through the requirements film makers have;

  1. Training support – as technology changes and updates in the industry, the pressure for an unemployed film maker to keep up to date with it becomes increasingly difficult. Reading about the equipment on the web is once thing but to actually have some training with the equipment or software at a price base that is affordable would be a huge advantage. Also there is an opportunity for these educational bases to become hubs for the film makers as they attempt to complete their short films or other projects. This would also create a better position for the educators to create a community and culture of film and broadcast making in the city and county as well as future cohorts on their respective undergraduate programmes in the new academic year.
  2. Information and Resources – While there have been networking websites for film makers in Limerick in the past, there is a lack of an up-to-date (a “GO TO”) website for the Limerick region. While there are Facebook pages run by groups such as LACE Film Strand and previously Behind The Scenes (since disbanded) there is a lack current information resource pages for the Limerick film community. Since the coming of Troy Studios there has also been the introduction of the ‘FILM IN LIMERICK’ website. While this was an exciting addition to the community (created in conjunction with Innovate Limerick) there is little in the way of updates. In fact the website has not changed in its content since it was introduced over a year ago. In order to keep the ideas and events fresh this content needs to be updated and flowing each week. Educational institutions have the power to influence here also. With lecturers and trainers required to be in contact with industry on a regular bases there are opportunities for them to be either involved in the ‘Film in Limerick’ website through collaboration or to create a new one (maybe in conjunction with the training support) that fits the requirements of a diverse group such as the film community. This could even be a collaborative project that could work between educational institutions such as UL and their Journalism students along with the Creative Technology students of LIT, Television Production Students of LCFE and the Fine Art students of LSAD. All contributing and collaborating with each other along with the local film making community. After all it may well be those students who become the new batch of content creators in the future.
  3. Screening and Marketing – Finally, I think that its one thing to get support in training and information to make films, but there is also a need to correctly market and screen the work. Alot of the time, new short film makers make so much effort in the production and post production of their films only to be limited in the distribution methods available, mainly uploading to YouTube, Vimeo or other online mediums (mainly because they are free forms of distribution). There are other opportunities however. Both UL and LIT run film club screenings for students and film buffs alike. There is an opportunity to screen those short films before the main features. The advantages for the new film makers is obvious, giving them a chance to see their work on the big screen as well as gauging an audience’s reaction to the work. For the institutions they would benefit from new audiences as well as encouraging the new talent and thus creating a stronger culture of film making to the mid-west region. As current film festivals such as ‘Fresh Film Festival’, and ‘The Richard Harris Film Festival’, amongst others, work with the likes of the educational bodies in Limerick we must also support these events into our yearly calendars. Having well established film festivals on our door step is a gift for film makers to output to professionals and audiences both nationally and internationally. Working more closely with these festivals would improve their local film maker base and provide more local content to their scheduled events and screenings they put on during the year.

These are three areas that could be developed using what is already available in the region rather than trying to inject huge amounts of money, that is obviously not available from the local authority at this time. If there was some forward thinking, planning and collaboration, then these could be achieved to create a new and fresh film making culture where future employment could be possible. Troy Studios have stated an number of occasions that they are a facility provider not an employer of crew. Should local film makers receive the training opportunities, get support and resources to create and screen films and other content, then we will see a new workforce that will be attractive and in demand, by production companies coming to Troy. It is Troy Studios job to bring in the big clients and productions like ‘Night Flyers’. In order to make their job easier, there needs to be an attractive new workforce that can meet the demands of such productions and complement the established professional facilities in Castletroy.

While all of these suggestions are well on paper (or screen in this case), they are ideas, and it does take a certain number of people to realise these to reality. And it must happen if we are to keep the film making talent in the region. To continue to lose them to our neighbouring cities and beyond will be an opportunity missed to strengthen the  film culture here. In order to give more opportunities to the film making community in Limerick city and county, there must be more of a collaboration between these groups and others, feeding the enthusiasm of imagination. Only then we may see the benefits in the creative culture of the Limerick film craftspeople of the future.


With over 24 years experience in Film and Broadcast Editing, Simon is a lecturer in Post Production at Limerick Institute of Technology and is undertaking a Professional Doctorate of Education in Creative Media Practice with Bournemouth University, UK.



Avid Assistant

Things to know about the new Avid Media Composer licenses…

Posted: 10 Jun 2018 03:21 PM PDT

NAB 2018 saw Avid release a new licensing scheme. There’s a new license in town and the good news is, it’s cheaper! But what’s the catch? Here’s a quick guide…

Image from Avid Technology site.

Well, actually there’s not really too much of a catch unless you intend to use shared storage… let me tell you more.


Licensing edit suites should be easy, but it’s usually not. While it might not be your responsibility, it’s a good idea as an Avid Assistant, to be aware of what license type you have on your workstation. Make sure it won’t run out mid-project or, if it is a monthly subscription license, does your workstation have Internet access to reactive a monthly subscription? Let’s get a better idea of how Avid licensing works.

Electronic licensing for Media Composer is done through the Application Manager. You purchase your license through the Avid website as either a perpetual or subscription license. Once finalised, your licencing information is placed into your Avid Account and from this information, your workstations can be activated. But what is the difference between these two license types?

Perpetual Licenses

This is simply a software activated license that is purchased for a single price and last for 12 months. The big advantage of this license is that it NEVER expires.  If you do not renew your license at the end of the 12 months then your Media Composer is limited to the last release closest to your licences end date. If you renew your licence you will be able to access upgrade for the next 12 months and so on.

Optional extras with Media Composer are

• Media Composer | Symphony Option which can include includes Boris Continuum Complete Lite

• Media Composer | NewsCutter Option

• Media Composer | Production Pack – includes

• NewBlue Titler Pro 2

• Sorenson Squeeze

• iZotope Insight

Subscription License

This allows you to rent Media Composer on a month to month basis. Rather than stumping up for 12 months up front, this means you can reduce your costs by paying month by month. It also has the added benefit of giving you access to options you would have to purchase if you have a perpetual license. So that’s:

• Media Composer® | Software

• Media Composer | Symphony® Option

• NewBlue Titler Pro 2.5

• Sorenson Squeeze Lite

• Boris Continuum Complete Lite

• iZotope Insight (30-day trial)

• Avid Support (including all software updates/upgrades)

The monthly subscription also means that when you don’t need Media Composer you don’t pay for it.

Media Composer Types

Media Composer | First

For people just starting out in editing, Media Composer | First delivers a complete, yet streamlined creative toolset built on Avid’s renowned editing model – for free – with all the features and functionality that can be published to popular social media channels.

NAB 2018 saw the release of Media Composer 2018.4 and while the license types remain the same this version brought with it 2 separate ‘models’ of Media Composer.

Media Composer – Sort of new…

For a lot of people working on Media Composer, they require the editing package to function on a single machine in a ‘non-collaborative’ manner. By this Avid means, we are not using it on their shared storage systems, Avid ISIS or Avid NEXIS. Users can still share content via pocket drives and move bins around freely but with this restriction comes the added benefit of a 50% reduction in price. A license can be had for as little as US$19.99 per month.

Media Composer Ultimate – NEW

This new term is, in effect, the old Media Composer license price point, with added software options bundled in. Support for Shared Projects on Avid ISIS and NEXIS is added but we now also receive  ScriptSync, PhraseFind and Symphony option in the same bundle. This is the option that most Post Houses will go for. Compare the models and their functions here

Extra Notes

Here are a few other items you should be aware of…

30 Day Trails

Avid has long allowed you to download Media Composer and run it on a 30-day trial. It’s worthwhile noting that when running in trial mode all the options are enabled, to give you an Ultimate License.

Existing Customers

If you already had a subscription in place before the new license release you will receive an Ultimate License. If you want to reduce your monthly cost, then you will need to end your old license and start a new one at the reduced cost.

Avid Support

When you purchase your Media Composer license you will have the ability to raise support cases should you experience issues with your system. If you require extended support, this can also be purchased and added to your account/license. For more information see the links below.

Here’s Avid view on the new family of licenses. and some useful links for help with Avid licensing.

Media Composer Licenses FAQ

Media Composer software support contract license update


Student Work Experience Opportunities for Broadcast/Film and Media Industries

Interested in accepting a Creative Broadcast & Film Production student on a short work experience placement? By taking students on work experience, you get an opportunity to engage, inspire, and inform future media professionals about what working life is really like. If your company might be interested in taking part please complete the work experience survey below, there are only six questions and it should only take you less than two minutes to complete. All information will be added to a database of prospective companies to be used exclusively for work placements for Creative Broadcast & Film Production students from September 2018 onwards.

Below is a short video of a past graduate Andrew Phayer who currently works with Munster Rugby.


Click Logo for Programme Details



Following on from the wonderful Women in Film, Spring Screenings in March; the Richard Harris International Film Festival team present a selection of favourites from RHIFF2017 at Friars’ Gate Theatre.

Thursday 14th June, 8pm, Tickets €7.00

Booking Line: 00353 63 98727 – Email:

A VERY IRISH FAMILY – Directed by Emmet Kelly Family Bonds are strained, as Europe is sundered by war in 1914. A well-to-do Irish nationalist family struggles with conflicting loyalties and the politically ambitious family patriarch is forced to re-evaluate his priorities when his idealistic sons volunteer to fight in France and Gallipoli following the outbreak of war.

Pilot for a period TV series in development that follows the ebb and flow of the fortunes of the Gleeson family from Monaveen.

MARKY’S BAD WEEK – Directed by Daniel Holmwood Having the worst week of his life, Marky decides to take the edge off with a spliff. Things go from bad to worse when he realises he’s lost his nodge of hash.”

Trailer – click link below

GUSTAV – Directed by Ken Williams & Denis Fitzpatrick A man wakes up with a strange tune in his head. But what is it? And how did it get there?

Trailer – click link below

THE KING – Directed by Daniel Cooper A 17th Century King lost in a foreign village flees a mob that has mistaken him for a madman. Armed and panicked, he breaks into a cathedral and holds a priest hostage, forcing him to transcribe his death note while they wait for the cavalry to arrive.

ACORN – Directed by Kevin de la Isla O’Neill Busy-body mother Maureen battles Principal Finan during a parent-teacher meeting concerning her son Greg & his unusual behaviour during the school’s nativity play rehearsals.

Trailer – click link below

BURDEN – Directed by Johnny Cullen A young celtic warrior carries her father to safety until she encounters an old enemy.

Trailer – click link below

“AN MHALLACHT” – Directed by Cóilín Ó Scolaí The Mayo Football Team are once again in the GAA All Ireland Final: Dr Donal Green has his loyalties tested when he discovers that one of his comatose patients is the last living player from the infamous cursed Mayo team of 1951.

Trailer – click link below

SAVING SANTA – Directed by Keith O’Grady A little girl by the name of Ruby Fair, is still dealing with her mother’s death when she comes across a seemingly destitute man in the street.

Trailer – click link below

Check out our listing on

Culture Fox – –

First cert in Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve 14 Completed.

After an intense three day course on DaVinci Resolve, delivered by Telegael’s colourist Scott E Smith, I have successfully passed the assessment. Just need to test drive the new colour-correction skills on a few projects over the summer.


Image  —  Posted: May 9, 2018 in Film, live Event
Tags: ,

Philip Coffey in ‘Forget Me Not’

The premiere screening of the student short film, “Forget Me Not’, starring Philip Coffey, screened last night at the Millennium Theatre, LIT.

Under the guidance of well known Irish Film Director, Kevin Liddy (Country, Horse, A Soldier’s Song, The Suffering Kind) the production took place on location in Limerick since September 2017 to April 2018. With each student covering a multiple of roles during the production and post production there was a air of delight on their faces as the film, along with other drama and factual projects screened to friends and family.

Students and Staff of the TV and Film Production course, LCFE, with Irish Film Director, Kevin Liddy,at the screening of their short films and documentary.

LIT and the Creative Broadcast & Film Production Programme were proud to support the project and provided mentorship on post production as well as the screening in the Millennium Theatre.

Look forward to seeing more creative films and documentaries from this group in the near future.

Colin Craker (3rd year Creative Broadcast and Film Production Student) receiving the #richardharrisinternationalfilmfestival award for film excellence.

Big congratulations to 3rd Year Creative Broadcast and Film Production student, Colin Craker, for winning the inaugural ‘Richard Harris International Film Festival Award for Film Excellence’, at the Frame By Frame Student Showcase on April 12th.

His short animation, titled ‘Cobblestones‘, had the audience spellbound with  ‘Bladerunner’ visual influences and all produced using Adobe Photoshop and After Effects, which impressed the RHIFF team of Zeb and Sylvia Moore.

The Frame By Frame Student Showcase, was created and run by the Students and Staff of the Creative Broadcast and Film Production Programme at Limerick Institute of Technology and will return again in 2019 where new talent and display their work to their peers and industry professionals.

It is expected that Colin’s film along with the other productions will be entered into the Richard Harris Film Festival and will screen in October this year.

Zeb Moore (RHIFF), Simon McGuire (Post Production Lecturer) & Sylvia Moore (RHIFF) at the opening reception of the Showcase.

Tuesday April 10th

Director David keating: Film director and screenwriter, His writing includes work for Columbia/Sony Pictures and Jim Sheridan’s script for INTO THE WEST. Director:  THE LAST OF THE HIGH KINGS, (Miramax / IFB) with Jared Leto, Gabriel Byrne and Christina Ricci. WAKE WOOD (Hammer / IFB) with Aidan Gillen, Timothy Spall and Eva Birthistle. CHERRY TREE (MPI / IFB) — with Naomi Battrick, Anna Walton and Sam Hazeldene. CHERRY TREE was selected to open Film4 Frightfest 2015 in London’s Leicester Square, it had its US premiere at Lincoln Plaza in NYC November 2015.

David will be leading an interactive discussion on the role of the film director on a feature film, how to develop communication skills with crew members from distinctly varied disciplines: image, sound, design, production, finance. The language of direction for fiction, use of the Kuleshov effect in montage and narrative, subtext analysis and directing actors for screen. (Millennium Theatre LIT 11:00 – 13:00)

The talk will be followed by an intensive workshop (numbers limited) with collaboration from The Limerick School of Acting on directing actors for the screen. (Aula Maxima, LIT 14:00 – 16:00)


Wednesday April 11th

4 Corner Debate  – Piracy

“Piracy is threatening the livelihoods of thousands of people who work in

the movie and TV industry”. Lead by Creative Broacast & Film Production

year 1 students. Come along & have your say. (Millennium Theatre LIT 13:00 – 14:00)

Marie-Therese Garvey – Documentary Production

Marie-Therese is an award-winning documentary film producer and founder of creative production company, Greater Than Ten Miles. (Atlantic (2016), narrated by Brendan Gleeson). In her talk she will explore the art of storytelling through mixed visual documentary modes, research skills in production, and documentary finance.  (Millennium Theatre LIT 14:00 – 16:00)


Thursday April 12th

Scott Smith – The Final Edit

Scott has over 25 years of experience as an online editor, and 15 as colourist. He’s worked on hundreds of programmes, promos, and TVCs for major studios and broadcasters in the United States and Europe, including: Warner Bros, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, MGM, Disney, Castle Rock, FX, TNT, NBC, HBO, E! Entertainment, BBC, ITV, Channel 5, ZDF, S4C, UKTV, RTE, TV3, TG4, and UTV. He listens to his clients, and can take a project from script to finished broadcast programme. His primary tools are DaVinci Resolve, Avid Symphony, and Autodesk Smoke. (Millennium Theatre LIT 11:00 – 13:00)

The talk will be followed by an workshop on Da Vinci Resolve (Block 15C01 LIT 14:00 – 16:00)

Showcase Screening & Exhibition

Exhibition: Millennium Theatre Foyer LIT 11:00 – 21:30

Reception: Millennium Theatre Foyer LIT 18:00 – 19:00 – All Welcome.

Screening: Festival Screening overview with Zeb Moore – Richard Harris International Film Festival followed by student film & animation screenings + Inaugural “Richard Harris Award for Excellence in Film” presentation.

Millennium Theatre LIT 19:00 – 22:00

For more information contact:

Following on from yesterday’s ‘first look’ trailer release, we were delighted to have episode director of Nightflyers; Maggie Kiley, to give a talk to the Creative Broadcast & Film Production and Music Technology students at the Millennium Theatre this lunchtime.

Giving her unique insight to film making, Maggie answered numerous questions from students and staff about her experience and previous award winning projects, not to mention her time on Nightflyers (without giving away any secrets).