Archive for the ‘Editing’ Category

Beginning in mid January, a new In-House Production Unit, Film CEL, (Film Craftsmanship Excellence and Learning) will launch. This new addition to the Creative Broadcast and Film Production programme at LSAD, will provide a Media Work Practice structure around craftsmanship of content creation.

Through Film CEL students will have a structure of practice under the guidance and mentorship of a Coordinator. This

production section will be run jointly between academic staff and students with goals to provide professional film/broadcast and

video production content for LSAD/TUS content channels and where appropriate, Internal & external industry companies and

local Community Social, Arts and Cultural organisations on a not-for profit basis. Students working on an IPU production will be

managed by the coordinator, who would also work on and oversee productions. The aim of this IPU is to promote professional

craftsmanship culture within the discipline with the students while also providing opportunities for work placement with

professionals and discipline aligned organisations. Both work practice and skills will need to be demonstrated while meeting

learning outcomes for various production and post-production roles across a variety of forms and media, where appropriate.

In the coming weeks and months there will be updates on the progress as well as any news and events covered by the team.

Film CEL can be found on Instagram (lsad_filmcel) and Twitter @FILM_CEL

More Soon.

Check out below what’s new in Avid Media Composer 2022.12 which now includes a direct export to Protools…. It only took 30+ years.

The team members receiving the award at Croke Park

The RSA Leading Lights Awards show took place at Croke Park on December 13th where the Moyross Youth Academy and other stakeholders won the Education Primary Award.

Education Primary – Moyross Youth Academy, Limerick 

The project aimed to raise awareness of the dangers and risks associated with the misuse of scrambler bikes and quads in urban areas. During Covid-19, the area had seen an increase in this activity with very limited opportunities to address the issue with the then ongoing restrictions. The idea of a road safety awareness documentary scrambler edition evolved from group discussions with interested parties including Limerick City and County Council, An Garda Síochána, National Ambulance Service, TUS and others. 

The project in May 2021 involved the launch of a road safety campaign in the community with the staging of a road crash involving a scrambler and a car, along with the emergency response. This event was witnessed by 6th class students from Corpus Christi School. It was followed by a discussion on road safety between the students, Advanced Paramedic Keith Mullane, and Sergeant Tony Miniter from Limerick Roads Policing Unit. This was then followed by a launch of the new documentary on the issue, ‘Keeping It On Track’ which was shown locally and is available on Facebook.

The documentary was filmed and directed by Simon McGuire with the voice over by Vera Knowles. It can be viewed again on the link below:

Simon filming the Project Off-Road re-enactment scene with the members of the Gardai and Ambulance Service.

LSAD is delighted to bring back the student magazine programme, Word On The Street, for a new series coming later in the Autumn.

The popular programme, now in its sixth series, is produced by the students and staff of the Creative Broadcast & Film Production course at LSAD and this year will fall under the in-house production unit Film CEL (Film Craftsmanship, Excellence & Learning).

For more info please email the team at FilmCEL@lit.ie

The new issue of ‘ASSEMBLED‘ is now available to read online or download from the Irish Screen Editors Guild website.

I am delighted to feature in the issue, where I talk about my work with budding students at the Limerick School of Art and Design (TUS). Special thanks to fellow editor and ISE member Jenny Russell for the story. If you want to read the article and browse the other featured stories click on the cover page image above or on the link HERE.

With the 3-in-a-row win by Limerick today, a special homecoming has been arranged to welcome the Limerick Team, management and support room staff at the TUS Gaelic Grounds on Monday evening.

Tickets can be purchased from ticketmaster HERE. It’s a free event (€2 handling charge) but is ticketed. All details can be found on the link.

Images and video clips were edited this week for the event, which will be featured on the big screen on the night and promises to be an evening to remember for all Limerick Supporters.

Simon editing the content for the Limerick GAA Team Homecoming

This summer I can recommend three must reads for every editor both new to the cutting game as well as the rest of us.

‘ A long time ago in a cutting room far, far away…’ by Paul Hirsh

“A Long Time Ago in a Cutting Room Far, Far Away is a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most influential films of the last 50 years by Paul Hirsch, the film editor who worked on Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and more than 40 other features. Starting with his work on Carrie, Hirsch gives insight into the production process, touching upon casting, directing, cutting and scoring. It’s a riveting look at the decisions that went into creating memorable and iconic scenes and offers fascinating portraits of filmmakers, stars and composers. Part film-school primer, part paean to legendary directors and professionals, the funny yet insightful writing will entertain and inform aficionados and casual moviegoers alike.” (Amazon description)

“Making the Cut at Pixar” by Bill Kinder and Bobbie O’Steen

“Join industry insiders Bill Kinder and Bobbie O’Steen as they guide readers on a journey through every stage of production on an animated film, from storyboards to virtual cameras and final animation.

With unprecedented access to the Pixar edit suite, this authoritative project highlights the central role film editors play in some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful movies of all time. Exclusive interviews with animation editors and other creative leads are supported by footage from deep inside Pixar’s vault. Nearly 90 minutes of video segments include never-before-seen works in progress, deleted scenes, and demonstrations to shed light on how these beloved stories are crafted. The challenges and essential contributions of editors in animation have never been examined in such depth and detail.

In addition to exploring method and craft, this book provides important context for the editor in film history, the evolution of technology, and Pixar’s uniquely collaborative studio culture. A must-read for students of digital filmmaking methods, filmmakers in all aspects of production, and fans of Pixar movies, this uniquely educational, historical, and entertaining book sheds light on how beloved stories are crafted from the perspective of crucial members of the filmmaking team. (Amazon description)

‘Art of the Cut’ by Steve Hullfish

“Art of the Cut provides an unprecedented look at the art and technique of contemporary film and television editing. It is a fascinating “virtual roundtable discussion” with more than 50 of the top editors from around the globe. Included in the discussion are the winners of more than a dozen Oscars for Best Editing and the nominees of more than forty, plus numerous Emmy winners and nominees. Together they have over a thousand years of editing experience and have edited more than a thousand movies and TV shows.

Hullfish carefully curated over a hundred hours of interviews, organizing them into topics critical to editors everywhere, generating an extended conversation among colleagues. The discussions provide a broad spectrum of opinions that illustrate both similarities and differences in techniques and artistic approaches. Topics include rhythm, pacing, structure, storytelling and collaboration.

Interviewees include Margaret Sixel (Mad Max: Fury Road), Tom Cross (Whiplash, La La Land), Pietro Scalia (The Martian, JFK), Stephen Mirrione (The Revenant), Ann Coates (Lawrence of Arabia, Murder on the Orient Express), Joe Walker (12 Years a Slave, Sicario), Kelley Dixon (Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead), and many more.” (Amazon description)

Warts and All Poster

With Post Production completed by Simon at ‘Craft- Post House‘, it has been announced that the Directorial Debut for Pat Shortt on the Avenue Productions Short Film, ‘Warts and All’ will premiere at this years Galway Film Fleadh, on Wednesday 6th July at the Town Hall Theatre.

The short film is Produced by Lee Crowley, Directed by Pat Shortt and starring Michelle Lehane and Danny McCafferty

Pat Shortt with the cast and crew at the wrap of Warts and All

Aron, a single thirty-something, attempts to navigate falling in love, while trying to hide his insecurities. He wrestles with his longing to fit in and being true to himself, unsure whether the real him is too much for anyone to love.

Warts and All trailer

The film is also written by Michelle Lehane and was filmed on location in Co.Galway, in February 2022. Avenue Productions are behind the short and have previous success with films such as,

  • 2021 Give Him Time (Drama)
  • 2020 Tyre Kickers (Drama)
  • 2019 Old Firm Day (Drama)

The full line up at this years Galway Film Fleadh can be found HERE or clicking the logo below.

Galway Film Fleadh
Avenue Productions (Click for info)
Craft Post House (Click For Info)
‘Give Him Time’ poster

Had the pleasure recently of cutting the teaser trailer for the Avenue Productions‘ short film, Give Him Time, starring Faye Shortt and Pat Shortt.

The short screened at the 2022 Fastnet Film Festival. as part of programme 8, details a story about a father and daughter’s struggle to communicate after a local scandal, until a timely reminder gets them back on track.

Check out the trailer below.

‘Give Him Time’ – Teaser Trailer
Faye Shortt and Pat Shortt in ‘Give Him Time’

Avenue Productions is an award-winning Irish based film and television production company that collaborates with award-winning writers, directors, and leading international producers. It was established to develop and produce short, feature-length, and television drama with an Irish and International focus.

To celebrate 30 years of the Limerick School of Acting, Film CEL (Film Craftsmanship Excellence and Learning) at LSAD, TUS, have produced a short doc highlighting the school and its director, Actor Nigel Mercier.

Filmed over a number of days with the schools students the documentary features stories about how Nigel started the school and what he enjoys about it each year.

Filming was completed by both students and staff of the Creative Broadcast and Film Production programme at LSAD with the post production taking place at CRAFT Post House.

Congratulations to Nigel and all the staff and students of the Limerick School of Acting and all the best for the next 30 years.

The documentary can be viewed below.