Archive for the ‘post-production’ Category

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.

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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

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.

Editing Timeline of the Awards show (Adobe Premiere)

Was delighted to have worked once again on the creation the the awards show for the Richard Harris International Film Festival 2020. As the festival couldn’t go ahead last Oct for obvious reasons the task to ensure the awards show still went on was made.

Congratulations to all the filmmakers who were nominated as well as the final winners.

The show went live on YouTube on Friday 30th April and a link can viewed below.

Blackmagic Deaign have finally released Resolve 17 from Beta testing to a full final release.

Blackmagic has also published a new 350 pages guide that focuses on the new features and improvements of the software. The guide is very informative and MUST for new (and advanced) users. Download it below

New features Guide

Also to note there is still an option to purchase the studio version with a free Speed Editor from select resellers. I purchased my Studio and Speed Editor from the team at Camerakit.ie (d+p products) you can check their website below as well as Blackmagic Designs page on Resolve 17

Blackmagic Design website

D+P Products

Back due to popular demand and for one night only on Sat 20th Feb is The Wellness Hour with Paaah & Sile Show! Tickets are now available on http://patshortt.com! Many thanks to the @DeptCulturelRL for their support for this production.

I was delighted to be the camera operator and editor on this exciting and very funny production with Pat and his daughter Faye Shortt. This is well worth a watch.

Pat Shortt the renowned Irish comedian brings his number one comedy show podcast”The Wellness Hour with Paaaah ” to the screens! Now co-starring reporter Sile, Faye Shortt, this is pure family entertainment at it’s best.

When the show’s about to start, the link to join will appear on your ticket, or you can access the stream link that we’ll email you on the day.

The Short Comedy Theatre Company Ltd.

This is an 18+ event.

Tickets available HERE

Pat Shortt the renowned Irish comedian brings his number one comedy show podcast”The Wellness Hour with Paaaah ” to the screens! Now co-starring reporter Sile, Faye Shortt, this is pure family entertainment at it’s best.

The Short Comedy Theatre Company Ltd.

Delighted to be working as Camera Operator and Editor on this special programme for Pat Shortt. Since the launch of his hilarious Podcast, ‘The Wellness Hour with the Paaah’ back in January 2020, work has been carried out on multiple sketches, such as ‘The Waiting Room with dr. Fintan O’Brien’ which featured on RTÉ Does Comic Relief, in June 2020.

Part-funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht Sport and
Media
from the Live Performance Support Scheme, this programme will be available to stream from DICE.FM from December 19th to January 2nd. For tickets click the link or photo above.

This project has been part-funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht Sport and
Media from the Live Performance Support Scheme.
Tá an tionscadal seo páirt-mhaoinithe ag An Roinn Turasóireachta, Cultúir, Oidhreachta, Ealoíon,
Gaeltachta, Spóirt agus Meán ón  Scéim Cúnta maidir le Taibhléiriú Beo.

Pleased to announce the following guest lecture with Aidan Cunningham. Please note that this will take place on Microsoft Teams from 10.30 – 13.00, Friday 4th December. There will be a follow up with the link mid next week. This is open to all LSAD students and staff, present and past.

An article By Fred Ginsburg, CAS, Ph. D.

The first semester of having to teach online is over. It was a unique experience both for faculty as well as students. Some were able to handle it fairly well; we are a profession of technically adept filmmakers, after all.

But with the high probability of the Fall 2020 semester also being primarily online, and maybe even the following Spring 2021 (depends on when we see pharmacologic solutions), many students are having second thoughts about continuing their education. They are thinking, “Is it worth it? Maybe this is the time to take a semester or two off?”

Initially, the thought of taking a long sabbatical makes sense. Learning online is not the most effective means to learn filmmaking. After all, the production of films involves a lot of hands-on and close social activity. Only the act of scriptwriting is a solitary vocation.

However, as much as most of us Production Faculty want to reassure ourselves that the hands-on components of what we teach is state-of-the-art and irreplaceable – the realistic fact is that we only cover the tip of the iceberg.

Most of what we teach involves mindset and understanding the basic principles of our technical crafts (cinematography, editing, audio, etc.). It is not so much about the specific equipment, but what to do with said equipment in order to communicate.

This semester made me realize that most of what I had to share with my students was an understanding of how and why we do what we do on the set. I recalled the first thing that I concluded after leaving college with a freshly printed diploma and transcript. Working with seasoned professionals in Hollywood taught me more (technically) in several weeks than I had learned over four years on campus! The equipment and technology were way beyond the amateur levels provided by our film department.

However, my overall understanding of aesthetics and production flow was equal, if not sometimes superior to that of the veteran crew around me. So, my education was successful in terms of teaching me the big picture. I knew the principles of lighting, just not the nicknames of all the Mole-Richardson lights nor how to thread up a 35mm ARRI. I understood what was necessary to record on set, just not how to operate the fancy mixing panels and other gear.

The point that I am making is that most of what you will ultimately derive from a college degree in film/video/media does not rely solely on hands-on experience. It comes from learning the underlying thought processes, goals, and mindset of a professional. It goes hand in hand with learning the fundamental concepts of filmmaking, including the aesthetics, art, and business aspects.

It is about being pointed in the right direction, so that you know what you need to continue mastering on your own. What instructional videos to watch on the internet, what software is essential, and the industry standards. Seminars and workshops sponsored by guilds and manufacturers. User groups.

Practical Considerations Against Postponing College

By continuing to attend online, you keep your mind sharp and progress through your degree program. Sure, you will miss out a lot of the hands-on experience, but as I have learned in my many years of life on this planet: most of the hands-on training that you get at the majority of even the elite film programs does not equate to the levels that we operate at in the industry.

Your degree in film is not respected for what a college may or may not prepare you for in terms of hardware proficiency. That is a skillset that you can rapidly acquire with but a few weeks of workshops and seminars. On your own, or through post-curricular events sponsored by your college department.

For example, the department in which I teach has had numerous discussions regarding conducting special sessions as soon as it is deemed safe to do so, with many instructors even volunteering their own time and resources to make these happen. (When you leave Hollywood in order to teach, it certainly is not for the money!)

As a student, keep in mind that many of your classes are outside of the production realm. Writers learn much from understanding psychology, sociology, and history. Producers and freelancers should master accounting, contract law,  and other business-related subjects.

If you do decide to take time off, what do you plan on doing with it?

Internships, during a pandemic, are scarce – and rarely involve any hands-on due to social distancing.

Earn money while you are no longer in college? Doing what? The economy is barely hiring right now, unless you want to be a delivery driver. Retail establishments are more concerned about hiring back some of the people that they had to lay off. There is no great rush to bring in a bunch of high school grads (who did not complete college yet) and offer them enticing positions.

But let’s pretend that money is not the issue. You could travel the world and experience a diversity of cultures. Or maybe not, on account of this virus thing.

Having spent six months or a year sitting around in a mask and bored like hell – you decide that you are ready to return to campus…

Although the colleges may be eager for you to re-enroll, they cannot guarantee your spot in the film program. Your original “class” of film students has progressed in their academic hierarchy and are now in the more advanced courses of the curriculum. You can no longer team up with your old friends on projects.

You now have to compete, not only with all of the new students entering (or progressing) in your program, but also with all of the returning “time off-ers”.

COVID-19 has forced budget cuts at all of the colleges. Courses may not have been cut, but it is unlikely that the number of courses/sections will be increased. Departments have limited production equipment, edit bays, computer labs, screening rooms, soundstages, control rooms, large classrooms, and other physical facilities.

So even if the academic administrators approved opening up additional sections of some courses and were willing to pay the instructors, there still may not be enough resources to support that many new students in the program.

Learn what you can, while you can

Going back to college after months away can be particularly challenging from a mental standpoint. Think about how hard it is to get back into an academic routine after just a summer break!

It will be even harder after a semester or two away!

And the film industry will not welcome you without a college degree. But they will not be as concerned about your lack of hands-on set experience compared to what they may think of your lack of a focused college degree in the field.

Trust me. Once things settle down in terms of the virus, there will be lots of opportunities to get up to speed with the latest gadgets. Even with 40 years professional experience and a holder of three degrees in filmmaking (B.A., M.A., Ph.D. ), I still have to strive to keep up with all of the technological advancements raining down on our industry every year. Workshops and seminars abound.

But that decision to postpone the completion of your college degree could cost you dearly. A year of “life experience” will not equate too much in the way of practical experience. But it could easily cost you your spot in an elite film program.

Is it really worth losing a year, just because you may not get as much hands-on production experience as you will in the first few weeks after you graduate?

Fred Ginsburg, CAS, Ph.D., is a highly experienced and award winning professional sound mixer whose decades of work includes features, episodic TV series, national TV commercials, corporate, and government. He is a member of the Cinema Audio Society and the University Film & Video Association. Fred holds doctorate, graduate, and undergraduate degrees in filmmaking; has published more than 200 technical articles along with a textbook, instruction manuals, and hosts an educational website. Fred instructs location recording and post-production sound at Calif State University Northridge

On the back of this very well composed article and if you are trying to decide on the Change of Mind CAO option, then please check out the Creative Technologies Programmes at LSAD.

Creative Broadcast & Film Production

Music Technology & Production