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The Story of Limerick’s Cinemas

Following the first documentary Kemmy (2017) (on the late Limerick Politician Jim Kemmy), comes David Burns’ second factual feature, ‘The Picture House‘. This hour long film documentary tells the story of the glory days of Limerick’s one-screen cinemas until their demise in the late 1980s.

We see how the cinema screen was, and is, the biggest cultural outlet for Limerick people, and look at the various venues that thrived in and around the City Centre. We get the idea of how most theatres mainly screened films but also mounted variety shows, concerts, operas, plays, and talent shows.

The documentary has three main threads:

• The main cinemas, the films, shows and their market. How the venues came and went.

• The people who worked in the cinemas, from manager to page boy. Their struggle for a proper wage.

• The cinema-going public and their stories.The attitudes of the authorities – mainly the Church.

At its height in the sixties, Limerick had seven or eight cinemas of various standards, and the documentary looks at them with regard to their history, and their impact on Limerick’s cultural social and economic life.  We see the slow demise of the city centre cinemas due to neglect, competition from television and VHS, and the rise of the profitable suburban multiplex.

The documentary uses a presenter to tour the main cinemas.  At each venue, we get a potted history of the cinema, together with photographs and adverts from the Leader, background material –reminiscences from the staff who worked there, stories about the behaviour of the clientele, the kind of films that were shown together with film posters and snatches of music, the controversies which arose, and reminiscences from patrons.

The Picture House seeks to give an overarching flavour of the history of Cinema from the first cinema in La Ciotat in 1899, the advent of talking pictures, colour, the evolution of digital cinema and the return of the city centre cinema in the 21stCentury.

Simon was on board as Editor again and screening will take place in April 2019.

See the Teaser Trailer below.

 

 

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(As Per RTÉ’s Website)

RTÉ and Northern Ireland Screen have announced that they are seeking submissions from writers and producers to develop new original online dramas for the new season of Storyland. Under the Storyland banner, RTÉ and NI Screen give emerging Irish creative talent an opportunity to make original Irish dramas available to a national and global audience on RTÉ Player.

We are seeking to commission six scripts and work closely with their script writers and producers on the development of these scripts. Writers from the worlds of television, film, theatre, literature, documentary and journalism are being sought, whether or not they have written for television or film before. Directors will then be contracted once the scripts have been further developed and are ready for final development and pre-production.

This year Storyland will develop six projects of up to twenty minutes duration and up to six dramas, each with a budget of €31,500, will be commissioned.

David Crean, Executive Producer for RTÉ Television said “The new series of Storyland will explore dramas focused around a theme of ‘revenge’. One of the key reasons for Storyland is to broaden the reach of who gets to write drama, helping new writers and producers to develop. This year we are looking for original voices with something to say about contemporary Ireland.”

Now in its ninth year, Storyland continues to offer an invaluable platform for Irish writing, directing, producing and acting talent throughout the island of Ireland. Previous Storyland commissions have gone on to be commissioned for RTÉ TV series in comedy and drama, a feature film, won numerous international awards and have generated additional opportunities, both within and outside RTÉ for the writers, directors, producers and actors.

Richard Williams, Northern Ireland Screen CEO, said “Teaming up with RTÉ on Storyland is a perfect partnership for us, allowing us to support the development of, and invest in, a new generation of talent. We can’t wait to see what great stories and new voices will be discovered through the scheme this year.”

Information on requirements and conditions can be seen on the FAQ section on the RTÉ website HERE

or for Directors who wish to send expressions of interest, email to storyland2019@rte.ie

The newly announcement of the rebranding of Screen training Ireland to Screen Skills Ireland, have also released an information site for budding film-makers, students and anyone considering a career in the creative screen sector.

According to their website:

Careers in Screen is a dedicated space that outlines the broad range of job roles available in the screen industry in Ireland and directs you to the most appropriate routes to the roles. The content has been developed by Screen Skills Ireland in consultation with screen industry professionals. It is available to help guide you if you are thinking about a career in the screen sector.

If you are interested in getting some information on your chosen career path then this site aims to give you the initial guide on what maybe required for each position. Click on the image above for the link or HERE

If you are looking for a third level programme in the Broadcast and Film sector then click on the image below for the ‘Creative Broadcast and Film Production‘ Programme which is now at LSAD, LIT.

Students and Staff of the Creative Technologies programmes listening to the announcement of their move to LSAD

Students of the Creative Broadcast and Film Production programme along with the Music Technology Production Programme we’re addressed to by the Dean of the Limerick School of Art & Design; Mike Fitzpatrick and the head of the Creative Design department; James Greenslade this week. The students were inform of the move of the two programmes from the Electrical and Electronic Engineering department to the Creative Design School.

This move brings about a more streamlined approach for the programmes as well as a whole range of new opportunities for current and future students. Opening new industry links and collaborations with Creative Design students at the Clare Street and Clonmel campuses.

This is initially a governance change and the students will be remaining at the current premises at Moylish for the foreseeable future however the graduation ceremonies from 2019 onwards will take place at the gallery space in LSAD on Clare Street.

This new era is the beginning of an exciting future for the Creative Technologies programmes.

LIMERICK OPEN DAYS 2018

Limerick Institute of Technology Autumn Open Days 2018 will take place at the Moylish and Clare Street, Limerick campuses on Thursday 18th October and Friday 19th October from 9.30am – 2.00pm.

When you’re thinking about what college to choose, it can be a daunting process – there are so many factors to consider, from course choice and location to accommodation costs. As a student in LIT, you will enjoy a fun and rewarding college journey.

LIT is among the most vibrant and connected institutions in Ireland. Each of our campuses is a community of learners, where you can get to know your classmates and lecturers in a relaxed and positive environment. We deliver over 120 courses to students through our 5 campuses in Limerick, Thurles and Clonmel, along with our Education Centre in Ennis.

So, come along to our Open Days and learn more! These days are an ideal opportunity for you to sample our wonderful facilities first-hand and gain further information on the wide variety of courses available at LIT. Each day, you can meet with representatives from our Academic Faculties and Departments, meet current LIT students and avail of presentations and campus tours.

At Moylish campus, an introductory presentation will commence every 30 minutes from 9.30am; the last presentation will commence at 1.00pm.

Students that have a specific interest in Art and Design programmes should visit our Clare Street campus where specific information on our Art & Design programmes will be available. Talks pertaining to the Art and Design programmes will take place at the Clare Street campus. Specialist Art and Design talks will run throughout the day at LSAD, Clare Street, along with tours of studio spaces and other facilities.

NOTE: To ensure that all students get equal access to lecturers and facilities, we have to enforce hourly limits on the numbers we can facilitate on campus.  As a result, Open Day bookings (for school groups) are allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis so it is advisable to contact our Schools Liaison team without delay should you wish to attend on either day.

For bookings, contact Ann McBride at 0504 28021 or email: schools@lit.ie.

(As per RHIFF Facebook)

RHIFF launching in Fade Street Social by Dylan McGrath on Tuesday and in The George Hotel Limerick on Friday 5th at 6.30pm. More info coming to your inbox and messenger on the Limerick Launch later today.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at both these events!

This time 4 weeks we will be heading into our Live Script Read, followed by the Richard Harris Retrospective Screening and then…. The Awards Show and Gala Afterparty.

Simon McGuire is currently working on editing and compiling a wonderful awards show while the RHIFF Team Sylvia, Zeb Moore & Rob Gill and Clown Noir are putting together pre show entertainment that will knock your socks off.. in Millennium Theatre

Our opening act will be….. you’re just doing to have to wait for the big reveals on Tuesday and Friday!

This week sees the arrival of the new first years to the Creative Broadcast & Film Production programme at Limerick Institute of Technology.

With the return of all the other students on Sept 10th, this year will see a huge increase in numbers. We look forward to greeting everyone and working with students on multiple academic and creative events such as the Richard Harris International Film Festival in October, the LIT Music Festival and the Student Showcase in spring 2019.

For future students thinking of joining the programme in 2019 then watch this space for info on forthcoming open days at LIT and other Creative Technology Events.

 

Limerick Post 4th August 2018

 

Screen Training Ireland are delighted to partner with High Res in association with disguise to host the first ‘D3 Fundamental & Advanced Training Course’ in Ireland, which will take place in Dublin at the end of July.  The course will be led by Chris Simcock, an official D3 disguise trainer, who has tailored this course to suit the demands of the current film & television industry.

D3 is a state of the art media server. It is one of the first servers to have the capability to output 10 bit processing depth and is quickly becoming the primary media server platform for live and broadcast environments. The D3’s cutting edge technology can manage and synchronise a variety of different output sources, from LED screens, to projection systems, as well as tracking realtime data from systems like scenery motion control, making it a powerful collaborative tool in helping creative production teams realise their vision.

The course will run over 3 days from Tuesday 24th to Thursday the 26th of July 2018.

Image: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the 3D wall on the set of NIGHTFLYERS.

(Post as per Screen Training Ireland link. HERE )

Celebrating its 30th year the Galway Film Fleadh for 2018 promises to be jammed packed of features and shorts. As well as this there are special guests including; Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe of Element Pictures, and actresses Marisa Tomei, and Vanessa Redgrave.

For the full programme in PDF format click the picture of the cover below.