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A community response to a community issue.

The Garda Youth Diversion Project at Moyross Youth Academy in partnership with the Lifesaver Project and supported by the National Ambulance Service, Roads Policing, LIT and others have launched the ‚ÄúProject Off-Road‚ÄĚ on Wednesday the 19th May 2021 at Corpus Christi School in Moyross, Limerick City. Project Off-Road is a community response to a growing problem with young men and women who are driving quad bikes and scramblers and other motorized vehicles on roads, paths and across the greens in urban areas. This community based project is aimed at moving these young people away from this dangerous, nuisance and illegal behaviors and onto the track, classroom and workshop with a safe and controlled environment where they can learn about the mechanics of motorcycles and how to drive them properly. The Moyross Youth Academy has partnered with The Lifesaver Project, a road safety education program which has been running in Limerick since 2006. The Lifesaver Project is run by An Garda S√≠och√°na and the HSE and supported by Limerick City and County Council. Sgt. Tony Miniter from the Roads Policing Unit in Henry Street said that: ‚Äúthis has been a growing problem in this community and across the country over the past year or more. All too often we see young people driving quad bikes and scramblers across green areas putting themselves and others in danger. This is a fantastic project which is being run by the Garda Project in Moyross Youth Academy which encourages young people to do something they love but in a controlled and safe environment.‚ÄĚ Advanced Paramedic Keith Mullane who is the Operations Officer for the HSE in Limerick said ‚ÄúThis is a great opportunity for young people to engage with staff from the Moyross Youth Academy who can show them how to use a motorcycle in a safe way, using the proper equipment and follow what they love doing.‚ÄĚ    

The event on the 19th May 2021 involved the recreation of a serious road traffic collision involving a car and a scrambler motorcycle. Garda√≠ and Ambulance staff will attend the scene and treat it as they would a similar collision. The event was witnessed by 6thclass students from Corpus Christi School. It was be followed by a discussion on road safety between the students, Advanced Paramedic Keith Mullane and Sgt. Tony Miniter Limerick Roads Policing Unit and then was followed by a launch of the new documentary on the issue. 

Andrew O‚ÄôByrne of the Moyross Garda Youth Diversion Project stated: ‚Äúduring lockdown in 2020, with quieter roads and finer weather we saw an increase in the number of bikes and quads in the area. This prompted us to review our efforts in order to address this. Meeting with a group of like-minded people and agencies, the idea of a road safety awareness campaign was suggested around the proper use of scramblers. The documentary ‚ÄėKeeping it on Track‚Äô was planned, filmed, edited and is being launched here today. Many thanks to all those involved who gave so freely and willingly of their time to bring the project to fruition‚ÄĚ. The list of those involved is included in the end credit sequence. Tiernan O‚ÄôNeill, Principal of Corpus Christi Primary School welcoming the launch at the school as we head into the Summer said ‚Äúthe timing of this launch ties in nicely with the Governments Forum on Anti-Social Behaviour who are looking at a three pillared approach of legislation, enforcement and community engagement in trying to address the issue. The motocross project seeks to promote the positive use of bikes and quads in a safe, controlled, regulated and fun way with proper instruction, appropriate safety gear and in a place that eliminates the nuisance, dangerous and illegal elements. The aim is to turn an ‚Äėanti-social‚Äô problem to a ‚Äėpro-social‚Äô programme in what could be a win:win situation for all concerned‚ÄĚ.

You can view the documentary ‘Keeping It On Track’ below. This was produced by Simon with the help of the participants and local community.

Short video highlighting Limerick locations lit up in Green for St Patrick’s Day 2021

  • ENGINE Shorts is a short film development and production scheme for¬†emerging film talent in Limerick, Tipperary and Clare.

A fantastic new opportunity has been created for the film makers of the Mid-West of Ireland. Created by by Innovate Limerick via Film in Limerick, and in partnership with the Local Authorities in Tipperary, Limerick and Clare, and the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, this new scheme aims to open new doors for film makers, writers, directors and other craftspeople alike.

The new scheme aims to inspire and support up-and-coming filmmakers to create world-class short films that resonate with a wide international audience.

It will also offer the opportunity for emerging local crew to gain real-world experience on funded productions and to receive industry guidance. Shortlisted teams can avail of training to develop their project ideas and up to six teams will be awarded production funding of ‚ā¨12,500 each to produce a short film.

The deadline for applications has been set for January 29th 2021, giving plenty of time for ideas to be formed and prepared for.

If the task of writing or directing isn’t your bag, then the team at Engine Short Film Scheme are also creating a crew call out for both new and experience crew who would like to submit their names for possible selection on the commissioned films.

For full details and the link for the application click HERE or on the Engine Short Film Scheme Image above.

More info soon as it becomes available.


Blackmagic Design announced a number of updates to their flagship software package DaVinci Resolve, including additional features to the Colour, Fairlight, Edit and Cut sections. But the additional Hardware announcements have really excited editors. Commenting on the introduction of their keyboard from last year, Blackmagic have teased a new interface in the ‘Speed Editor’.

This is Blackmagic’s answer to Contour Design’s Shuttle Pro or the now aging Avid’s Transport controllers, and from the outset this looks to have a similar retro key design as their Keyboard. This controller is different to the keyboard in that it doesn’t have the traditional QWERTY keyboard layout.

Edit Keyboards

Edit Keyboards

Next Generation Editing

The DaVinci Resolve keyboards have been designed in conjunction with the cut page to make editing dramatically faster. You get physical controls that you can feel in your hands, making the experience much better than software only editing. Unlike a mouse, the machined metal search dial with soft rubber coating allows very accurate search and positioning of the timeline. It feels just like holding the timeline in your hand! Trim keys allow the search dial to be used for live trimming, which is faster because the search dial is larger and more accurate. Editing and trimming with the search dial is a whole new way to work! All of this means DaVinci Resolve is the next generation of editing!


Two Models

DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor

DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor

The DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor features a¬†machined metal search dial in a¬†design that includes only the specific keys needed for editing. It¬†also has Bluetooth with internal battery for connecting wirelessly, or you can connect via USB-C. That means it’s more portable than a¬†full sized¬†keyboard!

DaVinci Resolve Editor Keyboard

The DaVinci Resolve Editor Keyboard is a¬†full sized traditional QWERTY edit keyboard in a¬†premium, all metal design. Featuring a¬†machined metal search dial with clutch, it also includes extra edit, trim and timecode entry keys. It’s even designed to install via a¬†desk cut-out for flush¬†mounting!

DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor

DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor

Search Dial Control

The DaVinci Resolve keyboards allow a¬†better quality editing experience because they create a¬†physical connection to the edit that‚Äôs deeper than a¬†simple computer mouse. The¬†search dial is a¬†machined metal design so it has a¬†weighted feel and it can be spun fast to move up and down the timeline quickly. However the search dial is more than this because it can be used for live trimming! Simply press one of the trim buttons and the search dial will transform into a¬†large adjustment knob for real time, precise trimming! Once you’ve experienced trimming with the search dial, it’s virtually impossible to go back to¬†a¬†mouse!

Dial Control

Transport Control

Hardware control panels are perfect for fast playback control! Instantly start and stop playback using the “space bar” style button that’s positioned so it can be pressed with your thumb! The¬†shuttle, jog and scroll buttons change the functionof the search dial, so you can edit fast and¬†accurately.

Transport Control

Source Tape for Scrolling Clips

Traditional edit software uses thousands of clips to organize your media, so you need to constantly click and drag clips to edit. That‚Äôs too slow for work such as TVCs, news, promos and training videos. However old tape based linear editing had the advantage of all media being played from a¬†videotape, so you could simply fast forward and rewind to see all your shots! Now¬†the cut page has a¬†modern version of the videotape and it‚Äôs called the “source tape”. Simply push the source button and use the search dial to scroll through all your media! Plus, the current clip is highlighted live in the bin! After the edit the viewer will stay in the source tape so you can move to the next shot¬†faster.

Source Tape for Scrolling Clips

All clips are placed end to end in the viewer

Fast In and Out Points

Entering in and out points is the most used function in editing, so the speed editor keyboard includes large in and out point buttons that you can easily locate by feel. That‚Äôs perfect for two handed editing where you’re using your right hand for transport control and your left hand is placing in and out points and performing edits. You¬†can simply scroll along with the search dial and place in and out points anywhere you want! Once the in and out points are set, just reach your fingers up to the edit function buttons to perform the edit. The¬†in and out points can also be used to focus the source tape. Then you can change the source tape back to the whole bin by pressing the escape¬†key.

Fast In and Out Points

Press the in and out keys to select any range of clips for the edit.

Intelligent Keyboard Edit Modes

Intelligent Keyboard Edit Modes

Editing with a¬†keyboard is different to editing with a¬†mouse, so the cut page editing functions have been upgraded to take advantage of the speed of a¬†keyboard. The¬†edit functions are intelligent and use the “smart indicator” in the timeline to work out where to insert, so most of the time you don’t need to place in or out points in the timeline to do an edit! They are located just above the in and out keys, so are easy to locate by feel. Plus each time you edit, the cut page won’t waste time switching over to the timeline, allowing you to stay in the source tape and visually browse, placing clips continuously. That’s much faster as you can just keep throwing clips into the¬†timeline!

Smart Insert

Smart insert is similar to the traditional insert edit function, however it’s smarter as it eliminates the need to switch to the timeline and place an in point. All you need to do is select smart insert and it will locate the nearest edit in the timeline and insert the clip in that location!

Smart Insert

Append To End

Append to end is fantastic for building edits fast. Simply select an in and out point on the clip and then append to end will add the clip to the end of the timeline. Append to end is fantastic when adding shots to an edit from content that’s been shot in time order.

Append To End

Ripple Overwrite

Ripple overwrite is a popular edit function and it lets you replace shots extremely quickly. When applied, it will replace the clip in the timeline with the selected clip and if the clip is a different length, it will adjust the space to accommodate the new clip and ripple the timeline duration.

Ripple Overwrite

Close Up

Close up is best for creating two camera angles from the one camera. Simply shoot your subject with a wide or mid shot, and then when close up is applied, it will create a slightly zoomed in version of the same camera shot and place it on top of the timeline.

Close Up

Place On Top

Place on top is similar to traditional edit functions and this edit mode will place the clip on top of the background layer that‚Äôs already in the timeline. If¬†the timeline doesn’t have a¬†layer above the background layer, it will add a¬†new timeline track and then place the clip on¬†top.

Place On Top

Source Overwrite

When shooting with multiple cameras and sync timecode, source overwrite lets you browse shots and add cutaways to your timeline. It¬†automatically matches the clip timecode to the timecode of the timeline and places the clip in sync on the layer above. It’s a¬†simpler alternative to¬†multi‚ÄĎcam!

Source Overwrite
Search Dial Live Trimming

Search Dial Live Trimming

With a¬†large high quality search dial built into the panel, you get an extremely accurate way to trim shots. With the search dial being such a¬†physically large control, it completely transforms how it feels to trim shots. Plus it‚Äôs much faster too! The¬†trim buttons will change the search dial into a¬†trim control and you simply hold the trim buttons and rotate the search dial. This means you can select various trim modes with your left hand while adjusting the trim with your right. It’s extremely fast and the smart indicator in the timeline will let you know which edit you’re trimming. Just move along the timeline and live trim edits. It‚Äôs a¬†whole new way to¬†work!

Trim In

Trim in will adjust the in point of the clip to the right of the transition highlighted in the timeline via the smart indicator. However adjusting trim in on a single clip will reposition the in point on the clip. All adjustments will ripple the timeline duration.

Trim In

Trim Out

Trim out will adjust the out point of the clip to the left of the transition highlighted in the timeline via the smart indicator. However adjusting trim out on a single clip will reposition the out point on the clip. All adjustments will ripple the timeline duration.

Trim Out


Roll is the same function as clicking the transition point to adjust it with the mouse, however it’s frame accurate because it uses the search dial. It¬†works by rolling the transition point up and down. Double pressing will change its function to slide. Plus it doesn’t affect the timeline¬†duration.


Slip Source

Slip source affects the clip to the left of the edit and it will slide the shot up and down within the current clip‚Äôs in and out point positions in the timeline. Because slip source moves the clip within the same duration, it won’t affect the overall timeline¬†duration.

Slip Source

Slip Destination

Slip destination affects the clip to the right of the edit and it will slide the shot up and down within the current clip‚Äôs in and out point positions in the timeline. Because slip destination moves the clip within the same duration, it won’t affect the overall timeline¬†duration.

Slip Destination

Transition Duration

One of the most popular trim controls, transition duration will adjust the duration of an effect on the edit point. When selected, adjusting the search dial will live adjust the duration of the transition. Double pressing the transition duration button will set default transition duration.

Transition Duration

The Faster Way to Add and Remove Effects!

Editing software can be slow at adding transitions to edits because you have to click and drag effects down into the timeline. However, with the DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor, you can just press a button to switch them on and off! It’s really fast as you can scroll down the timeline adding or removing effects! The smart indicator in the timeline will let you know which edit point will be affected, and you can move the timeline to move the edit point in focus. The cut key will remove any effect on an edit point in the timeline. Pressing dissolve adds a dissolve to the edit point using the default duration. Pressing the smooth cut button adds a smooth cut so you can eliminate jump cuts!







Smooth Cut



Function Keys

Function Keys

The DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor eliminates the large QWERTY keyboard for a smaller more portable design, so the function button area includes only the controls you need for editing. Some of the enhanced function keys on the DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor are not even available on the full sized editor keyboard! Plus, some keys have an alternative function where you can press and hold or double press to get a second function using the same key. That means you need less keys for a more portable design, but it still retains a lot of editing power. The keys are in a separate group so you can find the key you need by feel and operate faster than a regular keyboard.

Escape and Undo

The escape key is positioned to the top left so it’s easy to locate, as it‚Äôs the most common key for reversing some functions. A¬†good example is the sync bin and if you select a¬†camera, you can go back to the multiview by selecting this escape key. Plus, if you double press it, it works as¬†undo!

Escape and Undo

Sync Bin

The sync bin is a¬†new style of multi-cam and it allows you to find shots that are sync’d to the current shot in the timeline. That lets you find cutaways using a¬†familiar multiview interface! Then use the camera keys to select an alternative shot, and source overwrite to edit it into the¬†timeline!

Sync Bin

Audio Level and Markers

The audio level key lets you quickly set audio levels of clips by holding the key and adjusting the level using the search dial. That’s a¬†fast way to set audio levels while editing! Double pressing the key lets you add a¬†marker, and double pressing and holding allows you to set the marker¬†color!

Audio Level and Markers

Full Screen Viewer

The full screen button is highlighted red so you can find it quickly and switch to a full screen view of your viewer. That’s great for presenting your edit to clients! Plus if you double press the full view button, it will go into full screen view and play from just before your most recent edit!

Full Screen Viewer

Add Transition

The transition button is similar to the cut and smooth cut buttons, however it will add a¬†custom transition of your choice from a¬†pallet of all the available DaVinci Resolve transitions. If¬†you press and hold the transition button you’ll see the pallet appear allowing selection of the one you¬†want.

Add Transition

Split and Move

The split button will instantly cut the clip in the timeline at the current playback point. If¬†you’re positioned on a¬†split in a¬†clip, then pressing the split button will remove the split. If¬†you press and hold, you can use the search dial to move the current clip up and down the¬†timeline!

Split and Move

Snap and Viewer Size

Pressing snap will turn on snapping in the timeline. Snapping on the speed editor is different, as it‚Äôs not magnetic so it‚Äôs more subtle! It¬†works by momentarily pausing jog at the edit points so it’s nicer to use! Or¬†if you press and hold, the search dial will let you adjust the viewer¬†size.

Snap and Viewer Size

Ripple Delete

Ripple delete removes the current clip at the playback point then ripples the timeline to fill the space left by the deleted clip. This eliminates any blank spaces in the timeline. You¬†can use it with split to remove parts of shots you don’t want. Plus, it will also reduce your timeline¬†duration

Ripple Delete

Sync Bin Multi Camera Selection

The camera number section lets you select the cameras when using the cut page sync bin. Plus, if you press a camera number while turning the search dial, the selected camera will be applied to the timeline in real time as you jog forward. This feature is called live override and on the speed editor panel you can do it momentarily by holding the camera button, or you can latch it on using the live override button. When live override is latched on, the buttons light up and you can select cameras just like a production switcher! You will see a multiview and you can just cut from camera to camera! Plus, this section even has the video only and audio only buttons for greater editing control!

Sync Bin Multi Camera Selection

Both Bluetooth and USB Control

The DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor model includes built in Bluetooth so you can use the keyboard without messy wires, and you can even use it in conjunction with your regular computer keyboard. That’s perfect for using it with a laptop. You can also use the keyboard via USB if required and the USB connection will also charge the internal battery. With Bluetooth and a built in battery, the keyboard is extremely portable!

Both Bluetooth and USB Control


This release is more exciting for editors than their previous QWERTY keyboard they announced last year and it will be interesting to see the completed breakdown of the hardware once Blackmagic update their website. The ability to be wireless and battery operated is a major attraction for the editors on the go as well as in the editors in the suite.


$295 (‚ā¨250 approx)

FREE with a Purchase of DaVinci Resolve Studio. (RESELLERS ONLY NOT ONLINE)

Available in the next few months or Early 2021.

Norman Hollyn – R.I.P

Posted: March 20, 2019 in Uncategorized

“It takes a certain type of person to be comfortable in the field of editing,” Hollyn wrote in the introduction to the book’s fourth edition. “The ability to work long days, long weeks and long months in a small, crowded room with the same small group of people is a necessity. You must be able to concentrate on the tiniest detail and keep working until it is right. Editing can be an obsession ‚ÄĒ good editing almost certainly is.”

Norman Hollyn.

Following on from the success of previous collaborative film scoring programmes, IMRO and the RT√Č Concert Orchestra, in association with The Contemporary Music Centre (CMC) and Screen Training Ireland will bring together some of the very best emerging Irish filmmakers and composers to work on an exciting collaborative project during 2018/2019.

This initiative will provide emerging filmmakers and composers with an invaluable opportunity to enhance their skills through hands-on experience in a vital aspect of film post-production. It is also a rare opportunity to have a score composed and recorded for full orchestra. Each year, films featured in this initiative have gone on to win awards at various national and international film festivals, clearly signalling the impressive creative output of Irish filmmakers and film composers.

The focus of the project is a one day recording session in RT√Č studios in March 2019 with the RT√Č Concert Orchestra recording original scores for short film submissions selected for the initiative. Programme participants will be further supported through mentoring sessions and workshops with leading industry specialists.

We are now seeking applications from interested filmmakers who would like to participate in this programme. Due to the limited number of places available we have set down a number of qualifying criteria for those wishing to take part.


Submitted film projects for the initiative should require original scored music totalling between three and five minutes. Ideally the film should have a maximum duration of 10 ‚Äď 15 minutes and should be close to or have completed picture lock. Once selected, the filmmakers will work with a composer, who has been selected through the process, who will create a full score for the film to be performed and recorded by the RT√Č Concert Orchestra.

All categories of film will be considered e.g. live-action drama, animation, documentary, experimental, etc. Ideally, the film projects submitted should be close to completion on editing. The use of temp tracks or ‚Äúmood music‚ÄĚ where score is required is allowed but not required.

The closing date for submissions for this initiative is 5pm Friday 28th September 2018

Our preference is to receive your submission electronically. Please send a link to your film submission to or alternatively by post to:

IMRO / RT√Č Scoring For Film Program 2018/19

Keith Johnson

Director of Marketing & Membership

Irish Music Rights Organisation

Copyright House

Pembroke Row

Lower Baggot Street

Dublin 2

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The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D. today launched her Department‚Äôs¬†‚ā¨200m Audio-visual Action Plan.¬†The¬†industry-wide, long-term plan,¬†under the Creative Ireland Programme, will support the Government‚Äôs ambition to enable¬†Ireland to become a global hub for the production of Film, TV drama and animation.

The key points in the Plan include:

‚ÄĘ Consider extending Section 481 tax relief, as well as increasing the expenditure ceiling, revising the regulations and extending the relief to Ireland‚Äôs games sector.

‚ÄĘ A review by Screen Ireland of funding models for other countries‚Äô film agencies.

‚ÄĘ Increased capital funding for the film sector including co-production and development funding, a specific fund for the development of films and TV drama, a fund for new Irish TV drama, a regional production fund and additional training of film workers and crew.

‚ÄĘ Increased business skills development, matching of skills with production growth and partnering with third level institutions in skills development.

‚ÄĘ Increased marketing measures including measures to attract major computer games studios to Ireland.

‚ÄĘ A steering group will prioritise measures, oversee implementation and monitor risks, reporting regularly to Minister Madigan.

The Audiovisual Action Plan is underpinned by an Economic Assessment of the Audio-Visual Industry in Ireland carried out by international consultants Olsberg SPI with Nordicity on behalf of the Departments of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Communications, Climate Action and Environment and Business, Enterprise and Innovation. As well as measuring the size and impact of the industry, the consultants identified a range of key strategic recommendations which would assist the future development and growth of the audiovisual sector in Ireland.

The consultants concluded that with the implementation of their policy recommendations, Ireland‚Äôs ‚Äúfilm, television and animation‚ÄĚ sector could in a period of five years, double employment to over 24,000 full-time equivalents and a gross value added of nearly ‚ā¨1.4 billion.

F√≠s √Čireann/Screen Ireland (F√Č/SI) welcomes today‚Äôs publication by the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D. of a¬†‚ā¨200m Audiovisual Action Plan.¬†¬†The¬†industry-wide, long-term plan,¬†under the Creative Ireland Programme, will support the Government‚Äôs ambition to enable¬†Ireland to become a global hub for the production of Film, TV drama and animation.

For the rest see the link HERE  or to download the report HERE

The Story of Limerick’s Cinemas

Director David Burns outside the Royal Theatre, Limerick.

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‚Äôs 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 ‚Äď 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 ‚Äďreminiscences 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 is on board as Editor again and post production will take place over the summer of 2018 with a projected release in Autumn 2018.

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.