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At today’s award ceremony, held on line, LIT was well represented by 23 of our students out of 58 overall finalists from all around the country, and we had 2 out of the 8 Lecturer nominations too. 

Out of the 4 categories LIT competed in, our students won in 3 of them. Congratulations to all the students below who won in the following categories. 

And a bualadh bos goes out to Nora Ní Fhlatharta for winning the best lecturer award.

Finalist winners : Multimedia – Audio

  • Kyle Dee, Eoin Melia, Nicole Devennie & Jack Conroy

Finalist winner : Multimedia – Graphic & Illustration

  • Jack Carroll, Limerick

Finalist winners : Multimedia – Video

  • Patrick Szoltysek, Marta Di Giovanni & Darek Kozdroj

Finalist winner : Lecturers Award

  • Nora Ni Fhlatharta

LIT is very grateful for the engagement of the NTA and Smarter Travel with us, and all their help in promoting sustainable travel.

(Ultan Gogarty

Capital Planning & Development Manager, Limerick Institute of Technology)

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

Thinking about the C.A.O. and the change of mind option. Why not check out the LSAD Creative Technologies Programmes at the Moylish Campus.

Creative Broadcast & Film Production

Music Technology & Production

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Limerick Post Article 02/04/2020

Students and staff of the Creative Technologies Programmes of LSAD, LIT have been working with Writer, Actor and Comedian Pat Shortt on his new Podcast, ‘The Wellness Hour with Paaaah.’

Released on Tuesday Feb 4th on all main podcast platforms, season one will consist of a new episode for the next six weeks.

For more information on the collaboration check out the poster and video below.
Here is a behind the scenes look at the making of The Wellness Hour with Paaaah!

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A message from Nora Ní Fhlatharta, Programme Leader of the Creative Broadcast & Film Production Programme, LSAD.

Day two Creative Broadcast & Film Production opendays and today we are running film screenings in our Clare St Campus and Camera demos in Moylish campus. It has been brilliant to meet with our future students. Huge thanks you to all the staff who helped out, to Art O Laoire, tecnichal supervisor, IT staff, Tom Brophy and Annette Bowman, to Des Farell and Mike Fox LSAD for making us feel so welcome, to lecturers, Simon McGuire, Muireann DeBarra, Mike Gavin, John Greenwood, and Mark Griffin, to our head of department James Greenslate, to Ken Coleman of Game art and design, but most of all to Creative Broadcast and Film production students. I get the pleasure of working with the hardest working, creative, and funfilled crew in the world. Thanks so much to all the @creativetechlit student volunteers who made our opendays a joy to be part of. Thanks a million everyone. Nora Ni Fhlatharta @lsadlimerick @limerick_it #CreativeBroadcastFilmProductionlit#openday#filmcrew

Video produced by Amerson Fortunato , 2nd Year Creative Broadcast & Film Production.

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Creative Broadcast & Film Production students and staff of LIT were delighted to present the LSAD Film & Media Showcase19 at the Millennium Theatre. The daylong showcase was a joyous celebration of the ingenuity, creativity, and often times intriguing work created by the students of Creative Broadcast & Film Production. Nigel Mercier dropped in on the day to offer an overview of the role of a broadcast & Film extra. Nigel’s company, “SetExtras” is the leading extras company in the West of Ireland. Providing extras since 2016 for TV Commercials, Music Videos, and local International Films. This was followed by “Scene and Heard”, directed by Eoghan Neff, Lecturer on the Music Technology and Production programme, whose students from the Interactive Audio module demonstrated live interpretations of audio recorded from a selection of short video scenes. The showcase reception kicked off with great anticipation and was created and run by first year Creative Broadcast students which ran in perfect harmony with music put together by students of Music Technology directed by lecturer Mike Gavin. The Screening itself, proudly opened by Mike Fitzpatrick Dean of the School of Arts LSAD and supported by the head of department of design James Greenslade, was a festive celebration of all things sound and vision. The energy and enthusiasm of the audience and the general camaraderie amongst the students was infectious, a glorious night of visual storytelling and jubilant entertainment was had by all. Special thanks to the film & media companies who came on board to celebrate and support the work of these talented filmmakers. It is brilliant to witness the growing film and media industry here in Limerick and their support of emerging film makers through offering work experience and supporting the showcase is remarkable.

Below are the list of the awards, the supporting Film & Media Production companies, and the winning filmmakers. Winner of the Smarter Travel Campus Awards in Multimedia Video presented by Sadbh Hanley of Smarter travel Limerick went to Mark Bergin, Edward Hannon, & Ruth Barnes for their short “Counting Steps” This was a national competition coordinated by Sharon Daly of transport Ireland. A cleverly conceived short advert directly relatable and superbly executed. The judges on the Smarter Travel educating panel we extremely impresses by the quality and professional standard of the winning film. Winner of the award for Art Direction – Selected & presented by Michelle Brassil of Troy Studios went to Amerson Fortuanto for his film “Out of time”. The award was collected on the night by fellow “Out of time” production crew members & actors Saoirse O Connor & Eoin Leen. The film also picked up the Award for Cinematography from Shane Serano of Crude Media. An outstanding film created with great detail and beautiful cinematic accuracy. A first year student of Creative broadcast & Film Production, Amerson is a DOP to watch out for in the future. The Winner of the award for Motion Graphics & VFX – Selected & presented by Róisín Buckley of Piquant Media went to Sean Ó Donoghue for his film “IV” specifically for his excellent use of VFX in live action. The winner of the award for best Documentary film – Selected & presented by Cian Reinhard of The Limerick Post went to Marian Gonzalez for her brilliantly researched film “Franks Ashes”. A superbly  presented piece of factual film making based on the working life of Frank McCourt. Winner of the best Original Sound Mix – Selected & presented by Louise Cantillon of Spin South West went to Mark Bergin for his Radio Drama “Quota”, a skilfully mixed, beautifully layered audio drama which we will hopefully hear across our airways very soon. Winner of the best Original Script – Selected & presented by Diarmuid McIntire of the HearSay International Audio Festival went to Nathan Campion for his film “Psychlical”, a wonderfully scripted exploration into the art of storytelling. Finally, the Richard Harris Award in Film Excellence – Selected & presented by Seb Moore went to Fiona Galvin and Adam Littlewood for their film “Caesar”, a deeply moving and touching tale of the beauty of friendship and reaching out in the face of the conformity.

Well done to all the students who submitted to the showcase and a special thanks to Louise Cantillon of Spin South west for acting as MC for the night. Thanks also to Simon McGuire Showcase technical director & projectionist, Liam MacCarthaigh live broadcast coordinator, Art O Laoire technical supervisor, Pat Carney equipment supervisor, Jamie Griffin Photographer, Mike Gavin Musical Director, Edward Hannon & Mark Bergin showcase motion graphics, and all the additional members of the showcase committee, Ruth Barnes, Nathan Campion, Róisín Quinn, Mark Griffin, Muireann De Barra, Róisín Crowley, Alyssa Fleming, Clodagh Cummins, Connor Gibbons, Donagh O Shea and Gerard Meagher as well as to Nora Ni Fhlatharta showcase coordinator.

Already planning for Showcase 2020. Hope to see you all there when Creative Broadcast & Film Production will have a whole new programme of short films for your entertainment.

Thanks again everyone.

About the Creative Broadcast & Film Production Programme

Creative Broadcast & Film Production is a Level 8 BSc (Hons) Film and Screen Broadcast production programme. Students explore the dynamic world of Film & Broadcast Media Production and develop the key creative, technical, and storytelling skills to succeed. This skills based programme offers students an exciting opportunity to explore the world of the broadcast media industry. It covers a range of disciplines across Film & TV Production, Visual Effects, editing, radio, audio mixing, photography, as well as broadcast technologies across a range of new and traditional media platforms. We offer our students a range of prospects for both academic & career progression in the broadcast, film, creative media industries, as well as extensive hands on production work experience.

If you have a story to tell, we will show you how.

For more information contact Nora NÍ Fhlatharta at Nora.Nifhlatharta@lit.ie or Film@lit.ie

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.

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).