After a successful day of panels in Wexford on November 19th, we are delighted to share that the livestream from Producing From Beyond the Pale and the Wexford Screen Writers Academy Masterclass Series is now available to watch back!
The afternoon began with a series of Masterclasses and case studies, which were aimed at emerging writers but are open to filmmakers from around the country. Each session focused on exploring how different departments/film practitioners engage with a script, how they break it down and looking at how they approach new projects. The sessions consisted of Panel discussions and case studies. The day culminated with “Producing from Beyond The Pale 2.” The last couple of years had seen a rising number of filmmakers move away from Dublin and other urban centers, either for economic reasons or for a better life. Other filmmakers had successfully been working in the regions for years. Arguably, one of the good things to come out of the last two years was the quick adaptation to remote working, undoubtedly helping filmmakers working in the regions. Coupled with a Focus on Regional Production, it was an opportune moment for filmmakers based outside of the city centers. WFT hosted a panel discussing the opportunities and obstacles for filmmakers working outside of urban centers, celebrating filmmakers who had been working successfully in this environment and looking at the difficulties they had encountered over the years. This year’s panel focused on crews, examining what other steps could be taken to increase access to the industry for talented filmmakers who were not based in the film centers.
The live stream is supported by the National Youth Film and Animation Network.
The Panels began at 12:00 PM and Producing form Beyond The Pale 2 took place from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
12:00 to 12:50: Maxine Case Study
Panellists: Laura Way, Fiona Lanham, Evan Barry, and Drew Maitland
Moderator: Paul Walker
12:55 to 13:45: Composer Panel
Panellists: Eimear Noone and Liam Bates
Moderator: Laura Way
13:50 to 14:40: Producer Panel
Panellists David McLoughlin, John Wallace and Jac Kerrin
Moderator: Fiona Kinsella
15:10 to 16:00: Production Designer, DOP and Director Relationship
Panellists: Jon Beer, Hannah Quinn, Darragh Moran and Tim Fleming
Moderator: Laura Way
16:05 to 16:55: Post Production
Panellists: Chriona O’Sullivan and Darragh Moran
Moderator: Paul Walker.
Producing from Beyond The Pale 2
17:00 to 18:00
Panellists: Jess Drumm, David McLoughlin, Jac Kerrin, Colman Farrell, Mark Maher and Tom Dowling
Moderator: Fiona Kinsella
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
Evan graduated The National Film School of Ireland with a first-class honours. Three of his graduating films went on to win awards at festivals around the country. In 2010 Evan Joined the Stars production of Camelot, becoming assistant to the Show Runner Chris Chibnall, as well as the Behind The Scenes EPK camera. Between 2011 to 2016, Evan went on to found Fail Safe Films, a Dublin based production company, with four other fellow graduates of the National Film School Of Ireland. Fail Safe Films has gone on to produce commercials, short films, music videos and features, winning awards and continuing to grow its reputation in the Irish Market as well as internationally across Europe.
Over these years Evan also worked in the camera department on a number of notable productions, One Hundred Mornings 2008, Shadow Dancer 2011, Loving Miss Hatto 2011, Love Hate 2013, Clean Break 2014 and MGM and The History Channel’s Vikings. Gaining invaluable experience working under cinematographers such as Suzie Lavelle, Rob Hardy, Ruairi O’Brien, Peter Robinson, PJ Dillon and Martin Fuhrer. In 2015 he shot the short film Love Is A Sting, which went on to win Best Film at the Cork International Film Festival and was subsequently long listed for the Oscars in 2015. In 2017, furthering his studies in the art of cinematography Evan completed a master’s degree in cinematography in the Film And TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU), one of Europe’s leading film schools, studying under Jaromír Šofr, Klaus Faxjäger, Vlaimír Smutny, Marek Jícha and Erving Sanders.
Composing for the screen, Liam’s films include Last Passenger, starring Dougray Scott, Earthbound starring Rafe Spall and David Morrissey, The Puppet and Faeries of Blackheath Woods, directed by Ciarán Foy, Ghostwood starring Patrick Bergin, produced by Ned Dowd, Razor Fish starring Brenda Fricker and La Jalousie, directed by Helen Williams, Girl With The Mechanical Maiden, directed by Andrew Legge. Other films include music for Show Girls directed by Paul Verhovan, Circle of Friends starring Chris O’Donnell, Colin Firth and Minnie Driver, Don Juan De Marco starring Johnny Depp and Marlon Brando, The Shell Seekers starring Vanessa Redgrave and the romantic comedy Leap Year, directed by Anand Tucker, starring, Amy Adams, Matthew Goode and Adam Scott. Liam’s Christmas musical NOËL, written with Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer, completed its first North American tour at the end of 2018. They are currently writing The Long Mile Road, which will premier in September 2019. Awards include a Promax World Gold Award for Best Original Music for his score, Part of Life, an IFTA nomination for Earthbound and a World Soundtrack Award for his film score Last Passenger.More recently commissioned concert works include Heroes of the Helen Blake, Angel, Child of Creation, Vivo and Elegy. Liam’s choral music is published by CAILINO MUSIC PUBLISHERS. His music for the film Last Passenger is published by BUCKS MUSIC GROUP.
Jon Beer, is an Art Director and Production Designer working in the Irish Film and Television Sector since 2006. Born in New Zealand and educated as an Architect, Jon was drawn to the media arts after a substantial period of travel. He found a new way of seeing the world, its people and the stories that he moved through and thought that Film and Television would be a better vehicle to explore this new found passion. Starting in the Sound department somewhat by accident, Jon started to learn about the onset world of the shooting crew and the day to day processes that are required at the filming stage. However not finding any creative fulfilment within sound, Jon turned to the Art Department when the opportunity arose and to a creative process that he was better able to use his Architectural experience to springboard off. Since 2010, Jon has worked in this capacity on a number of varied productions which include: Camelot, Treasure Island, Shadow Dancer, Vikings, Intergalactic, Valhalla, Abigail and now currently ‘Boy’, a four part TV drama for RTÉ.
Jessica began her career in the Camera Department where she worked for over 15 years before taking over as the CEO for Screen Guilds Ireland where she works closely with the 23 Guilds of the Irish film industry. She is dedicated to the fair, transparent and equal representation of all members of SGI.
Colman Farrell is an award-winning education innovator and social entrepreneur. He co-founded Suas Educational Development and the School for Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, before joining the Innovation Academy at University College Dublin. Now as Head of Skills at Screen Ireland, he leads a team supporting the development of technical, creative, entrepreneurial and innovation skills in the film, tv, animation and gaming sectors.
Originally, a medical doctor with a degree from Trinity College Dublin he first worked in Rwanda and then Kenya. Then after a Masters in Multimedia he joined the private sector, working in IT with Proctor and Gamble and software development with General Electric before moving into Education. Colman is an awardee of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, the US State Department’s International Visitors Leadership Programme and the Arthur Guinness Fund. In 2020, he was awarded the Medal for the Development Cause of the Vietnamese National University. He is an advocate of new ways of learning and ecosystem approaches that enable learners and communities to realise their full potential as, creators, innovators, business and social entrepreneurs of tomorrow in a flourishing, inclusive, sustainable society.
Galwegian Tim Fleming ISC is one of Ireland’s leading cinematographers having worked on multi-award winning feature films, television dramas and short films over the last two decades. His extensive list of credits include the Academy Award nominated projects Once (dir. John Carney) and The Door (dir. Juanita Wilson) as well as feature films such as Sweetness In The Belly (dir. Zeresenay Mehari), Jimi: All Is By My Side (dir. John Ridley), Gold (dir. Niall Heery), Citadel (dir. Ciaran Foy) and As If I Am Not There (dir. Juanita Wilson). He has shot multiple episodes of major television dramas including Domina (dir. David Evans) for Sky Atlantic, Netflix productions Fate: The Winx Saga and The Stranger (dir. Hannah Quinn) and Quantico (dir. Russell Lee Fine) for ABC.
Jac is a co-owner and managing director of Irish production company Ripple World where she has produced, co-produced and executive produced award winning and critically acclaimed features, TV Drama and TV documentary series.
Jac’s credits include: heart-warming SKY drama comedy The Last Rifleman (2023) starring Pierce Brosnan, Clémence Poésy, Louis Gossett Jr, Jurgen Prochnow; RedBull World Rally (2020, 2021); Viaplay TV drama thriller Wisting (2019) starring Sven Nordin, Carrie-Anne Moss; Madrai na nGael/ Irish Dogs (TG4, 2016), Ivan Kavanagh’s western Never Grow Old (2019) starring John Cusack, Emile Hirsch, Deborah Francois; Colin McIvor’s family movie Zoo (2017) starring Art Parkinson, Penelope Wilton, Toby Jones, Ian O’Reilly and Emily Flain; Warner Bros’s family movie Ghosthunters: On Icy Trails (2017); Sony thriller Retreat (2011) starring Cillian Murphy, Thandiwe Newton, Jamie Bell, and her first feature as producer, drama comedy PARKED (2010) with Colm Meaney, Colin Morgan.
Since 2017, Jac has sat on the Film and TV Drama committee for Screen Producers Ireland. She is on the working group of the Cultural & Creative Industries Skillnet established in 2023; and the Screen Skillnet steering committee 2019 – 2022. In 2012 she completed EAVE, and in 2016 Screen Leaders. Jac is a member of the Irish Film and Television Academy; and the International Women’s Club Dublin.
Fiona has over 25 years’ experience in the Irish and International Film and Television Industry. In 2009, she established Jumper Productions, where she produced an array of commercials and content for brands including, Carlsberg, O2, RTE, Jameson; a number of award winning short films, and provided production services for artists including Rihanna and One Direction. In 2020 she joined Tile Media as Head of Production overseeing their slate of Feature Films and TV Series. She has also line produced feature films for Samson Films and Fantastic Films. She was recently Series Producer on the historical documentary “Tráma Teaghlaigh” for TG4. A graduate of University College Cork. She has postgraduate diplomas from University College Dublin and TU Dublin. She is a Board Member of WFT Ireland and was a founding committee member of the EDA Ireland. She is currently working on the development and delivery of the Wexford Script Writing Academy programme with Laura Way and Paul Walker.
The journey began when I completed my Masters in TV and Radio Production in Maynooth University in 2015. Upon the completion of a short film during this course I realised that being involved in film production was a direction I wished to pursue. Unsure of what role I wanted to be involved in I went to a Red Rock screen skills open day and immediately gravitated towards the Script Supervisor role. I applied for an internship that was becoming available and to my unimaginable luck I got picked to do it and from there the rest is history. As a Script Supervisor you’re responsible for the overall maintaining of continuity of the entire production on both script and screen while working hand in hand with all the other departments. I have absolutely loved every moment of my journey. I have always said then and now that I am so lucky to have the best job ever. The highlights so far have been productions such as Red Rock, The Holiday, Maxine, Flora & Son, Dead Still, Moonhaven the list could go on forever I have so many memories. Most importantly it’s the lifelong friends and people I have met along the way who I have learned and continue to learn so much from that is the best part of the job.
Mark is CEO, Founder and Creative Director at Odyssey Studios. He has brought 17 years of international experience in the industry as a Concept, Lead or Head Model Maker to Odyssey Studios which he started to bring world class model making to the world. His credits include The Hobbit (The Battle of the Five Armies, The Desolation of Smaug and An Unexpected Journey), Alice Through the Looking Glass, Penny Dreadful and Into the Badlands to name a few. He can be seen building miniature cities, spaceships, Apes, Aliens, Zombies, Dinosaurs and more.
Drew Maitland is a seasoned 1st Assistant Director with a decade of invaluable experience in the film and television industry. His journey began with three formative years at GMIT, where he delved into the intricacies of film production. Drew’s early professional career led him to the epic sets of iconic TV series like Game of Thrones, Vikings, and Penny Dreadful, where he honed his craft under the spotlight of some of the industry’s brightest talents.
In the past few years, Drew has been a driving force behind the scenes of notable Irish productions, serving as the 1st AD on films such as “You Are Not My Mother” and “Sunlight.” His expertise extends to the small screen, where he’s played a pivotal role in TV shows like “The Vanishing Triangle” and “Maxine.” With a knack for orchestrating the chaos of production, Drew Maitland continues to help blend the creative vision of the team with logistical precision.
David is a producer with Metropolitan Films International.
His recent productions include the feature films ‘Anniversary’ and ‘Silver’ and drama series including ‘KIN’ season two, ‘Harry Wild’ seasons one to three, ‘Moonhaven’, and ‘Redemption’, which won the best drama award at the RTS Awards. He previously gained extensive production experience working with leading Irish production companies, including Hell’s Kitchen, on Jim Sheridan’s ‘The Boxer’, Ferndale Films, on Pat O’Connor’s ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’, and as head of production in Irish Screen he co-produced the films When the Sky Falls’, ‘Vicious Circle’, ‘The American’, ‘Puckoon’ and the drama series ‘Aristocrats’. Through his own production company, Distinguished Features, he produced a number of films, including ‘Dead Bodies’, with Andrew Scott winning the best actor IFTA, and the Alan Gilsenan directed ‘Zulu 9’, having previously produced Alan’s earlier feature film ‘All Souls’ Day’. David is a former CEO of Screen Producers Ireland and is currently Vice-Chair of its Film and Television Drama Committee. He was recently appointed to the Steering Group of the National Talent Academy (East) for Film & TV. He co-founded, and was the chair for the first five years, of the Dublin International Film Festival, and is a former CEO of Wexford Festival Opera & National Opera House.
Darragh began his career as an Editor working on the IFTA-nominated BLOOD, and has since edited on dramas produced for Paramount+, Amazon, ITV, CH5 and Virgin Media. He was the series-editor on WITNESS NUMBER 3, THE EX-WIFE, and is currently the series editor on BOY, a four-part series for RTÈ, directed by Hannah Quinn.
Eímear Noone is an award-winning Irish composer and conductor of film and video game music, known for her work on World of WarCraft, The Legend of Zelda, and more. She has also composed for major films and television series, such as The Canterville Ghost (Signature), Maxine (Channel 5), So This is Christmas(Venom) and many more. Between this catalogue of more than 25 compositions and hundreds of performances from the Royal Albert Hall to the Beijing Olympic Stadium, her music has reached upwards of 100 million people, inspiring audience members and fellow musicians alike. She made history in 2020 when she became the first woman to conduct at the Oscars at their 92nd annual awards ceremony and continues to make strides as an advocate for women in music, technology, and their related fields. As a speaker, she is world-renowned for her engaging and inventive style, and has delivered masterclasses and speeches at Google, the American Chamber of Commerce, the Irish Embassy in the United States, and even the Irish National Rugby Team.
With over 25 years’ experience in Film & Content Production & Post Production, Chriona is one of the founding partners of Element Post/VFX which began life in a small mews in 1998. Having cut her teeth (pun intended) as an editor with CVS Metro in Frankfurt, Germany, EditLine and Midas Productions, Chriona is now Director Of Post Production – while the small mews is now a 4 storey Georgian building on Fitzwilliam Square with state of the art facilities and a roster of local & international clients including Paramount’s Plus Serial Killer’s Wife Series for ChalkboardTV/BlackboxMM, Tripped Up Feature Film for Universal/Decal for Lunch Hour Production currently on Theatrical release in the US. David Attenboroughs “Wild Inkarta” for ITV Global. The award winning Pray for our Sinners Feature Doc for SOS Productions. Storyland: Falling for the Life of Alex Whelan for Pure Divilment. Element Post is currently expanding both sound and VFX, working with the best talent out there while also training and curating the next generation. Our remote access capabilities for all services is something we’ve had in place for many years which makes us among the best placed to operate within this new and exciting world of post.
Hannah is a film & TV director, currently directing a 4 part drama set in Morocco and Dublin for RTE. In 2022, she won the IFTA drama director award for her episodes on Vikings: Valhalla
Hannah previously directed The Gone (RTE), Vikings: Valhalla Seasons 1&3 (Netflix), North Sea Connection (RTE), Disenchanted-2nd Unit (Disney), Fate – The Winx Saga (Netflix), The Stranger (Netflix), Blood (VMTV), Eastenders (BBC1), Red Rock (VMTV) and award winning short films, Smithy & Dickie and My Bonnie. Before directing, Hannah worked as an Assistant Director and she is also a pilot.
Paul is an award winning stage and screenwriter whose works include the award winning Stardust, Red Rock and Call the Midwife along with writing for international series such as The Professionals with Brendan Frazer, he has worked in a variety of writers’ room and was also showrunner on Red Rock, he has also worked as a consultant on a variety of series including the upcoming Liberties and works as a mentor for new writers along with being one of the founders of the Wexford Writers Academy. He also recently received a development loan from Screen Ireland for his screenplay Broken. He has two TV series in development Legacy with Tile Media and Edge of Existence with Icebox. His recent podcast series for BBC, Obscene: A Dublin Scandal won gold at the prestigious New York Festival awards.
John Wallace is a film and television producer based in Dublin. Recent television credits include ‘Blue Lights’, ‘Redemption’, recent feature include ‘Ballywalter’ and ‘LOLA’. Other credits ‘Rialto’ ‘Phil Lynott: Songs for While I’m Away’ ‘The 8th’.
Formerly a film and TV actress, Laura Way is an award winning and IFTA nominated Director who has directed drama for BBC, Channel 5, Paramount +, RTE, Virgin Media One and BBCNI. Her work includes, Red Rock, EastEnders, Blood Season 2, The Holiday currently on Netflix UK and the true crime Series Maxine which reached No.1 on Netflix this Autumn. She also directed the final episode of The Vanishing Triangle currently streaming on AMC+ and Sundance Now.
This year, Laura has been story consultant and directing the series The Serial Killer’s Wife for Paramount + mid, due to be released December 2023. She he currently in prep for the four part miniseries Dead & Buried with Vico Films for BBCNO and Virgin Media. She was IFTA nominated as Best Director for Maxine in 2022 and received critical acclaim and a nomination for Best Episode at the British Soap Awards for the ‘Consent’ episode hailed by Radio Times as EastEnders ‘Best Ever’. Laura set up her production company Bodecii Film in 2018 and is a founding member of Screen Wexford with Liz Burns (Arts Officer WCC) and Director of Services with WCC Elizabeth Hore as part of an initiative by Wexford County Council. She is currently developing a TV series with Fiona Kinsella (Producer Jumper Productions/Tile Media) and Paul Walker (Writer/Showrunner Red Rock/Stardust) and eight local writers as part of the Wexford Screen Writers Academy funded by Screen Ireland, Screen Wexford and Creative Ireland. She also ran the Screen Actors Programme in the Gaiety School Of Acting Graduates Programme and The Lir, Trinity College. Laura is a Wexford woman, who’s earliest experiences of theatre and drama were influenced by her parents Michael and Irene who founded the Riff Raff Theatre Company.