Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Screen Acting Workshop

Saturday, 10th October, 12-1 pm, South Parish Community Hall, Sawmill Street

Allocated Time: 1 h

This is a taster workshop with the intention of highlighting the most common mistakes in screen acting and to give participants basic techniques for working with the camera.

The workshop will give students an insight into

- the specific requirements of screen acting versus stage acting
- close up work
- casting


- Introduction/warm up
- On the floor: exercise in specific tasks versus general emotions
( act looking for something/ really search for something)
- On the floor: close-up work: eliminating overacting
(tell a story of your live / think clear, specific thoughts)
- Casting: cold reading, making quick, strong choices
‘cheating’ to the camera
- Exercise: casting a duologue in cold reading

Workshop Leader:
Stella Majewsky is Artistic Director of the Gaiety School of Acting in Cork.
She was originally trained in the acclaimed Bochum Institute for Acting, and under the auspice of Filmstudio Babelsberg Berlin. She has acted for the major production companies in Germany, including ZDF and SAT 1. Currently she is doing practise based PhD research on screen actors training with The International Film School in the University of Wales.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

First Cut 2009 Film Festival Update

Unfortunately the Gaiety School of Acting acting for film workshop has been cancelled this Saturday. However, there will still be an information stand from the Gaiety School where it will be possible to book a place on a special acting workshop the following Saturday, October 3rd, free of charge.

And workshops with the Fresh Film Festival and filmmaker Claire Dix will be running as scheduled at 3pm on Saturday coming. Please let us know which of these workshops you'd like to attend- to do so, just call:

Youth Film Festival

Films / Workshops / Youth Jury

First Cut Youth Film Project

2.00 - 8.30 p.m. SEPTEMBER 26 2009

Cork County Hall

Friday, September 18, 2009

The FIRST CUT 2009 Film Festival is fast approaching...!

We look forward to this new and exciting element of the FIRST CUT Film Project, where, on September 26th 2009, 18 short films and 5 Animations made throughout 2009 by young people, aged 14 to 21, who participated in FIRST CUT workshops and summer schools will have their first public screening. This Festival, which takes place at County Hall, Cork, is organised by FIRST CUT Youth Film Project in association with Cork Film Centre and funded by The Arts Office of Cork County Council and South & East Cork Area Development, SECAD. The young filmmakers come from Youghal, Passage West, Glanmire, Carrigaline, Cobh,Ballincollig,Carrigtwohill, Togher, Douglas and Midleton.

FIRST CUT Youth Film Project in South and East Cork is now in its third year. During that time two successful and very enjoyable Gala Film Nights have taken place at County Hall, Cork. This expansion from Gala to Festival is due to the increased interest and involvement of young people in this film making project throughout the area.

This year young people from East and South of the Cork Harbour area will gather together to see their films on the big screen.

The Festival will be a lively, informative, creative and fun mix of short films, workshops, information for all.

The Festival Programme will kick off at 2 p.m. in the foyer of Cork County Hall. The inaugural FIRST CUT Festival will be officially opened by Mick Hannigan, Corona Cork Film Festival Director.

In the foyer itself Information Stands will be on view from St John’s College Film Department, The Gaiety School of Acting and animation filmmaker Jane Lee.

Each of the participating groups including youth projects, clubs and schools, who took part in the FIRST CUT 2009 Workshops will also have stands providing information on their groups, their roles and of course their films.

There will be an opportunity for everyone to mix and mingle and look at the information on offer at the Stalls and ask questions.

At 3pm there will be 3 Workshops available to all young filmmakers to choose from

  • Fresh Film Festival
  • Claire Dix a local, young writer/director of documentary TV, short fiction, animation and also an award winning director of music videos.
  • Screen acting with the Gaiety School of Acting

More details on the content of these half hour workshops will be available shortly, meanwhile if you would like to tell us your preference we can set aside a place for you.

At 5.30pm the First Cut 2009 Films will be premiered on Floor 16.
Full Programme to follow.

We at FIRST CUT hope that this Festival adds to your enjoyment of, and interest in, film.

This event is free. For more information please contact:


Thursday, July 9, 2009

Summer Courses

Here are some fun photos from the two week-long First Cut! summer courses that took place in Midleton and Carrigaline over the past few weeks.

Thanks to all who participated!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

First Cut! Story Competition Results

Young Writers (youth project/secondary school age) in the South and East Cork areas were invited to submit their short stories to the First Cut! Film Project with a view to the winning stories being adapted for the screen at the First Cut! Summer Film Week workshop this June. This short story competition is the first writer-oriented project that First Cut! has initiated.

The two stories selected are:

She Was Just A Girl (Robert McCarthy)
Henry and Zooey (Kieran Doyle)

The runners-up are:

Swap (Michael Coleman)
The Intruder (Shay Buckley)
Harsh Times (Clodagh Cotter)

They can be read at:

Congratulations Writers!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Sweded TV

We've caught wind of a competition which might be of interest to FIRST CUT! participants:

"Want to make your own TV shows? Now’s the time! You could win the chance to make and star in your own episodes of Sweded TV with a professional TV crew at your disposal. Apply by filling in the form via RTE website or post it to: Sweded TV, Still Films, 8/9 South William Street, Dublin 2. The deadline is 6pm on Monday 1st June so DO IT RIGHT NOW."

"What’s Sweded TV all about?"

"Sweded TV is a series of short comic films made by teenagers. It’ll be shown on TTV this Autumn and on YouTube after that. “Sweding” means making funny cheap n’ cheerful versions of famous films. Sweding first became popular on YouTube and there are loads of home-made swedes to be seen there. Sweded TV is a series of short episodes, each sweding a popular TV show instead of a film. Have a look at some of the swedes from last year’s series."

"How do I get involved?"

"Want to make your own version of The Hills or The Late Late Show? Feel like laughing about Neighbours or Sky News? Apply by filling in this form and telling us who you are and which 3 TV programmes you’d most like to swede. You can also grab our attention by uploading examples of your own short films or swedes. You will need to apply as a group. This could be a group of your friends, schoolmates, a sports team, a drama group or whatever else, as long as there are between 6 and 12 of you. You should be aged between 12 and 19 to take part. Only one of you needs to fill in the form, but please include names of everyone in the group."

"What will happen if I win?"

"If your group are selected, your group needs to be free for one week (between 22nd of June and 26th July 09) to plan and film your swedes with the Sweded TV team. You will make up to 3 swedes and they will be broadcast on TTV in Autumn this year. GET APPLYING NOW! GOOD LUCK"

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

First Draft Short Story Competition


Young Writers (youth project/secondary school age) in the South and East Cork areas are invited to submit their short stories to the FIRST CUT Film Project!

You don't have to be a filmmaker... or even have any ambition of becoming one... but, if you have a short story (up to 500 words - two typed pages, or less) that you'd like to see made into a short film by young filmmakers participating in the FIRST CUT! Summer Film Week, send it in!

In addition to having your story adapted for the Summer Film Week screenplay - and getting prominently credited in the film! - the winning story and two runners-up will be published on the internet on a site linked to the Cork Film Centre and FIRST CUT! websites.



It's a week long filmmaking course aimed at young filmmakers who have already done some FIRST CUT! training. It will take place in late June. Watch this space for more info coming soon!


Keep in mind that the short film will be made over three days, with a cast and crew of mainly young people - and without a Hollywood budget! So keep it simple and achievable. Outside of that condition, any and all types of stories are welcome. Let your imagination run wild!


No. As in a professional movie production, the writer is only concerned with the story. While every effort will be made to respect the spirit of the story and convey its ideas as powerfully as possible, the filmmakers reserve the right to make any changes necessary in adapting it for the screen. The writer will not be consulted about changes.

His or her credit will read: "Adapted from an original story by..."


The film will be screened at Cork County Hall as part of the inaugural FIRST CUT FILM FESTIVAL in September 2009. More information on that event coming soon!



Cork Film Centre,
Civic Trust House,
50 Popes Quay,

or by email to:

The winners will be announced on the CFC website and on the FIRST CUT blog site on Friday June 5th, and will be notified by e-mail.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Workshops Completed

The 2009 cycle of two-day workshops is now complete!

A massive thank you to Cork Film Centre's team of tutors: Ciara, Jane, Sarah, Deirdre and Barry. Great work! And, of course, thanks to all who participated, young people and adult supervisors alike.

Watch this space for news on the First Cut! summer project and the gala screening this autumn!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Feedback from Cobh Youth Services Workshop Participants

"I did it the year before and it was good so I wanted to do it again. We acted and learned sound and camera work and how to direct. I liked all the fun we had and it was such a laugh"
Ricky Parker, 15.

"I wanted to experience what it would be like to do a film project. We learned how to use the cameras and made a film. Making the film was the best thing about the workshop, I would do it again."
Ann-Marie O Flaherty, 15.

"I did the film workshop because I like drama and I wanted to be involved in the production. I video recorded the scenes and played a part in one of the scenes and used the clapper board to say what scenes were on. I enjoyed being in the film the most because I like taking part in things like that. I would definitely do it again"
Jennifer O Connell, 15.

"I wanted to take part in the film workshop because I thought it wold be a good laugh and a good experience. I learned about cameras and how to act out scenes. We made a good laugh out of it and I would definitely do it again"
Nigel Murray, 17.

"I took part in the film workshop to see what it would be like and find out if I had any talent. We learned about acting and we were shown how to use the cameras. The entire experience was enjoyable, we never had a chance to do this before"
Rob Donachie, 18.

Friday, March 20, 2009

First Cut Continues!

The First Cut! workshops are continuing, with our busy teams of tutors visiting St Peter's Community School in Passage West, Cobh Youth Services, and Ballincollig Community School. But- hey!- don't forget: if you've had a workshop, we'd like to hear from you! Send us your feedback and comments for this blog! Drop us a line at

Friday, March 6, 2009

Workshop Reactions from Pobalscoil na Tríonóide Students

I found the film workshop an extremely enjoyable experience. It was both educational and fun. I learned much more than I expected to, and if I was given the chance to develop the skills I picked up, I definitely would.

I liked everything about the workshop, especially the fact that my opinion was valued by the other participants and instructors.

I would recommend it to anyone, regardless of their interest in film or video production. It would benefit whoever attends, and it certainly benefited me!

I now have confidence both in front of and behind a camera. The only down side to the workshop was that we only had two days, I could have stayed there for a week.

It was a welcome break from school and a worthwhile experience. I learned many things I will keep and use for the rest of my life.
Kevin Murphy, Class 4A1, Pobalscoil na Tríonóide, Youghal

I felt the film workshop was a great experience for me. I always had an interest in film so I jumped at the opportunity to take the workshop. The workshop was great, in the way that it looked at the different aspects and angles of film making. I learned how to work a camera, the different lighting issues, angles, ways of focusing, and many more. I learned the amount of hard work, determination and length of time it takes in film making. It takes a lot of preparation and good team work. It’s also fun because you get to write and direct your own film, which brings out everybody’s creative side. The only frustrating thing was that it took a long time to prepare, but other than that it was brilliant and if I had the chance to do it again I would.
Elaine Murphy 4A2, Pobalscoil na Tríonóide, Youghal

This film workshop was a very interesting and fun way to learn about film-making. We learnt about the technology and techniques in a fun and practical way because we were using the equipment ourselves. The best part about the workshop was when we actually made our short film because all of the pieces fit together then. I would definitely recommend this workshop to anyone who has an interest in film-making.
Deirdre Kelly, Pobalscoil na Tríonóide, Youghal

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

2009 Film Project Underway!

The third year of First Cut! is underway!

Formerly known as the East Cork Youth Film Project, First Cut! began in 2006. An intiative of South East Cork Area Development (SECAD) and Cork County Council Arts Office, this project is run and facilitated by Cork Film Centre (CFC).

The first two years of the project included a wide range of digital filmmaking workshops carried out with youth groups and schools throughout East Cork. Films made under this scheme were premiered at County Hall as part of the gala screenings that concluded each year's filming. 2008 saw the project expand to include a week-long summer course geared towards further honing participants' filmmaking skills.

2009's project is bigger and better than ever before! The one-day workshops of previous years have now expanded to two-day workshops. And, as well as returning to the East Cork areas that have previously been included, CFC's busy teams of tutors will also be working with groups from South Cork this year. South and East Cork Area Development Ltd. (SECAD) (previously East Cork Area Development) has been expanded .The geographic area covered by SECAD covers the Midleton and Carrigaline Electoral areas and part of Blarney Electoral area. The East Cork area includes Cobh, Midleton, Youghal, Carrigtwohill, Glanmire and surrounding villages and rural areas, while South Cork includes Carrigaline, Passage West, Monkstown, Ringaskiddy, Crosshaven and Bays, Ballincollig, Ballygarvan, Ballinhassig and surrounding areas as well as rural parts of Douglas, Togher and Bishopstown.

So far, we have been to Youghal Community School, Carrigaline Youth Services and a group hosted by TACT, Togher. The first series of two-day workshops will be running until May. Another summer course will follow, and 2009's gala screening will take place this autumn.

Have you participated in one of our workshops this year? Or are you a youth group leader or teacher who has hosted a workshop? If so, we'd love to hear from you - this blogsite is a forum for your feedback, reactions and ideas. Just drop us a line at