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: