Northern Ireland Screen Academies

Wednesday 20 Jan 2021 - 12:00pm

Northern Ireland Screen Academies are offering 16-19 year olds a fantastic opportunity  to work under talented industry professionals to learn their craft and work on a short Sci-Fi film, 'Human Error.'

Academies are being offered in Costume, Props, Film Construction and Visual Effects. 

Due to the current restrictions, these academies will be delivered via a blend of online sessions and in-person training. When restrictions are lifted we will be able to meet in person when it is safe to do so, academy tutors will be in touch with confirmed dates. 

Once you have been accepted onto an academy, we will be able to provide all the necessary equipment and software needed to ensure that you have access to a laptop to take part in online sessions.  

This is an excellent opportunity for Moving Image Arts students who have missed out on creating their short films this year, they will be able to include this short film credit in their portfolios when applying to universities or jobs. All Heads of departments in this film work in the film industry in Northern Ireland so it is an amazing chance for young people to learn how this industry operates and make key contacts. 


Production Design Academy

The Production Design Academy is a FREE training programme for young people aged 16-19 years old. Industry professionals will lead these academies with a focus on the key craft and design skills involved in the art department of television and film production. 

Participants will be introduced to the key roles of the Production Designer, Set Designer, Set Decorator, Props Master, Costume Designer, Hair and Make-up Artists and assistant roles and learn how these diverse job roles are performed whilst working on a sci-fi short, Human Error. Costume and Props are part of the Production Design Academy. 


Costume Academy

The Costume Academy will be led by the talented costume designer, Enda Kenny. 

The Costume Designer creates and hires the costumes for the cast. They work closely with the Director, Producer, the Production Designer and Hair and Make-up Artist to contribute to the look and storytelling of a production. They research, sketch and draw mood boards of characters and clothes to communicate the style. In this academy, participants will work in the costume department to prepare costumes for a Sci-FI short, Human Error

The Costume Academy will be predominantly based in Nerve Belfast. The structure will include online sessions via Zoom and in-person preparation for the shoot (depending on restrictions). 


Props Academy

The Props Academy will be led by experienced Props Master, Denzil Browne. 

The Props Master works with production designers, set decorators and art directors to work out what props are needed. They then decide which props are to be hired or made. You will have the opportunity to work with a variety of different materials and work towards crafting different props needed for Sci-fi short, Human Error. You will also have the opportunity to work closely with the production designer and other departments, developing the overall look for this production. 

This academy will be based at the Nerve Centre, Derry/Londonderry. The structure will include online sessions via Zoom and in-person preparation for the shoot (depending on restrictions). 


Film Construction Academy

Participants will work under the Construction Manager in teams to build a real film set for a short Sci-Fi Film. You will be introduced to the construction department learning the roles involved in building a set as well as working alongside the Director of Photography to build a set incorporating the camera and lighting set up needed for the short Sci-Fi FIlm, Human Error.

Applicants interested in this academy will be required to have a background in construction or similar and will be required to show evidence of this in their application form. Due to the nature of this academy the majority of the sessions will be in person in order to prepare for the shoot. There are limited spaces available so it is advisable to apply early.


Visual Effects for Film Academy

The Visual Effects (vfx) Academy will be led by the talented VFX Compositor, Rachel Hynds. 

Visual Effects (VFX) is the art of combining computer-generated (CG) sequences with live-action footage to create scenes that cannot be filmed in real life. Using a combination of technical and artistic skills, VFX can bring alien landscapes, enormous crowds and fire breathing dragons to the screen. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about compositing, motion graphics, Green Screen/Blue Screen techniques and CG modelling whilst liaising with other departments, such as camera and production design.

The VFX in Film Academy will be predominantly based in Nerve Belfast Creative Learning Centre. The structure will include a weekly three-hour online session for the first six weeks over Zoom. On location training on the set of Human Error (dates TBC due to restrictions). After the shoot, sessions will resume over Zoom weekly for the remainder of the academy.

All applications can be found on the Screen Academies website.