ScreenWorks Online

ScreenWorks Online

ScreenWorks, funded by the Department for Communities through Northern Ireland Screen and delivered by Into Film, is an exciting scheme to help young people in Northern Ireland aged 14-19 learn more about careers in the screen industries through hands-on work experience opportunities.

During the ongoing Covid-19 situation, our physical ScreenWorks work experience programmes are not possible. To ensure that the programme can continue to engage with young people all over Northern Ireland, we are delighted to welcome you to ScreenWorks Online!

ScreenWorks Online is an exciting opportunity for young people aged 14-19 to learn about the wide range of careers within Northern Ireland's screen industries. 

Each week, you are invited to watch a video created by local industry professionals in which they talk about their job role, their career trajectory and answer your questions. You'll then be set an exercise which you can work on at home and send to us for feedback!

Over the next 15 weeks, some of the topics ScreenWorks Online will explore are;

  • Documentary Filmmaking 
  • Prosthetic Make-up
  • Set Design
  • Story Development
  • Extras Coordinating
  • Assistant Directing
  • Games Design
  • Storyboarding
  • VFX and Motion Graphics
  • Editing
  • Animation

A new video will be available each week, so check back every Monday! 

Please Note: You can complete as many weeks as you like, or you can focus only the subject areas that interest you!

Week Seven: Editing with Brian Philip Davis

Join editor Brian Philip Davis as he talks about one of the most important roles in the TV & Film industries. Brian has worked on productions including Zoo, Bad Day for the Cut and Boys from County Hell.

In Week Seven, Brian will share his experiences so far, talk about what his role involves and set you an exercise that offers a taste of what editing involves.

Exercise: Editing

Genre Switching

Brief: Take footage from one film or films of a particular genre (single film or multiple films) and create a montage or trailer of a different genre. Try and re-tell a story using existing dialogue from the footage or if necessary using title cards. Music and sound effects will be key.

Examples...

MARY POPPINS as a horror - https://youtu.be/2T5_0AGdFic

THE SHINING as a comedy - https://youtu.be/k6QgNuZcxTW

FINDING DORY as a thriller - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brmBMObYMhg

You can complete your editing using any editing software

Submitting your work:

  • Save your edit as an mp4.
  • Submit your completed exercise to screenworks@intofilm.org
  • Include your name and school/college in the email.
  • Deadline for submissions is Sunday 2nd August.

Week Six: Extras Coordination with Bethany Sloan

Join Extras Coordinator Bethany Sloan as she talks about a vitally important role in the TV & Film industries. Bethany has worked on productions including Dublin Murders, Game of Thrones and the upcoming Bloodlands. 

In Week Six, Bethany will share her experiences so far, talk about what her role involves and set you an exercise that offers a taste of what Extras Coordination involves.

NOTE: Week Six's video is password protected. For the password, please email screenworks@intofilm.org with your name and school/college/university (if applicable). You will quickly receive the password in an email (check your junk mail if you don't see the email immediately).

Exercise: Extras Coordination 

In Bethany's video, she outlines the importance of coordinating extras on a set and the work that goes into doing so. 

This week's exercise will give you a chance to try this out yourself. Once you have completed the exercise, email it to screenworks@intofilm.org and you will receive feedback from Bethany.

Download Bethany's exercise here;

This exercise requires an extract of the script for the movie BlacKkKlansman. Click here to download.

Submitting your work:

  • Complete the table in Bethany's exercise. You can edit the PDF or make your own in a Word Document (based on Bethany's template)
  • Submit your completed exercise to screenworks@intofilm.org
  • Include your name and school/college in the email.
  • Deadline for submissions is Sunday 26th July.

Week Five: Producing with Brendan Mullin from Six Mile Hill Productions

Join Producer Brendan Mullin as he talks about his career, offers industry tips and answers your questions. 

Week Five focuses on the role of the producer - a vital role in any kind of production. This week's exercise will ask you to follow Brendan's advice for devising and delivering a pitch for a story and submit your own pitch to us for feedback.

Exercise: Story Pitching 

In Brendan's video, he outlines his process for creating a pitch for a story, and delivering that pitch to a potential funder.

In this exercise, create your own pitch using the instructions below.

Follow these steps:

Part 1: Loglines (a brief summary of a film that outlines the central conflict of the story, often providing both a synopsis of the story's plot, and an emotional "hook" to stimulate interest)

1) Look at three of your favourite films

2) Following Brendan's advice, write an effective logline for each of these films

Part 2: Create your own story pitch

1) Think about your own movie idea in the genre of Action, Horror or Comedy

2) Create a title - A title should give a sense of the story

3) Create a logline for your story

4) Following Brendan's advice, prepare a 60-90 second pitch for a potential funder


Submitting your work:

  • Pitches can be submitted in written form (word document or PDF) or as an audio file. Video pitches can not be accepted.
  • Submit your pitches to screenworks@intofilm.org
  • Include your name and school/college in the email
  • Deadline for submissions is Sunday 19th July

Week Four: Animation for Documentary with Enter Yes

Join Enter Yes Managing Director Kris Kelly as he talks about his career, offers industry tips and answers your questions. 

Week Four focuses on animation for documentary. This week's exercise will ask you to follow Kris' tutorial and create your own short piece of documentary animation.

Exercise: Watch Kris' tutorial and complete the exercise

In the video below, Kris sets you the task of creating your own short piece of documentary animation, using Adobe After Effects and Photoshop.

Follow these steps:

1) Watch the video in full.

2) Download After Effects and Photoshop*.

3) Download the "Butterfly" clip from Kris' tutorial here.

4) Follow Kris' tutorial.

Submitting your work:

  • Send your animation to screenworks@intofilm.org as an MP4. It may be neccessary to send the file via WeTransfer
  • Include your name and school/college in the email
  • Deadline for submissions is Sunday 12th July

*NOTE: a 30 day free trial of Adobe After Effects is available at https://www.adobe.com/sea/creativecloud/start-with-free-creativecloud.html

Week Three: Concept Art For Games with Outsider Games

Join Outsider Games founder Stephen Downey as he talks about his career, offers industry tips and answers your questions. 

Week Three focuses on creating art for games. This week's exercise will ask you to follow Stephen's brief and create your own concept for a character.

Exercise: Create a concept for a "Jennifer Wilde" character

In the video above, Stephen guides you through his process for creating the concept for a character.

To complete this exercise follow the steps below;

  1. Download this Brief and Guide document.
  2. Follow Stephen's instructions.
  3. Submit your character in the format of your choice by email to screenworks@intofilm.org.

Submitting your work:

  • Send your animation to screenworks@intofilm.org. It may be neccessary to send the file via WeTransfer.
  • Include your name and school/college in the email.
  • Deadline for submissions is Sunday 5th July.
  • You will receive feedback after this deadline.

Week Two: Motion Graphics and VFX with Doublejump Studios

Join Doublejump Studio director Niall Carlin as he talks about his career, offers industry tips and answers your questions. 

In video two, Niall will guide you through the software After Effects and set you an exercise to complete in it.

Exercise: Watch Niall's After Effects tutorial and complete the exercise

In the video below, Niall guides you through an introduction to the software Adobe After Effects* - an important piece of software in the industry of motion graphics and VFX.

To complete this exercise, use After Effects to follow Niall's instructions and create a short animation of a bouncing ball. Save your video as an MP4 and email it to screenworks@intofilm.org. 

Submitting your work:

  • Send your animation to screenworks@intofilm.org as an MP4. It may be neccessary to send the file via WeTransfer
  • Include your name and school/college in the email
  • Deadline for submissions is Sunday 28th June

*NOTE: a 30 day free trial of Adobe After Effects is available at https://www.adobe.com/sea/creativecloud/start-with-free-creativecloud.html

Week One: Documentary Filmmaking with Brian Henry Martin

Join director Brian Henry Martin as he talks about his career as a documentary director, and sets you an exercise on pitching a short documentary film.

Exercise: Prepare a pitch for a documentary

Brian has asked you to prepare a pitch for a short film documentary in 50-100 words.

Each documentary should have FOUR key elements;

  1. A title. Ideally 2-3 words. You can take inspiration from other documentary titles.
  2. What is your story? What happens? Explain your plot.
  3. What is the theme? What is the film really about?
  4. A mission statement. Why are you the right person to make this film?

Submitting your pitches:

  • Send your pitch to screenworks@intofilm.org in the format of your choice
  • Include your name and school/college in the email
  • Deadline for submissions is Sunday 21st June

You will receive feedback from Brian Henry Martin on your pitch!