Camera Crew ability
Directing & Writing ability
Production & Management ability
Sound Crew ability
Runner or Assistant ability
I began in film-making in 2004, having changed career direction in order to realise my original ambition from my student days to write and direct films after working as a lawyer both in practice and in legal education, research and training. Going the practical route to garner as much film-making experience as I could in different crewing positions in as many departments involved in the making of a film as possible, I worked on more than thirty film and tv productions - mainly short films - while doing over a dozen part-time courses in different areas of film production along the way, including screen acting roles (initially only in order to get on more sets as well as to help prepare me for directing actors, although I've since come to actually enjoy acting in interesting film projects).
I've attended the following p/t training courses in film-making:
‘Film and Video Production’ course at the National Film School in Dun Laoghaire IADT- this Portfolio Preparation Course ran every Saturday from 9 October 2004 to 5 March 2005 – principal tutors Ken Wardrop and Andrew Freedman, assisted by other recent graduates of its BA degree course in Film & TV Production;
‘Legal Issues for Filmmakers’ one-day course - tutor Mark Byrne, lawyer, at Filmbase, April 2005;
‘Screenwriting for Beginners’ course (6 week/1 eve) at Filmbase, April/May 2005 – tutor Lindsay Sedgwick;
‘DV Production and Online Broadcasting’ ) City & Guilds course (8-week/1-eve) at New Media Technology College, January-March 2006 – tutors Sarah Arnold et al;
‘Camera and Lighting Nightclass’, (6-week/1-eve) at Filmbase, February-March 2006 - tutor Ivan McCullough;
'Advanced Screenwriting’ course (6 week/1 eve) at Filmbase, May/June 2006 – tutor Stephen Walsh;
‘Sound for Film’ course (one-weekend) at Filmbase, 10/11 June 2006 – tutor Noel Quinn;
'Directing for Screen’ course (6-week/1-eve) at Filmbase, 25 July-29 August 2006 – tutor Vinny Murphy;
‘Producing a Short Film’ course (one-weekend) at Filmbase, 2/3 September 2006 – tutors Conor Barry and Brendan Culleton;
‘Assistant Director’ course (one-weekend) at Filmbase, 31 March/1 April 2007 – tutor Charlie Endean;
‘Heritage Documentary Filmmaking’ (five days) at the Heritage and Digital Media School, NorthernVisions/NvTv media centre, Belfast, Nov 2009;
‘Directing Short Films’ course (one day) at Northern Visions/NvTv media centre, December 2009 - tutor Hugh McGrory;
‘The Art of Editing’ course (one day) at Northern Visions/NvTv media centre, 8 March 2011 – tutor Brian Philip Davis.
'Video Art & Film-making' course (10-week/1-eve) at Rathmines College and The MART Gallery & Studios, January-April 2016 - tutor Matthew Nevin.
'Best Practice for Production Co-ordinators', an online course given by Screen Skills Ireland over 5 mornings in July 2019.
My Crewing CV is available on request.