Guest Speakers & Workshops 2013


Animation Workshop

Sponsored by Award winning Brown Bag Films

Award wining Brown Bag Films® are Europe’s most exciting, original and successful creative-led animation studio. Since 1994, their Dublin-based headquarters have produced cutting-edge animation for the international market, bagging numerous awards along the way. These include Oscar® nominations for Give Up Yer Aul Sins (2002), Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty (2010) and Bafta and Emmy nominations for their hugely popular TV series, Octonauts (2011)

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Jennie Stacey Head of Development, Brown Bag Films

Jennie Stacey has 15 years experience in the Film and Television industry in the development of animation and live action programming. Jennie began her career in London in independent film production. At Little Bird Films she worked on a number of feature films, TV series and documentaries for UK and international broadcast. In 2000 Jennie joined Universal Pictures International as Programming Manager of their Children & Family Programming division. At Universal Jennie worked across the production and distribution of children’s animation and live action series such as Maisy (ITV UK/Nick US), Sitting Ducks (Cartoon Network), Boo! (BBC) and Hi Five! (NINE Australia/FIVE UK). commissioning and developing programming for their Children’s and Entertainment departments. Jennie has been with Brown Bag Films since 2006 where she produces their development slate of original television series for international broadcasters. Jennie returned to Ireland in 2005 where she joined national broadcaster RTE as Development Executive, commissioning and developing programming for their Children’s and Entertainment departments.

Richard KeaneDirector/Head of Previsualisation, Brown Bag Films

Richard Keane went to Ballyfermot Animation College and was hired straight from there to work at Monster Animation in Dublin. He was Head of 3D Animation but also moved into Flash animation while there. He got to work on many short films, adverts and TV shows including the series “Rhoobard & Custard Too”. After 3 years he moved to Glasgow. Animation where he was Head of Story and Layout, Editor and Supervising Animator on ”Sir Billi the Vet”, a 3D animated feature film starring Sean Connery. He returned to Ireland a year later to direct a live- action short film which he also wrote and produced called “Perpetual Darkness”. He is currently working at Brown Bag Films where he is the Head of Previsualisation for the studio. He has worked many short films there as well as the TV series “Olivia”, “Noddy in Toyland”, “The Octonauts”, “Doc McStuffins” and currently working on a new series called “The Happy Hugglemonsters”.

Damien O’Connor Director & Writer, Brown Bag Films

Since graduating from IADT in 1996, Damien has written and directed 4 Irish Film Board funded shorts: Mutt, Ledog, the IFTA nominated Dick Terrapin and most recently, the IFTA nominated After You. Damien worked as an editor on Noddy, Olivia the Pig and the Emmy nominated Octonauts. He was Retakes Supervisor on Doc McStuffins for Disney and currently works as a storyboard artist for Brown Bag film studios in Dublin.

Film Maker & Producer Workshop

Edwina ForkinProducer

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Edwina Forkin set up Zanzibar Films in 2002 where she has created a strong, strategic, dynamic company. Edwina’s debut Feature HEADRUSH (2003) has four international awards to its credit. Her latest feature SUGAR was premiered in Sundance 2005 and screened in competition at Edinburgh & Thessaloniki film festivals.

SWANSONG – the story of Occi Byrne (2010) six IFTA nominations – Best Actor – IFTA 2011.
Also recently completed 2 GRAVES – director Yvonne McDevitt, (2011). She is also involved as co-producer on feature films DOT.COM (2006) & JOHNNY WAS (2005) and associate producer on SOUL BOY(2009) and on recent short film NOWHERE IN PARTICULAR (2012)

Her feature length documentaries are AIDAN WALSH – MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE (2002) and BREAKING BOUNDARIES – the Irish Cricket team’s world cup (2008) -Shimmy Marcus’s Documentary GOOD CAKE BAD CAKE (2011) and Patrick Jolley’s Documentary – A DOOR A JAR (2011)Currently in post-production on the TV series JACK TAYLOR – “PRIEST & THE SORROWS” as well as in pre-production on the next TV series of JACK TAYLOR – “TINKERS”.

She is working on numerous features 66 DEGREES buy valium diazepam usa NORTH – director Oskar Jonasson due for production early 2013 while also co-producing The Treehouse – 2012.

Film Maker & Documentary Workshop

Peter Nicholson Freelance Director, Writer & Producer

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BAFTA winner Peter Nicholson has twenty-eight years experience writing, directing and producing prime-time UK network and international television programmes. He trained in film drama under the British feature film director Mike Figgis and in documentary with the late Denis Mitchell.

Peter’s award-winning films include:
BAFTA – Nuremberg, Goering’s Last Stand 2006
EMMY (Prime Time) – Pompeii – The Last Day 2004
BBC Audience Award – Pompeii – The Last Day 2004
RTS – Pompeii – The Last Day 2004
RTS – Beasts of the Roman Games 2005
Gold – New York TV Festival – Day of the Kamikaze 2008
Best Screenplay – Dartmoor Killing (aka Hikers) Tulsa IFF 2011
BAFTA Nomination (Editing) – Japan’s Tsunami – Caught on Camera 2012
DUK/ARRI Alexa Challenge – Dartmoor Killing 2012/13

In 2011, Peter set up Peter Nicholson Films Ltd, to develop independent film projects. The first fruit of this was a short film, titled The Silence, featuring a cameo by 70’s screen icon Susan George.
The Silence was Official Selection at Tulsa IFF 2011, Salento IFF 2011 and Lucerne IFF (Showcase) 2011.

Dartmoor Killing, PNF’s first feature is currently in advanced development.

Actors Workshop

Stephen Lord Actor

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Stephen is best known for his roles in Shameless, Eastenders, Default, Heartbeat and Casualty. His breakout roles were in the Cannes winner Raining Stones, a Ken Loach film and Jonno Fox in the award winning “Common As Muck” for the BBC which led him to BAFTA recognition. His solid performances as Darwin in two series of Carla Lane’s comedy for the BBC “ Luv”, Into the Fire by award winning writer Tony Marchant led to 2 series of “City Central” for the BBC playing rookie cop PC Steve Jackson.

Stephen has gone on to film Jackboots on Whitehall(2010), starring alongside Ewan McGregor, Timothy Spall and Richard E. Grant. He also took a trip back to his roots, by working with the much-loved director, Ken Loach, in his latest film, Route Irish (2010), and worked with the 3-times Oscar DOP whose films include “The Killing Fields” (2000)

A familiar face on the small screen, Stephen lit up the big screen with his performances in “The Bullion Boys” which picked up the Emmy award directed by Christopher Morahan. “Judge Dredd”, “Giving Tongue” and “Prince of Denmark Hill” followed. With a filmography that many actors dream of Stephen also played a mad anarchist Fazer in “SW9” for Fruit Salad Films and “Al’s Lads” opposite Ricky Tomlinson and Richard Roundtree which was directed by ‘Cracker’s’ original director Richard Standeven.

As well as“Octane” with Madeline Stow for Random Harvest and Four Horseman Films and the leading role of Spook a psychotic marine in Random Harvest and Four Horseman’s “LD50”. Stephen also enjoyed filming “Reverb” a psychological thriller with Leo Gregory and Eve Bertwistle and he played opposite the much loved Stephen Rea and Jean Claude Van Damme in the new Action film “Till Death”. One of his many amazing short films was an adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s “Tell Tale Heart” working with Oscar winner Jack Cardiff. He also worked on the small micro budget film “The Truth” with Elaine Cassidy and Elizabeth McGovern and again with Jean Claude Van Damme playing an American bad guy Benjamin Myers in the $12 m action film “The Shepherd”.

Director of Photography Workshop

Cian De Buitlear DOP

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Cian de Buitléar has over twenty years experience as director of photography (D.O.P)

He started film making with his father Eamon making natural history films for BBC, National Geographic, RTE, TG4, etc. He has worked on series such as “Wildlife on One” and “The Natural World” with David Attenborough. In recent years he has worked mainly on feature films, commericials and documentaries.He is married to Bairbre with two sons Colm and Eoin. He lives in An Cheathrú Rua, Co. na Gaillimhe.

Hundreds of Commercial credits including
Coca Cola, Toyota, Vodafone, Tennets, Guiness, Heineken, Hennessey, Ballygowan, National Lottery, Eircom, ESAT, Meteor, VHI, Carolans, Baileys etc.