Filmbase Course - Close Up
Filmbase Course - Close Up

#Training: Close Up – New talent development scheme for actors at Filmbase

Filmbase has announced the first in a series of talent development schemes for actors. Close Up is a professional development programme for actors at Filmbase, which is open to actors who wish to engage in a series of workshops with a range of professional directors working across film and television projects. The studio will run on Tuesday evenings and actors will work with a different director each week, adding up to a unique series of professional workshops.

Close Up is intended as a programme for actors who are developing their screen careers and can benefit from focused professional feedback on craft technique. Participants must have some existing credits or recognised professional training in order to apply. It is not a traditional acting course and is not suitable for beginners.

Each workshop will be led by a different director, ensuring that all participating actors gain a valuable experience working with a range of different professionals and gaining an insight into the different ways directors communicate and prepare actors for scenes.

Directors taking part will include Lisa Mulcahy (The Legend of Longwood, Red Rock), Kieron J Walsh ( The Savage Eye, Jump, Rapt), Nick Kelly (Delphine, Why the Irish Dance that Way, Shoe), Johnny Gogan (The Last Bus Home, Mapmaker, Black Ice), Frank Berry (Teenage Cics, Ballymun Lullaby, I Used to Live Here) and Louise Ní Fhiannachta (Rúbaí, Eipic, Ros na Rún).

Application Process:

Actors wishing to take part are invited to submit an application before 5PM Thursday 3rd November.
To apply you will need:
1. Completed Online Application Form
2. Your professional CV and headshot
3. Showreel/Scenes
4. Filmbase membership number
Application is open to all members of Filmbase and places are fully sponsored. Studio blocks will run on six week rotations, beginning Tuesday 8th of November 2016 until Tuesday 13th December. There will be a limited number of places available per studio block to ensure a high quality of experience for all taking part.

Selection Criteria:

Spaces on the programme are limited to 16. Application to the programme does not guarantee a place. In the event that applications exceed the number of places available, priority will be given to emerging actors with feature film, television, commercial or short film experience in professional productions. Showreel scenes will be required as proof of existing experience. Actors who have completed advanced training in screen acting will be considered on the basis of showreel scenes shot as part of their training.

The final pool of actors selected for the programme will be chosen by a panel.
This is professional development workshop series. It is not a traditional acting class and is not suitable for beginners.

Taking Part:

Applicants will be notified by 5pm, Friday 4th November if you are being offered a place on the programme. Once you confirm your place we will ask you to fully commit to attending all modules in your block to allow for programme continuity and planning of exercises. If you will not be able to attend all modules Filmbase would kindly ask you to decline your place to allow someone else to attend. You will not lose your place on the programme if you do so and your place will carry forward to a future studio block.

Actors must be 18 or over to take part. You must be available to take part in all six modules. Although the there is no application fee you must be a Filmbase member to apply.


− Script Breakdown & Analysis
− Finding Your Unique Voice
− Getting Clarity of Vision
− Articulating Your Vision
− Being the Actor
− Working with Directors
− Shooting & Reviewing Scenes
− Actors/Directors Tool Kit
− Creating an Honest Moment/Performance
− Auditioning & Casting
− Rehearsals: The Different Approaches
− Getting Your Work Seen

Directors Dates:

Lisa Mulcahy – 8th Nov, 7pm until 10pm

Kieron J Walsh – 15th Nov, 7pm until 10pm

Nick Kelly – 22nd Nov, 7pm until 10pm

Johnny Gogan – 29th Nov, 7pm until 10pm

Frank Berry – 6th Dec, 7pm until 10pm

Louise Ní Fhiannachta – 13th Dec, 7pm until 10pm


For more information and link to the online application form check out