Irish Film School

#Education: John Boorman and Kieran Corrigan launch Irish Film School

Legends of the Irish film industry director John Boorman and financier Kieran Corrigan today launched the Irish Film School at the Lir Academy Dublin with a reception and interview hosted by
Marian Finucane. Scannain was in attendance for the launch.

Starting from Monday October 22nd, the Irish Film School, based at The Lir Academy in central Dublin, will provide intensive, hands-on classes in filmmaking taught by leading international film and TV professionals, including Hollywood legend Roger Corman and 2018 Academy Award winning VFX firm DNEG (Double Negative).

I founded Irish Film School in order to help young filmmakers to avoid all of the mistakes that I have made during my life in film.
John Boorman, Founder and director

The school has partnered with The London Film Institute and China Film and will expand to London and Beijing

The Irish Film School was established in January 2018 by iconic film director John Boorman and leading film producer and financier Kieran Corrigan. Irish Film School will provide professional training courses in filmmaking, film production, visual FX and the business of film. The training courses have been carefully designed by the founders who lead a team of accomplished international instructors.

These courses will help students to develop the creative, technical and business filmmaking skills needed for today’s dynamic global film industry. They will also be able to network with fellow students, instructors and industry professionals during each course.

These intensive, hands-on classes are taught by the world’s most experienced film and TV professionals. Instructors are fully qualified, active members of the film industry in all fields of filmmaking: directing, producing, screenwriting, visual FX, cinematography, lighting, sound, editing, post-production, etc.

IFS instructors also work at the business end of the film industry in the domains of finance, legal, tax, insurance, sales and distribution.

Fimmaking is the process of turning money into light and then back into money again. In the past I have often been asked to help out and teach this concept by the film industry and I really do what I can. Young filmmakers often come to me to ask for advice and I try to give it to them. I have fifty years of experience in filmmaking and I founded Irish Film School in order to help young filmmakers to avoid all of the mistakes that I have made during my life in film. Also, to communicate my thoughts about film and the kind of film that can be made in the future, using the most modern technologies and equipment.
John Boorman, Founder and director

The Irish Film School will be running five short, intensive training courses in autumn 2018 and spring/summer 2019 in Dublin, London and Beijing.

  • Filmmaking with John Boorman. Work includes: Queen & Country (2014), The Tailor of Panama (2001), Hope and Glory (1987), Excalibur (1982), Deliverance (1972), Point Blank (1967)
  • Business of Film with Kieran Corrigan. Work includes: Supervized (2018), We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2018), Queen & Country (2014), Country of My Skull (2004), The Tailor of Panama, The General (1998), Thumbelina (1994)
  • Film & TV Production with US film and TV line producer Tom Kane. Work includes: Crossfire Trail (2001), Prizzi’s Honor (1985), The Flamingo Kid (1984), Raging Bull (1980), Kramer v Kramer (1979)
  • VFX with Academy Award winners DNEG. Work includes: Mission Impossible – Fallout (2018), Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Dunkirk (2017), Ex Machina (2014 )
  • Smart Filmmaking with iconic Hollywood director Roger Corman. Work includes: Death Race 2050 (2016), Frankenstein Unbound (1990), Little Shop of Horrors (1960), Attack
    of the Crab Monsters (1957)

Education is such a critical aspect of all industries. Teaching people best practice and training people in the industry is key. As a teacher for years in Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin, where I lectured in law, I have first-hand knowledge of the value of education.

The film and television industry is rapidly changing and developing in a whole range of areas. This includes a new focus on post-production techniques, advanced digital services available and a much-needed spotlight on gender equality. It is essential that people entering the industry today from countries around the world have an understanding of the relevant, practical skills that are needed to thrive.

John’s knowledge, experience and expertise is second to none in the industry and in founding the Irish Film School we have taken a great opportunity to give a unique service to the film industry and to offer courses in filmmaking that are led by instructors who are at the top of their game right now.
Kieran Corrigan, Co-founder

Irish Film School have partnered with leading industry advisory groups: Merlin Films, Great Point Media, DNEG, New Horizons, China Film and Kilroy’s College to ensure that the training programmes deliver the most up-to-date skills and best experience.

This is a new way for students to upskill and gain relevant and valuable experience studying with experienced film professionals. The methodology we use is based on an apprenticeship approach. It is a unique opportunity to build contacts in the industry and work with some of the best filmmakers in the world today.
Lisa Wright, Director of Education at Irish Film School

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