Last week; myself and a mixture of familiar and new faces from National Performing Arts School (NPAS) collaborated together for the second year of the “Make a Movie” workshop. This talented group of 12-16 year old film-makers researched, wrote, directed, shot, acted in, costumed, and clapper-boarded two original short films. The first – pitted an ensemble of celebrated Disney princesses vs. a hoard of Zombies and second a Epic Space Adventure – which sent 3 intrepid explorers to Triton; a moon of the planet Neptune.
Last year we brought a green-screen to NPAS at the Factory on Barrow street ; this year we bought the gang to Replayhouse. Moving from a small 10ft green-screen to Replayhouse’s 25ft big brother gave the gang a greater confidence to go bolder; and grander with their ideas. Splitting the week with four days at NPAS developing, scripting and planning; and two shooting at Replayhouse gave us a much larger enviropment to block out the action. Not to mention the added benefit of using more advanced cameras, lenses, lights, tracks, monitors and sound equipment. While the group are used to working in theatre; I was blown away at how quickly and efficiently they grasped the dynamics of working on set with the students very quickly stepping into the roles of Assistant director; grip, sound recordist as well as heads of department; directing their own films.
I think the gang also benefited from being on-location in a fully fledged working studio environment with Peter, Hubie and Burschi popping in and out and poking their heads in to give advice or make suggestions. I think it’s safe to say we’ve defiantly pushed the envelope and taken the workshop to new heights ( outer space!). I was once a student at NPAS myself. It’s been a unique privilege to be asked by Eamon Farrel and Jill Doyle to return for the second year in the role of teacher but also, for the first time to bring this years workshop to Replayhouse. It was absolutely fantastic working alongside and developing stories with Ireland’s next generation of talent.
Post Production will be on-going in the weeks ahead; animating and building out the environments can be a little time-consuming – but I’m really looking forward to seeing how to how the films turn out.
Highlights form last years workshop : http://www.broadsheet.ie/tag/national-performing-arts-school/
- Luke Leslie