The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Screen Training Ireland and TV3’s drama series Red Rock have announced details of a new, exciting work placement scheme that will be launched in September. The Red Rock Training Scheme will offer a select number of placement opportunities on the set of TV3’s drama series – produced by Element Pictures in association with Angel Station – as it enters into production of season 2.
These six-week placements will introduce participants to essential skills in a number of key production departments, such as Locations, Wardrobe, Hair/Make-Up, Art Department, Continuity, and Post Production. It is hoped that the scheme will encourage new talent to gain skills and experience in many of the key production departments, enabling them to take further steps in the film and television industry.
To raise awareness about the programme, a special open day event will be held on Saturday 19th September 2015 on the Red Rock production base in Dublin. The event, which is open to a maximum of 100 people, will offer attendees the opportunity to learn about different aspects of TV drama production from a range of industry experts, and gain an insight into how Red Rock is made from the show’s heads of departments. People interested in taking part can register here
Speaking about the scheme, Teresa McGrane, Deputy CEO of the Irish Film Board, said: “We’re delighted to announce this exciting and innovative scheme which offers work-based skills development opportunities to new talent into the growing film and TV production sector”.
Celene Craig, Deputy CEO of the BAI, also welcomed the announcement saying “Facilitating Learning and Development in the Irish broadcasting sector is one of the key themes of the BAI’s Strategic Statement 2014-2016. The Red Rock Training Scheme is an excellent example of the strategy being put into practice and we wish the participants every success”.
TV3 Group Director of Content, Lynda McQuaid, said: “As Red Rock demonstrates the depth and breadth of talent in the film and TV industry in Ireland, from behind the scenes right through to production and cast, I am particularly delighted to partner with Screen Training Ireland and The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland in an initiative which encourages and develops future talent.”
Series Executive Producer Ed Guiney said: “We are truly delighted to be part of providing a new generation of Irish talent with the opportunity to cut their teeth on Red Rock.” Series Executive Producer John Yorke added “I’ve been involved in training for most of my career, and this is one of the most exciting schemes I can remember and an amazing opportunity for young talent.”
Notes to Editor
Full details of the RED ROCK training scheme and application procedure can be found on the Screen Training Ireland website at www.screentrainingireland.ie. Screen Training Ireland is part of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, the national development agency for the Irish audiovisual industry. Screen Training Ireland provides on-going training for the screen sectors through the delivery of world class training initiatives.