Film Production Unit at Trinity College Dublin FPU@TCD
About UsFilm Studies at Trinity is a relatively new discipline, having launched as a TSM subject in 2003/04. The subject is now firmly established on the TSM programme with a strong faculty and links to industry, including our filmmaker in residence, Oscar-nominated Lenny Abrahamson. In addition, with practical modules core in the discipline, our students have a broad range of filmmaking skills.
We are now developing our position within college as an educator in film production with our Film Production Unit that can serve all subjects and disciplines. On a practical level, this has entailed setting aside a college space as a small film studio, equipping it with lights and a green screen, and further developing our existing digital package for filming and editing.
The Film Production Unit in the School of Creative Arts at Trinity College Dublin currently offers a variety of media packages to assist Trinity College staff members and discipline areas with a range of media services. These packages feature students and recent graduates gaining valuable work experience while being mentored by, and working alongside, industry professionals and creative practitioners based in the College.
RationaleWe recognize the centrality of audio-visual literacy to academic practice, in interfacing with the public, engaging with the community and professional development. To give one example, many school webpages open with a welcome from the head of school. Clicking on this brings up a page of text. How much more dynamic would this be were it to feature a short filmed personal address?
Another potential feature on school websites would be to have students talking about their learning experiences. This would enhance TCD’s appeal to local and international students while giving a more personal feel to the college’s global welcome strategy. All of this is common practice in comparative UK institutions. Another such usage would be in funding applications. Increasingly applicants are being offered the opportunity to make a short video presentation in support of their application. TCD needs to be able to compete in this field too. Other areas that would benefit from this facility include those disciplines (such as Law and Business) where students are trained in interview techniques and public speaking. The Unit will also train researchers in interviewing and recording on film for project-based work. Overall, there are very few departments that would not benefit from familiarizing staff and students with ‘to camera’ presentation skills and/or basic competencies in filming.
To achieve the above, we have three services that are available.
Service to the communityIn the future, we envisage that this unit will offer technical assistance to the charity sector and local communities in making promotional films. This work would be carried out pro-bono or for a minimal fee as part of TCD’s engagement with the wider community.
Raw video package
- €200 for each hour of the lecture, event etc. for industry and external users (charged in 25% increments for each additional 15 minutes)
- €100 for each hour of the lecture, event, etc. for Trinity based users
- TBD for non-profit organizations and NGOs
This package provides a digital archive of your conference, lecture, guest speaker or other event. Unedited with titles added at the front and back of the event.
This will be delivered as a .mov file on a USB hard drive or memory stick supplied by the user. The file can also be uploaded to an Unlisted YouTube channel if so desired (or prepared for such an upload). This package includes camera and sound kit, a camera operator, a sound recordist, and basic graphics.
Edited Video Package:
- From €2,000 to €12,000 for industry and external users (costs dependent on the exact nature of the project or event)
- From €1,000 to €6,000 for Trinity based users (costs dependent on the exact nature of the project or event)
- TBD for non-profit organizations and NGOs
This package provides an edited mini-documentary of your conference, lecture, guest speaker, web based film, short documentary or other event. It can also be used to create short documentaries as part of funding applications. The exact agreed length of the event and the length of the finished documentary will determine the cost, with longer films having a higher cost. This mini-documentary will be delivered as a .mov file on a USB hard drive or memory stick supplied by the user. The file can also be uploaded to an Unlisted YouTube channel if so desired. This package includes: camera equipment, sound kit, lighting, camera operator, sound recordist, director/producer, editor, post-production facilities, green screen and graphics. Original music can also be scored for an added cost.
Long form Documentary or Video Production:
- Cost TBD on a case by case basis
Internal, Trinity-based users and schools can also work with the Film Production Unit to tailor a specialized use of video to suit your needs. This could include an ongoing educational or research project, archiving of an ongoing or long-term experiment, or an interdisciplinary project that utilizes Media. It can also be used as an element of the dissemination of a research project.
The cost of such a production can be negotiated and will be entirely determined by the scope and range of activities required. Please note that costs can be remunerated through services, in-kind contributions, or other agreed payment.
This year the Film Production Unit has worked with the following academics and disciplines:
1. Dr. Shane Bergin, School of Physics
- Sophister Film Studies students made three short documentaries about Physics experiments. The idea was to teach interdisciplinary skills to both: film students who may end up working on Science documentaries or television shows, and Physics students who need to learn to communicate their experiments clearly to a wider audience
2. Aoife McLysaght, Smurfit Institute of Genetics
- Masters Film Studies students worked with Genetics students to create short documentaries explaining a genetic principle. The films were aimed at bringing new knowledge about genetics to a wider audience while teaching the aforementioned interdisciplinary skills to students from both disciplines
3. Patricia Boyle, International Marketing Manager, Global Relations Office
- Trinity's Global Engagement video highlights the range of partnerships, student exchange opportunities and research collaborations. The video is a colourful insight into only a small selection of initiatives showing the scope and breadth of global activity across the Trinity University and abroad
4. Dr. John Kennedy, Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science
- Through a Teaching Innovation Grant, the FPU made a series of video experiments to be viewed by first year engineering students. This way students could go back to the videos, rather than their notes, to see how an experiment operated.
5. Naomi Elliot, School of Nursing & Midwifery
- A series of short films were made to help patients with epilepsy discuss their condition with friends, family and colleagues.
In addition, the unit has worked with the ADAPT Centre at the School of Computer Science, been part of Horizon 2020 applications, and done other interdisciplinary work throughout College.
To book our Film Production Unit packages, please complete this Booking Form and return to Justin MacGregor at MACGREGJ@tcd.ie . Once your package and cost is agreed with Justin, please ask your Oracle Preparer to raise an internal trade PO on Oracle for the service. Please select TCD Film Production Unit from the Oracle list of suppliers. Please contact Gail Weadick at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 1715, should you have any payment PO queries.
Justin MacGregor is an award-winning filmmaker who spent sixteen years in Vancouver, Canada combining work in the service production industry as an Assistant Director and member of the Locations Department on major Hollywood films and television shows, with making his own films. He has worked with filmmakers such as John Woo and Michael Ritchie along with show runners such as Peter Lefcourt (Beggars and Choosers) and Robert Hewitt Wolfe (Andromeda). His own work has played at film festivals from Vancouver to Mumbai, been broadcast in over seventeen countries and released on DVD internationally. He spent three years as a Professor at Capilano University's Film Centre, Canada's largest film school, and was Head of Media at the University of Bolton, a BBC Educational Partner. Student films he has supervised have played at dozens of film festivals and won student and non-student film awards. His professional practice continues as he writes feature film scripts for such filmmakers as Carl Bessai (Normal (with Carrie Ann Moss), Emile (with Sir Ian McKellen)) while producing his own features and documentaries. His most recent area of interest lies in multiplatform content and how the digital revolution has altered the means of distribution. He has also won awards for his theatrical work.
Trinity staff that can be available to the film production unit include: award-winning film producer Nodlag Houlihan, actor/director Liam O’Mochain, playwright Michael West, Colm Nolan (Penny Dreadful), and others. Recent graduates will also be given the opportunity to develop their professional practice through the FPU.
John Sherlock Assistant Professor and Film Studies Practice Coordinator
Department of Film Studies
School of Creative Arts
Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin
Dublin 2, Ireland
+353 (0)1 896 3962