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Making the Cut....Career Advice from VFX-artist Keith Brett
26 Jun 2014 | Working on visual effects in the Irish film and TV industry is a competitive world, which requires self-discipline, passion, education and much creativity. However as the digital compositor at one of Dublin’s leading post- production houses Screen Scene Keith Brett outlines below, there is no one way to break into this sector. The company has worked on some of the biggest film and TV titles of the last few years including Ripper Street, Game of Thrones and upcoming sci-fi release Last Days on Mars, starring Liev Schreiber. In another IFTN exclusive, Keith reveals how he came to effects from a science background and the key software needed in becoming a vfx master! 
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Making The Cut....Tomm Moore - Co-Founder and Creative Director of Animation Studio Cartoon Saloon
28 Jan 2014 |  
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Making the Cut...Career Advice from Actor Barry Keoghan
04 Apr 2013 | The period from the initial rush of committing to acting into breaking through for auditions and vying for parts can be an eternal struggle for most and one that can put off even the most talented, battle-hardened youngsters. However, for one local boy who’s been on a sharp rise it took just responding to an ad by director Mark O’Connor in his local area to catch his break and he hasn’t looked back since. 
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Making the Cut...Career Advice from transportation captain Michael Phelan
28 Mar 2013 | The safe transit of Hollywood actors, directors and producers in addition to entire crews onto set, to varying locations and then back to hotels is sometimes a forgotten job on today’s film and TV set. However the complex and utterly essential task of this operation is handled regularly by transportation captain Michael Phelan. 
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Making the Cut…Career Advice from Mairéad Ni Chuaig
13 Mar 2013 | One aspect that both industry and audiences across the Irish TV landscape have long agreed about is TG4’s pioneering prowess and appeal when it comes to travel shows. From Amú le Hector, Déanta in Éirinn to O Tholg go Tolg, the station has constantly excelled in bringing vivid and subversive twists to the genre and its new six-part series WWOOFÁIL looks to be no exception. 
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Making The Cut…Career Advice From Locations Manager Grant Bobbett
28 Feb 2013 | The Irish locations used when shooting both homegrown and international films are often praised for bringing the raw beauty of our country to millions; enticing tourists to visit, and showcasing the jaw-dropping scenery that exist on these shores. 
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Making The Cut…Career Advice From IFTA-Winning Animator Nathan Mateer
20 Feb 2013 | Northern Ireland’s VFX and animation sectors are currently enjoying a rise to prominence, helped by factors such as a skilled graduate base, upcoming tax breaks on animation production and world-class facilities. 
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Making The Cut…Career Advice From Dialogue Coach Poll Moussoulides
13 Feb 2013 | For actors stepping into character, dialects and accents can often be the trickiest parts of their performance to get right. So when Hollywood A-list actors want to perfect the nuances of a difficult screen accent, it makes sense that they turn to Ireland’s leading vocal coach, Poll Moussoulides. 
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Making The Cut… Career Advice From The Art Department
31 Jan 2013 | Working on-set in the art department can be a gruelling and sometimes painstaking process. Productions that seek to build a sense of time or reflect historical accuracy often have extraordinary levels of detail across sets, decoration and props, which require long days and assiduous attention to every square inch of space. 
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Making The Cut: Career Advice From ‘Albert Nobbs’ Hair Stylist Lorraine Glynn
17 Jan 2013 | Designing hair styles on movie sets often conjures up images of beauty, often making it glamorous work. Hair styling has long contributed to transforming well-known actors and achieving iconic, unforgettable film looks. From Princess Leia’s buns in ‘Star Wars’, to Bo Derek’s cornrows in ‘10’ to Uma Thurman’s bob in ‘Pulp Fiction’, hair styling in films is often overlooked, but is an integral part of the filmmaking process. 
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Making the Cut: Career Advice From ‘Ripper Street’ Costume Designer Lorna Marie Mugan
10 Jan 2013 | Costume designer Lorna Marie Mugan is currently leading the international pack of Irish designers who have secured an international reputation on film and TV sets. 
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Making The Cut: Career Advice From Stunt Man Donal O’Farrell
20 Dec 2012 | The exhilarating thrill of overseeing dangerous, often-expensive film stunts is the day-to-day reality of Donal O’Farrell, Ireland’s most accomplished stunt co-ordinator. Having worked in the industry as a stuntman and arranger, Farrell’s CV reads like a veritable checklist of major Irish film productions in the last 20 years. Having worked on the sets of ‘Saving Private Ryan’, ‘Braveheart’, ‘Reign of Fire’ and ‘Ella Enchanted’, O’Farrell has mixed with the crème de la crème of Hollywood on a different level. 
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Making the Cut: Career Advice From ‘Love/Hate’ Composer Ray Harman
12 Dec 2012 | Irish composer Ray Harman almost chose the rock star path, spending the 80s and early 90s as the guitarist in Tom Dunne’s band Something Happens, who are known for their hits ‘Parachute’ and ‘Petrol’. 
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Making The Cut: Career Advice From Director Of Photography Suzie Lavelle
07 Dec 2012 | In what is generally regarded to be an industry profession dominated by men, Suzie Lavelle has fought her way to become one of Ireland’s most promising directors of photography. In 2010, she became the first female winner of the Director of Photography IFTA for her work on Conor Horgan’s ‘One Hundred Mornings’ and has since been nominated a second time for Rebecca Daly’s ‘The Other Side of Sleep’. 
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Making The Cut: Career Advice From Casting Director Louise Kiely
29 Nov 2012 | Louise Kiely has built her reputation as one of Ireland’s leading casting directors. This year alone she has cast a number of up-and-coming Irish actors in successful films, including Jack Reynor in the critically acclaimed ‘What Richard Did’, as well as the upcoming BBC series ‘Quirke’, which has just added three new characters, ‘Ripper Street’ which wrapped production in Dublin last July, and ‘The Sea’ which is currently in post-production in Dublin. 
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Making The Cut: Career Advice from Production Designer Mark Geraghty
23 Nov 2012 | From the cobbles of Dublin city to Hollywood movie sets, Mark Geraghty’s career as a production designer has taken him all over the world. 
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Making The Cut: Career Advice from ‘What Richard Did’ Editor Nathan Nugent
15 Nov 2012 | IFTA-nominated editor Nathan Nugent has worked across a plethora of film and TV projects, including the IFTA Award-winning feature ‘As If I Am Not There’ and Lenny Abrahamson’s internationally acclaimed feature film ‘What Richard Did’. 
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Making The Cut: Career Advice From…‘Game of Thrones’ Sound Recordist Ronan Hill
07 Nov 2012 | Emmy Award winner and two-time IFTA winner, Ronan Hill is one of the most in-demand production sound mixers and sound recordists working in Ireland. 
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IFTA Nominees Announced
09 Jan 2007 |  
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Fantastic Proud of Five Films in Fleadh
01 Jul 2004 |  
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