Students in TV and Digital Media Production at Nemeton and WIT have been working hard to produce short films that will now premiere at the SGC cinema in Dungarvan
Students of WIT’s Higher Diploma in Television and Digital Media Production have successfully completed an array of imaginative dramas and documentaries while based at Nemeton TV in the Ring Gaeltacht of Co Waterford. Exciting times lie ahead for the student’s as they hope to win awards and have their work broadcast on TV and screened at some of Ireland’s best film festivals.
The students are set to share their work with the public at the SGC Cinema in Dungarvan on the 19th April at 1:30pm - 3.30pm.
Oisin Mistéil - Amach an Sliabh
This talented young Dublin writer and director has produced his second drama “Amach an Sliabh/ Out on the Mountain” which was inspired by his walks in the Comeragh Mountains in Co Waterford. The stunning background of the majestic lake of Coumshingaun became the perfect location and centrepiece-piece for his film. Oisín considers his big move from Dublin to the Ring Gaeltacht to complete the Postgraduate in Television and Digital Media Production with Nemeton TV to be a great step for his future career. The course has given him the opportunity to hone his skills and gain experience in every step of the production process, from writing and storytelling to producing, filming, editing and marketing.
Seán Ó Ciardha - Faoin gCeann Tuí
Another inspiring student from Dublin presents and directs his first short documentary, ‘Faoin gCeann Tuí, a remarkable story of how a visit by a BBC television crew to the filmmaker’s ancestral home in Connemara in the 1960’s impacted the lives of a generation of his family and local people. As Mártan tells us in the film ‘We had never even seen a Television in our lives … it was like we were starring in a Cowboy movie or something’.
Natália Uí Fhaoláin - Ón Rinn go Reykjavik’
Brazilian native and Irish speaker, Natália explores what it means to find a home away from home in her short film 'Ón Rinn go Reykjavik’. In the film, we hear from two girls who exchanged their native homes for very different places, cultures and languages. She meets with Ring Gaeltacht native Sibéal Turraoin, who now lives in Iceland and explores what similarities and differences they share on their unlikely journeys.
Áine Ryan - Feadóg/Whistle
Áine Ryan of the well-known ‘Jim the Mill’ family from Upperchurch, Co Tipperary, has written a beautiful children’s short drama 'Feadóg/Whistle. The film tells the story of a magic tin whistle and a young boy called Eoin who is obsessed with playing it. This short film is another string in Áine’s bow as her quirky dramas have already gained her great critical acclaim, including five star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Damien McManus - O Mheabhair go Méar/ From Mind to Pen
Longford native Damien McManus’s passion for writing comes across strongly in his first short documentary ‘O Mheabhair go Méar/ From Mind to Pen which delves into the mysteries of writing. Does writing have a healing benefit and is it an alternative medicine to counteract depression? Personal stories from three inspiring Déise women with diverse views on life and writing's input on their lives.
Step by step, our students are equipped with the necessary skills needed to not only complete their projects but to learn about all aspects of the media industry. This year, they have yet again benefited from inspirational master classes, with visits from some of the best in the industry here in Ireland: Directors Paula Kehoe and Paddy Hayes, Fair City Actress Carrie Crowley and Peaky Blinder Director of Photography Cathal Watters.
This postgraduate course in Television & Digital Media Production is run by the Waterford Institute of Technology in association Nemeton TV, one of Ireland’s leading production companies, and Udarás na Gaeltachta. This course is widely regarded as the most industry-focused course in the media sector. The core belief is that third level course is relevant, dynamic and genuinely prepare students for industry. The course has gained a high profile in the media industry and has an excellent employment record among course graduates. Films produced on the course have gone on to win Best Irish Language documentary at the National Student Media Awards every year since 2014.
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