Teen Film Making and Acting for Camera by Gillian Reynolds

The summer camps at Dublin Central School of Acting are an action packed intensive week long workshop for 12-17 year olds.The course is specifically designed for young people with little or no experience in film-making or acting for camera – which is very different from stage acting!

At DCSA, students learn the difference between stage and film acting.
It is suitable for students who want to work as a Blogger on You Tube, like Casper Lee, or act for Screen, or explore the possibility of Film Directing.

Many movie Directors and Actors began making short films as teens before going to film or drama school. Others learnt creatively without ever going to film or drama school!!!! Others may be just curious as how you become a You Tube blogger like Casper Lee – who has become a very, very wealthy young man by just blogging.

It is aimed at students who either want to be Film Directors or for those who want to be Screen Actors.
If you want to be a be a director or actor – you need to know how to direct actors, and as an actor you need to know what to expect from a director. You have to learn how to work with each other – to communicate with each other and to understand their respective roles, so that the film is the best it can be – with both parties pulling together.The day is divided between instruction, followed by practicals – so all that is learnt in theory is immediately put into practice. We switch constantly from theory to “on set” demonstrations.

Topics covered:

The Casting Director – What exactly do they do, and how do you become a Casting Director for Films/T.V./Commercials?


What every Actor and Film Director needs to know. The Essentials! How to create a character and back-story.

The importance of Improvisation

Acting for camera: Camera angles, eye lines, and framing

What is a You Tube Blogger and how do you set up a Blog? Who is needed on a film set, and who is needed off a film set!
What exactly does everyone do from the “runner” to the “producer”.

Artistic Vision-

Auditions and Casting

How to communicate with the Actor and Crew.

How the  script is so important to any film.The key ingredients for a successful script – Theme, Character, Story structure, conflict, tension.How to break a script down.


We learn how to use the camera and how to light a set.
Crew up
Cast the roles


Shooting sample scenes using the knowledge learnt about camera angles and eye lines for camera.

Playback on screen

Why editing is so important!

Summer 2018=2 camps to choose from: both in July

MONDAY TO FRIDAY 10am -3.30pm
July: Monday 9th- 10th,11th,12th,13th (Mon-Fri)
 WEEK 2: 10am-3.30pm
July: Monday 23rd,24th,25th,26th,27th(Mon-Fri)

Venue: The Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2.

Fee: €250 per camp

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Brendan Harrington by Gillian Reynolds

Brendan is a well established photographer. A large proportion of his work is in the area of Actors Headshots, working to Industry
Standards / Spotlight requirements.
He is highly credited by Casting Directors, Drama Schools and Agents.

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Alan Dunne by Gillian Reynolds

Alan Dunne Biography-photo attached-click through to blog Alan is a professional videographer, editor and cinematographer.
He has led crews of up to fifty people in various projects over the years. He has shot everything from documentaries to ballet

Alan Dunne is also an award-winning writer/director. His short films have played in Ireland and abroad, garnering much attention through the years. His film “Earthly Bonds” which stars Peter Coonan (Love/Hate) was the winner of the Film In Cork 2017 Award. As a writer he has had scripts optioned by Grand Pictures (Moone Boy) and Egg Productions
(Cardboard Gangsters).

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Ronan O’Leary by Gillian Reynolds

Ronan O’Leary has directed such films as “RIDERS TO THE SEA” starring Oscar-winner Geraldine Page and Amanda Plummer, “FRAGMENTS OF
ISABELLA”, “DIARY OF A MADMAN”, and “HELLO, STRANGER”, based on a screenplay by Truman Capote. Ronan also directed and co-scripted “DRIFTWOOD” starring James Spader.

His screenplay credits include Noel Pearson’s “FRANKIE STARLIGHT”, starring Matt Dillon and Gabriel Byrne, and the animated Bible series “THE SIGN OF THE FISH” featuring Sir Ben Kingsley. His documentary work includes “HOLD THE PASSION”, the history of the Focus Theatre in Dublin, featuring Gabriel Byrne.

As a film editor, Ronan’s credits include the war drama “THE SHELTERING DESERT” starring Jason Connery, and “SPEED DATING” starring Hugh O’Connor, plus numerous Irish shorts. He recently worked as Creative Consultant on John Boorman’s war drama “QUEEN & COUNTRY.”

Ronan has lectured at the UK’s National Film School, the London Film School, and the European Film School in Berlin, and served on Festival juries in Berlin, Cork, Bosnia and Croatia.

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Keith Dixon by Gillian Reynolds

Keith Dixon is a Dublin based photographer. Keith only picked up a camera for the first time in 2010 and quickly became recognised by ballerina Monica Loughman for his ability to shoot dance. He remains company photographer there since 2012. He also works with Moscow State Opera, Perm Opera and Ballet theatre, Rough Magic theatre company, to name but a few. He is also resident photographer at the Lir Academy. Keith has had work on display in Dublin art gallery The Doorway Gallery and now has exhibitions with The Gallery Dalkey. He is continually striving to excel at his craft and to bring out the very best in his subjects.

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Clelia Murphy by Gillian Reynolds

Tutor:  Advanced Acting for Camera for Film / Episodic TV / Soaps

Clelia played  Niamh Brennan for 22 years in RTÉ’s long-running drama series and flagship show FAIR CITY.
She played the role of Lorraine in Deadpan Picture’s new comedy series for RTÉ 2, NOWHERE FAST, created by Alison Spittle.

On stage, Clelia has played the role of Maeve in a touring production of BOOM by Isobel Mahon, directed by Caroline Fitzgerald.
Other recent theatre credits include the role of Lulubelle LaVelle in John Murphy’s touring musical ELVIS IS MY DADDY, and the role of Frau Gabor in SPRING AWAKENING, directed by the internationally-acclaimed György Vidovszy.

Recent film credits include Vivienne de Courcy’s feature DARE TO BE WILD, Jack Conroy’s THE GAELIC CURSE, Jason Figgis’ URBAN TRAFFIC, JFK – THE BADGEMAN CONSPIRACY directed by John Sheridan and Paul Valentine, and the short film CLEAN SLATE directed by Will Morgan.

Other film work includes GRABBERS for Samson Films, Parallel Pictures’ 
THE GIFT OF THE MAGI, and Stephen Kane’s award-winning THE CROOKED MILE.

In 2015 Clelia co-produced and starred in Jennifer Davidson’s award winning short  WAITING FOR TOM directed by Ruth O’Looney, which was officially selected to screen at the Galway Film Fleadh, Cork, Foyle, Dingle and Chicago film festivals. It also screened in the Irish Film
Festival London where it won for Best Short. Clelia is also one of Ireland’s most experienced V.O. artists, with a career that has seen her lending her voice to some of Ireland’s biggest brands and best-loved shows.

Radio work includes working with John Boorman on his radio play THE HIT LIST, Bill Hugh’s GRACE, Joe O’Byrne’s CRANE, and Catherine
Brennan’s THE GUILTY HEART. In 2017 she voiced the role of Miss Higgin’s in KINSEY ONE THROUGH FIVE by Veronica Coburn, produced by Kevin Reynolds for RTÉ Radio Drama on One.

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Hilary Reynolds by Gillian Reynolds

Hilary Reynolds

Tutor: Advanced Acting for Camera for Film/Episodic T.V./Soaps

Hilary Reynolds is an IFTA nominated senior scriptwriter on Fair City. She recently worked on LITTLE ROY for Jam Media / CBBC. Her Radio play MATILDA’S GARDEN was short listed for the PJ O’Connor awards and was produced by RTE. As a freelance journalist she has written for many publications including The Irish Business Post and London Evening Standard. She has worked extensively as an actor for the BBC, RTE, The Abbey, The Gate, The Royal National Theatre, Th Court.

Before Hilary turned to writing she was a highly successful Actress. Her theatre credits include: The Weir (Valerie), Lady Windermere’s Fan (Lady Windermere), Romeo & Juliet (Juliet), Hay Fever Sorel, Our Country’s Good (Mary Brennan) – All for the Gate Theatre Dublin. Ourselves Alone (Frieda) Royal Court London, Of Others (Kim), Royal National Theatre London, Agnes Of God (Agnes) Greenwich Theatre London, The Country Girl(Nancy) Apollo Theatre London, The Plough & The Stars (Nora) Riverbank and Glasgow Citizens Theatre.

Television and Film work include:
The Clinic Aideen Bylan RTE, Fair City- Shelly RTE, Backup -Sarah BBC, Shoot Mary BBC TV, Foreign Bodies (Roisin) BBC TV series, Crossfire (Maureen) BBC TV series, Invitation to a Party (Eileen) BBC TV, Caught In A Free State (Una) Channel 4/RTE. Take The High Road (Mary) STV, The Irish R.M. (Letticia) Channel 4 Dir Peter Sykes, The Daisy Chain (Social Worker Indian Summer Nurse) Channel Four Films, An Awfully Big Adventure (Babs) BBC.

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Peter Sheridan by Gillian Reynolds

Peter Sheridan

Tutor: Advanced Acting for Camera for Film/Episodic T.V./Soaps

Born in Dublin, Peter Sheridan is a writer, Theatre director, playwright, screenwriter, and Film director. He was one of the founder members of Project Arts Centre. He has worked with Charabanc Theatre Company and the Royal Court Theatre where he directed his own plays,The Liberty Suit and Emigrants.
Peter directed The Balcony Belles, an award-winning documentary for Temple Films and  wrote and directed The Breakfast, a short film which won the Prix Arte Europe Award at the Brest International Film Festival. He wrote and directed the acclaimed Feature Film  Borstal Boy, based on Brendan Behan’s memoir.

He is author of 44 – A Dublin Memoir (PanMacmillan)  and Forty-Seven Roses (PanMacmillan). His third volume of memoirs, Break a Leg, was published and adapted for the stage.

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