It was a wonderful day for the students of Waterford Institute of Technology’s Higher Diploma in Television and Digital Media Production. Based at Nemeton TV in Gaeltacht na nDéise in Co Waterford, the students of 2019 premiered an array of imaginative dramas and documentaries at the SGC Cinema in Dungarvan to family, friends and locals. This year, the work of ten students was praised as being of the highest standard, with the films offering a fascinating insight into diverse aspects of Irish life.
Class of 2019 at their Film Premiere in Dungarvan’s SGC Cinema
Helena Keane from County Meath wrote and directed a skit ‘Nuacht Nocht Anocht’– a mock current affairs programme in which the panelists discuss satirical and farcical topics in a comedic manner. Helena is delighted to be working on Ros na Rún soon: “I had no media experience at the start of the year, but the emphasis on practical work meant I gained enough hands-on experience to set me up for working in the industry right after the course”.
Dungarvan hurler Kevin Daly explored the impact of injury on players in his documentary ‘An Seanléim’. We see the challenges that former U21 Cork hurler Aaron Wardfaced faced, his fears for his future in sport and the steps involved in his comeback from the crushing injury of tearing his cruciate ligament.
Waterford artist Amii McGuinness explores the world of Paganism today in Ireland in her eye-opening documentary ‘Págánach’. The documentary was created in a bid to help people understand Pagan beliefs, music, history and rituals. Amii says that “Coming from a visual art background I found that this course helped me to hone in on the skills I already had and interweave them with completely new skills, such as the art of storytelling in the world of film”.
Filmmaker Amii McGuinness (right) with her son Jagan and Vicky Salganik
In ‘‘Oglaigh Rojava’, Waterford native Leo De Moinbhíol provides a revealing insight into a huge project taking place in Kurdistan in Syria. Irish people and other international volunteers have joined the Rojava Revolution against ISIS to fight for the rights of oppressed Kurds. Morgan who is now a camera trainee on the local feature drama ‘Mo Ghrá Buan’ says that “After completing the course you already have plenty of experience under your belt which gives you a high level of confidence that a theoretical or exam orientated course could never provide”.
Laura Coady from Waterford and Eannaí O’Sullivan of Cork have linked up to create their own sit-com drama ‘Cara Nó Namhaid’. Two college girls with very different personalities are forced to live together and we wonder will these girls ever become friends? Or will they end up with nothing more than a bitter relationship and a longing for personal space? Eannaí is delighted to have already found work with Red Shoe Productions: ‘Learning and being involved in every aspect of the making of a student film really helped me understand what kind of work I saw myself in and gifted me with memorable experiences’.
Cillian MacGabhain from Mullingar has created a fascinating programme ‘Bígí Sibh Féin’ in which he explores how writing and performing music and stand-up comedy have helped him to see the world from a different perspective. And John Foley, a Waterford based photographer, has created ‘Díoltas’ – an intriguing documentary based on the brutal kidnapping, imprisonment and eventual execution of RIC District Inspector Gilbert Potter by the IRA in 1921 during the War of Independence. It was a rewarding year for John: “Using the film production and editing skills that I learned on the Higher Dioloma in TV means that I am now working for myself as a Digital Content Creator”.
And finally well-known young Clare musician Caoimhe Morrissey and Cork native Andy O’Leary explore the power of music therapy in their heart-warming documentary ‘Guth An Cheoil’. They go on a moving journey with James and discover the impact of music therapy on his life.
Following in the footsteps of former graduates of the course, this years young group of filmmakers will also hope to win awards and have their work broadcast on TV and screened at some of Ireland’s best film festivals. And most importantly, they can look forward to employment in a vibrant industry that needs their skill set. The class of 2019 are already working in production companies around the country as well as in the related digital media industries.
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.
Next course runs Sept 2019 to May 2020
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