Learn the art of visual storytelling
Study filmmaking in one of the world’s most breath-taking countries: rural, rugged and romantic Ireland. The Gap Year Film Program guides you in making your own professional quality shorts from concept to premiere through hands-on instruction with industry professionals. Boost your film portfolio, gain technical proficiency and build the confidence and skills needed to pursue filmmaking through college and beyond.
This program gives you a grounding in independent HDSLR Digital Filmmaking and is aimed at students who want to prepare for admission to a college BA Film program, graduate program or professional film school. The program is divided into the following units:
The Art of Visual Storytelling
Elements of Filmmaking
Film Production Lab
Post-Production: Mastering Final Cut/Adobe Premiere
Producing and Promoting: Festivals and Beyond
Students will make an independent short film of 2-5 minutes plus a group project in commercial, documentary and/or music video will be completed. Students with previous experience in filmmaking can make a longer film or learn a new specialty such as documentary or commercial video production.
Write, direct and edit a complete short film with dialogue
Collaborate on a documentary, commercial or music video project
Put into practice the fundamentals of directing and visual storytelling
Cultivate the ability to pre-visualize, structure and write a screenplay
Gain proficiency with HDSLR cameras, prime lenses, three-point lighting, boom and wireless sound equipment and digital editing software
Explore the role of the producer and implement pre-production tasks
Gain experience working as a director, producer, assistant director, director of photography, gaffer, grip and sound mixer
Understand and apply the fundamentals of lighting and sound design.
Master Final Cut digital editing software
Improve your ability to work independently and collaboratively in a high-pressure creative environment
At a Glance
FILM PROGRAM IN IRELAND
May 4th - June 14th, 2021
Connect this program to France and receive a 5% discount
Open to any students between the ages of 18 - 22. Requires an online application and supporting materials.
We offer Financial Need Scholarships for up to 50% of the program tuition.
Film (Screenwriting, Directing, Cinematography, Acting, Producing, Editing or any combination)
Connect this program to France for a 12-week experience:
June 14th - July 22nd, 2021
Living and filming in Ireland
With its dramatic coastline, sweeping landscapes and ancient monuments, Ireland offers endless visual inspiration for a filmmaker. You’ll learn the craft of filmmaking hands-on from experienced, industry professionals as you shoot on location around Ireland's stunning, rugged West Country. The program offers the unique opportunity to experience Ireland “through the lens” and excursions will serve as both film shoots and sightseeing opportunities. From rustic fishing villages to towering castles, you’ll have the opportunity to experience it all as you work towards completing your personal film projects and crew on fellow filmmakers’ shoots.
Trips and Excursions
The program is hosted in County Cork, Ireland’s biggest county and home to some of the most famous sites in Ireland including Blarney Castle, Bantry House and Kinsale, a quaint fishing village and the gateway to Ireland’s scenic West Coast. There is a three-day trip around the Ring of Kerry and hiking on the Dingle Peninsula, some of the best wild, rugged coastal scenery in the world. There is a second weekend excursion to the vibrant city of Galway, and the nearby Cliffs of Moher and 16th century Dunguaire Castle. We'll hop over to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands, to visit Dun Aengus, a Megalithic fort perched on top of a 100-foot cliff over the Atlantic Ocean. In between our excursions there will be plenty of time to soak up local culture including traditional Irish music.
Faculty on this program
Andrea has been the Director of Berridge Programs since 2008. Previously, she was Executive Director of Oxbridge Programs and has led academic enrichment programs at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and in London, Paris and Barcelona. Andrea is a trained actor, costume designer, meditation teacher and acting coach.
Brian is an award-winning filmmaker in Cork, Ireland. He studied filmmaking at St John’s College and to date has worked on over 60 professional projects including the short films Tonic, Drift and An S Aileach which won Official Selection at the London Film Festival and Raindance Festival. Brian runs his own production company Madra Mor. www.madramorproductions.com
Simon is an actor, director and teacher based in London. He has a degree from University of Durham and attended Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. Simon has taught at Stanford University, Singapore Repertory Theatre, Oxford University, Loyola Marymount University, Drama Studio London and LAMDA.
Joe Boothe was staff writer for the hit TNT show The Librarians . He wrote the features Something Blue and Serpent's Bite and his comedy spec I Won’t be Home for Christmas recently sold to Universal Cable. He is currently co-writing the action/comedy feature Noble for eOne and just sold the feature The Lion in the Library to Level Forward.
Ingrid is an award winning filmmaker originally from Romania and now dividing her time between Ireland and Los Angeles. Her film Free Trip to Egypt was an Official Selection at festivals around the world and her next film, Strigoli - The Real Vampires of Transylvania is currently in production. www.ingridserban.com
Ireland and France
The Film Program in Ireland can be connected to our Film School in France for a 12-week experience. Travel by ferry from Rosslare to Cherbourg to live on location in an 18th century chateau in the heart of Normandy, France for 6 weeks. Connecting students make a longer, more complex film with support for promoting your film at festivals. Advance your film career and experience filmmaking in two stunning European destinations.