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VFX: Script to Screen

Call for Applications 2015

“The course completely immersed me in the world of VFX, covering every aspect, to give me a knowledge base and the confidence to make decisions as a director which will be invaluable in the future.” – Brendan Muldowney, Director, Ireland

VFX: Script to Screen equips producers, directors and creatives with the tools to make artistic, budgetary and technical decisions in relation to VFX, and provides a “big picture” understanding of how VFX impacts on various aspects of prep, production and post.

Through the experience of a live VFX shoot, a fully immersive day in a VFX studio, case studies, lectures and one-to-one VFX Clinics, the programme will provide participants with a broad overview of managing projects with VFX elements at all budget levels. The programme will: 

-Identify different VFX requirements for diverse projects and budget levels

-Discuss budgeting and scheduling for VFX

-Identify the team you need to build for VFX projects

-Explore the scripting, planning, visual structure, storyboarding and pre-visualisation of a project

-Explore the requirements of shooting VFX and on-set VFX issues

-Enhance understanding of key VFX post-production processes

-Enhance understanding of the interaction between VFX, games, and transmedia content

VFX: Script to Screen aims to create a pool of flexible professionals, highly versed in VFX technology and terminology, and fully familiar with its development and production processes.

 Participant Profile

VFX: Script to Screen is aimed primarily at producers and directors who wish to gain the skills to produce and manage a VFX project from development to post-production.  Key creatives such as cinematographers, editors, post-production supervisors and production designers may also attend. Participants may apply with or without a project; the programme includes several scheduled VFX Clinics during which participants can discuss VFX elements and issues in their projects with VFX Supervisors and VFX Producers.

“This workshop is brilliant. Extremely well organised, excellent tutors and case studies. A great way to immerse yourself in the world of VFX.” – Catharina Schreckenberg, Producer, Germany

 Programme Details and Schedule

The programme takes place over two main residential modules:

Module 1: Pre-Production, Budgeting & Scheduling, Development & Production

Dublin, 3rd – 7th June 2015

This module focuses on the creative and practical development of a VFX project, including budget considerations.  Participants will:  identify VFX requirements; explore narrative and visual development in relation to VFX; identify roles and responsibilities and explore the interaction between key creatives on a VFX project; and discuss script breakdown, budgeting and scheduling for VFX.   This module includes a live VFX shoot with Director, VFX Supervisor and crew.  The module will include masterclasses and project-based VFX Clinics.

Module 2: Post Production

Dublin, TBC September 2015

This module enables participants to understand the VFX post production process and project management requirements, including budgeting, scheduling, understanding core VFX processes, understanding how the VFX studio works in terms of pipeline and workflow, VFX editing, and how VFX interacts with editorial.  The module includes an immersive day in a VFX studio, and further VFX Clinics for participants with projects.

Participants may avail of further Skype/email consultations after Module 2, and receive a full VFX breakdown on their scripts from course tutors.

“The VFX script to screen programme is something totally unique, an amazing initiative.  This is the perfect setup to share knowledge and meet fellow film makers.  It is a rare opportunity to be thinking out of the box and reconsider the industry and its disciplines.” – Francois Dumoulin, VFX Supervisor, Rodeo FX, Montreal – TUTOR, 2014


The full list of previous speakers can be found here.

Fee (includes subsistence and course fee, does not include flight costs):

€1,400 per participant (€700 per module).


For further details, or to apply online, go to

Deadline for applications:  Friday 17th April 2015.

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