Sixteen students, ten from the School of Media Arts & Studies, spent their summer in Ireland studying Scriptwriting and Irish Culture Through Film.
Based in County Donegal, at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny, each student adapted a short story from Irish literature and, working in teams of two, researched and wrote documentary scripts on topics such as traditional Irish Dance, the Derryveigh Evictions of 1861, artist Derek Hill, and Gaelic Football.
The students also met five Irish filmmakers who presented their work. They also met with actor Gerard McSorley who has appeared in films such as Michael Collins, In the Name of The Father and Braveheart. McSorley discussed two of his films that document the beginning and the end of The Troubles in Northern Ireland. “Bloody Sunday and Omagh portray the beginning and ending of a horrible civil war,” McSorley said. Omagh dramatizes the aftermath of the 1998 bombing by the Real IRA that killed 29 people in Omagh, McSorley’s home town.
The students also attended the Galway Film Flead (festival) where they screened many more Irish shorts and features, and also attended presentations by Zachary Quinto (Mr. Spock) and Will Forte (30 Rock, Saturday Night Live).
Field trips to Dublin and Derry were also part of the program. To learn much more, and see additional photos, go to the program’s blog at http://ouireland.tumblr.com. For information about next summer’s program in Ireland contact Associate Professor Frederick Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Students taking part in the School of Media Arts & Studies summer program in Ireland attend the Galway Film Fleadh.