Introduction to Cinematography with Blackmagic 6K Cinema Camera

Goals:
To provide an introduction and practical knowledge in the area of professional digital cinematography using the Black Magic 6K Cinema Camera system to suit visual artists working with the moving image as part of their practice.

Areas covered:
Introduction to moving image production and workflows
Project settings, aspect ratio, lenses
Blackmagic RAW (BRAW) and Look Up Tables (LUTs)
Camera features and interfaces
Monitoring
Lighting
Data management
Using DaVinci Resolve to manage rushes

Requirements:
To have previous experience with shooting and editing digital moving image
Being familiar with DaVinci Resolve software is an advantage

Suggested:
If you have an iPhone, install the blackmagic camera app and familiarise yourself with the interface. https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagiccamera

To apply:
Please email Digital Media Manager, Helena Gouveia Monteiro (resource@firestation.ie), with some information about your practice and our experience with moving image and an outline of your interest in the course before Friday, 12 April.

About the Tutor:
Dean Kavanagh is a filmmaker from Ireland. He has created 70 short and 6 feature films that combine experimental and narrative forms using contemporary and retrograde motion picture technology. Over the past 16 years he has worked in the film industry as a cinematographer, offline editor and data wrangler. He was also employed by the Irish Film Institute as their Digital Media Technician, and worked as part of the Irish Film Programming department. He currently works as a film and digital media archivist within a broadcast environment.
Dean’s feature film ‘Hole in the Head’ was voted as one of the best films of 2022 by The Irish Times. His work is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and he was a recipient of the Next Generation Artists’ Award. He is a Berlinale Talent alumnus, and a member of the European Film Academy. deankavanagh.com

FSAS Summer Studio 2024

Taking place from 10-12 July, the FSAS Summer Studio will focus on ‘care’. With contributions from peers (to be announced), the participants will explore the different ways care can manifest in their practices as artists, cultural workers and organisations.

As well as using this time to connect, to listen and reflect, participants will use the Summer Studio time to practice embodying the ideas and strategies received from the programme contributors.

The questions that guide the FSAS Summer Studio 2024 are:

  • What do we need from our work structures in order to nourish our practice, to stay connected, to remain sustainable as artists and cultural workers?
  • How can we root principles of care in work with communities and artists?
  • How do we safeguard our spaces and practices from burnout and exhaustion? What role does resistance and refusal have in this?
  • How can organisations remain open to the challenges of conflict and criticism, avoiding fragility and defensiveness?

FSAS are now accepting expressions of interests for the Summer Studio 2024, Taking Care, which will be hosted by Siobhán Forshaw. Siobhán is a curator and researcher. Her interests include contested cultural memory and identity, the relationships between care and labour, human and non-human community systems, and in power devolution and access in the art world, particularly concerning class and disability.

Details:
Dates:              10 – 12 July 2024
Time:               10am – 5pm
Venue:             Project Space, Fire Station Artists’ Studios, 9-11 Lower Buckingham Street, Dublin 1
Price:               €150 for the three days, lunch included.

Accessibility:
We want our event to be accessible to anyone who is interested in attending. If you have access related questions, please contact Julia at programme@firestation.ie

This event will take place in person at Fire Station Artists’ Studios (Fire Station Artists’ Studios, 9-11 Lower Buckingham Street, Dublin 1) – bus stop ‘Portland Row’ on Amiens Street. The closest wheelchair-accessible station is Connolly Station. To the best of our knowledge, there are no planned disruptions to local transport on the date of this event.
FSAS can facilitate wheelchair users. Please be aware the courtyard is made partly of cobblestones. Weather permitting, we will hold parts of this event outside.
Lunch will be provided each day which will include GF, Vegan and Vegetarian options. Please get in touch with any additional dietary requirements.
Covid/masking: we will not require guests or speakers to wear masks for this event, however we will provide masks.
With 3 weeks’ notice, we can provide ISL interpretation for this event. If you require ISL interpretation, please get in touch as soon as possible to allow us enough time to book an interpreter.

How to Apply
Participants will have an active and demonstrable practice in this area. To apply, please send the following:

1) a selected CV (2 pages maximum)

2) an expression of interest stating how participating to Taking Care will benefit your practice and referring to projects that demonstrate the socially engaged or collaborative nature of your practice (1 page max + up to 3 images or audio/video files)

Please send all these documents in 1 PDF file by email to apply@firestation.ie with the subject line FSAS Summer Studio 2024.

Please note: selection is competitive as numbers are restricted to 12 and a fee of €150 is payable. The closing date for receipt of completed application is Friday 31 May at 5pm.

For queries, contact programme@firestation.ie

Mould Making Level 1

Where: FSAS Sculpture Workshop
When: Friday 10th & Saturday 11th May
Time: 9.30am – 5.00pm
Cost: €200

Over this two-day workshop participants will be introduced to the various stages and materials used in the mould making process. The workshop will start with the basics, beginning with demonstration of making a two-piece plaster mould. Following this, participants will be introduced to using silicone rubber and more advanced techniques for mould making. No experience of mould making is required. All materials will be provided.

Please note: spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

To book a place, please email: artadmin@firestation.ie

Mould Making Level 2

Where: FSAS Sculpture Workshop
When: Friday 24th & Saturday 25th May
Time: 9.30am – 5.00pm
Cost: €200

This two-day course builds on the experience of the previous workshop (Level 1) by focusing on the process of mould making and casting objects in various materials. More advanced mould making processes will be discussed and demonstrated. There will be an opportunity to discuss and cast in different materials such as plaster, wax, jesmonite, and various resins. All materials will be provided.

Please note: You must have completed Level 1 to take part in the Level 2 course.

To book a place, please contact artadmin@firestation.ie

3D Objects – From Scan to Print

Goals:
To provide visual artists working with sculpture and digital technology with an overview of the workflow, software, and technical requirements for scanning and printing 3D models.

Areas covered:
Digitising objects: photogrammetry and 3D scanning
Loading the work: mesh control software
Processing the files: digital modelling software
Preparing digital assets: 3D slicing software
Ensuring files are suitable for printing
Exporting digital models
3D printing
Software: MeshLab, Blender, Cura (full list and details will be provided)

Requirements:
• To be computer literate and reasonably comfortable with the digital 3D environment.
• To use your own PC or Mac computer system where possible (FSAS has a limited amount of Mac/PC desktop computers and these can be made available on a first come, first served basis).
• To bring an object to scan that is larger than 10cm, solid, opaque, and with simple geometric lines (intricate organic textures, glossy or transparent surfaces, and thin or perforated walls will not be suitable).
• To install the necessary software in advance of the course (all details will be provided).

About the Tutor:
Tadhg Charles is a visual professional and educator with a background in architecture and computation. His recent work examines the hybridisation of digital tools for the purposes of accessibility and representation. As a tutor, he has facilitated courses on hybrid fabrication and emergent technology in institutions across Europe, designing and implementing workflows that allow for the easy realisation and transference of content between the physical and digital realms while assisting visual artists to achieve their project goals.

To book your place on this course, email artadmin@firestation.ie.

DaVinci Resolve (Advanced)

Black Magic Design certified tutor Michael Healy will deliver a two-day advanced course aimed at practising visual artists working with moving-image and VFX, who wish to advance their skills using DaVinci Resolve editing and post-production software.

This advanced level course is primarily focused on DaVinci’s Fusion page, a complete 2D and 3D workspace with over 200 tools for visual effects and motion graphics including compositing, vector painting, keying, rotoscoping, text animation, tracking, stabilisation, and more.

Areas covered:

  • Merging and compositing
  • Visual effects and masks
  • Animating 2D and 3D Titles
  • Object removal with vector painting
  • Green/blue screen replacement
  • Tracking
  • Overview of 3D compositing and motion graphics
  • 3D particle effects

Requirements:

  • To have a good understanding of video editing and experience in working with editing software and moving images.
  • Although not a requirement, having attended a previous DaVinci Resolve Beginners Course at FSAS is a distinct advantage.
  • To use your own PC or Mac computer system where possible (FSAS has a limited number of Mac/PC desktop computers which can be made available on a first come first served basis).
  • 32GB RAM is recommended.
  • Michael Healy & FSAS will provide all video and audio content for the course.

About the Tutor:
Michael is a post-production trainer with significant experience delivering classes based around editing, audio, visual effects and colour grading. He currently teaches on both the BA in Film Practice and MA in Editing and Post-Production at London South Bank University whilst also delivering training classes for MET Film School, Academy Class, SAE Institute and Royal Holloway, University of London. He is an accredited trainer for both AVID Media Composer and Blackmagic Design working with the latter to deliver courses based around DaVinci Resolve.

To apply for this course, email artadmin@firestation.ie. The places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

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