Screen Training Ireland, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board and Animation Skillnet have announces the launch of the inaugural VFX and Animation Traineeship Programme for the Irish Animation and VFX sectors.

The launch will take place in Dublin on the 11th of May and will include a key note address from Dreamworks Animation Director and Writer Dean Deblois (How To Train Your Dragon; How To Train Your Dragon 2).

The launch will also include presentations from top Irish Animation and VFX Studios including Cartoon Saloon, Brown Bag Films, JAM Media, Boulder Media and Screen Scene VFX.

The Traineeship Programme will run over a 12 month period targeted at developing skills and talent in the Irish VFX and animation sector. The programme will involve a mix of on-the-job training/mentoring as well as additional specialist training/mentoring delivered through Animation Skillnet and Screen Training Ireland. The participating trainees will receive tailored training along different priority pathways to include 2D Animation, 3D Animation, VFX CG, VFX Compositing, Pipeline/Technology, and Production Management.

[quote title=”Teresa McGrane – Deputy CEO of the Irish Film Board”]Animation and VFX represent a real opportunity for job creation across multiple technological and creative disciplines. This traineeship provides a flexible and innovative skills development model for these dynamic and expanding sectors.[/quote]

[quote title=”Gareth Lee – Network Manager at Animation Skillnet”]It’s great to finally see the launch of this new traineeship programme. I have no doubt that over time the programme will go a long way towards addressing any skills gaps that exist in the animation and VFX sectors in Ireland.[/quote]

The participating studios and trainees are:

Boulder Media
Trainee: Alan Tighe
Brown Bag Films
Trainee: Ken Chambers
Cartoon Saloon
Trainee: Sonia Naqvi
Giant
Trainee: Sean Quill
JAM Media
Trainee: Marianna Farris
Kavaleer
Trainee: Katie O’Meara
Kite Entertainment
Trainee: Cathryn Gamble
Pink Kong
Trainee: Niall Byrne
Piranha Bar
Trainee: Mark Shaw
Screen Scene VFX
Trainee: Sammy Khalid
Telegael/Studio Beochán
Trainee: Leigh O’Brien
Windmill Lane VFX
Trainee: Daryl McMahon

 It is anticipated that the scheme will be extended to a larger number of studios and trainees in 2016.

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