The film industry in the Mid West region has seen strong growth over the past few years and Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board continues to partner with Innovate Limerick through Film in Limerick to deliver new training initiatives in this domain.
ETB continues to work on these innovative training programs with Film in Limerick and is delighted to announce its latest project, produced by Odyssey Studios located on Dock Road in Limerick.
Odyssey Studios is one of Europe’s largest model making studios, offering a full in-house design and manufacturing service, using the latest modern technology.
It provides crucial support to the international film industry with model making, set/prop design and unique prosthetic developments. The studio uses state-of-the-art 3D computer design technology, as well as 3D printing and robotic manufacturing processes, enabling a seamless transition from concept to design and production.
Mark Maher is CEO, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Odyssey Studios, bringing with him nearly twenty years of international industry experience. Her credits list includes The Hobbit – The Battle of the Five Armies, The Desolation of Smaug and An Unexpected Journey, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Penny Dreadful and Into the Badlands, to name a few.
Now Mark and his team will bring this much sought-after expertise to a series of fully-funded programs at their Limerick studio, starting in March.
Commenting on the news, Paul Patton, Director of Continuing Education and Training at Limerick and Clare ETB, said: “We are delighted to be working with Odyssey Studios and Film in Limerick to deliver these specialist programs as we grow the pool of skills in the area for job opportunities in the film industry.
Programs will include a prop crafting workshop which will focus on prop design, molding and casting, hero, combat and stunt weapon crafting. It will also cover painting, aging and weathering techniques.
A prosthetic make-up workshop will cover sculpting, molding and fabrication of gel-filled materials. This program will also cover flat mold prostheses.
The latest offering in this series is a sci-fi miniature model making workshop that will cover the design and manufacture of a sci-fi miniature model from concept to construction. This workshop will focus on key techniques such as vacuum forming, sheet material fabrication, molding and molding.
Speaking about these new programs, Paul C. Ryan, Regional Director of Film at Film in Limerick, said: “It is great to be working with Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board and Odyssey Studios to once again offer in-person training and we are excited to see new modeling, props and prosthetics programs being put in place to train and develop local talent to work in our growing screen industries. Odyssey Studios is at the top of its game with its incredible work in film and TV over the past few years and it’s a fantastic opportunity to nurture the next generation of local talent.
For more details on these inspiring workshops, see learningandskills.ie/film.