Over 800 people attended the opening day of Troy Studios hosted by Screen Training Ireland in Castletroy this Saturday.
The world class film facility opened its doors to the public and hosted insightful talks with renowned industry professionals across a range of departments.
Boasting over 300,000 square feet, with a height of 60 feet, the Limerick studio is now the largest studio in Ireland.
Troy Chairman, Joe Devine, hopes that Limerick will prosper because of the international business the studio is expected to attract.
“The studio will be an enabler and driver for job creation and school development. With your support and partnership it is our intention to fully develop this great space in order to attract production service providers who will in turn create further opportunities,” he said.
Mr Devine thanked Limerick City and County Council for their help in getting Troy Studios up and running.
The introduction began with director Peter Foott and producer Julie Ryan talking about the worldwide success of their film Young Offenders.
The following speakers included set decorator Cos Egan (Braveheart), script supervisor Dave Moran (Game of Thrones), location manager Mick Swan (Brooklyn) and production manager Noelette Buckley (The Fall).
There was a call from all departments for new talent with qualities such as punctuality, drive, initiative and the ability to listen being highly regarded in those looking to break into the industry.
Attendees were invited to explore the various demonstration stands from costume production, prosthetics, camera and lighting, virtual and augmented reality to post production.
Documentary Filmmaker, Paula Kehoe, demonstrated her film, ‘I am Galway’ which helped win the city’s bid for European Capital of Culture 2020.
The film is Ireland’s first narrative-led Virtual Reality 360 film.
“This is the first time I’ve actually been here,” said Ms Kehoe. “It’s astonishing and I’m kind of jealous because I’m a filmmaker based out in Galway and I’m here to show a VR film which was made not in a studio but in Galway, outside.”
“I can imagine what this is going to do for this industry in Limerick. With this new burgeoning field of VR and in this kind of space, you could fill all kinds of interesting engineering for interactive 360 films, so it’s very exciting,” she said.
Speaking about opportunities in the industry, Limerick’s own costume designer, Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh, was keen to encourage those to apply for jobs in her own field.
“The areas that I think there are opportunities in at the moment is in the costume department. We do really need people who can make costumes, so tailors and seamstresses. We’re really short on people like that,” she said.
Liz Byrne has been in the industry for over 15 years and offered valuable advice for students taking that first step into the industry.
“Just send off a letter and CV with what you’ve done to date and a cover letter with the areas that you’re interested in, what you’d be happy to do,” she said.
Ms Byrne recalled working a part time job at the same time she was working in film to gain experience and get her foot in the door.
“The more enthusiastic and the more interested you are, the more people will be happy to share information with you and pass your name on. Pick an area that you’re interested in. The job is hard, the hours are long. It’s outdoors, indoors, weather dependent, so you want to be doing something that you love. It’s hard enough to do anyway so you need a passion for it,” she said.
Troy Studios is expected to open next year.