Diverse Screen Programme 

In partnership with

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About the Programme

In partnership with Innovate Limerick through Film in Limerick, Gorm Media are excited to launch 'Diverse Screen', a new initiative to combat the lack of representation behind the screen in Irish film, tv & media.  


Supported by Screen Skills Ireland, the initiative responds to the under-representation of people from culturally and ethnically diverse communities working in Irish filmmaking, and the barriers faced by such individuals as they try to launch and progress their careers. Diverse Screen is a free programme that aims to support individuals to gain their first job in film and TV.


Starting October 7 2021, the initiative launches with a weekly series of 8 introductory webinars with industry leaders on working in the film industry. There will be the chance to meet with a range of experienced film crew who will talk about what they do on set and how to break into the industry.

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Diverse Screen Week 1

Gemma O’Shaughnessy

The first event on Thursday 7th October at 7pm, will feature local producer Gemma O’Shaughnessy who will talk about working in the production department and on set. Gemma, an experienced producer has worked on many of the biggest productions in Ireland in recent years, including the sci-fi TV series Foundation filmed at Troy Studios for AppleTV+, Modern Love for Amazon Studios and the BAFTA-nominated feature Calm with Horses, filmed in Kilkee, Co. Clare.


Diverse Screen Week 2

Ciarán Cooke

Ciarán will give an insight into the day to day work of the model makers and artists behind the scenes at Odyssey Studios and their work creating props, models and prosthetic makeup for productions like The Hobbit, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Into the Badlands as well as the Foundation TV Series filmed at Troy Studios in Limerick and currently streaming on AppleTV+.


Diverse Screen Week 3

Paddy Lane

Paddy will give an insight into the day to day work within Visual Effects and the roles within this Department. He started as a VFX wrangler on set working on shows such as the Green Knight (A24) and Jingle Jangle (Netflix). He is now working as a senior VFX Coordinator on the TV series Foundation (Apple TV) . "I never expected my skillset would lead into Visual Effects, largely because I never knew the variety of jobs within this department. Every day is unique, there is always something new to learn which keeps this industry exciting"

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Diverse Screen Week 4

Ruchi Shah

Ruchi started her career as an assistant director for a documentary film, before switching to production in the animation industry. She has been part of the entertainment industry for more than a decade as a producer and has worked on 2D, 3D, live action, VFX and virtual reality game shows so far.