Camera Trainee Workshop

Start date: TBC

Duration: 3 Days

Location: Ros Na Rún, Spiddal, Co. Galway

Cost: €300

Course code: N/A

Programme overview

This very successful course was run by Greasán na Meán Skillnet in partnership with Screen Skills Ireland in 2019.
There is no date as yet to run the course again this year, but if you'd like to register your interest in the course at and we will
keep you up to date when then next course is announced.

Participant Profile: This course was run by Greasán na Meán Skillnet in partnership with Screen Skills Ireland. It was aimed at Camera Trainees or trainees from other areas wishing to work in the Camera department. Although aimed at trainees, a basic knowledge of cinematography is a prerequisite. The ideal applicants will have two to three years’ experience in a film / TV related college course or similar workshop or proven experience working with cameras, and should have at least a basic understanding of the principals of photography. While we don't have a confirmed date for the next course you can register your interest at

Course Profile: Camera Trainee Workshop will be run over three days at The Ros na Rún Studios, Baile Árd, Spiddal, Co Galway from the 27th April to Monday 29th April 2019. This workshop aims to introduce, educate and prepare participants for an entry-level position as a camera trainee for work in Film and TV. Course tutor will be Cinematographer Ciaran Tanham ISC, Course supervisor will be John Leahy along with an experienced camera assistant/focus puller.

This is a beginner’s workshop, for a limited number of participants, and will focus on best work practices for Camera Crew on Set, Prep of equipment, handling equipment, roles in the camera department, along with the mechanics and preparation of the most commonly used Camera systems used in the industry at present.  The course will give each participant ‘hands-on’ time with each camera system and will involve lectures and demonstrations.

Ciaran Tanham, ISC, has been working as a Director of Photography in the Film and Television Industry for over twenty years, shooting on 35mm, 16mm, Hi Def, Digi Beta, DV and mobile phone. He has worked in many countries around the world shooting for RTE, BBC, ITV, Paramount USA, HBO, Hallmark and AMC. Ciaran is a founding member of The Irish Society of Cinematographers (ISC) and been nominated five times for the Irish Film and Television awards (IFTZA) for his cinematography.

John Leahy, an experienced Camera Facility Company Manager with skills and knowledge in all areas of Cinematography and related equipment for the Film and Television market. Specialising in creating the state of the art film and digital Equipment packages and Services to the Film and Television industry. Experience in National and International Sales, Budgeting, negotiations and supply of equipment along with back-up service. Vast experience acquired over the past 25+ years in areas of Features, Dramas, Commercials, Doc’s, Promos and short films