The history of the movies

The children in 3rd and 4th class have been learning about the history of the movies. They discovered photographer Eadweard Muybridge and his pioneering work in photographic studies of motion and early work in motion-picture projection. The children enjoyed watching clips from some early black and white silent movies and the first “talkies.” The were amazed by the special effects and ingenious camera trickery of the time. Of course you can’t learn about the history of movies without popcorn!

Fís Film Awards – Bantry Cinema

The West Cork Fís Film Awards were held in Bantry Cinema. It was fantastic to watch our film – The Big Mistake, on the big screen, while eating popcorn. We were delighted to receive the Best Directed award and really enjoyed our day out in Bantry.


Fís filming

We have been busy putting the finishing touches to our Fís (film in schools) film using Green Screen technology. Spoiler Alert – its involves a granny on a quad-bike. A huge thank you to Tadhg (Muirís, Kelly Ann and Jack’s Dad) for bringing his quad bike to the school at very short notice.



F.I.S. filming

We have been very busy filming our latest F.I.S.  (Films in Schools) using green Screen technology. There is no need for a “Spoiler Alert” we have been careful not to give the plot away with this post – you will just have to wait for the film release! As always it’s a huge pleasure to work with Victor Hayes of Dunmanway S.C.P. Victor takes the children’s ideas and creates a movie with no budget, using a standard camcorder, whatever props we can find, limited time but a huge film making talent and year after year produces the most wonderful movies.


Fís Filming

The children have been really busy working on the script, story-boarding, learning lines and sourcing costumes for our latest F.I.S.  Film and now its finally time for LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION. This year we will be using a green screen for the first time. For these scenes our young actors will be acting without scenery and the Director will play a vital role. The children are really interested in how this technology works and can’t wait to see the finished footage. Many thanks to Victor Hayes from the Dunmanway S.C.P. for all his help with the film.

The FÍS Film Project  encourages creativity and imagination among children and their teachers in Irish primary schools. This highly successful film project explores film as a medium of expression in relation to the arts, and introduces children to many aspects of the film-making process.


Fís Film

We had a great day at the Cinemax Bantry to watch our film – “Technical Difficulties” and films from all over West Cork as part of the West Cork Education Centre Film Festival. We were delighted to win the Best Film Editing Award.

Fís Film

The children have written the script for their Fís Film and filming has begun.The FÍS Film Project is a wonderful example of a project that encourages creativity and imagination among children and their teachers in Irish primary schools. FÍS explores film as a medium of expression in relation to the arts, and introduces children to aspects of the film-making process . The project culminates each year in the annual FÍS Film Festival where 25 films are shortlisted for awards in what is essentially an “Oscars” ceremony for Irish schoolchildren. Many thanks to Victor from the S.C.P. for all his help with our short film.

Best Acted Film Award

This year our film for our Film in School project is called “Make School Great Again!”.  It involves President Trump, Togher Castle and school! 
It won an award for Best Acted Film at the  FIS Day in the Teachers Centre, Dunmanway held today.   Rachel and Fíonn introduced our film to the audience.   We had a most enjoyable day viewing all the other films.





Trend Micro Visit our School

We were delighted to have representatives of Trend Micro visit our school today.  Avril Ronan, James Maher and Mark Murray presented us with a cheque for €1,000 for winning the “What’s The Story 2017” primary competition this year.

We were delighted to be announced as the winning primary school (8-12 years) in the ‘What’s Your Story’ movie competition for our video “Access Denied” which discussed what we would change about the internet, in particular issues relating to poor broadband, cyber safety and digital age of consent. This video can be viewed on our blog.

With a record number of entries this year to Trend Micro’s video competition, we were thrilled to be announced as category winners for Primary Schools in Ireland. We really appreciated the goody bags each child who participated received which included USB sticks, highlighters and biros.