In 2013 it was proposed by DublinBIC that a project or initiative could be created that would address or ‘Bridge’ the skills gap evident in the Games, Animation and VFX sectors between what education provides and what the corresponding industry demands.
THE BRIDGE initiative creates “Industry Ready” participants who have experience of the culture of business and the expectation of the delivery of outputs. These participants “fit” quicker into a studio environment and begin to produce commercial work faster. The studios involved in the 2013 Bridge programme were Brown Bag Films, Havok, Riot Games and Jam Media. A video on the 2013 Bridge pilot can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwuMqb8Uqjg. A second Bridge Programme took place in the summer of 2014 with Treehouse Republic, Windmill Lane VFX and Piranhabar involved. See more about the 2014 Bridge Programme here: http://www.awn.com/news/bridge-delivers-industry-ready-uk-talent
It is proposed that selected graduates/jobseekers will progress to the Guinness Enterprise Centre (GEC) to participate on The Bridge Programme. Graduates from all Animation, Games and VFX courses at Colleges in Ireland are welcome to apply.
The programme is planned to take place in the GEC over a 2-3 month period (Oct to Dec) and is to be supervised by Richard Glynn, CEO and Producer at Studio POWWOW in conjunction with Animation Skillnet, Screen Training Ireland, the GEC & Dublin BIC.
Key Benefits of ‘The Bridge’:
- Participants will be provided with studio space in a professional environment in the GEC for 2-3 months.
- Participants will get to work on live projects supervised and mentored by studio professionals.
- Participants will get to work on a wide range of collaborative projects across animation, games and VFX.
- Participants will have the opportunity to participate in specialised training sessions with industry professionals through Animation Skillnet and Screen Training Ireland for free.
Expressions of Interest:
Expressions of interest from recent graduates or unemployed graduates from animation, games and VFX related courses who wish to participate in ‘The Bridge’ 2014 should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org before the 24th October.
The Bridge initiative is funded through Skillnets Job Seekers Support Programme.