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Leon Conway

School of English, Drama & Film

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Email: leon.conway@ucd.ie

Biography

 

Leon Conway joined University College Dublin in 1996 as Director of the UCD School of Film. The School was established on the initiative of former UCD President Dr Patrick Masterson, UCD Professor Richard Kearney, actor Gregory Peck and Film Producer Noel Pearson to address industry demands for film art and technology graduates.

He taught film production in practice as part of the university's MA in Film Studies, MA in Film Production and MSc in Ubiquitous Multi Media (in partnership with UCD School of Computer Science & Informatics). 

He served as Director of the UCD Centre for Film Studies from 2000 to 2007. 

His areas of research and teaching include (i) the language of filmcraft, (ii) the art of sound in cinema, (iii) writing the audio visual story, (iv) film style & aesthetics, (v) cinematography - craft & technique (iv) film editing for audio visual storytellers (v) lighting for stage & screen - craft & technique.

Prior to joining UCD he worked in human rights documentary television production, commercial film production and theatre lighting design. He taught creative media and audio visual skills at CDVEC and at Youthreach Ireland as part of its second-chance education programme. 

He currently teaches film production technique at UCD. 

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Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 1988.
Title: J.L. McCracken History Prize
         

Committees

Committee : National Centre for Film & Drama project @ UCD
Committee : O'Kane Centre for Film Studies (Observatory Project)
Committee : School of English, Drama & Film - Executive cttee
Committee : UCD School of Film - Executive Board

Employment

Employer: University College Dublin
Position: Director, UCD School of Film. 1996 - 2000
Employer: University College Dublin
Position: Director, UCD Centre for Film Studies. 2000 - 2007.
Employer: University College Dublin
Position: Acting Director, UCD Centre for Film Studies. 1999 - 2000.

Education

Year 1991 Institution: University of Ulster, (Magee)
Qualification: B.A. Subject: BA - Politics, History & Society
Year 1996 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: MA Subject: Film Studies

Languages

French:
 

Outreach Activities

 

*Jim Clark. 2007. Former Senior Vice-President Columbia Pictures and Academy Award winning film editor, (The Mission, The Killing Fields, The Day of the Locust, Marathon Man, Nell etc.)

Jim Clark conducted a two day creative laboratory in film editing in Dublin for UCD's MA in Film Production students and Ardmore Studios post production professionals. As well as analysing his own creative techniques as a film editor, Clark also discussed his time as VP of Columbia Pictures Inc. and the impact of the conglomerate studio system on mid and small budget film production. The laboratory was organised and chaired by LC on behalf of UCD.

 

 




Jim Sheridan. 1995, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2007. Academy award nominated screenwriter and film director, (My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father, Some Mother's Son, The Boxer, Into the West, In America, Brothers etc).

Jim Sheridan has been a consistent supporter of film in practice at UCD since it was first introduced in 1995. In collaboration with LC, he has conducted several intensive script development and film directing workshops as well as seminars and in depth interviews for UCD film students, both at Ardmore Studios and on UCD's Belfield campus.


Neil Jordan. 1996, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2005.
Academy Award winning screenwriter and film director, (The Company of Wolves, Mona Lisa, The Miracle, The Crying Game, Michael Collins, The Butcher Boy, Interview with the Vampire, Breakfast on Pluto etc).

Neil Jordan gave several creative seminars and interviews for UCD's film production students both at UCD's Belfield campus and at Ardmore Studios. The events were organised and conducted by LC on behalf of UCD.


Gregory Peck. 1998, 1999, 2001.
Academy award winning actor, (Keys of the Kingdom, Spellbound, Gentleman's Agreement, Snows of Kilamanjaro, Roman Holiday, Moby Dick, The Big Country, To Kill a Mockingbird, Guns of Navarone, Cape Fear, etc).

Gregory Peck conducted several Performance for Motion Picture creative workshops at UCD. Using works in progress by UCD's film production students, Peck addressed lens and frame space performance technique, body language and non verbal performance technique for screen. The workshops were organised and hosted by LC on behalf of UCD.



*Martin Scorsese. 1998. Academy award winning film director, (Mean Streets, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Taxi Driver, New York New York, Raging Bull, King of Comedy, After Hours, The Color of Money, Goodfellas, Cape Fear, The Age of Innocence, Casino, The Departed, Shutter Island etc).

LC co-hosted a half day director's workshop with Martin Scorsese for UCD's postgraduate film production students. Scorsese gave extensive critiques on selected samples of students' works in progress. A documentary record was filmed on 2 Beta sp camera units and cut on AVID edit systems. The workshop was conducted on sound stage A at Ardmore Studios in front of an audience of 700 which included film students from other third level institutions, film industry professionals, film academics and the general public.  



*Joel Coen. 1998. Academy award winning screenwriter and film director, (Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O Brother Where Art Thou, No Country for Old Men, A Serious Man, True Grit etc). 

This lab workshop on Film Style and Screen Direction was conducted on sound stage C at Ardmore Studios in front of an audience which included industry professionals, UCD's postgraduate film production students and film students and teachers from other third level institutions. Director Joel Coen discussed his personal film making style as well as his methodology as a screenwriter. The director also chronicled the development of his own career and discussed the work of other directors from whom he drew his own initial inspiration as a young film maker. The workshop was initiated and chaired by LC.  

 

 

Tony Lawson, Film Editor. 2007. (Barry Lyndon, Straw Dogs, Michael Collins, The Butcher Boy, Breakfast on Pluto, The End of the Affair, Laws of Attraction etc).

During an extensive practical workshop on film editing, conducted for UCD's MA in Film Production students, Lawson addressed several critical issues that concern the editor including, (i) the evolution of post production technology, (ii) in frame editing and CGI, and (iii) the business of editing. Using fine cut examples from his own work, Lawson also discussed the pivotal creative role of the film editor as well as his work and experience with the late Stanley Kubrick on that director's cinematic masterpiece, Barry Lyndon


*Jim Clark. 2007. Former Senior Vice-President Columbia Pictures and Academy Award winning film editor, (The Mission, The Killing Fields, The Day of the Locust, Marathon Man, Nell etc).
 
Jim Clark conducted a two day creative laboratory in film editing in Dublin for UCD's MA in Film Production students and Ardmore Studios post production professionals. As well as analysing his own creative techniques as a film editor, Clark also discussed his time as VP of Columbia Pictures Inc. and the impact of the conglomerate studio system on mid and small budget film production. The laboratory was organised and chaired by LC on behalf of UCD.


*Garrett Brown. 2008. Academy award winning cinematographer and inventor of the steadicam camera motion system. 

Garrett Brown conducted a technical / creative laboratory on Steadicam and the Motion Picture for UCD Film at Ardmore Studios in November 2008. The workshop was led by LC on sound stage C in front of an audience of 100+ which consisted of film professionals and advanced film production students from a variety of third level institutions.

The invention of the Steadicam in 1976 revolutionised the world of film making and swiftly gave rise to the emergence of several new styles of camera motion in cinematic story telling. Brown has used the Steadicam camera stabilizer to shoot over a hundred films. Directors and writers with whom Brown has worked closely include Steven Spielberg (Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom), Stanley Kubrick (The Shining), Francis Ford Coppola (One from the Heart), Martin Scorsese (King of Comedy, Casino), Warren Beatty (Reds, Bulworth), Sylvester Stallone (Rocky), Woody Allen (Hannah & Her Sisters), Alan Parker (Birdy, Fame), George Lucas (Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi), Sydney Pollack (Tootsie), Brian De Palma (Blow Out) and John Schlesinger (Marathon Man). 

Brown is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He holds 50 patents worldwide for camera devices including: Steadicam JR for camcorders; Skycam, which flies on wires over sporting events: and Mobycam, the underwater camera. These were recently joined by the Emmy Award winning Divecam and the ultra-light aerial film camera called SuperFlyCam. 


*Tom Johnson. 2008.  Academy award winning sound re-recordist and mixer, (Alice in Wonderland, Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, Titanic, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Forrest Gump, A River Runs Through It, Cast Away, The Polar Express, Million Dollar Baby,  etc.)
 
Tom Johnson gave a detailed workshop at UCD's Belfield campus on post production sound mixing and re-recording. The workshop was conducted as part of several post production creative practice seminars held annually for UCD's MA in Film Production students. As well as his own working technique and time at Skywalker Sound, Johnston discussed the issue of emerging technologies in post production sound and their impact on the parameters of creativity. He also discussed the variations of approach to sound in post taken by the many directors with whom he has collaborated including George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood and James Cameron. The workshop was organised and chaired by LC on behalf of UCD.
   

Publications

                           

Video/TV

Leon Conway; (1988) Crann sa Cathair. Dublin, Ireland: Video/TV [Details]
Leon Conway; (1992) Expo 92. Dublin, Ireland: Video/TV [Details]
Leon Conway (Director/Producer); (1996) The Irish Play. Video/TV [Details]
 

Workshops

Leon Conway; (1996) The Business of Film (with Noel Pearson). Ardmore /studios, Bray, Ireland: Workshops [Details]
Leon Conway; (1997) Script Development foir Motion Picture with Jim Sheridan. Ardmore /studios, Bray, Ireland: Workshops [Details]
Leon Conway; (1999) Creativity in Film Story Telling with Neil Jordan. Ardmore /studios, Bray, Ireland: Workshops [Details]
                                           

Film Production

Leon Conway; (1995) Ar Chul an Ti. Ardmore /studios, Bray, Ireland: Film Production [Details]
Leon Conway; (1997) The Butcher. Ardmore /studios, Bray, Ireland: Film Production [Details]
Leon Conway; (1997) Felicity's Final Day. UCD, Belfield, Dublin: Film Production [Details]
Leon Conway; (1997) Sound of One Hand Clapping. Ardmore /studios, Bray, Ireland: Film Production [Details]
Leon Conway; (1998) Point of View. Ardmore /studios, Bray, Ireland: Film Production [Details]
Leon Conway; (1998) Alice. Film Production [Details]
Leon Conway; (1999) Uaigneas. Film Production [Details]
Leon Conway; (1999) Acting for Motion Picture workshop with Gregory Peck. Dublin, Ireland: Film Production [Details]
Leon Conway; (2000) Lullaby. Film Production [Details]
Leon Conway; (2001) The Critic. Ardmore /studios, Bray, Ireland: Film Production [Details]
Leon Conway; (2006) Infinity. Ardmore /studios, Bray, Ireland: Film Production [Details]
Leon Conway; (2007) The Dictionary. Ardmore /studios, Bray, Ireland: Film Production [Details]
Leon Conway; (2007) Aurelia. Film Production [Details]
Leon Conway ; (2007) Editing for Motion Picture with Tony Lawson. UCD, Belfield, Dublin: Film Production [Details]
                     

Research

Research Interests

(i) The language of filmcraft

(ii) The art of sound in cinema

(iii) Writing the audio visual story 

(iv) Film style & aesthetics 

(v) Cinematography - craft & technique

(vi) Film editing for storytellers 

(vii) Lighting for stage and screen - craft & technique 

 

 

Research Projects

Sponsor : Donation via Development Office
Title : Private Funding to the Department of Film Studies (Ruth Barton)
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-03 / 30-SEP-06
   

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

For theory to have validity, it needs to be seen by the learner / student to be applicable to the practical world of doing and creating.
         

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

* UCD School of Computer Science & Informatics

* UCD Clinton Centre for American Studies

* UCD Audio Visual Centre

External Collaborators

To date, collaboration and technology support for field, lab and practice based film production teaching and research has been received from: 

* Ardmore Sound Ltd

* Ardmore Studios Ltd 

* Avid Technology Inc.

* Cine Electric Ltd

* Eurotek Irl Ltd 

* Panavision Inc.

* Ferndale Films

* Mercury Engineering International

* Rank Film Laboratories UK 

* Screen Scene Ireland 

* Technicolor Film Laboratories UK