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OPTION ONE, IS A TWO WEEK COURSE, 19TH JULY TO 1ST AUGUST, AND OPTION TWO IS 7 DAYS FROM 26TH JULY TO 1ST AUGUST, 2020! Educationally enriching and creative courses with Clapperboard Junior Film School. Situated at this magnificent location (amid 500 acres of stunning wooded countryside) Learn to edit footage, shoot movies, use equipment, acting for screen techniques. screen writing modules and much more. Our teaching and lecturer team are some of the very best in Ireland.


For 11 to 19 year olds who simply love fiLM, the ultimate RESIDENTIAL COURSE. This programme will also appeal to drama students with a combined "Acting For The Screen" camp.

Students on this Filmmaking and Acting For The Screen Residential Camp divide into 2 classes for the duration of the course. CLAPPERBOARD FILM CREW (for aspiring filmmakers) & TEENAGE STAGE DRAMA CREW (young actors). Students choose which team they wish to join for duration of camp at booking stage.

Each group develops individual and team skills in their own disciplines though practical training, skills, workshops and masterclasses with film industry and acting professionals. And because the best way to learn to is GET OUT THERE AND START SHOOTING! the Filmmaking and Acting Crews combine in teams to work together for the production of their movies during their holiday.

At the end of the course, Our finale culminates in a Premiere Popcorn Family Screening! with completed movie and behind scenes footage telling the story of how the movies got made, plus our special Premiere Q and A session for parents with cast and crew. If you would like to see some examples of our films, please email

And when students aren’t on set, indoor and outdoor activities on offer include table tennis, basketball, chess, scrabble, draughts, plus educational world cinema nights, talent shows with comedy evenings and entertaining film history lectures!

  • Benefit from professional film guidance and instruction.
  • Learn to use "state of the art" industry standard equipment.
  • Develop teamwork and leadership skills by collaborating on unique projects. 
  • Discover the excitement and satisfaction of putting original ideas into action 
  • Immerse yourself in the process of film-making

Throughout this course, students of all ability levels will benefit from expert tuition on script writing, directing, production management, cinematography and editing, right through to location scouting.

Each student will receive instruction in the use of industry standard cameras and editing software. Working in small teams, students will then learn to work within a production crew taking turns to direct, produce and create their own unique films.

This elective has been designed to give students a practical introduction to film-making, while at the same time, helping them to appreciate the rewards of teamwork and the satisfaction of putting their own ideas into action. Students will not only create their own unique films, they will also gain the confidence to express and discuss their ideas, learn what it takes to put their ideas into action and discover the rewards of seeing their ideas come to life on the big screen.

Our filmmaking courses allow teens to team up with like-minded peers to express their own voice and creativity through film. Go beyond basic filmmaking techniques to discover how to add cinematic nuance and excitement to films through visual and audio effects, as well as dramatic camera angles.  Clapperboard and Teenage Stage courses are excellent for students interested in pursuing a career in filmmaking or looking to gain expert tips and mentorship. Students can even include their original short films in internship and college applications!

The Teenage Stage and Clapperboard Experience: Since 2015, StageSchool Ireland and Clapperboard has been encouraging and inspiring teens to become the next generation of animators, filmmakers, photographers, designers, and actors. In addition to developing teens’ interests and passions for the latest in new tech, our camps foster personal growth, confidence, and independence; preparing students for life in media and film.

The course begins with basic principles of short narrative filmmaking: screenplay structure, camera functionality and operation, and role descriptions. Students learn how to work as a crew, how to storyboard, how to direct, and how to edit. Students will produce two to three short film projects from start to finish, learning from each experience as they share, reflect and receive constructive feedback.

Projects are written and completed working in small teams. Each student will have a chance edit on project using the material shot by the group.

"This course is at Clongowes Wood College. Just 30 kilometers from Dublin in the heart of the County Kildare countryside, this unique summer school will appeal to young film makers and actors alike or simply those who want a fun and educational holiday" Irish Times

"From script to screen! Looking at all stages involved in making film and TV FOR YOUNG ACTORS AND FILM MAKERS"

  • Fun and varied workshops in small groups with experienced teachers and film professionals.
  • Learn how to write and direct - how to generate stories and how to communicate with actors.
  • Experience the different roles behind the camera.gaining a film credit on a collaborative production.
  • Explore the fundamentals of cinematography and sound.
  • Discover how to edit using Final Cut professional software.
  • Shoot a film using an iPhone – gain the skills to continue filmmaking using your own kit.
  • End of the course screening for cast and crew, friends and family and a USB stick of work produced.


"Outstanding course and my son enjoyed this entire experience and your finale premiere was amazing in such a short timeframe"

Rebecca, Parent, Cork


‘Simply gob-smacking time on your course last year’

Fiachra, Student, age 15, Dublin


"wonderful to be taught by working professionals whose  knowledge was humbling and how patient they were! I  gained a practical sense of what the film industry is like and the course  made my summer" Emma, 16, Malahide, dublin


"I learned so much on this film making and acting course and feel very well equipped to make my own short films now and just enjoyed the entire experience, thank you!"

Dee, Student, Hong Kong



some recent Testimonials

"Thank you for the wonderful experience Niamh had on your ‘Singing in the Rain’ camp. It was the undisputed highlight of her summer holidays; a blisteringly busy week of fun, laughs and very, very hard work! It was so well organised and the pastoral care team were great at supporting and cheering on the students so they got the most out of the experience. I’m amazed at how much you managed to accomplish in such a short space of time and the show at the end of the week was a testament to that. Niamh is looking forward to next year’s camp already!" Niamh McCann, Parent, Dublin 2018

"This summer school is creative, fun and exciting, Well thought-through, artistically, educationally and administratively as a joyful learning experience for teenagers! I wish you every possible success with it, as I'm sure it will be! Lucky participants, something to really enjoy and look back on with pleasure and a sense of real achievement"

Dr. Adrian James PhD
Head of Cert H.E. in Theatre Arts (Southend)
East 15 Acting School. University of Essex.

"Elena, 13, was the only Italian girl on Dublin's Teenage Stage 2017 and it was her very first experience abroad by herself.

She got to meet lovely new friends from Ireland and greatly enjoyed both rehearsals and free time.

The final show was just amazing and one cannot help wondering how those kids could prepare it in just one week.

It made us love Sweeney Todd, a musical that we had never properly appreciated."

Gianluca Di Lorenzo, Parent, Italy, July 2017

 "Sadhbh has been filling me in on every minute detail. She had a wonderful experience with you and benefited hugely from the opportunity to be part of the production of Sweeney Todd. The entire experience from start to finish (every detail of which has been shared in last 48 hours) was nothing short of superb. Less than 51 weeks to next year!  I'll be checking out the website for Teenage Stage 2018 and Sadhbh's name will be added to list as early as is humanly possible" Edel Meaney, Parent


"I just want to thank you and the team as Luke had an amazing time on your programme last week, he can struggle socially at times and the film course has been incredible for his confidence" Suzanne, Parent, Dublin, July 2018

I would like to congratulate all at Teenage Stage. My daughter Holly had the time of her life and made fantastic memories and friends. The staff were extremely supportive and friendly. I can't recommend this camp highly enough. Holly had no previous experience apart from school plays but felt at ease with others who had a lot. There was no agenda and they all  gelled well together even from 11 different countries!. The show was amazing considering you had 6 days to put it all together and was as good if not better than some musical society's produce.  See you next year!

Bobby White, Parent, Dublin, July 2017

"Nicole came talking wonders about her experience, she loved the teachers, the castle, the people and the food.  She said she learned a lot and excited about her future!I  am very grateful with everything, the whole experience, for me as a parent has also been wonderful and the look on her face has been priceless for us" Connie Gonzalez, Parent, Lisbon

 "My daughter Lucy was with you in Kildare last month and I just wanted to say thanks for a fabulous week - it has given her self confidence such a boost and she is already saving to go back next year.  I work in child protection so I'm probably a bit hypervigilant about it but I am so impressed about the support that they had during the week and particularly impressed about how well all the kids got on.  I've been recommending it to everyone!" Maeve Drummey, Blanchardstown,

"I had the most incredible time at Teenage Stage. Our teachers and directors took great care of us and were so friendly. Our year did  Into the Woods ". This was my first ever musical and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. I've met life long friends from this experience. It takes hard work and dedication to pull off one hell of a show and without the help and support of our teachers we couldn't have done it.Not only do you do a show but there are loads of other activities and outings. You have karaoke, talent show, quiz night etc. Last year we went to see a fantastic Circus group in the Black Box Theatre. Thank you to everyone for a wonderful experience that I'll never forget! Emma McDonnell, Student

"I want to say a big thank you for the fabulous week Emily had. She was happy from the moment she arrived and met her room mates right to the end of the production. She talked a lot about the week afterwards. She really enjoyed it and appreciated working with such a talented cast. Thank you for the work you put into making it such a successful week and amazing to think you achieved this in a short time frame" Michele Royliston, Singapore

"Thank you for the email and opportunity for early booking. Nyika was so enthusiastic last summer, she really wants to participate again this year. I have sent in the booking form for her. We were equally impressed with the whole organisation, supervision and support of the summer school and have no hesitation to recommend it to friends" Rita, Parent, Carlow

We are now back in Venice after a wonderful time!
Emma and Nora have loved every single moment of the week they spent with you. They have enjoyed the company, the learning experience, the incredible team work and efforts in making 'Singing in the Rain jr' which was a marvellous show!
There were many tears shed on the day of departure and many, many: "see you next year"! 🙂

We wanted to thank you once again for the extraordinary experience you have offered them!
Francesca Niisi, Italy

"Wow! what I can I say, this was my first trip away from home and I appeared in a full musical theatre production, made fantastic friends and the evening guest workshops are even better than daytime if possible! Unforgettable" Lynn,  age 16, Student, Switzerland

"Just wanted to thank you for the wonderful experience Niamh had on your ‘Singing in the Rain’ camp. It was the undisputed highlight of her summer holidays; a blisteringly busy week of fun, laughs and very, very hard work! It was so well organised and the pastoral care team were great at supporting and cheering on the students so they got the most out of the experience. I’m amazed at how much you managed to accomplish in such a short space of time and the show at the end of the week was a testament to that. Niamh is looking forward to next year’s camp already!" Fiona McCann, Parent, Dublin

"Thank you so very much for everything you have done and have come to mean for Lily – I cannot begin to explain how much she has gained from Teenage Stage. Just a couple of years ago she came to this country a shy and unsure girl. The confidence, teamwork, passion and ambition that you have helped nurture in her, is invaluable" Lisa Christopher, Parent
 I just wanted to to thank you and the staff at Teenage Stage for giving my Son a wonderful new experience. Benjamin  stepped out of his comfort zone to do this one week camp and was hooked by the end.
He describes it as "far better than I ever expected and I want to go back next year" So well done to you and the team. See you next year!
Philip Marley, Parent, Dublin, August 18

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