Monthly Archives: June 2008

Extract from ‘Tour de la Cuidad’

Tristan Hutchinson has just made an extract from his movie Tour de la Cuidad available online.

Find out more about Tristan on his shiny new blog! Don’t forget to leave a comment!

Dublin: The Movie – a post launch review

Tonight I felt lucky enough to have stood in The Oak, Temple Bar and view the work of so many talented film makers on screen. From the opening shots of a beach at sunrise through markets being set up, new life and sudden death through images of loneliness, of violence, of identity, of nationality, of comedy (an Ireland Chameleon) and of pure vision, I felt proud to see a unique vision of Dublin emerge – one that doesn’t focus on the violence, the expense, the pollution, the uncaring anonymity or any of the other stereotypical and sad images that others target in favour of a diverse, manic, full-of-life, colour, sound and vision filled city where almost anything could happen.

It was evident from the shorts that the film makers were “into” it. The enthusiasm of the actors, the careful setting of some of the shots and the common theme of the rain all became an important factor that contributed to the emerging theme. The work of Declan and Lenny in weaving their spell over the films, carefully slicing and intermingling stories, keeping some in their entirety where others stepped in and out in a seeming dance became apparent as we laughed when we saw familiar faces, characters and storylines re-emerge to join the conversation.

There’s nothing like seeing yourself on the big screen, seeing your work up there and realising that you’ve contributed to something. I envy all the actors, the film makers, the umbrella holders and the musicians who saw their talent on the screen last night. I’m jealous but I’m proud that this was created, that it came to life, that Dublin on June 26 was captured in such a great way. I look forward to the short films being released in their own right. I look forward to being able to mix and match my own choices of shorts. I can’t wait to see it again. To show my folks and say “See dat? I was dere”.

Great stuff altogether.

Before we go to the screening

A big THANK YOU from Emily, Niamh and I for allowing us to become involved.

Thank you to the film makers who gave so generously of their time in a hectic busy day. Thank you also to the actors and actresses who allowed themselves to be filmed.

Thanks to Lenny, Declan and Andrew for the coffee, the advice, the interviews and the laughs.

Thanks to everyone who linked to us, the journalists who spread the word about the project and those who supported it in any way possible.

Thank you to the Darklight festival for allowing such unparalleled access to where we needed to go.

Thank you to Filmbase for the free wireless, the patience and the friendliness.

Above all, thank you for reading. We’re looking forward to the screening(s) tonight and will have more for you very shortly. Keep an eye out for us!

Update on tonight’s screening

Tonight’s screening is on in The Oak, Dame Street, Dublin 2, just beside Thomas Reid’s. Be warned, as it’s the festival screening it is likely to be jam packed.

Image from Humphrys Family Tree

Andrew, the film producer says:

We’re going to do all we can to ensure everyone gets to see this film tonight. Please note though, this is a public screening for the festival.

Tonight we have to consider the people coming to see the film as well as the cast and crew that took part in the production. We’re definitely having a proper cast and crew screening after the festival, but tonight there’s a couple of things you’ll have to do to get in.

1. ARRIVE EARLY!! If you arrive at 7.30 we’ll put the match on or something downstairs while we set up the show, you can relax and wait for the rest to arrive. This is the best way for you to get everyone you need to look after into the screening.

2. Please don’t bring too many people with you, please use your own discretion and be reasonable. You can use your own judgement on this but go easy on us!

Here is the good news: WE’RE PROBABLY GOING TO HAVE TWO SCREENINGS TONIGHT. The edit has been cut down to around an hour, so I think we’ll have time.

The cast and crew screening will be put together over the next couple of weeks and I’ll keep you all up to date on how it’s progressing.

Quick chat with Lenny: Almost there, but…

It’s half 4 on Sunday and I’ve caught up with Lenny for a very quick chat.

So Lenny, it’s 4.30pm. You’re still at it; how’s it going?

I think we’re in good shape. I think – if we can solve a few of technical problems in the next couple of hours – that something of everyone’s work will be there. Big chunks of some and tiny flashes of others and overall a beautiful thing.

How long do you think the finished product will be?

We’ve got something under an hour which feels like the right length for the screening tonight.

Any stumbling blocks?

We’ve had to work so fast that I know there are better edits out there, just a day or two away. It’s pretty certain that there are things in the cut that should be out and things out of the cut that should be in.

I hope the film makers forgive me for both and especially those whose work only flickers through the cut. If anything is not there, it’s because in our state of exhaustion we couldn’t solve tech problems. The dictates of the cut always overshadow anything else.

And where from here?

This is not the end of the road, it’s just one pass at a single film impression of this huge range of work – all of which will be seen again online. I also think that lots of it will be seen at festivals too because there are really great pieces here.

Any words for the film makers?

Simply, the biggest, hugest most sincere thanks and respect to all of them. I’m blown away by the work that’s come in.

Also major thanks to producer Andrew McAvinchey and editor Declan Lynch for work way above and beyond and for Derek O’Connor and Darklight for having the idea to do this in the first place.

Stew and Red Lemonade

Kevin Marron is directing a film with a difference. Revolving around a taxi driver whose wife has died before their long awaited restaurant has opened, a random act of kindness turns into a story with a twist.

I sat in The Bankers where Kevin was filming part of his film with actors and friends Steve Gunn, Andrea Murphy and Diane Jennings, ably assisted by Rachel Rath and Dave Doherty. As the scenes unfold and get shot, reshot and improvised, I begin to see just how much goes into getting a short film right.

Each shot is filmed from different angles, with different intonations, inflections and ideas in an effort to capture the essence of what Kevin is trying to bring to the screen. The actresses work quickly, with humour and patience as they repeat the “Ah he’s a nice man” scene, despite poor Andrea dying for a red lemonade.

It’s only when watching something like this, the interaction between actors and directors, the dialogue and conversation between them that I began to realise truly how collaborative a project all this is. Each scene is discussed, first from what the director requires and then how the actors want to play it.

When I spoke to him briefly, Kevin was “thrilled” to be working on the project and enthusiastic about the outcome. “It’s as much about the process as the finished project” he said, “the whole thing’s been a blast.”

Over from Paris for the film

Rebecca Daly came over from Paris to her native Dublin for the shoot, just for one day. Now there’s dedication. I grabbed her for just the couple of minutes it took to transfer her movies ready for Declan and Lenny.

What is your short film about?

Worn shoes. Literally. We follow the story of a family through the shoes that they wear.

Where was the family from?

I worked with lovely people out in Ballyfermot.

How did the shoot go?

Very well. I’m really happy with the final result!

What made you get involved in this movie project?

Well it’s very interesting, an exciting project to be involved in. Something different and possibly unique. I’m looking forwrd to seeing the final product.

Any big fears?

Just that the movie won’t transfer over now and I’ll be late for the airport! Apart from that it’s all with Lenny and Declan, and I bet they’ll do great!

Thanks for the time Rebecca! Hope you got home safely 🙂

Overheard on the shoot:

Some of the things people tell us are quite, erm, interesting. From the sublime:

How do you recognise an email from a Buddhist?
There’s no attachment.

To the lyrics to a suggested piece:

Hey blind boy lose your inhibitions,
Give me the lumber in all the positions,
Before you do I only got one condition
Read the Kama Sutra, Braille Edition

To wondering about the project…

So, eh, the movie, right. Will it be like a film type of thing?


On a shoot with Carmel Winters

Carmel Winters very kindly gave us access to some of her photos from her shoot on Thursday. In her team also were Anthony Bowes (DP),Keith Lindsay and actress Dee Cotter.

Interview with Conor McMahon

The opening shot is a take on Midnight Cowboy, he was thinking of calling it “Scumbags in the Mist” and it’s based on something that happened to him. I caught up with Conor McMahon at Filmbase just after he’d finished shooting.

(sorry about the sound quality)

With him were Paul Ward, Ciarán Foy and Steven Neeson, who may or may not be Liam’s son…

The true story from Conor:

I was mugged once on Dorset Street. He took my bank card but made me walk with him to the ATM to get money. On the way we veered from casual conversation to “I’ll break yer bleedin’ head in…” threats. It was quite bizarre, him reminding me of the situation and where I stood.

Today though there were a few people wondering what we were up to, including one have-a-go hero. Good to know that there’s still people around who are willing to help!