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!

Marvellous musicians and their magic offer

We’ve had some very generous offers of music from some amazing artists.

Damien Dempsey has most generously allowed us to use his music on the film. Check out his new album, The Rocky Road.

Miriam Ingram has very generously offered her music and she’s even willing to compose! She and her son Diolmhain have made a movie as well. Tootsweet.ie offer music composition for movies and they’re great.

Chequerboard is also being generous enough to allow us to use his music in the remixed feature.

Thank you so much to all the artists offering music for this, it’s going to make such a huge difference.

A huge thank you to…

Something like this couldn’t happen without some amazing people who offer their services to the team behind it:

The team at Filmbasewww.filmbase.ie – whose table and free wifi connection we’ve been comandeering to bring you this. Their coffee is excellent and staff very friendly.

Dave is the cool illustrator (‘drawer’) who gave us our logo and had been a design guru. Thanks Dave, love your work.

Alliance Electric on South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2. Really great people who have helped us out with lots of stuff.

Mercury Boy Productions, currently the hub of our operations. Really great viral marketers, with commercials, shorts, advertisements and podcasts. Check them out!

We’ve been using Twitterfone to stay in touch and keep us updated with what’s going on. It’s a really cool application and it’s Irish. Give it a go.

Dee and the team at the Pie Kitchenwww.piekitchen.ie – based in the Epicurean Food hall on the corner of Middle Abbey Street and Liffey Street just over the Ha’penny bridge.

Nick Fitzsimons in who has been most generous with his advice and time. A very knowledgeable guy in the music industry!

One of the best Movie sites in the world – Movies.ie. Check out the interview about our movie!

We ❤ the Chancer. Even if they are busy. ‘Nuff said.

From the edit room – Lenny says

A note from Lenny to all the film makers:

So, we are right in the middle of it here at mission control. I’m blown away by the quality of the work and genuinely amazed at what you’ve produced in less than 48 hours. We have only now (10am) got everything into the machine, all working, all at the right res etc. All in all there are over 30 projects. Declan slept on the Budda bag in the Darklight office for the grand total of an hour. I went home and listened to my baby son crying before retiring to the spare room for the last shreds of the night. But it’s all worth it for the feeling of energy around the whole thing.

The timeline now (with 25 of the 30 projects in) is 3 hrs. There will have to be some casualties to make a 90min piece and that’s going to be hard … Some pieces lend themselves to cutting down, some don’t. I’ll keep you all posted.

Can you sense the stress? 😉