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.”
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.
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.
Something like this couldn’t happen without some amazing people who offer their services to the team behind it:
The team at Filmbase – www.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 Kitchen – www.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.
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? 😉
Despite being one of the busiest men in Dublin today, Andrew McAvinchey, who is directly involved in the set-up and organisation of this project, manages to look calm and collected. He joined Emily and me for a quick qik chat.