ONE MINUTE FILM - Time and Space

Our hero Derek, using the space-time manipulator. It hurts. 

Our hero Derek, using the space-time manipulator. It hurts. 

About three weeks ago, my buddy Stephen told me about the One Minute Film Competition at The Galway Film Fleadh and that I should make a piece for it. I've had an idea for quite a while about a guy who's able to control space-time but he wouldn't use this power for anything nefarious, but just to see his dead mother one last time.

The challenge was to squeeze this idea into one minute, and to make the film feel fun at the start, then turn serious and emotional once our hero's intentions are made clear. 

It's screening in the One Minute Competition in the Fleadh this Sunday, the 16th of July, and I'll stick it up online the day after. 

Fergal, 10/07/17

MUSIC VIDEO DETOURS

The past three months I've been fortunate enough to direct a few music videos with exceptionally talented and super collaborative musical artists, the amazing country-rock band Brave Giant, folk singer Cat Dowling and anthemic baladeur Carney. 

I went out of my way to not make these into your regular performance pieces whereby the singer/singers would just perform the piece to camera, but rather take the opportunity to make them into narrative driven short films. I was keen to try and flex my directorial muscles and make the coolest stuff I could think of on a tight budget. 

The first two videos I made were for Brave Giant's song "The Time I Met The Devil" and Cat Dowling's song "Trouble".  I was given the rare opportunity to make these with almost complete creative freedom.

Joe Rooney as "The Priest" in "The Time I Met The Devil". 

Joe Rooney as "The Priest" in "The Time I Met The Devil". 

Needless to say, these pieces were sleazy, violent, drug-addled and super frenetic with regards to form and aesthetic. Sam Raimi's adage by which he swears "Thou shalt not bore!" is stuck like a parasite in my filmmaking brain. You can see the Brave Giant video right here on my website, while the video for Cat Dowling goes live in May. 

Peter McGann in "Trouble". Imagine The Revenant mixed with The IRA and you're halfway there.

Peter McGann in "Trouble". Imagine The Revenant mixed with The IRA and you're halfway there.

For the third piece, Carney's wonderfully dark and powerful song "Rome", I chose to go in an entirely different direction to the previous two pieces. I abandoned my usual frenetic, handheld style and went for more stately compositions, keeping the camera quiet and trying to let the pace of the song dictate the pace of the video. You can see that video in May also. 

Carney's "Rome", starring the performer herself. 

Carney's "Rome", starring the performer herself. 

Three cool music videos in so far this year and it's time to start focusing on my next project. My short fantasist crime thriller "Bedlam" that I've been writing and rewriting for about two months now. 

It hopes to earn the title. 

Fergal, 18/04/17

 

CRYPT TV - COMMISSIONED PIECES

Two new short horror pieces I was commissioned to make for Eli Roth and Jason Blum's Crypt TV are online now at https://www.facebook.com/CryptTV

Check them out on their Facebook page , 30 seconds each of pure evil!

Pumpkin - Starring Amy Dunne. Shot by Joe Van Velzen.

Pumpkin - Starring Amy Dunne. Shot by Joe Van Velzen.

Birthday Cake - Starring Amy Dunne and Ian McEvoy. Shot by Joe Van Velzen.

Birthday Cake - Starring Amy Dunne and Ian McEvoy. Shot by Joe Van Velzen.

 

PITCHING MATERIALS -  HORROR FILM

Below are some pitching materials I put together for a feature length horror movie, I believe the budget is to be about seven million dollars. I was potentially going to direct it and prepared an extensive pitch, but alas, didn't get it in the end. It was still a fun, intense process and I thoroughly enjoyed scouring the internet looking for appropriate images to convey the 'look' I wanted the film to have. Here are some of the mood boards I prepared. 

Can you guess the setting and story? 

 

"GAVISCON" WRAPS!

On Tuesday last, I wrapped shooting my next piece, a super exuberant and boisterous spec ad for Gaviscon. My management at Driven By Creatives were kind enough to fund the piece and I was fortunate to have Paddy Jordan [Stitches, The Young Offenders, Playstation 'Our Shoes'] as director of photography.  The whole crew were incredible, with Claire Gormley producing, Gwen Jeffares Hourie on costume, Mark Kilbride on production design and Hannah Sullivan on makeup along with a host of others. 

The piece follows hotshot cop McKnight going up against his nemesis Ernesto Constavalos in an intense shoot out, a shoot out that's soon to be marred by indigestion. 

The aim for the ad was to make an action packed, irreverent and fun piece of work. Sam Raimi's adage "Thou shalt not bore", is constantly in my head when making anything.  The piece will be finished within the next month I would imagine.  

Below are some stills from the production. 

Ross Browne as McKnight. 

Ross Browne as McKnight. 

The cops under fire. From left to right, Morgan Jones, Aoife Spratt and Kris Whelan.

The cops under fire. From left to right, Morgan Jones, Aoife Spratt and Kris Whelan.

Peter McGann as Ernesto Constavalos. 

Peter McGann as Ernesto Constavalos. 

McKnight in cover. 

McKnight in cover. 

 

"COLOSSUS" WRAPS!

"12 years after the catastrophic 'Colossus Event', one man hunts another in the devastation." 

Two weeks ago I wrapped up the shooting of my next film, short science-fiction thriller "Colossus". Starring Morgan Jones [Game of Thrones] and Peter McGann [Cavalier], it proved to be a super tough, but rewarding shoot. The idea with this one was to strip the whole shooting process way back, make it with the bare minimum of crew and keep it fast, loose, creative, and most of all, I wanted to make the world of the film look horrible. I've locked the cut and am now working on the vfx, music and sound mix with a few of my regular collaborators as well as a few surprising new ones! Hopefully will be making some exciting announcements about the piece soon. 

Here's some pictures from the film. 

Morgan Jones as Myre. 

Morgan Jones as Myre. 

Peter McGann as the utterly deplorable Jim. 

Peter McGann as the utterly deplorable Jim. 

The world, post 'Colossus Event'. 

The world, post 'Colossus Event'. 

Here, there be monsters. 

Here, there be monsters.