Category: Back Issues
Brendan Muldowney’s debut feature ‘Savage’ picked up a Special Mention in the Méliès Competition at the recent Leeds International Film Festival
The feature film ‘Swansong, Story of Occi Byrne’, written and directed by Conor McDermottroe, goes on release in the Light House Cinema, Dublin and in select cinemas in the Sligo/Leitrim area from today Friday 10th September.
The Summer Issue’s fantastic features include an interview with Paul Fraser, the director of the Galway Film Fleadh’s opening film ‘My Brothers’, and, one year on from winning the Best Feature Award at the Galway Fleadh, director Ken Wardrop and producer Andrew Freedman talk sales agents and festival strategy about their acclaimed documentary ‘His & Hers’. Filmmaker Juanita Wilson tells us about her Oscar®-nominated short ‘The Door’ and her debut feature ‘As If I’m Not There’; plus you can Get Into Film with our Education Special as up-and-coming Irish film talent tell us about their college and what they learned there.
Conor McMahon, creator of zombie flick ‘Dead Meat’ and the hilarious and devious ‘The Disturbed’, gives his guide to the world of low budget. With a few detours via Hollywood, this is Film Ireland, ‘grindhouse’ style.
Brian O’Toole, Paul Ward, Eoin Macken and Conor McMahon provide us with a detailed breakdown of where the spend went on their low budget films. We talk to big-budget production designer Ray Ball and to Graham Williams about production design when there’s less cash to splash. Visiting the Rat Cellar, the workshop of make-up and special effects expert Tom McInerney, was extremely impressive. We talked to him and fellow effects expert Terri Pinnell about mutilation, decapitation and zombification on a budget.
Concept artist Olwen Foy shares the journey from creature conception to film and looks at the contributions of fine artists like H.R. Giger to the film industry. Gary Shore, a Dun Laoghaire graduate incredibly skilled as both an artist and filmmaker, has successfully broken into Hollywood. We talk to him about how understanding green screen and visual effects as a director is a very good way to get attention from the Hollywood Studios. Vinny Murphy gives us some tips on directing actors, an area where a lot of film college graduates have little or no experience.
We also talked to Cillian Murphy about his new film, ‘Perrier’s Bounty’ and interviewed animator Jimmy Murakami (‘The Snowman’) about the new documentary that explores his experiences in a US concentration camp.
Finally, Film Ireland has introduced some new regular pages, with an equipment reviews page, the Filmireland.net page, an on-set reports page, a page dedicated to shorts and a page from the Screenwriters guild.
Low-budget can mean anything from a few hundred grand to small change and some pocket-lint. But no matter the size of your lump sum, what’s the smartest way to spend your money in low-budget filmmaking? Conor McMahon got some detailed budgets from directors Brian O’Toole, Paul Ward, Eoin Macken and himself…
The renowned animator of The Snowman revisits the American concentration camp in which he and his family were interned in this new documentary. Dermod Moore spoke to the director, Sé Merry Doyle, one of the producers, Vanessa Gildea, and to Murakami himself.
Alessandro Molatore reports from the set of ‘Parked’, a new feature starring Colm Meaney.
Clare Creely introduces the new screening space that’s about giving your shorts legs.
Please note, we are currently in the process of transferring information on our back issues to the new version of the Film Ireland website. In the meantime if you are looking for back issue information please check the Archive Pages on the old version of the Film Ireland website.
The Winter Issue, guest edited by actor and filmmaker Hugh O’Conor, is out now. The sixth and final issue of 2009 has an exclusive interview with actor Ciarán Hinds (‘Rome’) and writer/director Conor McPherson (‘The Actors’) about their latest collaboration ‘The Eclipse’, as well as a fascinating article about moving from editing to directing by Mary Sweeney, long-time collaborator with David Lynch and editor of ‘Mulholland Dr.’ and ‘Lost Highway’, amongst others.
With a focus on acting, this issue answers the burning questions of aspiring stars in three separate features. In The Business of Acting we talk to the Gaiety School of Acting, actor’s agent Maureen McGlynn and casting directors Thyrza Ging and Maureen Hughes. Then in London Calling, we get an international perspective and talk to rising stars Aidan Turner (‘Desperate Romantics’), Andrew Scott (‘John Adams’), Eva Birthistle (‘Wake Wood’), Katie McGrath (‘Merlin’), Kerry Condon (‘Rome’), Peter McDonald (‘When Brendan Met Trudy’) and Ruth Negga (‘Personal Affairs’). And what’s this? Acting work you can bank on? Voicebank, an Irish agency for talented talkers, tells us all about it.
We also have a chat with The Irish Time’s film reviewer Donald Clarke about Irish film and what actors he currently has his eye on.
Finally, Storyland was a little-known but successful web series competition run by RTÉ. Film Ireland talks to the participants and the winners, who include the men behind the web sensation ‘Hardy Bucks’.
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RTÉ’s Storyland competition was no fairytale: success required a huge amount of hard graft. However, for those willing to put in the effort, Storyland did grant some filmmaker wishes: recognition, networking opportunities and the golden egg – funding. Angela Nagle reports.
Alright. You’ve had your big breaks: you were the back-end of the orange caterpillar in the latest Meteor ad and second punter from the left in the pub on ‘Fair City’. Nonetheless, it looks like the emerald isle will all too easily contain your talents. But what about our real rising stars? Does a talented actor have to leave Ireland in order to make it? Niamh Creely investigates…