The Animation Issue! Guest edited by Cathal Gaffney of Brown Bag Films Put your 3D glasses on to look at the cover! Plan 3D from Outer Space Don’t call it a gimmick. A new wave of animated features is using stereoscopic 3D to create sophisticated, fully immersive storytelling environments. Niall Kitson gives an in-depth report. [...]
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Don’t call it a gimmick. A new wave of animated features is using stereoscopic 3D to create sophisticated, fully immersive storytelling environments. Niall Kitson gives an ‘in-depth’ report.
Lee Griffin of equipment vendor Eurotek, gives Niall Kitson a practical industry viewpoint on the future of 3D.
Film Ireland talks to Pete Docter, director and co-screenwriter of Disney•Pixar’s first 3D animation ‘UP’.
Steve Woods finds out that new technology oiled by good ideas keep the wheels of the animation industry turning over.
Aidan Hickey on how to write engaging animation for children.
Traditional Irish advertising agencies and marketing departments have some facing up to the future to do. But the time is now, contends Nick McGivney.
Jamie Hannigan talks to producer and founder of Magma Films Ralph Christians about the challenges of working in Ireland.
It may not be easy, but merchandising and licensing can make childrenís entertainment big business. Alan Gregg tells us how.
Jennie McGinn on the continued success of the Irish Film Board’s animated shorts scheme.
Ever wondered what a ‘creature technical director’ gets up to on a daily basis? Greg Maguire of Industrial Light & Magic (the visual effects company founded by George Lucas) gives us a day in the life.
Scott Townsend takes a look at how the right college course can offer a career path into the animation industry.
Richard Keane gives us the tour. This interweb lark is definitely going to catch on, so we decided to include some of the more popular websites that you’re likely to find saved on an animator’s web browser. No doubt there are lots of important sites that didn’t make the list, so if you think we [...]
Film Ireland asked the talented character designers and storyboard artists of The Station (www.thestation.ie) to outline the animation process from ‘concept to completion’. For health and safety reasons, we had to delete the panels that showed the poor, frustrated producer banging his head against the wall as he tried to finance the animation, but the [...]
Ross Whitaker talks to Ken Wardrop about his new documentary feature ‘His and Hers’.
A day in the working life of Dominic Lawrence, sound engineer. It’s not all about the picture you know…
The Bargain Issue! Guest edited by Ken Wardrop and Andrew Freedman
The Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, Martin Cullen, sheds light on what the most recent budget means for the Irish Film industry. Sheena Sweeney interviews.
It’s tough making films. They cost a lot of money and because the economic downturn is showing no signs of levelling out just yet, the chance to get any kind of film made is becoming ever more precarious. With this in mind the Catalyst Project was launched in 2007 – 3 movies, 3 teams of writers, directors and producers, a budget of €250,000 each – and aimed at first-time filmmakers and emerging talent in all areas of production. Can a film be made on €250,000 and will low-budget filmmaking be with us for the foreseeable future?
Liz Gill looks at the highly successful Danish film industry and wonders: could we learn a thing or two?
Imagine, if you will, that in one year in Ireland, 27 Irish feature films (meaning Irish written, directed, shot, set and edited) with an average budget of 2.6 million euros, are released theatrically on 51 prints each, taking an average of 1.2 million euros at the box office and 26% of the national market share…
8 features, 8 directors, 8 rules. Gavin Burke investigates the octically-obsessed Advance Party II.
With the Catalyst Project asking its filmmakers to deliver a film on €250,000, Advance Party II’s budget of €1.5 million will seem like a luxury. Finding its inspiration from the competitive and creative community of the dogme movement, Advance Party I (API) brought together a new group of filmmakers and created a new and unique set of rules to govern the conception and production of their new films…
If you want your movie seen, it’s not enough to target a specific audience: you have to play marketing mind games with them too, writes Niall Kitson.
There’s a lot of money in pranking – just ask Ashton Kutcher and Johnny Knoxville. Better yet, ask Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez. The names might not be as familiar but ten years ago this summer they were responsible for creating the biggest in-joke in the history of cinema: The Blair Witch Project…
Always wanted to work in the film industry but were afraid to try? Tara Brady talks to a few brave souls who followed their hearts and filled their pockets. Kind of.
Adam Lacey asks whether Irish critics are doing Irish film any favours.
‘The role of the film critic hasn’t changed; we guide people towards good movies and try to warn them off bad ones. Newspapers, television and radio will always require informed, coherent opinion, something not synonymous with the internet.’ So begins John Maguire, film critic for the Sunday Business Post and Ian Dempsey’s Today FM radio show.
Jamie Hannigan talks to SIPTU/Equity representative Des Courtney and Sean Stokes from Screen Producers Ireland.
Adam Lacey explores the extraordinary world of the extra. In an age where the economy is collapsing around us like a paper house in the rain, some jobs will always be around.
Ross Whitaker talks to Brendan Muldowney and Conor Barry about their low-budget feature ‘Savage’.
Michael Freeman on the last great untapped income source.
These are the end times. There’s no money in the bank. Regular employment is a distant, sepia-tinged memory. Your residence – the converted d6 hot-press that seemed such a prudent investment in the heady days of 2007 – is now worth a fraction of its cost. In fact, really the only tangible asset that you haven’t yet bartered away for food is Tarkovsky, your loyal collie…
Nick Fraser on the current state of documentary filmmaking • Mint Productions on the Bertie documentary series • Pitching training event at the STF doc festival • Interview with documentary filmmaker Liz Mermin • Roundtable: The future of creative documentary • Pat Collins interview • Steve McQueen on Hunger • Gideon Koppel interview on Sleep Furiously • Loopline Film’s doc courses • A doctor for docs • Nino Troppiano on Chippers