DP Ian D Murphy shoots the ‘Ghost Boat’


Producer credits local crew with successful shoot

Story Factory today announced it just completed principal photography on The Blow-Ins, a new short film supported by Cork County Council in association with the Cork Screen Commission. The Blow-Ins was shot on location in the picturesque villages of Courtmacsherry and Kilbrittain, amongst other stunning coastal locations, in West Cork.

The supernatural comedy is produced by Raymond McSweeney and Jill Sartini for Story Factory, Ireland and written/directed by CJ Scuffins. The story concerns a sea-rescue volunteer who happens upon a ‘ghost boat’ on her first mayday mission.

The film’s lead character, Lorraine Egan (Jill Sartini), is a rockabilly who ‘blows-in’ to South West Cork from inner-city Dublin seeking a new life. The look of the short combines Lorraine’s love for urban ’50s/’60s Americana with the beautiful South West Cork landscape.

‘My fellow producer Jill Sartini and I are both delighted to have located our production in Cork. We received wonderful support from both the CSC and Cork County Council which ensured we had a very smooth and successful shoot. Cork was an ideal location for us. Its rich history, beautiful landscape, magnificent architecture and welcoming people are an inspiring combination, said The Blow-Ins producer Raymond McSweeney.

‘One of the key success factors was our ability to source highly talented and competent cast and crew in Cork to complement our own in-house creative team. I was able to dove tail Story Factory’s highly creative director CJ Scuffins with Cork based heads of departments Ian D Murphy (Camera, AV3 Productions ), Rupert McCarthy-Morrow (Lighting, SLR Broadcast Hire) and Robert O’ Halloran (Sound) resulting in a great onset chemistry.’

McSweeney went on to say that, ‘the support we received from the local community on location in Courtmacsherry and Kilbrittain was unbelievable. We felt so strong about the level of support we received that Jill, a Gaiety trained actress who also plays the lead role of Lorraine, ran acting workshops with local children. As a result we incorporated some of these children along with their parents and many other locals into the film. To top it all off we unearthed great local musicians in Cornelius Whelton and John B Murphy who penned and performed a revealing song in a pivotal scene in the film. John B Murphy is now collaborating with Story Factory’s soundtrack artist Richard Jolly on the films score.’

Story Factory will use their own post-production facilities in Dublin to edit the film.The Blow-Ins will be released on the international film festival circuit in early 2012.

For more information about Cork Screen Commission please email Jason O’ Mahony at jason@corkscreencommission.com


About the Cork Screen Commission

The Cork Screen Commission is a one-stop shop for all film needs in Cork City and County. It helps film and television producers find, secure and make the best use of Cork’s magnificent locations. The Cork Screen Commission helps filmmakers from script to screen!


Cork Screen Commission also houses an extensive database of Cork-based film professionals, including cast and crew; film services and film production companies.


The Cork Screen Commission works to develop, recognize and promote film activities in Cork City and County, while also working to promote the area as a film destination. It also works with the local film community to support local projects with significant ties to the area.


Cork Screen Commission is jointly funded by Cork City Council and Cork County Council under the auspices of the Cork Film Centre.


For more information on Cork Screen Commission please log onto www.corkscreencommissoin.com or call +353 86 401 5433


The Cork Screen Commission’s Key Roles are:

– To actively market the Cork region as a prime location for film and television production.

– To support the region’s indigenous film and television industry which consists of a highly talented group of individuals and companes.

– To provide a comprehensive production support service for those involved in the industry.

– To liaise with the Irish Film Board, Cork County Council, Cork City Council and other stakeholders to ensure that the region is film friendly and welcoming to incoming productions.

– To attract incoming investment and, in so doing, to create employment opportunities for the regions highly skilled film professionals.


About Story Factory 

Founded in 2010 by CJ Scuffins, Story Factory is an independent production company that makes genre films with high production values from original screenplays.


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