Archive for the ‘Film’ Category

Radio Appearance

Both Director, David Burns and myself will be on Limerick Today, Wednesday morning (24th April) on Limerick’s Live 95FM to chat about this project in advance of the screening on Thursday 25th April at 7:30pm at LIT’s Millennium Theatre.

Press Release 

April 12th 2019

New film documentary on the history of Limerick cinemas

A new documentary film, ‘The Picture House, will be screened in the Millennium Theatre in LIT at 7.30pm on Thursday 25th April.

Next to sport, cinema has always been Limerick’s main cultural pursuit.  Even today, without a city centre cinema, almost a million cinema tickets are sold in Limerick every year. 

The Picture House looks back at the glory days of the single screen city centre cinema and features archival footage and photographs of 10 of Limerick City Centre cinemas and the memories of former cinema workers and cinema-goers.  

The hour long film revisits the stories of the different cinemas such as the Savoy, Lyric and Tivoli, the 1953 Cinema workers strike, the censorious attitude of the local authority and the Church, and the slow and inevitable decline of the single screen cinema. 

The film was produced and directed by Dave Burns in association with Paul Lynam, Declan McLoughlin and Joe Coleman, filmed by Paul Lynam, Keith Bogue and Jim Pidgeon, edited by Simon McGuire and presented by Mike Finn.  Dave Burns is active in the planned redevelopment of the Royal Cinema in Cecil Street and in Fresh Film Festival.   

 

Trailer

https://vimeo.com/316371307

Director Bio

Dave Burns, former lecturer in computer science at UL, has made another documentary film on local history.  After completing ‘Kemmy’ – a look at Jim Kemmy’s life and work –  in 2017, Dave wanted to place on record some of the past glories of the city centre cinemas.   He has also driven the projected  redevelopment of the old Royal cinema as a four-screen studio cinema.  Dave also chairs the board of Fresh Film Festival, which showcases the works of under-18 film makers, nationally and internationally.

 

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Creative Broadcast & Film Production students and staff at LIT are pleased to announce details of the LIT Film & Media Showcase19 on Thursday 11th April in the LIT Millennium Theatre. The daylong showcase, which is a visual celebration of short film screenings as well as film & music exhibitions, will see student’s present films ranging from fiction, documentary, and animation. This public showcase offers an exciting opportunity to view the latest work of emerging film makers working in Limerick today.

Showcase19 is generously supported by film & media production companies in Limerick who have come on board to celebrate the work of these talented filmmakers.

Below are the list of the awards and supporting Film & Media Production companies:

  • Art Direction – Selected & presented by Troy Studios
  • Cinematography – Selected & presented by Crude Media
  • Motion Graphics & VFX – Selected & presented by Piquant Media
  • Documentary – Selected & presented by The Limerick Post
  • Original Sound Mix – Selected & presented Spin SW
  • Original Script – Selected & presented by HearSay Festival (Heron Media)
  • Richard Harris Award in Film Excellence – Selected & presented by Richard Harris International Film Festival

A number of events will run alongside the showcase including a presentation by Nigel Mercier on how to become a Film & TV Extra. Nigel’s company, “Set Extras” is the leading extras company in the West of Ireland. Providing extras since 2016 for TV Commercials, Music Videos, and local International Films. An award winning actor, Nigel will offer an overview of the extras casting process, what casting directors are looking for, and how you can get involved. For anyone interested in TV and Film production who would like to learn more about becoming an extra this is the event for you. SetExtras.ie have some of the most experienced casting directors working in Ireland today and a large database of people in the Limerick, Tipperary, Clare, and Kerry areas. To find out more, why not pop along.

Location: Millennium Theatre

Time: 1pm – 2pm

Book your place at https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/setextra-secrets-to-becoming-a-tvfilm-extra-with-nigel-mercier-tickets-56586496735

 

Following Nigel Mercier’s presentation will be a series of Music Exhibitions from 2pm – 6pm. This event, entitled “Scene and Heard” will see Music Technology and Production students from the Interactive Audio module perform live interpretations of audio recorded from a selection of short video scenes.

Location: Millennium Theatre

Time: 2pm – 6pm

Book you place at https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/scene-and-heard-tickets-58488459557

 

 

About the Creative Broadcast & Film Production Programme

Creative Broadcast & Film Production is a Level 8 BSc (Hons) Film and Screen Broadcast production programme. Students explore the dynamic world of Film & Broadcast Media Production and develop the key creative, technical, and storytelling skills to succeed. This skills based programme offers students an exciting opportunity to explore the world of the broadcast media industry. It covers a range of disciplines across Film & TV Production, Visual Effects, editing, radio, audio mixing, photography, as well as broadcast technologies across a range of new and traditional media platforms. We offer our students a range of prospects for both academic & career progression in the broadcast, film, creative media industries, as well as extensive hands on production work experience.

If you have a story to tell, we will show you how.

For CAO students hoping to attend the programme in September the showcase is a wonderful opportunity to find out more about the programme, see student examples, and meet the lecturers. All welcome.

For more information contact Nora NÍ Fhlatharta atNora.Nifhlatharta@lit.ie or Film@lit.ie

So with NAB happening this week, Blackmagic are due to announce the new version of their flagship software, DaVinci Resolve 16.

Blackmagic Design has published a new banner on their website promoting DaVinci Resolve 16 with the tag line ‘The revolution in editing starts at 9AM PDT on April 8th 2019.’ DaVinci Resolve 15 was first released in 2018 which integrated Fusion compositing right into the app. It is currently at version 15.3.

https://www.newsshooter.com/2019/04/05/blackmagic-design-davinci-resolve-16/

It will be interesting in what BM is going to give editors and colourists in this version but the banner above is an interesting choice. Eagle eyed film editors have noted that a number of the film posters dictated were actually cut using Avid Media Composer. One hopes that BM are using the posters to signify what their software will be capable of and not a false adverting mistake.

Either way, as a certified DaVinci Resolve Editor and lectuer I do like the workflow process this software creates and I hope to convince others at the Life Long Learning Festival of DaVinci’s capabilities on Tuesday Morning at LIT. Click on Picture below for more details.

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On behalf of the students and academic staff of the Creative Broadcast & Film Production programme, LSAD,  I would like to formally invite you to attend the – Showcase19 –  screening on Thursday, April 11th in the Millennium Theatre.
The showcase is a visual celebration of short film screenings as well as film & music exhibitions. Films range from fiction, documentary, and animation presented by the students of Creative Broadcast & Film Production. The event offers an exciting opportunity to view the latest work of emerging film makers working in Limerick today.
Reception opens at 17:00, screenings & awards from 18:00.

Showcase 19′ Awards selected by our 2019 Media partners are:

  • Art Direction -Selected & presented by Troy Studios
  • Cinematography – Selected & presented by Crude Media
  • Motion Graphics & VFX – Selected & presented by Piquant Media
  • Documentary – Selected & presented by The Limerick Post
  • Original Sound Mix – Selected & presented Spin SW
  • Original Script – Selected & presented by HearSay Festival (Heron Media)
  • Richard Harris Award in Film Excellence – Selected & presented by Richard Harris International Film Festival
I look forward to chatting with you when you get a chance and hope to see you at the reception.
Here is our eventbrite page with further information.

Introduction to Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve

TUESDAY 9TH APRIL @ 9AM – 11AM

 

Taking place during the annual Limerick Life Long Learning Festival, will be a series of workshops hosted by the academic staff of the Creative Broadcast and Film Production Programme, LSAD, LIT.

Included in this is a short introduction to the Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 15 programme featuring a run through of the features and what is involved in getting an editing workflow from start to finished output.

For more details click on the images above.

For the other events that are hosted by the Creative Broadcast and Film Production Programme CLICK HERE

 

The 2019 Fresh Film Festival Programme has been updated on their website and has a number of events taking place from March 25 – 30th (inclusive). check out the programme on their website link below and be sure to drop into some of the public events and show your support for young Irish Film Makers.

https://freshfilmfestival.com/programme/
The Story of Limerick’s Cinemas

Following the first documentary Kemmy (2017) (on the late Limerick Politician Jim Kemmy), comes David Burns’ second factual feature, ‘The Picture House‘. This hour long film documentary tells the story of the glory days of Limerick’s one-screen cinemas until their demise in the late 1980s.

We see how the cinema screen was, and is, the biggest cultural outlet for Limerick people, and look at the various venues that thrived in and around the City Centre. We get the idea of how most theatres mainly screened films but also mounted variety shows, concerts, operas, plays, and talent shows.

The documentary has three main threads:

• The main cinemas, the films, shows and their market. How the venues came and went.

• The people who worked in the cinemas, from manager to page boy. Their struggle for a proper wage.

• The cinema-going public and their stories.The attitudes of the authorities – mainly the Church.

At its height in the sixties, Limerick had seven or eight cinemas of various standards, and the documentary looks at them with regard to their history, and their impact on Limerick’s cultural social and economic life.  We see the slow demise of the city centre cinemas due to neglect, competition from television and VHS, and the rise of the profitable suburban multiplex.

The documentary uses a presenter to tour the main cinemas.  At each venue, we get a potted history of the cinema, together with photographs and adverts from the Leader, background material –reminiscences from the staff who worked there, stories about the behaviour of the clientele, the kind of films that were shown together with film posters and snatches of music, the controversies which arose, and reminiscences from patrons.

The Picture House seeks to give an overarching flavour of the history of Cinema from the first cinema in La Ciotat in 1899, the advent of talking pictures, colour, the evolution of digital cinema and the return of the city centre cinema in the 21stCentury.

Simon was on board as Editor again and screening will take place in April 2019.

See the Teaser Trailer below.

 

 

(As Per RTÉ’s Website)

RTÉ and Northern Ireland Screen have announced that they are seeking submissions from writers and producers to develop new original online dramas for the new season of Storyland. Under the Storyland banner, RTÉ and NI Screen give emerging Irish creative talent an opportunity to make original Irish dramas available to a national and global audience on RTÉ Player.

We are seeking to commission six scripts and work closely with their script writers and producers on the development of these scripts. Writers from the worlds of television, film, theatre, literature, documentary and journalism are being sought, whether or not they have written for television or film before. Directors will then be contracted once the scripts have been further developed and are ready for final development and pre-production.

This year Storyland will develop six projects of up to twenty minutes duration and up to six dramas, each with a budget of €31,500, will be commissioned.

David Crean, Executive Producer for RTÉ Television said “The new series of Storyland will explore dramas focused around a theme of ‘revenge’. One of the key reasons for Storyland is to broaden the reach of who gets to write drama, helping new writers and producers to develop. This year we are looking for original voices with something to say about contemporary Ireland.”

Now in its ninth year, Storyland continues to offer an invaluable platform for Irish writing, directing, producing and acting talent throughout the island of Ireland. Previous Storyland commissions have gone on to be commissioned for RTÉ TV series in comedy and drama, a feature film, won numerous international awards and have generated additional opportunities, both within and outside RTÉ for the writers, directors, producers and actors.

Richard Williams, Northern Ireland Screen CEO, said “Teaming up with RTÉ on Storyland is a perfect partnership for us, allowing us to support the development of, and invest in, a new generation of talent. We can’t wait to see what great stories and new voices will be discovered through the scheme this year.”

Information on requirements and conditions can be seen on the FAQ section on the RTÉ website HERE

or for Directors who wish to send expressions of interest, email to storyland2019@rte.ie

Director David Burns outside the Royal Theatre, Limerick.

In another article in this weeks Limerick Post, the idea of a city centre cinema is under discussion again. As a member of the steering group for The Royal project, I am still hopeful that funding can be found to get this multi-purpose project realised.

 

I had the pleasure to be interviewed on the impact of Troy Studios, by the team at UL’s student publication; Limerick Voice, which is available with this weekend’s edition of the Limerick Leader.