Posts Tagged ‘Limerick City of Culture 2014’

Simon Filming ‘Granny’ and the Royal de Luxe for the short doc ‘One Giant Leap’

It has only been 4 years since she took her first steps in Limerick but it is still the most remembered weekend of the City of Culture 2014. It would be great to have the Royal de Luxe team back. Cheers again to Zeb Moore on giving his time back then for this short doc.

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RTÉ2 are screening The Limerick Film Trilogy in November on the Monday night Shortscreen slot and will also be available on the RTÉ Player afterwards. The trilogy consists of three short films that were made with the support of Limerick 2020 in partnership with Behind The Scenes. The scheme also received assistance from Screen Training Ireland. The dates for screening are:
LIMERICK TRILOGY – Day Off – 7th Nov ’16
LIMERICK TRILOGY – The Apparel – 14th Nov ’16 
LIMERICK TRILOGY – Date: Time – 21st Nov ’16

Up next tonight, (12:05 RTE 2) is ‘The Apparel’ written by Dan Mooney and directed by Peter Delaney under the guidance of Gerry Stembridge.

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Am delighted to announce that four films of which I edited have been nominated for the Richard Harris International Film Festival in late October.

‘Day Off’, ‘Date:Time’ and ‘The Apparel’, have all been accepted. These films were the brain child of Film Limerick Project manager Ronan Cassidy with renowned director Gerry Stembridge.

The scope of the Film Limerick project was not for the faint hearted. To bring the three stories together with three writers and three directors took organising and at times needed a delicate professional hand to harmonise everything together and allow the interweaving of the narratives, characters and locations of Limerick city to compliment each other. Project mentor Gerard Stembridge and project manager Ronan Cassidy brought all this together and with the support of the Limerick City of Culture, Behind the Scenes, Limerick 2020, Limerick Institute of Technology. The same amount of hard work, dedication and attention to detail was given to all three and the fruits of the labour of all cast and crew involved can be seen in every shot and piece of sound. This was certainly evident when all three had their cast and crew screening at the Limerick Film Festival back in April to an audience of nearly two hundred.

As editor on the trilogy, i’m taking great pride in the effort from everyone’s talent and patience with these films. I would encourage everyone to take a look at all three when ever you get a chance to see the film making talent that is growing in this city and region. They need the support and encouragement to continue their passion and goals. Film in Limerick needs to be supported now and into the future, whether the Limerick 2020 bid is successful or not… culture is not just for one year it’s for life and the Film Limerick Project has been only one part of many available by different groups and individuals in the city. It has achieved its goals set way back between the Limerick City of Culture 2014 team and Behind the Scenes. Regardless of people’s difference of opinion of each other, the trilogy films… all films… created in Limerick should not suffer… it is our creativity,… our art,… our culture and long may we continue to practice!

 

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The fourth short film nominated is Tommy C. Conlon’s, ‘The Sons of Robert Schuman’. Edited in early 2016 this is Tommy’s second short film after the success of ‘Play It Again Son!’.

SYNOPSIS

An Irishman, a Frenchman, a German and an Italian are working in the public relations department at the headquarters of the European Union in Brussels.

On this particular day they are each giving guided tours to visitors. They explain the history of the EEC/EU. Naturally they portray it is a visionary project, built on the ideals of great statesmen who after World War 2 dedicated themselves to a future Europe of peace and prosperity.

 

Tours over for the day, they return to their office upstairs. Whereupon they swiftly begin haranguing each other, insulting the others’ countries, resorting to caricature and national stereotypes. The united façade presented earlier to the public has disintegrated.

Writer’s note

While this film is essentially satirical in intention, and hopefully comedic in its execution, the writer is trying to make a point about basic nature. Can human beings successfully erase their tribal identities and atavistic instincts for the sake of a greater common good? And is the vast EU project, currently generating widespread resentment across the continent, ultimately a chimera that cannot be sustained.

Shot on location in Dublin, and edited here in Limerick, the short has a particular contemporary feel with the current unfolding news stories of the Euro 2016 and the UK Brexit referendum.
Tommy’s previous film ‘Play it Again Son!’, has had previous success at the 2015 Limerick Film Festival, winning the award for best acting for Pius McGrath’s performance.

The Sons of Robert Schuman is currently doing the rounds on the Irish Film Festival circuit as well as the European stages. As information on screenings become available they will be posted here.

Congrats Tommy.

I was delighted to work on all four of these films and look forward to the festival which takes place from October 27th to 31st.

 

 

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After a number of months in planning, production and postproduction the news that came in, that one of the Film Limerick Trilogy has been successful in selection to this year’s Galway Fleadh has given a boost to all who worked on it. From the writer Peter McNamara, (who has been busy with other projects state side, namely ‘Narcan’ (coming soon)) to the director Stephen Hall, (also busy with other projects that have screened home and abroad), the crew of the film and the Behind The Scenes team  (namely Mark Griffin who went above and beyond for the project) this acknowledgement by the Fleadh is something special, inspiring and encouraging.

The scope of the Film Limerick project was not for the faint hearted. To bring the three stories together with three writers and three directors took organising and at times needed a delicate professional hand to harmonise everything together and allow the interweaving of the narratives, characters and locations of Limerick city to compliment each other. Project mentor Gerard Stembridge and project manager Ronan Cassidy brought all this together and with the support of the Limerick City of Culture, Behind the Scenes, Limerick 2020, Limerick Institute of Technology. Even though ‘Day Off’ was the only one of the three selected this by no means is a reflection on the other two films of the trilogy, ‘The Apparel’ and ‘Date:Time’. The same amount of hard work, dedication and attention to detail was given to all three and the fruits of the labour of all cast and crew involved can be seen in every shot and piece of sound. This was certainly evident when all three had their cast and crew screening at the Limerick Film Festival back in April to an audience of nearly two hundred.

As editor on the trilogy, i’m taking great pride in the effort from everyone’s talent and patience with these films. I would encourage everyone to take a look at all three when ever you get a chance to see the film making talent that is growing in this city and region. They need the support and encouragement to continue their passion and goals. Film in Limerick needs to be supported now and into the future, whether the Limerick 2020 bid is successful or not… culture is not just for one year it’s for life and the Film Limerick Project has been only one part of many available by different groups and individuals in the city. It has achieved its goals set way back between the Limerick City of Culture 2014 team and Behind the Scenes. Regardless of people’s difference of opinion of each other, the trilogy films… all films… created in Limerick should not suffer… it is our creativity,… our art,… our culture and long may we continue to practice!

Simon McGuire

Film & Broadcast Editor.

After over a years worth of work on this project, there is a sense of excitement and anticipation with the cast and crew on the upcoming screening at the Limerick Film Festival.

This ambitious project was realised by Film Limerick Project Manager Ronan Cassidy and acclaimed Limerick writer and director Gerry Stembridge, with the support of Behind the Scenes in partnership with Limerick City of Culture. The scheme also received assistance from Screen Training Ireland.

The idea behind the project was a way of providing training and experience for those seeking to break into the film industry. Three short films were produced using local filmmakers mentored by industry professionals. Gerard Stembridge selected three writers from Behind The Scenes and worked with these writers individually to make each script as good as it could be. He also took an overview, looking for connecting features and elements that would create links between the stories.

The writers were given maximum freedom to tell whatever story they wanted to tell. The stories had to be contemporary and preferably unfold within a limited time period and Limerick City itself was to be evident as the backdrop. The use of locations in the city is therefore at the heart of each of the films. Even though the films are quite separate stories and work as stand-alone films, seen together they are subtlety linked.

Three teams were put together with everyone who took part gaining invaluable experience from top industry professionals. The teams consisted of three first time writers and three first time directors. In addition there were DOP’s, sound operators, set designers, assistant editors wardrobe, make-up, hair etc., each team being mentored by designated industry professionals.

Gerard Stembridge worked with the directors on casting to secure the best available local talent for the individual films. He also oversaw the filming and mentored the directors on set and ensured that the important linking elements between the stories were taken care of, so that the final product would stand up as a single entity.

Mentor Gerard Stembridge, three writers and three directors all from Limerick, set about creating three short films to be shot in Limerick, featuring a cast of local actors. The films can stand alone but are also a trilogy, linked and intertwined in a number of subtle ways, not least the presence of the city itself as a character across all three films. Come see how this genuine community film project came together.

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The Apparel – Featuring Andrew Bennett (Angela’s Ashes) and Aidan Crowe (Game of Thrones)

Joseph is a 40 something whose life has taken a turn. Moved into emergency accommodation with an unkempt 20 something, he clings to the last vestiges of the life he knew and the status of his job as curator of an art gallery.

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Day Off – Starring Dawn Bradfield (The Clinic) and Joe Mullins (Pilgrim Hill)

Laura struggles at first to come to terms with her husband’s life-changing affliction, her only distraction is her Day Off, where once a week she finds time to see her friends and socialise.

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Date:Time – Main characters played by local actors Mark Griffin and Erica Murray

A romance develops between Ann and Bob, but his bad habit of being continuously late is taking the excitement away and she feels taken for granted.

All the offline editing took place at the post facilities of Limerick Institute of Technology, with three assistant editors gaining experience under the mentorship of myself. I would like to say thanks to Mark Griffin, Patrick Czekalski and Maeve Humphreys for their attention to detail and commitment to the project. Well done guys and enjoy the screening.

The special screening of the Film Limerick Trilogy is taking place on Friday 15th at 8pm in the Millennium Theatre, LIT.

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(Photos via: Lucy Dawson)

Date:Time, the third of a trilogy of Limerick created short films has begun production in locations around the city, including Steamboat Quay, Brimstone Restaurant and Cafe Noir. With a heavy schedule of three days, the cast and crew are busily in production of this unique script. Directed by Paul Corey (under the watchful eye of Gerry Stembridge) and filmed by Paddy Jordan, Date:Time will complete the trilogy of short films under the Film Limerick Legacy project by Ronan Cassidy (Film Limerick Project Manager) and Behind The Scenes.

Post production which is headed up by Simon McGuire, is nearing completion on the first two films  ; The Apparel (Directed by Peter Delaney) and Day Off (Directed by Stephen Hall) and the post for Date:Time will be completed in the coming weeks.

There will be a September Premiere of all the films in a Limerick Venue (to be announced) which will give audiences as well as the cast and crews of all three films a chance to marvel at the hard work put into the project by Limerick Film Makers.

Keep an eye out over the next few days for the film crew in the city.

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Am delighted to be working on this project and there is certainly a buzz around the film community in Limerick. Here’s hoping it will help with the Limerick2020 bid in the coming months.

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In association with Behind the Scenes, Limerick City of Culture 2014 and the Film Limerick Project, a Casting call has been made for the three short films in the training programme of the scheme.

See below: (Taken from Behind The Scenes Website)

FILM LIMERICK – CASTING CREW CALL OUT – THREE SHORT FILMS

CASTING CREW CALL OUT:

We are looking for male and female actors 20-60 years of age for upcoming roles in a trilogy of short films being shot as part of the Limerick City of Culture ‘Film Limerick’ Project.

The story idea is really creative and interesting and will also showcase Limerick as a location. We are looking for actors who can deliver strong performances.
Credits will be provided and it is anticipated that the ‘Film Limerick’ project will gain significant exposure through film festivals.

Please send headshot and resume to: filmlimerick@behindthescenes.ie

For more information please check out Behind The Scenes Website: http://bit.ly/1y6q1f5

Film Limerick Projects are collaboration between Behind The Scenes and Limerick City of Culture

FILM LIMERICK TRILOGY PROJECT DETAILS:

Project length: 3 x Short Films linked (30 minutes in total)
Production location: Limerick
Production Company: Behind The Scenes
Casting Director: Gerry Stembridge
Website: www.behindthescenes.ie
Writers: Peter Mc Namara, Philip Shannahan, Dan Mooney
Directors: Stephen Hall, John Haugh, Peter Delaney
Producer: Ronan Cassidy
Casting & Shooting Location: Limerick

KEY DATES
Castings: Jan 10, 2015
(location and times to be confirmed)
Shooting: February 2015
(Please note all actors cast will be given a specific time within this window)

Please send headshot and resume to: filmlimerick@behindthescenes.ie

 

Behind the Scenes

In todays Limerick Leader is the UL student driven, newspaper Limerick Voice, in which is a feature on the Local Film Making Talent in Limerick and the mid-west region. Thanks to journalist Jane O’Flaherty for the stories and coverage.

Click on the images for the scanned articles.

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Awards Screen

Hello Everyone,

Everyone here at HQ in Limerick Institute of Technology is delighted to announce the dates for the 6th Limerick Film Festival as well as the Call for Entries into the annual Short Film Awards 2015.

As always we strive to keep the ethos of the festival focused on the film makers in all the disciplines and 2015 will be no different. While our team is working hard on the schedule of events for the programme we would like to put out the ‘CALL FOR ENTRIES’ for short films from local, national and international film makers.

The Entry Form and Articles for Submission are available form the ENTRY FORMS page on the website.

 April 23rd to 25th 2015 will be the festival dates with the festival finishing on Saturday evening, 25th April, with the annual Short Film Awards Show at the Millennium Theatre, Limerick Institute of Technology, Moylish, Limerick.

Once again we are delighted to be back and its all possible with the help of our sponsors and partners: LIT, Limerick City of Culture 2014, Whelan Cameras, Canon, Peli Ireland, The George Boutique Hotel, Behind the Scenes, Tyrell:CCT and Si-Fi.

More news and information on the festival programme as well as a few surprises in the weeks and months to come.

Looking forward to receiving your short films and seeing our friends and making new ones at the festival in 2015.