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Film In Limerick – Wednesday Workshop

This weeks ‘Wednesday Workshop’, hosted by Film In Limerick, brought an insightful online talk from John McDonnell (Producer) / Lorcan Finnegan (Director) of the newly released feature film, Vivarium.

Hosted by Paul C. Ryan, Film Co-Ordinator of Film in Limerick, the online audience we given a brief account of the detail into the production of the acclaimed thriller which is available through online platforms.

 

Key Points Discussed were
  • The idea came from the real world ghost estates and a situation where people are trapped in a loop of existance.
  • Budget: $4,000,000 (estimated)
  • Screen Ireland was the largest funder. Fantastic Films / Frakas / Ping Pong Films/ Lovely
  • Section 481
  • Most important part of making films is networking.
  • Each film’s financing is bespoke based on the requirements for the film.
  • Trailer of the film available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3Xy2x9NDrw
  • They had to develop a directors Look-book
  • Environment Test Video
  • Sets were built in Belgium.
  • Houses could be reversed (front garden could be changed for the rear garden)
  • Lighting was used to help reduce CGI and VFXs. Fog machines also for night time.
  • The dug hole is actually shot low angle to hide the fact it was only 8 inches deep.
  • Interior hole and house sets were filmed in Ardmore Studios in Ireland.
  • POST PRODUCTION
    • Offline/ Online and colour, in ‘Outer Limits’ (Ireland) https://www.outerlimits.ie
    • Additional work in Windmill Lane. http://www.windmilllane.com
    • VFX (Belgium)
    • There was a mixture of HoDs on the whole production in order to get the right balance between funders and the country bases.
    • Some crew had to work in both Belgium and Ireland.
  • Release and Distribution
    • Felt it would be released in Cannes. French Distributer didn’t want it to go to Cannes but Producer pushed for it as they felt Cannes was the right platform for it.
    • Release is going to be Gradual due to COVID 19.
    • Suppose to have Theatre release but France was the only place got it but they had a brief run due to the French lockdown.
    • Official Posters were put in the subway but their impact was limited due to the health crisis.
    • Downloading on VOB or SVOB would be an option but you can’t compete with the main stream release.
    • DVD / Blu-ray release is still going ahead and there is a market for it for the extras and BTS and extra content. Collectors like to collect these type of movies.
  • Advise.
    • Try and do something original, interesting and that stands out. People need to notice it. Be bold and original. Be realistic also. Try not to do too much in little time or money.

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This is one of a series of talks that will be hosted by Film In LImerick over the coming months and if you want to find out more then check out the website HERE and the facebook page HERE to sign up for the updates.