I'm excited to be among the nominees for this years YDA music video shortlist with my video for Super Silly's Not Ready to Leave.
The video I made for I Am Harlequin's 'Minimal' has been shortlisted for the inaugural Shiny Awards in London next month. Ooo, shiny!
The last project before Christmas was the chance to help make this video for BBC3 as part of their Amazing Humans series. I got to follow a compassionate group of volunteers as they spent the night handing out sleeping bags and other essential items to people sleeping on the street. Grace Dooley and her friends have raised thousands online in the last few weeks to help with their ever growing campaign to provide immediate support for those in need.
If you're interested in making a contribution to help people sleeping on the streets of Dublin and Cork their GoFundMe page is here.
The new down and dirty video for Rollin' Empire has gone online. It was a quick evening shoot with some kaleidoscopic madness thrown in for good measure. This is the fifth video I've made with Rollin' Empire and hopefully there'll be more in the future. You can listen to their entire album on Spotify now too.
I've been waiting to share this one for a while and it was a lot of fun to make. Highlights include myself and Peter McGann locked in a room listening to the song on a loop for a day and going slightly insane. Feeling like a creep by going into a toy shop on a Sunday looking for a Barbie doll with a specific coloured dress and finally, almost lighting myself on fire by severely underestimating the flammability of petrol (its very flammable) Enjoy!
New Rollin' Empire video for 'Long Way Down' arriving Friday the 13th (boo!). Check out some stills below.
I was chuffed to learn that the video for Katie Laffan's 'Tastemaker' was nominated in the Best Low Budget Music Video category at this years Kinsale Shark Awards. A big thank you to Katie and Wordup Collective for asking me to make the video and an even bigger thank you to her granddad Willie, the dancing star of the piece. You can watch the video here.
Myself and Peter McGann got together to revive Mick Lawless (played by Peter), a character that we haven't made anything with since 2013. Its always great fun to make things quickly and to have a cast (John Morton, Aoife Spratt and John Doran) that can play around with improv. We were really happy with the finished piece and big thank you to Firehouse Film Contest for giving The Lawless Mind the Technical Award earlier in the week too.
Quick Bio: Mick Lawless is a petty, bitter, insecure actor with a string of low budget films and other dodgy gigs to his name. Above all else Lawless is a crass opportunist so it makes sense that he's used his acting ability to refashion himself as a mental health guru.
All the previous Lawless videos are here.
Heres the new key image for all things Rollin' Empire.
A few months ago I met with Rollin' Empire to come up with some ideas for a music video to their new single 'Nothing to Lose'. Having done mostly performance based videos before we wanted to do something a little bigger and also something with a sense of humour.
The idea was to put the band front and centre with new identities in an 1980's tv show version of their song. A lo-fi heist story with Rollin' Empire playing a dodgy version of the A-Team, filled with lots of nods and references to 80's and early 90's TV and movies.
There are a few changes of costumes throughout mainly within the first 30 seconds or so to give the impression of previous episodes in the title sequence.
I made the robot the same way all Hollywood movie robots are built these days, by using a miniature skateboard, two basins and some cardboard.
For all the little references throughout these title sequences (and Scarface montage) pretty much set the tone, a mixture of slapstick and deadly importance.
...and the final video... until the sequel.
A spec music video I made for New Order's latest single 'People On The High Line' that uses a lot of fruit and veg and means exactly what you think it means. Pure filth.
Tickets for the Locus of Control premiere at Indie Cork on Oct 12th are now available here.
"Locus of Control is a clever and insightful dark comedy that centres on Andrew Egan, a struggling stand-up comedian. A Kafkaesque tale of ego and insecurity where Andrew is stuck repeating the same pattern of mistakes over and over.
This is a bright and intriguing debut feature, from an exciting filmmaker who seamlessly blends a nightmare landscape with contemporary issues. Brooding dreams are dashed to make way for tomorrow." - IndieCork
Delighted to be part of this years IndieCork for the first screening of Locus of Control. The screening date will announced next week but until then heres the teaser.
Last year I made my first feature film - Locus of Control. I got the chance to work with some incredibly talented people over a short amount of time and couldn't be more grateful for all their hard work. Its great to have the film finished and ready to screen with dates to be announced soon.
Watch the first teaser trailer below.
Spec ad to promote Fiats Selected4U second hand programme and the pitfalls of second hand purchases.
Some screen grabs from a recent shoot. The final piece will be online soon.
Last November, John Morton directed the pilot of his comedy/drama Smitten and I was lucky enough to shoot the episode. We spent five days wandering the streets of Kilkenny with a great cast and now the entire episode is on the RTE Player as part of this years Storyland.
Take a look.
That's a wrap.