See below for information on my past and upcoming filmmaking projects!
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After (Short) April 2019 – Director, Writer, Editor
After is a short, simple film, dramatising a conversation between a mother and a friend of her daughter’s following a tragic accident. We shot the film on a tiny budget with an even tinier crew on location in Dun Laoghaire in April 2019. This was a super smooth production, I think enabled by the low stakes environment and the simplicity with which we approached our shot list. Rather than attempting to be overly ambitious and fall short, I was aware of the limitations presented by a one day, one location shoot, and so adapted the script accordingly. This is the second film I have directed, written and edited myself, and thus far I’m thrilled with how the cut is coming along!
And in Retrospect (Short) February 2019 – Producer
My second short film as producer is And in Retrospect, written and directed by Isaac Daly; a story of love, loss and regret. We shot the film in Dun Laoghaire at the end of February, and it’s all gone very smoothly thus far! We’re currently in the early stages of post-production, hoping to get a final cut by the end of March. I’m about to start work on my next shot at directing, so that should all work well for timing. My main takeaway from the production process was a huge sense of pride at how far the DU Film members have come since the implementation of the mentorship scheme I brought in this year – it’s crazy how much more confident and professional the crew were in attitude. Just goes to show, a bit of training and guidance can pay dividends!
Something Borrowed (Short) November 2018 – Producer
Upon my return to Trinity College Dublin, I produced short film ‘Something Borrowed’, written by Griffin Hansen and directed by Lara Afrazmanech. This was my first production as Productions Officer for DU Film Society, and the first film I’ve worked on where I have been credited as a producer! While on other projects I have taken on a number of producer-esque roles, such as sourcing crews and funding, I have always officially been the director or writer. So that was a first for me! This was a thoroughly enjoyable production, mostly because it was such a pleasure to see members of the film society with no filmmaking experience learning what goes in to making a short film, even a micro-budget one! ‘Something Borrowed’ is a dark comedy about a sociopathic student who murders his classmates when they fail to return his pens at the end of class. Editing is still underway, but in the meantime you can check out this awesome behind the scenes mini-documentary made by two society members!
Break Up Box (Short) August 2018 – Assistant Director
In August 2018, I worked as Assistant Director on Bryan Firks’ ‘Break Up Box’, a short comedy pilot about an unfortunate employee who is forced to break the news to a client that they have been dumped – with disastrous (and hilarious) consequences! This was a really fun (hot) shoot, and my last weekend in Los Angeles before I flew back home to the UK. It was a great note to go out on, working alongside friends old and new on a great project! ‘Break Up Box’ is currently making its way around the festival circuit. I can’t wait to see where it goes!
Lamb for Dinner (Short) June 2018 – Production Designer
In June 2018 I worked on short film ‘Lamb for Dinner’, written and directed by my good friend Angel Herrera. This was a cool shoot because a) we had hours and hours to get the perfect shots we wanted and b) it felt like just hanging out with a group of friends! All of us on set had worked together at least once throughout the year, and it was such a lovely experience for us all to come together and make something fuelled purely by passion and belief in the premise. As Angel himself puts it, the film is more of a ‘mood’ piece than a story, but it’s beautiful to look at and entirely creepy! This was my first time doing production design for a film, and while I didn’t have to do a huge amount of hard labour because the house we shot in was already so beautiful, I did learn a huge amount about continuity and the best way to lift chairs!
Polkadot (Short) May 2018 – Director, Writer
At the beginning of May, I directed a short film I wrote that was selected to be produced by the filmmaking society at UCLA. The story follows a day in the life of a self-destructive woman who works as a children’s entertainer – despite her hatred of kids and all things bright and loud. This was my first directing experience with FPS, but my third production with the team since I got to UCLA. Keep posted for more info! I’m really excited about this project, as it will be the first thing I’ve directed that incorporates dialogue. Looking forward to seeing how it turns out!
The Great Kopycinski (Short Script) May 2018 – Writer
A well-known Polish composer interned at Auschwitz uses his status to fight for the survival of his orchestra.
Short script written as part of the NYC Midnight Short Screenplay contest 2018. Placed 1st in Round 1, from a pool of over 1200 scripts. Finalist (top 1%) in ScreenCraft Short Screenplay Contest 2018 from a pool of over 2500 scripts. Finalist in the Waterford Film Festival Short Screenplay Competition 2018.
The Frozen (Short) May 2018 – Director
In May 2018, I directed a dystopian sci-fi film set in a world where social media reigns over everyone’s perception of reality. The story focuses on two young ‘influencers’ fighting to remain on top and reap the benefits of being a role model to the masses. This project was produced (and written) by Angela Ashton and Solia Cates, a friend of hers from Yale, with Joey Masiyiwa. We have just locked a picture cut and we are currently working on sound design and visual effects – of which there are many! The film is looking really great and I can’t wait to share it with everyone!
Dilation (Short) February 2018 – 1st Assistant Director
In February I worked as 1st AD on Derek Nguyen’s short film ‘Dilation’. The film follows an assassin’s quest for revenge in a futuristic Blade Runner-esque world. This was an FPS production, with a crew made up of students at UCLA. You can check for updates on the film’s progress on Instagram.
Wreck (Short) November 2017 – 1st Assistant Director
In fall 2017 I worked on Isabella Bradley’s short film debut ‘Wreck’ as part of Campus Movie Fest 2017. The film did really well in the CMF competition, and will be featured at the Cannes Film Festival 2018 in association with Campus Movie Fest. The film depicts the fallout of a tragic car accident that results in the death of a skateboarder. You can watch the full film here.
Colin the Pantomime Horse (Short) September 2017 – Director, Writer, Editor
You can now watch Colin online!
I directed my first (proper) short film in 2016/17 after my pitch for the screenplay was a runner-up in Shorts TV’s ‘The Pitch’ competition at Cannes in 2016. I subsequently secured investment and shot the film in Dublin later that year, completing a long process of post-production in September 2017. We were lucky enough to have Tamsin Heatley (Bella from The Tweenies!) voice the narration for the film. See http://www.colinthepantomimehorse.com for behind the scenes photos, the film trailer and more!