Friday, October 29, 2010

BoomTown (Formerly Dust) To screen at Kerry Film Festival.

It took longer than I'd hoped - BoomTown has just been delivered in time for it's first screening as part of a special programme at the Kerry Film Festival. 'Fishing the Sloe-Black River' will also be screened for the first time in a new digital version. Hoping that some of the Kerry locals who helped it happen all those years ago will be there on the night.

I'm hoping that BoomTown is received well and I'll post a report.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Dust becomes Boom Town

So after receiving some feedback from non-Irish festivals, it makes sense to add a Voice Over to the film. Having written the lines for the VO I have decided to change the title from Dust to Boom Town. The work will be carried out in early July in Ardmore Sound and Windmill Lane, working with the same post production crew as first time round.

Upon delivery, I'll organise a screening to showcase the new version.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Back From Cork

We had a great weekend in Cork. Film festivals are as much about meeting people as they are about watching films and the trick is to get the balance right. We mostly went to the shorts screenings - thats what Cork is best known for and does very well. A huge diversity of styles and genres are programmed. I particularly enjoyed two Irish films, The Chronoscope, and The Ballad of Kid Kanturk. Both well worth looking out for and both great fun.

The festival is well organised but always manages to feel relaxed, although I know the staff are working hard behind the scenes.

Cork is also looking great despite the dodgy weather. We had great food in the huge variety of restaurants from traditional Irish to Mexican to Healthy Bakeries. The people of Cork are happy to let us know that the city has been rated in the top 10 cities to visit in the world.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Dust Premiere - Cork International Film Festival

I'm delighted to be able to say that Dust has just received its World Premiere Screening as part of the Irish Shorts Competition at the Cork Film Festival. The screening was at the Opera House and was well received by its first public audience. There was a wonderful reaction from the crowd for Aine's scene. I think they felt the beauty of the moment.

So to everyone who worked on and supported this project, your work has finally found an audience and I hope that this will be the first of many outings for our creation.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Dust Scene On-line

If you would like to view a scene from Dust follow this link to Stephen's site.

Festival Ongoing Situation.

Dust still hasn't received a bite in any festival so I've been arranging to add a caption at the start which firmly states that we're in 2007, in Dublin and the boom is about to end. I feel that I can explain this at a screening or a pitch and anyone who worked on it or read the script, knows the time and place. With a cold viewing, a festival selector isn't privy to this.

That's all I will do because I can't think of any significant edit decisions that we could re-visit.

Anyway, there are literally thousands of options in every corner of the globe to submit to and shorts are allowed a longer festival shelf-life than features.

We all did a great job making `Dust' and I remain proud as punch of it.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Waiting for answers

I've sent screeners to a number of festivals, and I hope we can get a good 1st festival a springboard to others. It's a slow process. The time from submission date to announcement varies from 1 month to as much as 3 so there may be a lull before there's any news.

That said, I have heard from a lot of people who weren't able to make the cast and crew screening so I may try to arrange a smaller screening during the summer. All depends on an available space and the usual logistics.

We're getting our heads down at 1i films to get our next project going. Still not sure what will go first. We need to create a recession proof plan and buck the trend.

I suppose that applies to everyone. Best a wins a business partner.