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Anyone who’s ever watched the credits at the end of a film knows what a collaborative effort it is to get from a script to a screen, and how many people are involved. But when a pandemic locks you into your home, how do you go about it using available technology?

We’ve all become accustomed to Zoom meetings during the pandemic, but co-producers Adam Brennan and Colin Fleming decided they would use the platform to direct their short film “Devolved”. The film is a co-production between Monaghan-based FKU Productions and City Morgue Films.
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  • May 20, 2020

Every year the Galway Film Fleadh serves as one of the biggest and brightest celebrations of film in the Republic, a summer film festival with top programming and an enviable atmosphere. Film In Dublin’s hopes for a road trip to the Fleadh are dashed this year, with large gatherings non-viable and cinemas to remain closed until at least mid-August. However, the Galway Film Fleadh have made the decision to present the 2020 festival edition online, meaning viewers in the fair city of film, the hooker county and elsewhere on the island will be able to come together for a taste of that festival magic.

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Two Dublin-based filmmakers have overcome social distancing and quarantine restrictions during lockdown and produced a music video for Closer, a new single from UK indie band, The Tin Pigeons. The video is produced and directed by Tommy Creagh with DOP Conor Tobin filming starring in and editing the video on location in his home.

Speaking about the process, producer/director Tommy Creagh had this to say:

“We had to adapt to the reality of what we could do under lockdown. The only way it could possibly work was for Conor, D.O.P, to film himself throughout his daily routine and for us to discuss the rushes over Skype at the end of every day and work them back into an ever evolving treatment. The process was slower than usual but from the restrictions, an organic visual style formed. Through trial and error we figured out a way to work around the obstacles in place and tell a compelling story”

 

The song, Closer, written during a rural escape writing weekend in a remote corner of the Lake District, explores how the society we live in can be emotionally draining and makes us numb to our own feelings. Although written well before the Covid-19 pandemic, the theme of the song certainly rings through in relation to the current global situation.

Fraser Norton and Thomas Quemby of The Tin Pigeons had this to say:

“In light of recent events in the world, this subject matter has never seemed more appropriate. In some ways we are all battling with the effects of social isolation, finding plenty of time to sit with ourselves and study our cracks…

 

We are creatures designed to be together and ‘Closer’ reflects the mental health conflict we go through in separation”

 

Acclaimed as “One of the best festival bands we know” by BBC Music Introducing, the bouncing indie two-piece have received national recognition and an incredibly strong fan base throughout the UK  are one of the strongest bands on the UK’s live circuit.

Check out the video for Closer below:

Tommy Creagh is an English-Irish writer/director based in Dublin, with a passion for lyrical, expressive storytelling. Over the past three years his short films have won several awards and have been shown at over fifty festivals around the world. His film Land of Winter won Best Irish Short at the Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival and Best International Young Talent at the New Renaissance Film Festival in London.

He has also been establishing himself in the music world with videos for The Rupees, The Golden Dregs, and now The Tin Pigeons.

Conor Tobin is an established filmmaker, known for his camerawork and is also an accomplished editor & director. He strives to push the medium, creating interesting and thought provoking content when possible. His shorts include Light https://vimeo.com/200471910  and music videos including  The Paddy Blues Band . Conor was DOP on Hold The Line, the multi-award winning  Irish short film.

The pair have worked collaborated on a number of short films and music videos including Children of Dawn short film and a Music Video for The Golden Dregs.

The effects of Covid-19 continue to cause uncertainty and doubt in the film industry, with cinemas closed and the festivals that would normally be filling the calendar in the fair city of film either out the window or up in the air.

Thankfully the GAZE Film Festival along with the British Council Ireland are presenting some online screenings to keep us all going indoors as part of the #FiveFilms4Freedom Shorts Programme.

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The 92nd edition of the Academy Awards took place last night, and amid much speculation and fanfare, ̶S̶i̶n̶n̶ ̶F̶é̶i̶n̶ ̶w̶e̶r̶e̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶b̶i̶g̶ ̶w̶i̶n̶n̶e̶r̶s̶   Parasite was the big winner on the night, adding a surprise Best Picture win to victories in the categories of Best International Feature, Best Original Screenplay and Best Director for Bong Joon-ho. On a night where Ireland’s own Eímear Noone conducted the ceremony, there was the usual mix of overdue wins, rambling speeches and head-scratching choices, but the successes for Parasite will ensure that cranks like Film In Dublin’s head writer still talk about the Oscars while insisting they’re not important.

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The full programme for the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2020 was launched at the Light House Cinema in Smithfield this afternoon. VMDIFF Director Gráinne Humphreys announced details of this year’s programme, a 12 day extravaganza of cinema and an opportunity to see the very best of world cinema and film talent in Dublin.

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The Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival is always a good opportunity to cast eyes over some of the latest talents making a name for themselves in Irish film. The Discovery Award at DIFF identifies, supports and encourages new and emerging talent in the Irish film industry, both in front of and behind the camera. Thirteen exciting emerging talents have been nominated for this year’s Award, sponsored this year by Aer Lingus, with the announcement of the winner taking place at a special event in Café En Seine, Dawson Street on the closing day of the festival on Sunday 8 March, 2020. Aer Lingus have also been announced as the “Official Airline Sponsor” of the Festival. Hey somebody has to fly those international guests in, right?

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