Dublin-based filmmakers overcome social distancing to get Closer
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.