2019 – The Year in Review

I thought I’d take a moment in the new year for a quick look at some of the highlights of 2019. It’s been a wonderful mix of family, friends and films. There is no way I could include everyone and everything from the previous year, but I appreciate each and every opportunity tossed my way. You all mean the world to me. I can’t wait to see what you all get up to in 2020.

2019 – The Year in Review

In Another Life

Some of the greatest rewards in acting are found among the journeys we actors are afforded into other times, other places, other personas. In April 2017, I strolled onto the breathtaking estate of Lissan House to take one such trip back in time via the set of In Another Life, a student film made by a a talented cast and crew of students from Queen’s University.

Today, I’m happy to share with you some of the behind the scenes photos, promotional still shots and the final film.

And now, on with the show! I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed being a part of it. A very special thanks goes out to Danielle Leslie, Daryl Shields, Andrew Shanks, Laura Cro, Rian West, Rachel Smylie, Paul Leslie, Alice Catterson, Clive Lindsay and Desmond Eastwood for all of their parts in the creation of this fabulous short film and for allowing me to be a part of it.

2020 is coming!

I know it’s only November but with a lot going on at the end of the year, I’ve gotten a bit of a headstart on getting my CV and Showreel updated. Some private data is withheld on the website version. Feel free to use the contact form to request my private contact information or the full version of both files to be sent to you directly.

As always, I’m looking forward to new opportunities. I would love to discuss anything you might have in the works for which you feel I might be a good fit.

(A special thank you to the cast and crew of all films included for the use of their images and footage.)

Erin

“…and after he lost her, he lost his mind and spent the rest of his days staring out the window…waiting for her to come home”.

‘Erin’

It doesn’t seem so long ago that I spent the day with a fantastic group of creatives at Glenarm Harbour and several nearby locations in Northern Ireland working on a proof of concept film. It was cold. It was windy. Still, they perservered and the end result is nothing short of pure art.

‘Erin’ is the first original short film written and directed by the fabulous Connor Richmond of Dogleap Productions and filmed in collaboration with Grafters Media. It is co-produced by Connor and Jamie McBrien. It casts myself and the lovely Laura Douglas in the roles of a father and daughter struggling to accept the past in order to connect with their present and move ahead into their future. This short pilot serves as a proof of concept for a future short film set three years later, which is currently in development.

I recently attended the premiere of ‘Erin’ at The Strand Cinema and was not disappointed. It is a beautifully crafted and edited film. It is a shining example of what can be done with a small budget, a lot of talent and pure determination.

My thanks to Connor for inviting me along to be a part of this outstanding short film and to every member of the cast and crew who helped make it such a memorable experience.

You can watch at the link below.

Erin – Short Film (2019) | Written & Directed by Connor Richmond from Dogleap Productions on Vimeo.

You might also want to check out the ‘Making of Erin’ by Director of Photographer, Stephen Reid for some great behind the scenes footage.

Cast and Crew Photo – Courtesy Dogleap Productions

April Updates

April is shaping up to be a busy month with multiple projects already in the works. In addition to helping out some of our local students with a number of films, I’ll be working a bit more on a recent project for Drawn in Pen Productions. It’s under wraps for now, but I’ll tell you more about it when I can.

If you’re interested in learning a bit more about zero budget short films, take some time to visit the fine group of young people at RTS Futures NI for Zero Budget Filmmaking:  A How-to Guide on April 11 at 7 p.m. at QUB. I’ll be there, along with Thomas Scott and Steve Earley, giving a short seminar on production and etiquette when working with unpaid acting talent.

Also happening this month, several of the short films I’ve been in during previous months will be showing at the Belfast Film Festival. You can catch Her Very Own  (by Dominic Curran) in Shorts Competition Programme 2, at noon (QFT)

Later that day, you can watch two more short films I had the pleasure of taking a part in.  Both Violet (by Madeline Graham & Christopher Whiteside) and the award winning short The Invention (by Leo McGuigan) will be showing in Shorts Competition Programme 4 at 4:15 p.m. (QFT)

Finally, we’re down in the boglands for a duel to the death.  Be sure to see the short film Now Shoot a Fellowman (by Mark McNally) showing at Film Devour Short Film Festival 29 on April 15 at 7 p.m.

Other than that, I’m just busy filming and pursuing new projects.  I’ll update my page with more information soon.  Until then . . . keep making your magic happen.