SPOT is an RTS award winning short film I worked on for the students at QUB a couple of years back. It’s a brilliant dark comedy. I’ve been given permission to share it with you all during these difficult times we face. I hope you enjoy watching it just as much as we all enjoyed filming it.
“…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.
You might also want to check out the ‘Making of Erin’ by Director of Photographer, Stephen Reid for some great behind the scenes footage.
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)
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.