Friday, April 27, 2007

Welcome to the new website folks. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will continue to do so. I'll be updating it as often as possible and updating this blog every few days... and yes Conor, I will start using my spellcheck! thanks to Dan Gaynor for bulding the site. Excellent work. If you like the site and are in need some work done yourself then look him up, you can contact him at Click "Mush" on the links to find his website and links to his illustrations and comic art. Thanks Dan.

No news on the movie front at the moment. Eveyone I know seems to be jetting off to Cannes and every second email is asking me if I'm going or not. I still don't know. I would love to bring The Race over and try to find that ellusive deal, or at least some people how would be will to help us get it made. But of course it's cash! I know had some around here somewhere, but I seem to have misplaced it. Could be lost in the fungus like DVD collection, ever increasing in the corner... it's an afflication, I can't help it.

We have begun re-write on our short script PUCA, which is not on the website yet, but hopefully will be up soon. We're making a new funding application with some new ideas and a script that goes deeper into the themes we touch upon in this draft.

You'll notice on the side bar here some names; Mush, Tramp, Barley Films, they are links to the websites of friends of mine, all good guys, all great websites showing some amazing work. With cool stuff from comic art and illustration to animation to stuntwork they are all worth checking out.

Some news on Nevermore, the producer who was looking at it passed. Too bad. But that's ok. I think perhaps I sent it out a little prematurely as I have a few changes I want to make that will make it an altogether different, and better script. So it's probably a good thing he passed. I wouldn't wan tto have gone ahead on the draft I have.

So Oberhausen next week, I'm excited, four days in Germany at europes largest and most prestigious short film festival. Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Roman Polanski, Alexander Kluge and Werner Herzog, and more recently Ulrike Ottinger, Romuald Karmakar, Pipilotti Rist, Jean-Pierre Jeunet and François Ozon have presented their first films at this festival. With 6,500 entries 147 films were selected from 43 countries, we were one of three irish films selected. So it's pretty cool!
Expect a full report here in a couple of weeks.

Meantime it's back to the plaestone (Yes conor, I stole your joke!)

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The Boy with the Stone

The website is up, but still under construction, so I'm not going to send you there yet. In the meantime here's teh new logo. The silohuette of Paleston, the boy with the stone. Paleston is a character from an epic adventure story Thomas and I have been working on for years... but more on that and who Paleston is another time.
Not much has been happening on the movie front this week. We did get invited to another festival, Edmonton Film Festival in Canada. Leeds was this week and aparently it was a big success and by all accounts Emily's Song was well liked, nice to hear. We were just sorry we couldn't go, but I had to buy two new Beta tapes for screenings in Germany and Australia and send them off today, so that's where my money went!
Work on "Insomnia" is going well, I'm thirty pages in and of course it's getting bigger then I had first planned, I always do that! Can't help it I suppose, I see it that way and to avoid doing it would just be avoiding how I write... and it wouldn't be as much fun.

OK, that's enough for now! More later. Hopefully the next post will have a link to the finsihed website. In the website will be a link back here so keep checking back to either for updates. Until next time.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Quiet start to the week...

Not much news to report about any projects. It's been a quiet start to the week. We did get accepted into the San Diego International Children's Film Festival (Did I mention that before?) But it's good. Thomas and I also booked our flights to Oberhausen, so we'll attending the festival in May. There are two other Irish shorts in competition, "Farewell Packets of Ten" by Ken Wardop and "Metomorphisis" by Clare Langan, both exceptional filmmakers. So we're in good company and looking forward to it.
We've made a few steps toward going to Cannes this year, nothing definate yet, I'll keep you posted. Would be nice and good opportunity to meet some folks and see if we can't get some interest in our feature script.
Thomas and I attended Darren Thornton's wrap party on Saturday night for his new short film "Freddie". Ivan McCullough, who shot our film, was DOP. They shot for a week in Drogheda and Dundalk. So I wish him all the best in post. Looking forward to seeing it.
I think while it's quiet I'm going to get some writing done. I want to make some changes to Nevermore. I also came up with a new idea last night while dozing off. I think it could make a good mini series. It's called "Insomnia" and at the moment and that's all I will tell you. It came to me in that moment when I was just about to fall asleep, in that perfectly warm, comfortable, blissful state and this idea came fluttering into my mind like a butterfly landing on my forearm. My first reaction was to brush it away, then I watched it for a bit, pondered and decided to let it rest there for a while. But then it started to tickle me and I just had to turn the light on and write it down... the idea, not the butterfly, there was no butterfly.
But it's good, I like it, got me excited and of course my brain started firing off so it took me another hour to get back to sleep. Still, it was worth it, so often I've ignored the impulse to write an idea down so late at night thinking that of course I'm going to remember it and of course I don't! Good lesson, always write down your ideas, no matter what, like butterflies they do have a tendancy to float away if you don't pin them down.
OK, enough about insomniac winged insects. Time to get some work done. Hopefully there will be more interesting news here shortly. We're waiting for a lot of news to come in regarding Emily's Song and The Race. So check back soon, more news coming.
Also, check out this blog I went college with a few of these guys and they're doing some great stuff down in kilkenny on a new feature film called "Brendan", the stuff looks amazing, I'm really looking forward to it.
OK Bye. More soon.

New Website Coming Soon... is on the way... sorry I couldn't get but some blighter bought it and I'm paying him a stupid load of money for it! Anyway, my old friend, and talented artist, Dan is soon to begin construction. For those of you who are not Dan at this present moment in time click the link "Mush" to experience the bizzarity of Mushnation and the exceptional art of Dang 07. Enjoy.
Meantime watch this space for updates on our new site, will be full of pics, news, links, trailers, and other such things. It's gonna be good.