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Shorts Round-up
24 Apr 2015 : Seán Brosnan
‘The Clockmaker’s Doll’ was awarded funding of €15,000 by Limerick City of Culture in partnership with Behind the Scenes
‘Testimony’ wraps production and is crowdfunding to raise post-production funds, ‘The Clockmaker’s Doll’ begins shooting and ‘Waiting for Tom’ to finish post-production soon and Irish Animated Short Films are highlighted at IFI Screening on April 28th.

‘Testimony’ wraps production and crowdfunding to raise post-production funds

Reckoner Productions and Foxrock Productions have recently co-produced a new short film ‘Testimony’, written and directed by Kamila Dydyna.

The film addresses issues of domestic violence, alcoholism, inadequate court systems seen through the eyes of a child, and lack of support from within/without. Inspired by a true 1991 story and adapted for Irish audiences, the film features new and established talent, including Neill Fleming (‘Game of Thrones’, ‘The Hit Producer’), and Clodagh Downing (‘Patsy Dick’, ‘Darkness On The Edge Of Town’). Director of Photography is Alan Rogers. The film is currently in post-production with award-winning Editor Daragh Murphy (‘November Seven Films’).

‘Testimony’ is now crowdfunding to raise post-production funds. More details, including fragments of the film, can be found at http://igg.me/at/testimony.

Check out the vimeo link of actor Neill Fleming talking about his experience working on ‘Testimony’ here.

The official website of the film is www.testimonyshortfilm.com.

‘The Clockmaker’s Doll’ currently shooting in Bunratty and Limerick City

‘The Clockmakers Doll’, a short film that was awarded funding of €15,000 by Limerick City of Culture in partnership with Behind the Scenes started shooting this week in Bunratty Folk Park and several locations around Limerick City.

Written and directed by Cashell Horgan, the story is set in a fictional world, home to the most unusual collection of automates created; there lives a clockmaker with his beloved wife. Every second of his day is dedicated to making sure every mechanical instrument in the town functions properly. That is until the day his wife dies. Crazed with despair, the clockmaker attempts to replace his lost love by building 'the perfect woman'. His passion consumes him as each doll he builds leads to failure. With pressure on him to complete his task before time runs out, he soon realises that the key to the perfect woman is in her heart not her head.

Horgan has an impressive track record, including his production ‘Paddy’ (2000) which was short listed for Oscar nomination in 2001 and has five awards to its’ credit. His first film, ‘Adeste Fideles’ (1991) was awarded the James Horgan Prize for best animation at the Galway Film Fleadh. He has taught animation and film at the European School of Animation and National Film television School Ireland.

Limerick actor Joe Mullins takes on the role of the Clockmaker. Joe is best known for his role in the IFTA award winning film, ‘Pilgrim Hill’ by director Gerard Barrett, and Joe also features in Barrett’s ‘Glassland’.

The director of photography, Mark Waldron has an impressive body of work including TV dramas and series for BBC and RTE. A large contribution to the crew was made up of local talent from Behind the Scenes.

From the set at Bunratty, Cashell Horgan said: ‘I am delighted to have been commissioned by Limerick City of Culture and Behind the Scenes to make this short movie. I am amazed at the wealth of local talent and locations that have been available to me and how well I have been facilitated during the preparation and filming. Being successful in the Film Limerick Scheme has afforded me the opportunity to create a truly unique and imaginary world which will hopefully resonate with audiences and live long in the memory of those who see it.’

Film Limerick project manager Ronan Cassidy said: ‘The making of this movie is a hugely ambitious project. It’s great to see a lot of local crew members getting the opportunity to be involved in film at this level. There has been a great interest generated locally and the scheme has created an awareness of resources available to film makers in Limerick. I am looking forward to seeing the national and international reactions to this charming story and also to the locations we have used for the filming of The Clockmakers Doll. I would also like to thank the entire team for their hard work and dedication over the last few months.’

‘Waiting for Tom’ starring Clelia Murphy currently in post-production

2015 has been a busy year for Clelia Murphy. As well as a hectic schedule on RTE’s Fair City she has found time to co-produce and star in a new short film ‘Waiting For Tom’.

Written by Jennifer Davidson (‘Fair City’, ‘Seomra a Sé’) and directed by Ruth O’Looney (‘The Dealers’, ‘Tracks and Trails’), ‘Waiting for Tom’ is a bitter sweet road trip across Ireland, telling the story of a mother and daughter on a journey to find Big Tom and try and salvage their own relationship. It’s the story about growing older, and growing up. Above all, it’s the story of two very headstrong women and the ties that bind.

According to Clelia she was excited to work on a film that centred on two strong female characters. Speaking about the film she said: ‘This project was such an easy ask – Jennifer’s script illuminated beautifully and simply the complexities of this mother/daughter relationship; playing opposite the wonderful Billie Traynor was a complete treat for me. With Ruth’s insightful and confident direction we always felt secure on the road on which we were all travelling together – and this was complimented with a superb crew.’

Clelia is joined on screen by Billie Traynor who plays the role of Maura.

Director of Photography on the film was Christian O’Brien while location sound recording was overseen by Peter Nicell. The editor of ‘Waiting for Tom’ is Shane Callan. Music for the film comes courtesy of The Sunday School Sessions.

‘Waiting For Tom’ is currently finishing post-production in High Wire, with Emer Sands of Avenue 33 providing the sound mix.

Irish Animated Short Films are Highlighted at IFI Screening on April 28th

Animated short films funded by the IFB are included as part of a new occasional series of short film screenings from the Irish Film Institute (IFI), which begins next Tuesday (April 28th).

The line-up of shorts includes international award winners; ‘Somewhere Down the Line’, directed by Julien Regnard and produced by Cartoon Saloon, recently won the Best Animation award at the Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival. Alan Holly’s ‘Coda’ has won awards such as Best Animated Short Film at SXSW and was longlisted for the Best Animated Short Film award at this year’s Academy Awards.

Meanwhile, Eoin Duffy’s On Departure follows a lone traveller as he makes his way through an airport before accepting his final destination. ‘Old Fangs’, directed by Adrien Merigeau, tells the story of a young wolf who decides to confront his father who he had not seen since he was a child.

‘Donkey’, written and directed by Louise Bagnall tells the story of a donkey who is sick of his minimum wage job at the beach. ‘We the Masses’ was directed by Eoghan Kidney , and follows a man who falls to the ground in a barren snowy landscape. Searching to continue his fall, he discovers other men who he joins, hoping they will lead him to his destination. What he is led to is incomprehensible.

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