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Teach Solais: There is a light that never goes out
03 Jul 2015 : Seán Brosnan
It has been a busy year for Film/TV Lighting & Generator Hire Company Teach Solais
With big-budget projects such as ‘Penny Dreadful’, ‘Vikings’, ‘Love/Hate’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ under their belt, it has undoubtedly been a busy couple of years at Teach Solais HQ, one of Ireland’s leading Film/TV Lighting & Generator Hire companies.

The arrival of manager Jason Foran in February 2013 and the heavy investment of equipment and generators by owner and director of photography Cian de Buitlear (‘An Bronntanas’) meant 2014 was a great year for the company, holding over 95% of the commercials market within Ireland.

2015 has so far not been so bad either with the company securing acclaimed international co-production ‘Vikings’ as well as the Wolf unit of the new series of ‘Game of Thrones’. They also worked on the second series of ‘Penny Dreadful’ in the latter part of 2014 as the production had required state of the art dimming which Teach Solais supplied through their event lighting partners Production Services Ireland . They also supplied ‘Penny Dreadful’ with 4x4 land rover generators & additional lighting requirements for the stages within Ardmore Studios.

Other projects from 2014/2015 include ‘My Name is Emily’ (opening the Galway Film Fleadh), Electric Picnic, ‘Damo & Ivor’, ‘The Guarantee’, ‘Love Hate’, ‘The Woods’, ‘Cutting Grass’, ‘After Braveheart, ‘Rockmount’, ‘After ,The Fall’, ‘Dracula, ‘You’re Ugly Too’ , ‘The Nymph’, ‘Foo Fighters Slane 2015’, ‘The Vincent Browne Show’, ‘Belfast Elections’, ‘Pro 12 Rugby’, International Soccer & GAA for Sky Sports HD, ‘The Truth Commissioner’, Meteor Choice Awards, ‘Love & Friendship’, Bullet Time Promo, ‘Patricks Day’, ‘Darkness On The Edge Of Town’, along with many more.

Teach Solais will be running a lighting demonstration in The Radisson Hotel Galway for this year’s Galway Film Fleadh on Friday 10th July & Saturday 11th July 2015.

The company has also provided for Music Videos for the following artists in 2014/2015: Kodaline, Primordial, Robin Mc Guinness, Fiona Maria, Le Galaxie, Vann Music, The Coronas, The Hot Sprockets, Travis Oaks, The Original Rude Boys, Big September, Tell No Foxx, The Nualas, Slackers Symphony, All Tvvins, Come On Live Long, Girl Band, Speed Of Snakes, Jape, Hometown, Sinead O Connor, The Mighty Stef, Melting Cassatt, Matrix & Futurebound, as well as many others.

Commercials include Denny, Aer Lingus, Iarnod Eireann, Tesco, Dunnes Stores, Aldi, Lidl, AIB, Rape Crisis Centre, Marriage Equality, Bord Gais, Electric Ireland, Lyons Tea, Tic Tac, Heineken, Orchard Thieves, Molson Canadian, Jameson, BMW,Apple, Tesco Mobile, 3 Mobile, Vodafone, Direct Line, Leinster Rugby, Sky Sports, Super Value, Flavavans, Jacobs, Eircom, FBD Insurance, Carlsberg, Full Tilt Poker, RSA,Calor, Bank Of America, Hophouse 13, Brown Thomas, Toyota, VHI, Meteor, Coder Dojo, Fed Ex, Credit Union, Bank Of Ireland, An Post, Aviva Ireland, HSE, EBS, Tayto, Hunky Dorys, Laya Healthcare, Guinness, Mc Donnells, Expressway, Smithwicks, Hendricks Gin, Trocaire, Carphone Warehouse, Newbridge Silver, Chivers and UPC along with many more.

Other recent developments at the very busy offices of Teach Solais include:

  • Cian de Builtear was the only Irish representative at the Arri International Lighting Symposium in Germany this year and has being keeping busy shooting for Director of Photography PJ Dillon on ‘Vikings’
  • Teach Solais have invested into the new M Range from Arri and increased their volume of Led Celebs 200s & Celeb 400s, along with two new generators being built this year
  • The company have increased their staff levels with the addition of Aaron Keogh joining in 2014 and Karl Roche joining in 2015

For more information on Teach Solais, visit www.teachsolais.com.

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