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Behind the scenes of Liam O’Neill’s ‘Lost & Found’ which is currently running an Indiegogo campaign in order to be completed
Liam O’Neill’s ‘Lost & Found’ currently being crowdfunded and Cashell Horgan’s ‘The Clockmakers Dream’ releases trailer and poster.

‘Lost & Found’ currently being crowd-funded

‘Lost and Found’, a short film from Liam O’Neill, has begun a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo in order to raise post-production funds. The campaign will only receive funds if the film meets the fundraising goal by 25th July.

‘Lost And Found’ is a film featuring rescue animals. After the death of his dad, Charlie finds a way to help his grieving and struggling mom. He decides to kidnap local pets and claim rewards from their owners. Like many a plan all is well at first but things don’t quite turn out the way Charlie had hoped.

This story was shot at locations in Castleconnell village in rural Co. Limerick in the Spring of 2015. Liam O’Neill, better known as a producer with Paradox Pictures, is also an award winning writer/director. Also behind the camera was Patrick Jordan whose body of work includes the Oscar nominated short film ‘Pentecost’. Caroline Morahan, an actress, the 2015 Irish Film and Television Academy Awards host, and a dedicated animals rights advocate, plays the role of Kathleen – Charlie’s mom. Lee O’Donoghue, a promising 10 year-old film and TV actor, plays the main character, Charlie.

‘Lost and Found’ is a winner of the very competitive Film Limerick Scheme, founded by Limerick City of Culture 2014 in partnership with Behind The Scenes and received support towards production. The film had animal-driven support from Limerick Animal Welfare.

‘Lost and Found’ is now crowdfunding to raise funds for one further day of shooting and for post-production. More details, including a teaser and fragments from the film, can be found at http://igg.me/at/lostandfoundashortfilm.

A percentage of what is raised during the Indiegogo campaign will go to Limerick Animal Welfare to help them with their work.

‘The Clockmaker’s Dream’ releases new trailer and poster

‘The Clockmakers Dream’, a short film that was awarded funding of €15,000 by Limerick City of Culture in partnership with Behind the Scenes has released a teaser trailer.

Written and directed by Cashell Horgan, the story is set in a fictional world, home to the most unusual collection of automatas 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 Dream. I would also like to thank the entire team for their hard work and dedication over the last few months.’

Check out the trailer below:

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