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29 Sep 2015 : Seán Brosnan
On the set of ‘Date: Time’
‘Date: Time’, the final film in the Film Limerick trilogy is currently in post-production and Driftwood Doll Films wrap on the romantic short film ‘Afterthought’.

Film Limerick’s ‘Date: Time’ currently in post-production

‘Date: Time’, the final short film in the Film Limerick trilogy has finished shooting and is now in post-production. This romantic short film was written by Philip Shanahan and directed by Paul Corey and features local actors Mark Griffin and Erica Murray.

This ambitious project was realised by Film Limerick Project Manager, Ronan Cassidy, and Irish Writer and Director Gerry Stembridge and with the assistance of Behind the Scenes. The trilogy of films has brought together both professional and aspiring film makers in Limerick to create a film cultural legacy that will hopefully continue for many years to come.

What has made this project unique is that three first time writers and directors saw their work brought to the screen. Training opportunities were given on set by Gerry, Ronan and the Director of Photography Patrick Jordan (‘Volkswagen Joe’, ‘Pentecost’) to the different production departments. Post production is being overseen by Simon McGuire in Limerick Institute of Technology, where similar opportunities are given to trainee editors. Finally music will be added by Patrick Cassidy (‘Hannibal’, ‘Calvary’) and Noel Hogan (‘Cranberries’), who will make his debut as a film composer.

Some of the trainees have had new opportunities and offers to work on professional productions around the country, which cements the early success of the Film Limerick Training Scheme before it has even been completed.

Project Manager, Ronan Cassidy said: “I would like to thank Gerry Stembridge for working one-to-one with the writers, directors and all of the crew. It has been an absolute pleasure collaborating with him on this project. There has been huge enthusiasm from all involved, which shows the necessity for schemes like this to continue.”

“I’m looking forward to seeing how these films perform on the festival circuit both nationally and internationally. I would like to commend Limerick City of Culture and Screen Training Ireland for backing the project.”

Teresa McGrane, Deputy CEO, Irish Film Board said: “Screen Training Ireland is extremely committed to offering pathways to the film industry for new entrants. We are delighted to have been involved in the Film Limerick initiative as a project that reflects this commitment in a creative and practical way, and we look forward to seeing the final results.”

Driftwood Doll Films wrap on romantic short ‘Afterthought’

New Irish independent company Driftwood Doll Films have wrapped this week on romantic comedy ‘Afterthought’, their second produced short film.

The film is written and directed by newcomer Sinead Ralston, and according to Driftwood Doll Films’ producers Eilís Abbott and Michael O’Dwyer, fits with their ethos of encouraging and working with new female voices in the industry.

Producer Michael O’Dwyer said: “I met Sinead on a screenwriting course in Filmbase three years ago, and when it ended we decided we’d keep meeting up regularly to give each other script feedback and the motivation to get things finished. I’m really proud that I was able to produce her first film and see her working so brilliantly on a film set for the first time. I know she has many powerful projects in the works, and I just hope we’ve done enough to convince her to bring them to us!”

‘Afterthought’ features Neil Hogan as an indefatigable pensioner attempting to woo indomitable Rose Landys in a series of silent comedy style vignettes, and was filmed in Dublin.

Writer/Director Sinead isn’t the only member of the Ralston family involved in the production as her husband Gavin, a musician and owner of independent record label Silverwood Music, provides the soundtrack.

The camera team on the project were John Hennessy and Lucy Jones of Kerbute Productions, and the film is now in post-production with Eilís on editing duties. ‘Afterthought’ will be aimed at a festival run in the New Year. For updates on ‘Afterthought’, visit Driftwood Doll Films website at driftwooddollfilms.com.

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