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Interview with Ronan Hill – Production Sound Mixer for ‘GOT’
15 Apr 2014 | It is only the second week of ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4, airing now on HBO and Sky Atlantic, and already the series is generating record-breaking ratings. Behind every great production is a great production team, and one of those elements is sound. IFTN caught up with Ronan Hill, production sound mixer on all four seasons of the show so far, to discuss his recent win at the IFTAs, what elements go into sound mixing, and about the hit TV series. 
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07 Mar 2014 | Ever wondered what it would be like to do the graphics on a Wes Anderson film? So did Dublin-based Annie Atkins as she headed out to the Alps to work on ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’... 
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05 Mar 2014 | What with his hit TV shows, big-screen faves, West End adoration and that Oscar nomination, it’s amazing that PETER MCDONALD found the time to co-write, produce and star in ‘The Stag’. “The trick is to keep moving forward,” the 42-year old Dubliner tells Paul Byrne. 
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04 Mar 2014 | It’s been quite a year for Andrew Scott, what with ‘Sherlock’, working with Ken Loach and now making his first big Hollywood blockbuster. Making ‘The Stag’, the Dublin actor tells Paul Byrne, was “like a welcome trip back home, and reality”. 
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Interview with Mark O’Connor (Writer-Director of ‘Stalker’)
25 Feb 2014 | Following his films ‘Between the Canals’ and ‘King of the Travellers’, Mark O’ Connor’s third feature ‘Stalker’ sees its highly anticipated cinematic release this week. The film’s success on the festival circuit includes coming second for Best Irish Feature at the 24th Galway Film Fleadh and winning Best Film at the 4th Dublin Underground Film Festival. ‘Stalker’ was also selected for a number of international film festivals, most recently for the Chicago Irish Film Festival which will screen the film next month. 
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Five Minutes with Saoirse Ronan at the Galway Film Fleadh
16 Jul 2013 | Saoirse Ronan - one of Ireland’s most prolific actresses at the age of only 19 - was awarded a special Galway Hooker award at the closing ceremony of the Galway Film Fleadh last weekend, following a public interview which earned her a standing ovation. 
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Steph Green, Director of ‘Run & Jump’ Talks to IFTN
15 Jul 2013 | Irish resident and director Steph Green - whose 2007 short ‘New Boy’ earned her an Oscar nomination - has seen her first full length feature ‘Run & Jump’ emerge from this year’s Galway Film Fleadh, with the Best Irish Feature and Best First Irish Feature. 
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Five Mins with… Joe Mullins, Actor in ‘Pilgrim Hill’
13 Jun 2013 | Theatre veteran Joe Mullins, lead actor in ‘Pilgrim Hill’, has attracted worldwide attention over the past year as Gerard Barrett’s directorial feature debut garners critical acclaim. 
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Q&A with Roisin Murphy, Actress and Star of ‘What Richard Did’
14 May 2013 | Roisin Murphy’s star-making performance in Lenny Abrahamson’s tragic masterpiece ‘What Richard Did’ earned her an IFTA nomination this year for Best Actress, marking a highpoint in a blossoming career very much on the ascendant. 
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Q&A with Ian Fitzgibbon, Director of ‘Death of a Superhero’
13 May 2013 | Award-winning Irish director and writer Ian Fitzgibbon - IFTA nominated this year as Best Director for ‘Death of a Superhero’ - took the time to chat to IFTN about the challenges of filmmaking, his start in the industry as an actor, and advice for budding directors hoping for their big break. 
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Making the Cut....Career Advice from VFX-artist Keith Brett
26 Apr 2013 | Working on visual effects in the Irish film and TV industry is a competitive world, which requires self-discipline, passion, education and much creativity. However as the digital compositor at one of Dublin’s leading post- production houses Screen Scene Keith Brett outlines below, there is no one way to break into this sector. The company has worked on some of the biggest film and TV titles of the last few years including Ripper Street, Game of Thrones and upcoming sci-fi release Last Days on Mars, starring Liev Schreiber. In another IFTN exclusive, Keith reveals how he came to effects from a science background and the key software needed in becoming a vfx master! 
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Making the Cut...Career Advice from Actor Barry Keoghan
04 Apr 2013 | The period from the initial rush of committing to acting into breaking through for auditions and vying for parts can be an eternal struggle for most and one that can put off even the most talented, battle-hardened youngsters. However, for one local boy who’s been on a sharp rise it took just responding to an ad by director Mark O’Connor in his local area to catch his break and he hasn’t looked back since. 
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Making the Cut...Career Advice from transportation captain Michael Phelan
28 Mar 2013 | The safe transit of Hollywood actors, directors and producers in addition to entire crews onto set, to varying locations and then back to hotels is sometimes a forgotten job on today’s film and TV set. However the complex and utterly essential task of this operation is handled regularly by transportation captain Michael Phelan. 
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Five Minutes With… Richard Dormer, star of ‘Good Vibrations’ out in cinemas this Friday 29th March.
26 Mar 2013 | Currently surfing a wave of critical acclaim for his portrayal of legendary Belfast rock-music guru Terri Hooley in ‘Good Vibrations’, Richard Dormer is an actor brimming with as much personality in real life as his onscreen counterpart. 
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Making the Cut…Career Advice from Mairéad Ni Chuaig
13 Mar 2013 | One aspect that both industry and audiences across the Irish TV landscape have long agreed about is TG4’s pioneering prowess and appeal when it comes to travel shows. From Amú le Hector, Déanta in Éirinn to O Tholg go Tolg, the station has constantly excelled in bringing vivid and subversive twists to the genre and its new six-part series WWOOFÁIL looks to be no exception. 
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Director Alan Brennan takes us 'Earthbound'
07 Mar 2013 | Setting a sci-fi comedy about intergalactic adventures in modern Dublin, which also deals with grown-up themes of self-delusion and reality seems at once a hugely ambitious move. Add in the fact that the film features both a rather touching love story and absurd alien bounty hunters and the task seems unimaginable. However, this is exactly what writer-director Alan Brennan has done with his debut feature film, the new Irish release ‘Earthbound’. 
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'The Art of Media Monitoring'
05 Mar 2013 | Media buzz - whether in print, broadcast or online - can make or break a TV show or organisation, a reality that is well understood by Kantar Media, experts in media intelligence monitoring. Dan Halliwell explains how the company has evolved since its inception in 2002, from the early days of electronically scanning press clippings to the current age of social media in which all content must now be analysed to gauge public reaction. 
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'The Language Of The House Is Irish': TG4's Commissioning Director Talks To IFTN
28 Feb 2013 | TG4’s core remit may lie in the tradition of the Irish language, but the management structure of Ireland’s only native language broadcaster is unquestionably modern. 
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Making The Cut…Career Advice From Locations Manager Grant Bobbett
28 Feb 2013 | The Irish locations used when shooting both homegrown and international films are often praised for bringing the raw beauty of our country to millions; enticing tourists to visit, and showcasing the jaw-dropping scenery that exist on these shores. 
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Making The Cut…Career Advice From IFTA-Winning Animator Nathan Mateer
20 Feb 2013 | Northern Ireland’s VFX and animation sectors are currently enjoying a rise to prominence, helped by factors such as a skilled graduate base, upcoming tax breaks on animation production and world-class facilities. 
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