23 September 2019 The Irish Film & Television Network
Actors
TV
Crew
Digital
Distribution
Education / Training
Equipment
Festivals / Markets
Finance
Legal
Locations Ireland
Post Production
Production
Rep Bodies
JOBS FILMOGRAPHY NEWS WHO'S WHO DIARY GALLERY IFTA
     
Production
Production Companies
Animation
Who's Who
Camera/Lighting
Sound
Arts/Sets/Props
Studios
Generators
Location Services
Transport
Labs & Stock
Actors
Production News
What's In Production
TV Commissions
Site Map
IFTN HOME

Irish Film and Television Network

 »

Production

 »

Production Interviews



Composer Steve Lynch Discusses Scoring New Irish Feature 'Finky'
03 Jul 2019 : Nathan Griffin
Dara Devaney in 'Finky'.
IFTN caught up with Irish composer Steve Lynch to find out more about scoring Dathaí Keane’s new feature film ‘Finky’, which makes its World Premiere at Galway Film Fleadh later this month.

‘Finky’ follows the story of a musician and puppeteer seeking to escape his past by stealing an envelope full of cash and departing for Scotland with his childhood friend Tom to start a new life. On their first night in Glasgow, Finky has an accident and is left paralysed from the waist down. He hits rock bottom, but is given a chance at redemption when he is recruited by Carnival Chaotica, an avant-garde circus troupe. As his journey becomes increasingly hellish and surreal he realises that he must confront his tormented past if he is ever to find peace.

Dathaí Keane directs the offbeat, mysterious, fantasy drama, which stars Dara Devaney, Ned Dennehy, Diarmuid De Faoite, Fionnuala Gygax and Eoin Geoghegan. Steve Lynch composed the score for a script that was penned by Dathaí Keane and Diarmuid de Faoite. Produced by Pierce Boyce, Bríd Seoighe and Eileen Seoighe of Abú Media, ‘Finky’ is a celebration of life, love, and death, and the transformative power of art. Cathal Watters features as DoP, editing by Dermot Diskin, production design by Mark Kelly and Costume Design by Triona Lillis.

The film was developed and funded through the new Cine4 initiative; a TG4, Screen Ireland, and BAI partnership. ‘Finky’ is produced by Abú Media Film Productions with funding from TG4, Screen Ireland, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) and Section 481.

IFTN journalist Nathan Griffin caught up with the IFTA nominated composer to find out more about developing the score for ‘Finky’ and the creative process.

How did the opportunity to get involved with Finky come about?

“I had worked with director Dathaí Keane on two seasons of the western drama An Klondike, so he came to me with the idea for Finky. That meant I was involved with Finky from a script level, which really helped with the musical ideas.”

It’s quite a quirky film –did the subject matter alter your approach to the score for this project?

“Absolutely, we knew the music would play a big part in the madness, and a big part in evolution of the characters. I also knew that musically it would be a genre hopper, from 90s techno to choral.”

Can you talk me through the creative process of developing the score for screen?

“It was actually quite unusual as the score started at a script level. That doesn't often happen, but in this case there were a couple of musical elements that would actually be played on screen, so we needed to nail those before shooting. Once I got the first rough cut it was a case of trial and error between Dathaí and me. After a while we started to see where the music needed more emphasis and which story arcs required thematic help. It was great, as a composer, to be involved so early on. More directors and producers should consider it. “

How did you find the experience of recording with the Budapest Scoring Choir?

“We decided early in the process that a particular sequence needed a full orchestra, so that was on the cards from the beginning. Then late in the process, Dathaí started pushing for a choral piece for the ending. The choir and orchestra in Budapest were wonderful to work with, we had enough time to record multiple takes so I was able to get the emotional performance we needed. The whole team out there are incredibly professional, from the conductors to the recording engineers.”

You recently collaborated with the renowned Slovak choir Lucnica Chorus for a Klastorna ad campaign – How did this opportunity come about?

“I've been scoring commercials in Eastern Europe for the past 5 years, so know a lot of people in advertising over there. A director called Nieto got in touch with me about the Klastorna project, and the agency came up with the idea of collaboration with Lucnica choir. Lucnica are renowned all over that region, regularly selling out massive halls. I couldn't make it over to Slovakia to meet with them, but we emailed and talked a lot, then did a studio link up using Source Element software. That allowed me to effectively be in the recording and to give feedback moment to moment, even though I was actually in my studio in Galway.

“It was an interesting week as, due to deadlines, I recorded the Klastorna piece with a choir on a Monday, and the Finky piece with choir on the Wednesday, it's not every week you get 80 singers to record with!”

‘Finky’ makes its World Premiere at the 31st Galway Film Fleadh this July.




BREAKING NEWS
IFTN talks with Maddie Rice & Kate Kennedy, writers of new RTÉ Comedy Pilot 'Handy'
Peaky Blinders director Anthony Byrne talks with IFTN ahead of the Season 5 Finale
Finné Series 2 returns for six weeks as part of TG4's Wednesday Documentary Season
First-Look Trailer Releases for ‘The Rhythm Section’

FEATURES & INTERVIEWS
IFTN talks with Maddie Rice & Kate Kennedy, writers of new RTÉ Comedy Pilot 'Handy'
Peaky Blinders director Anthony Byrne talks with IFTN ahead of the Season 5 Finale
Free Industry Newsletter
Subscribe to IFTN's industry newsletter - it's free and e-mailed directly to your inbox every week.
Click here to sign up.


RELATED NEWS
TG4 Launches New Autumn Schedule in Cork
03 Sep 2019 
Extra Ordinary Wins Top Prize at Galway as Fleadh Winners are Announced
15 Jul 2019 
Composer Steve Lynch Discusses Scoring New Irish Feature 'Finky'
03 Jul 2019 
31st Galway Film Fleadh Programme Revealed
26 Jun 2019 
EDITOR'S PICK
Eddie Doyle Appointed BBC Northern Ireland's Head of Content Commissioning
Chris O'Dowd picks up Creative Arts Emmy Award for State of the Union
Mark O’Rowe discusses new Sky series 'Temple', which airs this Friday, 13th September on Sky One
TG4 Launches New Autumn Schedule in Cork
MORE ON IFTN
Irish Production Companies
Listings for Irish film & television production companies
What's In Production?
The latest info on projects filming in Ireland
Latest Industry Jobs
Job listings for Irish film & television crew

CONNECT WITH IFTN
Find us on Facebook
Follow IFTN on Twitter
E-Newsletter Subscribe
Subscribe to RSS Feed




 
 the Website  Directory List  Festivals  Who's Who  Locations  Filmography  News  Crew  Actors
 

Contact Us | Advertise | Copyright | Terms & Conditions | Security & Privacy | RSS Feed | Twitter