Monday, 28 April 2014

2014 Corona Fastnet Film Festival

Just finalising my dates with the 2014 Fastnet Film Festival...  On Friday 23rd May, I'll be doing an Animation Seminar 16.00 - 17.15 and on Sunday 25th May, I'll be taking part in a 'Technical Forum' 10.30 - 13.00 Chaired by Chris O'Dell.

Brown Bag Films - 20th Birthday Party

Jazis - is it 20 years since the Baggers began? Great night at The Gibson Hotel and great to see all the gang (including all the 'old gang' and the IADT grads! Thanks for the invite! Does Derek still bring 30 packets of biscuits into studio every week?

Shane, DQ and Paul

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Watching More Closely Research Project

Kati Balint and Miklos visited IADT for initial meetings about the 'Watching More Closely' research project - a psychological investigation into the effect of close-ups in film. I had a few hours with Brendan Rooney and the visitors, to knock around some of the terms and parameters of the project, as well as deciding on a work plan.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Eamonn O Neill - IADT AnimSoc

Congratulations to Emily Lynch and Ross Ryder of the IADT Animation Society for following up their success with Louise Bagnall's recent fantastic talk with a one hundred and fifty minute epic talk and presentation by Eamonn O Neill! Entitled 'things I thought and things I think...'

Key Eamonn O Neill learnings from the evening...

99.9% of engineers do NOT make guitar pedals...
Be transparent (be open and honest with people)... (this actually comes from Eimhin)
It HAS to be human!
Make rules, set boundaries and start thinking about your work... Rules shouldn't be arbitrary, they should be based on the emotional intent of your film...
Just because you can, doesn't mean you should... Be economic.
Have BALLS - be scared - safe is boring.

Personal is universal! The more personal it is, the more universal it is.

Make work and show people. (get it out there, you don't know who's watching)


You get the work that you DO!
BAD experiences are STILL experiences.
There's politics and bullshit EVERYWHERE!
The grass is not always greener.
Reach out, ask questions, be a sponge.
You make your own luck (good luck follows hard work, work hard and get lucky)...
Learn always, because skills are brillz...
GO for stuff, you have nothing to lose!
It's okay NOT to know!
Don't plateau (just keep moving forward, keep trying to progress)
Say thanks - don't be a dick to people, there's enough dickheads EVERYWHERE!

Inspirational stuff! A joy to hear!

Saturday, 5 April 2014

All Good Things!

Hugely talented (but impoverished) award year animation students from IADT Dun Laoghaire are holding an off-campus screening and event in Dublin's Lighthouse Cinema and Block T, in June 2014. The students are funding the project through cakesales and through crowfunding site Fundit! Please donate and become part of some great animation stories!

We are all IADT students, but ALL GOOD THINGS is not an IADT event, it's completely independent and self-generated. However, hosting an exhibition and screening, printing artwork, creating a zine and serving food & refreshments doesn't come cheap, so we've set up a FUND IT campaign to help cover a portion of the costs. 

We'd appreciate any contribution you could make! In return we're offering a range of rewards, and you'd be investing in the night itself, our artwork, and our futures. 

Check out our FUND IT page here: