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Hear a No premiere

“Hear a No” has NOW GONE LIVE as part of 11th Underground Cinema International Film Festival Short Film Program. Check it out and let us know what you think.

Also, there are audience awards for films. Please VOTE for “Hear a No” if you liked it.

https://www.underground-cinema.com

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Woody Allen and justice

I wrote a script on #metoo that we made into movie – “Hear a No”. I very much stand with the movement. But. What I don’t stand with is false accusations, which also happen. Evidence suggests that Woody Allen is not guilty, and yet the film industry still treats him as guilty. That doesn’t sit right with me. 

I have to admit, for a while, I felt it would be wrong to mention his name as someone I aspire to be alike as a filmmaker, because of the press around the molestation case. Just to be on the safe side. But no, that’s not right. The allegations are fishy. They were never proven. Psychologists looked into it and testified. Court looked into it. Nothing was proven.  

Woody’s films are films I look up to. He’s got this particular blend going that just makes them magical. Midnight in Paris is one of my favourite films by Woodie Allen and overall, probably.

There, I’ve said it. Learning to not be afraid to use my voice. Learning from the movement that is going on in America right now with Black Lives Matter. Silence doesn’t help. Black Lives Matter. Justice Matters. Leave Woody be. He was never proven guilty but yet gets treated as such by so many.

Here is an article by Irish Times, that has prompted me to write this post. 

“Hanna Wins” online release – Happy Halloween!

It’s that time of the year, which makes perfect reason to share “Hanna Wins”, a Halloween themed film online. Click HERE to watch it. Happy Halloween!

(English and Russian subtitles (CC) available on YouTube, you can select either one of these languages in video settings.)

What is it about? In short: He came back from the dead to make sure she can make it.

The film was made as part of Dublin Filmmakers Collective Halloween challenge 2017 where we had to write, shoot and complete a short film on a theme of Halloween within the month of October. I wanted to do a ghost story, however Giorgio, writer of the screenplay, also happens to be Italian.. Hence the upgrade from just a ghost story to a ghost story with a mafia (well, Dublin gangster) twist.

Initial version of the film was screened on a Halloween Night in 2017, however final version of the project was completed and screened on a Halloween Night of 2018. Released online – Halloween 2019. Hope you enjoy it!

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Intimacy on set – choreographing sex scenes

I had an opportunity to attend Ita O’Brien’s Intimacy on Set training in association with Screen Skills Ireland at the beginning of this year and I have to say I felt relieved. Let me explain..

When it comes to performing stunts- there is a stunt coordinator, who makes sure no one gets physically hurt. What about the mental damage? Imagine filming a rape scene?

Well, as a matter of fact, I did just that, last year. I directed a short film called “Hear a No” last year, that had a rough intimate scene in it. When I was preparing for rehearsals, I was researching how it must be done, in order to make it as comfortable as possible for everyone involved. I wanted to make sure I do right by both cast and crew. At the time, unfortunately, I haven’t come across Ita O’Brien’s technique. Most I got, was that it was meant to be a closed set. OK, but how do I approach rehearsals? And the shoot?

Luckily, at the time, I was participating in an acting class led by Terry McMahon, who is an amazing actor-writer-director himself. I turned to Terry for advise, as I knew he had nailed great intimate scenes in his films. Terry was very kind to help me out and shared how he approached rehearsing and filming intimate scenes. With his advice, I was able to make actors as comfortable with the scene as I could and the shoot went smoothly.

Back to Ita.. It’s absolutely amazing to see the extent of work Ita has put into creating the guidelines that everyone in the industry can follow on set while filming intimate scenes. Ita has developed a very thorough process and technique that she teaches. She also works as an intimacy coordinator and movement director. Ita has coordinated such major productions like Netflix’es “Sex Education” and BBC’s “Gentleman Jack” to name a few. HERE IS a short video of Ita talking a little bit about choreographing sex scenes.

Few takeaways from both Terry’s and Ita’s advice:

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  • Agree on level of nudity, discuss and rehearse the scene prior to shoot. Sign those forms.
  • Speak with each actor in private first, to establish their boundaries. Check past trauma to make sure it doesn’t get triggered. Know that consent can change from yes to no and another way around at the rehearsals or on set.
  • No objectifying. Use proper language to describe body parts, movements etc.
  • Agree physical touch. At rehearsals make sure each body part that is being touched/kissed is discussed and agreed upon.
  • Have a timeout sign which actors can use to stop the scene if at any time they feel uncomfortable.
  • Ask actors not to involve any emotions at the rehearsals stage. Use it purely for blocking. This will ensure that actors don’t give “their all” to a performance before camera can capture it.
  • As mentioned before- it’s a closed set for the whole duration of the shoot for the intimate scene (and not just for the takes). Phones and monitors are to be switched off, only those who absolutely need to be there present.
  • Schedule intimate scenes for the morning and discuss hygiene, make sure actors come in showered.
  • Get actors to try on bits of intimate wardrobe (like genital covers) before the shoot to make sure they fit.
  • Nudity is only from “action” to “cut” – get actors covered straight away after the “cut” and keep them covered until just before “action”.
  • And finally, have actors do some movement routine to get out of the character and back into their own selves after the shoot.

Ok, here it is, I hope you find it useful. I would strongly recommend attending Ita’s workshop. Also, having an intimacy coordinator on set for them scenes, if the budget allows. Take these scenes seriously and prepare appropriately. I believe we really need to take care of our emotions as much as we take care of ourselves physically.

I will leave Ita’s website here, it’s www.itaobrien.com you can find a lot of useful information about intimacy guidelines and upcoming workshops there.

Picture in this article was captured by Jaro Waldeck @jarucube www.jarowaldeck.com

 

Happy International Women’s day

🌷Happy Women’s day! I’m one super happy female, because I picture locked my latest written/directed/produced film “Hear a No” yesterday. I’ve been celebrating since, hence the late text… ⠀

🎶 Just kidding, I’ve been busy looking for music reference tracks for our composer all day. Now that everything is sent off phew… Until tomorrow… ⠀

🤗 Hope your day was lovely. Happy Friday! Keep being awesome! And keep creating! Making films if this is something you are into.. Or anything else you fancy.. ⠀

🎥 Please support female filmmakers and help us tell our stories. I hope one day there will be equal amount of recognition given to both genders. ⠀

🎬 BTW, “Hear a No” crew was actually almost exclusively female (shout out to sound Anthony for running with the female clan on this one)- female director of photography, female assistant camera, female assistant director, female production and location manager, female hair and make up artist.. ⠀

📸 Here is a picture of our sides and backs on set by Edin MulavdicIMG_20190308_233608_415

Frame Light review

Frame Light review of Night Out

“Night Out in Killashandra is a whip-smart take on the modern world of dating…” [Jim Rogers of Frame Light]

Check out Frame Light review of Night Out in Killashandra HERE

Lift-Off Festival screening for Hanna Wins and Night Out in Killashandra

night out in killashandra underground and liftoff festThroughout this week (21st of January until midnight on Sunday, the 27th of January) it is possible to view and vote for Hanna Wins and Night Out in Killashandra as part of the Lift-Off festival online screening.

Along with Hanna Wins and Night Out in Killashandra, there are hundreds of other short films to see. jan p2 thumbnail

Night Out in Killashandra is part of Lift-Off Sessions January 2019 – Page 2, number 103 on the list. Click HERE to view.

Hanna Wins is part of Lift-Off Sessions January 2019 – Page 3, number 103 on the list. Click HERE to view. hanna wins poster liftoff festIt costs 10.95 € to view one page of festival’s sessions list, which includes 106 films to view. jan p3 thumbnail

If you do decide to support indie filmmakers and myself, and view the films, please also give us a vote. To vote for your favourite AND second favourite film, simply state film titles in the comments section of the sessions list. For example:

1) Example Favourite
2) Example Second Favourite

The Lift-Off Sessions exist to bring new eyes to the independent film market. In that way you can show your love to true indie cinema and get entertained by watching all of the beautiful work by passionate indie filmmakers around the world.

 

 

Behind the scenes photos and video of Old Age Poem short film

Behind the scenes video of Old Age Poem short film I had a pleasure helping out with this year can be viewed —> HERE

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I’ve been running around with camera to take behind the scenes photos, phone to shoot some videos and took care of the clapperboard business. Busy day, but totally enjoyed that!

🎞️ NoWiFi project
📜 Poem written by Mike Timms
💁🏼‍♀️ Director Caroline Hill
🎥 DOP Todd Sheets and Arthur Janowsky
🎬 Assistant camera Lina Jalala
🎧 Sound engineer Anthony Egan
🎭 Actor Mike Timms
🎞️📲 BTS video by Lina Jalala @LiminiCreative shot entirely on OnePlus5 phone while multitasking as AC and BTS photographer

Hanna Wins screening

Hanna Wins PosterHalloween is upon us and it couldn’t have been a better time to be releasing and screening Hanna Wins short film, spooky- gangsta- comedy- drama.

A bit of a back history on it. The film was made as part of Dublin Filmmakers Collective Halloween challenge 2017 where we had to write, shoot and complete a short film on a theme of Halloween within the month of October. Which we did.. But it wasn’t the final, final cut that we screened at the last year’s Halloween party..

Throughout this year, myself, Arthur of Shadow Man Pictures and composer Gabriel F. Reyer worked to complete the post production on this film and produce the final final cut. Gabriel wrote a beautiful piece of music (well four, actually) to accompany the film and Arthur worked on the final cut, colour grading, special effects, titles, trailer and sound mix for the film. Bottom point- we made it to the final final cut and I’m really excited to start sharing it with the world.

Amazing and talented people were involved in this project on both sides of the camera and in post production and I’m very grateful for the opportunity to work with each and every one of them.

Hanna Wins cast and crew 2The first screening of the completed version of Hanna Wins is on 31st of October between 7:30PM and 9:00PM in The Harbour Bar at 1 Strand Road, Bray with NoWIFi Horror Film screenings and Halloween Party. Come join us, free in.

Trailer for hanna wins can be viewed –> by clicking HERE

Festival Screening for Night Out in Killashandra

Night Out in Killashandra festI’m pleased to announce that Night Out in Killashandra has been selected for 9th Underground Cinema Film Festival 2018.

It will be screened in The Martello Suite at The Royal Marine Hotel Dun Laoghaire with Short Film Program 4 on Saturday, September 1st at 5:30pm.

Here is a link to the festival official page where you can buy a pass if you’d like to see it on the big screen along with great selection of other shorts:

https://www.ucff.ie/saturday-shorts

Exciting stuff altogether!