Everybody Wants to Love You

Everybody Wants to Love You is a new podcast about love, sex, and the things that get left unsaid. Hosted by former comedian Gareth Stack and one time actress Nicole O’Connor, the show features interviews, listener problems and intimate uncensored discussions of sexuality in the age of chaos.

Download: Everybody Wants To Love You – Episode 1

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Leave a Woman alone

New video I shot and edited for Berlin based musician Mariama Jalloh is out now. Link in Bio.

Director: Mariama
Produced, mixed and mastered by Manuel Schlindwein
Shoot, cut, grade: Gareth Stack
Make Up: Larissa Hewan Pauli
Hair: Lucia Binta Lammertmann
Styled by Kasapio

Very special thanks to Nicole O’Connor for help, and support and most of all Ay Wing and El Loftie for making this video shoot happen in the first place.

This video was shot over two hours, as part of a larger shoot. Another video coming soon from the same shoot.

‘Getting What I’m Owed’ – Ama Millieir

My latest video, for Irish artist Ama Millieir. Shot on the stunning grounds of Martinstown House by talented young DOP Joesph Ingersol. This was a fantastic opportunity to work with the Arri Alexa Mini LF, and Joey’s collection of Classic Zeiss Contax lenses. Costumes were provided by wonderfully esoteric Irish designer Claire Garvey, while special effects artist Frances Galligan provided art direction, including an enormous ‘medieval’ feast. Amazing crew work by Focus Puller Karl Walsh and AC Greg O’Reilly brought the whole thing together. Starring AMA and the stunning Cece Tiesoh. Titles by my partner Nicole O’Connor.

Particular thanks to the Booth-Keith family at Martinstown who let us film on their beautiful location, at an incredibly delicate time.

I always try to create a ‘pre-vis’ animatic, before I shoot, using clips from movies, sketches and still images to plan out the shoot. Check out the pre-vis for this video. Rough plan below, final video on top. I find planning this way incredibly helpful for figuring out shots and communicating with the DOP.


Credits

Song – Ama Millieir

Model – Cece Tiesoh

Director / Edit / Grade – Gareth Stack

DOP – Joseph Ingersoll

Focus Puller / AC – Karl Walsh

2nd AC – Greg O’Reilly

Art Director – Frances Galligan

Costumes – Claire Garvey Couture

Titles – Nicole O’Connor

Special Thanks To

Andrew, Edward and all at Martinstown House
Alex Kennedy

Finalist in International Songwriting Competition

Wow, the video I directed for Chris Wilson’s ‘Now I See You’ is now in the finals for the International Songwriting competition in the music video category. This means we’re down to the last 12 videos to be judged by amongst others Tom Waits!

This was a really special one, with a herculean effort for all involved to make something amazing on a micro budget. Amazing work by producer James Tiberius Galvin of Shoot Cut Grade, DOP Andy Flaherty, cam / gimbal hero Ismael Diarra, stars Mike Timms, Chris Wilson and Áine Ní Loingsigh and all their friends, and of course my favourite guest star Nicole O’Connor. Thanks to Michael Stack for use of the run down house that was our location, and Ciaran Taylor, artistic director of Carpet Theatre, for lending us the costumes!

You can watch the video below.

Sonairte In Winter

Sonairte in Winter is a short educational film presented by climate activist and nature educator Nicola Winters. The 30 minute film is available for private showings at schools and conferences, online and off.

“Sonairte [pronounced SON-ART-A] is an interactive visitor centre, located on the coast off Meath, promoting ecological awareness and sustainable living. The name Sonairte is derived from a middle Irish word meaning “positive strength”.

Sonairte was established as a charity in 1988 by members of the local community and concerned environmentalists to promote environmental awareness and education. At Sonairte we work with groups from all backgrounds, ages and abilities, including pre-schools, primary schools, post primary schools, third level institutions, tour groups and youth groups. We also provide facilities and programmes for the general public, community groups and interested individuals.

Our courses aim to provide information, education and practical skills on a range of topics, such as biodiversity, organic gardening and sustainable living. Our approach is holistic, and with small numbers on each course, learner focused.”

Eight

I spent the second half of December shooting these nine short plays for DU Conservatoire (DIT Drama Department to you and me). They’re an interesting bunch, with some genuinely great performances amongst them. Shot in hopefully a more cinematic way than most ‘zoom theatre’.

I built a custom shoulder rig to shoot these plays, and alternated between shoulder mounted, handheld, gimbal and tripod shooting, throughout.

iCare Housing Promo

I worked with housing non-profit iCare to create this micro doc about their latest tenant Michael. iCare help homeowners who are at risk of losing their houses stay in their homes.

“Delighted to announce that we have just saved 52 families from homelessness. We have completed the purchase of all 52 homes using the State’s #MortgageToRent scheme. Here’s our newest tenant Michael Skelly to explain how it’s changed his life”

Powerful Creative Minds – Problems of These Days

Another video long held back by the pandemic, is finally here. It’s my music video for Crumlin based hiphop trio ‘Powerful Creative Minds‘. This is the first single off their upcoming EP. This video was a bit of a family project as not only did I work with long term collaborators James Van De Waal, and Greg O’Reilly, my girlfriend Nicole O’Connor stars and helped out with the animation.

Credits – courtesy PCM.

This is our first single of our upcoming EP ‘39’ 3️⃣9️⃣

This song is inspired by some of the relationship and friendship problems some people close to us have faced over time.

‼️All video content was shot prior to lockdown‼️

Director / Editor – Gareth Stack
Camera – James Van De Waal / Greg O’Reilly
Animation – Nicole O’Connor

Starring – Nicole O’Connor + Daniel Hanks
Extras – Fadgie Alan , Woolfie O’Brien , Doug O’Sullivan , Markel Hendrix , Snoozie Byrne, Ross Mooney , Nicole Kelly
Special Thanks to me Ma and Da and Gareth and his fantastic team for all their work

Memory – New Music Video in Aid of Alzheimer Society of Ireland

Donate to Alzheimer’s Ireland here.

Early this year I was approached by Professor Richard Roche of Maynooth University, and musicians Aural Air (Dr. Laura Rai) & Patrick McEleney. Laura & Patrick had written a song articulating the experience of living with Alzheimer’s disease. The song was a fundraiser for the incredible Alzheimer’s Ireland, and was intended to be released during the ‘Brain Awareness Week‘ event run by the Neurological Alliance of Ireland.

Inspired by a beautiful episode of ‘The Truth’ podcast, called ‘Can You Help Me Find My Mom‘ by Diana McCorry, I developed the concept of a young girl lost in the city, who doesn’t know who or where she is, until love helps her recover her memory.

We filmed the video over a week in Dublin, with incredible help from Patricia Pierce of Our Lady’s Hospice, and all the staff at the National Botanic Gardens. Professor Roche himself produced the video and even has a cameo as a put upon doctor! Laura (a neuroscientist herself) starred, alongside veteran actor and retired psychologist Professor Emeritus Mike Timms (who previously cameo’d in my video for Chris Wilson’s ‘Now I See You‘. Finally we had the immense privilege of working with renowned Irish actress Rosemary Henderson who in addition to touring with her own show about dementia, based on her experience caring for her father, is well known at home and abroad for her work on shows like Fair City and of course Father Ted.

Our director of photography was the incredible Siobhán Rose Madden, who previously worked with me on the epic video ‘Pardon Me‘ for Shy Mascot. And our gaffer was Paul Lynch of Studio 4, without who’s help we could not have pulled this together.

The video (like everything else it seems) was delayed due to the pandemic, but we’re delighted to be able to release it today. Thanks again to everyone who gave so generously of their time. Please donate to Alzheimer’s Ireland if you can. Times are hard, but this is a brilliant charity, helping some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Alzheimer’s and dementia in general affect everyone – whether directly or through their impact on fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, friends and colleagues. Right now my own family help care for our eldest living relative, my great aunty Anna, who’s battling dementia. With luck, and the help of organisations like Alzheimer’s Ireland, research can defeat this cruel disease.