Short Doc – The Box

My partner, artist and graphic designer Nicole O’Connor was award a commission to paint an electrical box in Dublin. The Dublin Canvas initiative offers artists from around the city the opportunity to create an officially sanctioned piece of urban art. Adding a splash of colour to these otherwise unslightly pieces of street furniture. In this short doc, Nicole describes her connection to the city and the process involving carrying her digital design to the streets.

If you’d like to see the box in person, head on down to Island Bridge in Dublin 8. The box is just a few feet down the street from the Storyboard Cafe.

Well Spun Tales

Last year my friend Shane Connelly approached me with a proposal to create some short documentaries for the Velo City festival. Velo City is a huge cycling transport policy event that happens in a different city each year. Last year Dublin played host. Shane and I are both avid cyclists. Both intensely disturbed by our cities laggardly pace in creating a usable cycling infrastructure. And by the casualties of drunk and wreckless drivers are poorly adapted roads, and lax driver safety enforcement create. We’d been bothered too by research evidencing what we as cyclists had gradually become aware of. An attitude amongst an enormous number of drivers that cyclists aren’t quite human. We wanted to emphasise the individuality of bike users. Cutting across every demographic of Dublin’s vibrant multicultural community. The organised cycling groups can at times convey the image of a helmeted, lycra clad, hyper fit faceless cyclist, unintentionally feeding into the idea of the cyclist as an obstruction, rather than a vulnerable person sharing the road with potentially lethal machines. We were lucky enough to obtain funding for the project from Dublin City Council’s Arts Office and the Velo City conference itself. We put the call out to the cycling community and found an incredible and varied bunch of Dubliners to take part. The films were finished just in time for the conference and screened at a one off event in a city centre arts space.

Covid has given me the time to return to the project, re-editing and grading each short, and adding music. Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting each of the seven final ‘micro documentaries’ to the website http://wellspuntales.com/

Here’s the first one, featuring the delightful Irish writer Lucille Redmond, introducing us to the Dodder Park in Dartry.

Trying world class lenses on the Blackmagic Pocket 4K and 6K

My youtube review show ‘Hot Lunch’ took a look at the Zeiss CP.3 range of compact prime lenses, testing them out on both the Black Magic Pocket 4K and 6K. These cinema primes are a filmmakers dream, offering beautiful skin tones, silky smooth aperture and focus, and full frame coverage over the whole range. We put them through their paces in a variety of setting as Covid-19 lockdown eased up in Ireland. Thanks as always to channel sponsor http://camerakit.ie for supplying the glass (and Pocket 6K) used in this review.

Our review of the Sony FX9

New review up. This time of the Sony PWX-FX9. The 6K sensor full frame successor to the FS7. We look at everything from colour to usability, to the changes Sony are bringing to the camera later this year. If you’ve been considering an upgrade, or even thinking about this as your first cinema camera. This is the review to watch, especially if you’re based in Ireland. Please share with anyone you think might be interested. Paul Lynch and myself put absolutely tonnes of work into exploring every aspect of the camera. Trying to answer the question as much for ourselves as for you, is this the camera you should buy next?

Sony’s latest powerhouse production camera, his full frame beast follows up on the success of the FS7, which has become the go to camera for documentary and corporate shooters. Is this a worthy successor to the much loved FS7? What do its new features – like autofocus, full frame shooting, and S-Cinetone bring to the table? All this and more answered, in our comprehensive review.

00:00 – Introduction to the FX9
01:50 – New Features
05:14 – Full Frame Shooting
07:18 – Usability
14:10 – Footage Samples
17:49 – Issues
27:04 – Cine EI Mode Explained
30:33 – Stabilisation
31:49 – Upcoming Firmware Changes
35:25 – More Footage Samples

Thanks to camerakit.ie for lending us the gear!

The Late David Turpin | Love Shrine (feat. Xona)

My new video for Irish artist David Turpin. Shot last year in Dublin.

Concept: David Turpin | Dir/Ed: Gareth Stack | DOP: Siobhán T. Rose Madden | Prod: James Galvin | BTS: Anthony Kinsella Feat: Xona, Lorcan, Dmitry, Michal, Pablo, David, Emerson and Bonnie Take from the album ROMANCES.

Directed this last year for Irish artist David Turpin. It’s from an album called Romances, featuring his songs performed by a variety of Irish artists, in this case Jordan from the band XOMO.

The idea for the video was a kind of audition / tarot reading before a pair of jaded libertines. Visually we tried to create the feeling of a Robert Mapplethorpe photograph, or some of the effects pioneered by John Maybury in his biopic of Frances Bacon, ‘Love is the Devil’. This combined in camera effects with a good amount of post grading, like chromatic aberation and depth of field effects. Using Davinci, Film Convert and Red Giant Universe.

A Year with the Black Magic Pocket 4K

We’ve spent a year getting to know this small but mighty camera. We’ve shot around Europe and the US, on both corporate and music videos. Just what makes the Pocket 4K and it’s big brother the Pocket 6K different? What do you need to use these cameras? Can they replace production cameras? Can they be used for run and gun vlogging? Answers to all these questions and more.

This is the first episode in a new series of camera and camera gear reviews, aimed at videographers and editors in Ireland

Thanks to channel sponsor Camerakit.ie for their help with this video https://camerakit.ie/

The Siog String Trio Live in St Patrick’s College

Sióg String Trio play Bach.
Violins: Anna McKenna and Orla O’Hanlon.
Cello: Áine Ní Loingsigh

For bookings email: siogstringtrio@gmail.com 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/siogstringtrio/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Si%C3%B3g-String-Trio-172590036121762/

Shot and edited by Gareth Stack https://www.garethstack.com/
Sound design / edit – Orla O’Hanlon

Seeking Filming Locations

In association with Maynooth University Dept of Psychology, we’re creating a music video to support the single Memory by Aural Air & Patrick McEleney. All funds raised through sales of this single will be donated directly to the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland. Our production team are donating their time and use of equipment for this great cause. Our goal is to finish the video by March 12, to coincide with the launch of National Brain Awareness Week. 

We’re looking for a hospital / elder care facility, ideally in the North East of Ireland – Dublin / Wicklow / Meath / Louth etc.

We would ideally film over one evening / night in the coming two weeks. Our camera setup will be minimal and will not create any disruption to the normal functioning of the facility. Below I’ve included some information on Brain Awareness Week and the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland.

Alzheimer Society of Ireland

Currently there are almost 55,000 people living with dementia in Ireland. 4,000 of these people are under 65 and are classified as having younger onset dementia. It is estimated that the number of people living with dementia will rise to 153,157 by 2046 due to population ageing. Approximately 4,000 cases of dementia are identified in Ireland each year. There are approximately 50,000 family carers caring for someone with dementia. For each person diagnosed with dementia there at least three family members directly affected.

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland works across the country in the heart of local communities providing dementia specific services and supports and advocating for the rights and needs of all people living with dementia and their carers. Our vision is an Ireland where no one goes through dementia alone and where policies and services respond appropriately to the person with dementia and their carers, at the times they need support.

Brain Awareness Week

Love your Brain is an awareness campaign led by the Neurological Alliance of Ireland to coincide with National Brain Awareness Week March 16th to 22nd 2020. The campaign aims to promote greater awareness and understanding of the brain and brain conditions as well as the need for more investment in services, research and prevention. Love your Brain is supported by nearly 30 patient organisations and research groups which will be involved in organising events for Brain Awareness Week throughout the country. 

There are 4 parts to the Campaign: 

1. Understand your Brain: Promoting greater understanding and knowledge about our brains and how they work

2. Keeping Your Brain Healthy: Raising awareness of brain health and how you can protect and strengthen your brain

3. Living with a Neurological Condition: Calling for more investment in services for the 800,000 Irish people living with neurological conditions 

4. Promoting Brain Research: Highlighting the need to support research into the brain and brain conditions