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.

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