We discuss Pulling, hooking up, bringing someone home. Specifically how men and women differ in their approaches. The evolutionary impulses behind our sexual strategies. Clubbing. How we talk down competitors and why Anya Taylor Joy is probably not very interesting in bed.
The differences between gay life in Berlin and New York. How the internet changed hookup culture. Comparing our sexual educations. The effects of porn on kids. The death of subcultures Differences between dating in gay and straight cultures ‘The chat’ The glorious sluttiness of actors Meeting ‘the one’.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.”
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.
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”