‘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

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.

Little Gem – Culture File

I caught up with the crew of Little Gem Records, a new record shop – yes you read that right, a new record shop – beneath Dublin’s Cavendish Row. Little Gem are a tryptic: A record store, recording studio and an indie label. They specialise in releases from local bands, folks whose music you can’t get anywhere else. Little Gem pride themselves on not screwing over the people who make the music. Something some of the city’s remaining big brand stores are apparently notorious for. They’ve also invented their own music format, a tiny cassette tape MP3 player containing a single album. If you’re indie Dublin, knock in for indie nostalgia, indie beards, indie tapes, indie vinyl and genuinely independent recommendations.

Download: ‘Little Gem’


Tracks used

Arbour by Soil Creep
Little Gem by I heart the Monster Hero
Chambers by Biggles flys Again
Heir Apparent by Sea Pinks

‘Popical Island’ – Culture File

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Image: Popical Island, literally ripped from the pages of Hot Press

I’ve long been enamoured of the sheer fun of Popical Island‘s albums and gigs. The label come collective feature numerous highly regarded Irish bands like Groom, Tieranniesaur, Squarehead, Big Monster Love and No Monster Club. This indy rock (I’d go as far as to say twee-pop, but I mean that as a compliment!) gang have moved to a new home on Little Brighton St, ‘The Pop Inn’. There they cook up new albums galore and cobble together gigs that have an atmosphere reminiscent of a beech boys video, without the hindsight about Brian Wilson later becoming a drug mental. I visited this cosy corner of the world earlier in the week, and spoke to the islanders about what makes them unique, and to No Monster Club’s Bobby Ahern about his upcoming booky wook, ‘D’You Remember Yer Man‘. Results above!

Music featured:
Cave Ghosts – ‘La Concha‘, No Monster Club – ‘Rock ‘N Roll Kids‘, Groom – ‘Golden Age‘.


Download: Popical Island