Category Archives: inspirational

Zizkov Cemetery, Prague

One of the more inspirational places I have had the pleasure of working was at UPP in Prague.

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I rented an apartment through AirBB near in the old Jewish Cemetery in Zizkov. For as long as I can remember I have been a fan of Cemeteries and the one in Zizkov out of all of them is the most hypnotic.

Other than sleeping or working on big budget films like Wonderwoman or Allied this is the place were I spent most of my time.

Cemeteries have that timeless nature that reminds us of our own mortality. All the great, wise, talented people that occupy these spaces once had thoughts and worries. Just like living.

I returned from Prague in the Spring. Leaving Zizkov and it’s dead to rest in peace.

Abe’s Story

In Victorian London, Abe an obscure Irish writer struggles to find inspiration while he balances the demands of his hectic day job as theatre manager.

Starring Colin O’Donoghue as Abe, David Bamber as Henry, Owen Roe as Richard and Jonathan Ryan as Arminius Abe’s Story takes it’s visual inspiration from Victorian Shadow puppet theatre.

Written by Adam H. Stewart and Garry Walsh Abe’s Story represents the first foray into animation for Snackbox Films and will premiere at the 2019 Galway Film Fleadh in July.

 

elgin park

As a model maker in the 3D realm I find this story fascinating.   ‘Elgin Park is a lot of things: a 1950’s utopia, a fantastical world, and an optical illusion. Artist Michael Paul Smith’s imaginative town – composed entirely of miniatures.’  

View Michaels work on his Flickr page: flickr.com/photos/24796741@N05/

Director: Danny Yourd (twitter.com/dannyyourd)
Cinematographer: John Pope
Production Company: Animal (animaleast.com)
Editor: Mike LaHood
Sound Design/Mix: Defacto Sound

best cinematography

When you’ve been editing  footage you shot for as long as I have have it’s really  refreshing  to just sit back and enjoy something you didn’t shoot or edit.  This round up of the best cinematography of 2014 comes from Jacob T. Swinney  & the website No Film School.

I fully expect my current experimental masterpiece ‘sooner or Later I will change’ to be included in next years edit. there is a shot in there from ‘gone girl’ if you’ve read my post me & david fincher you’ll know just how close I am.

monty’s christmas

This year’s John Lewis Christmas campaign features Monty the Penguin and is a heart warming tale of the magic of Christmas seen through a child’s eyes. The advert uses Tom Odell’s cover of John Lennon’s ‘Real Love’ as a result John Lewis sales reached 100 million a week for the first time ever!  As if  further proof was needed of the power of  great storytelling.

Created  by Adam&EveDDB in London, which as picked up nearly ever award this year including Agency of the Year at Cannes.  It deserves every last one of them !