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Trauma, Episode 1, Tonight RTÉ2, @ 9.30pm

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Trauma is a four-part documentary series on RTÉ2 giving viewers an unprecedented insight into the high pressured, outstanding and skilful work carried out in the intense world of trauma and medical emergency in Ireland. From Emergency Department staff to surgeons, nurses and intensive care specialists – a chain of people who deal with cardiac arrests, head injuries, road traffic accidents and workplace incidents.

The series focuses on four hospitals and the incredible work carried out by the medical staff: cardiac and spinal trauma in The Mater Hospital, neuro-trauma in Beaumont Hospital; emergency care in St. Vincent’s Hospital and orthopaedic trauma and emergency in the Adelaide and Meath (Tallaght) Hospital. We also see staff from the National Ambulance Service and the Dublin Fire Brigade as they operate the 999 emergency call centres, the very first port of call in the chain of the teams dealing with these specialised cases.

In each episode we follow the progress of several patients – from admission to hospital – to as close to the end of their medical treatment as possible – following each step of their medical care along the way. We have interviewed staff who talk intimately about working in such an adrenaline fuelled environment. The patients and their families also talk reflectively about their experience.

Episode 1 airs tonight so make sure to tune in. All post production love added right here in EGG.

 FALLOUT on RTE tonight @10.15pm

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“Fallout” is the first documentary that looks at the post prison lives of 4 high profile exonerated prisoners – Paddy Hill (Birmingham 6), Peter Pringle (the last man sentenced to death in Ireland in 1980), Sunny Jacobs (who served 17 years on death row in the USA and is married to Peter Pringle) and Robert Brown (who served 25 years in the UK).

This film explores the mental and physical fallout from their long term incarceration, their day to day struggle for survival, broken family relationships and the poor quality of lives they lead.  It will also highlight their courage and generosity of spirit, as they engage in activism and advocacy for criminal justice reform and human rights, showing up their states by organising help and resources for their fellow victims of injustice.  Underlying the very personal  stories of our four principal characters  is the process of those who are undergoing the programme at the Sunny Center Foundation (run by Sunny Jacobs and Peter Pringle), the work of Paddy Hill’s organization, MOJO and the endeavours of Robert Brown to give talks and write poetry as his way of coping with the pain.

This documentary is a unique take on the mental fallout of years spent behind bars. We connect on a deeply raw and human basis with our characters resulting in an emotional and passionate cry out to be free from the trauma that has enveloped their lives. Leading psychiatrists have described the damage done as being beyond repair. But there is hope and the first residents of the Sunny Center Foundation are evidence that a better life is possible.

Paddy Hill was one of the Birmingham Six, sentenced to life and released as an innocent man after 16 years. His psychiatrist describes him as one of the most mentally scarred cases he has ever come across. He now runs MOJO, the Miscarriages of Justice Organization, to help innocent people in prison.

Robert Brown was sentenced to life for murder in 1977. He was released 25 years later, after it was determined his verdict could not be considered safe. He has spent the years since retreating from a world he doesn’t understand and feels doesn’t understand him.

Sunny Jacobs and Peter Pringle make up one of the most unlikely of unions; that of exonerated death row inmates.  Peter was one of the last men to be sentenced to death in Ireland, convicted of murdering two Gardaí in 1980. He served 15 years.  Sunny Jacobs was sentenced to death, along with her then husband, for the murder of two police officers in Florida in 1976 serving 17 years on Death Row. Both became advocates for human rights, campaigning worldwide against the death penalty.

Produced by Bang Bang Teo and edited by Guy Montgomery, this important and harrowing documentary airs on RTE this Thursday at 10.15pm.

Grace Harte premiers tonight @10pm on TG4

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Grace Harte, a brand new 3 part mini series starts tonight at 10pm on TG4.  A dark and dangerous drama, it’s a feast for the eyes, the black and white film noir-esque style brings out the stark beauty of the landscape and intensifies the superb performances.

Grace Harte feels stranded in a passionless marriage living in the crumbling hotel she runs with her husband Leo on the West Coast of Ireland. The arrival of Danny, a young surfer, on the beach adjacent to the hotel is the catalyst for a series of violent events that will change all of their lives forever.

Wildfire Films produced Grace Harte and Charlie McCarthy directed. Egg did all of the Sound post and VFX with Egg’s Nik Panteris and Alan O’Sullivan grading and online editing respectively.

Moon Dogs Cinema Release

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Moon dogs, a coming of age comedy, will be released in cinemas across Ireland and the UK from Friday 1st September. This heart warming film has been charming audiences and critics at film festivals around the world for the last year picking up nominations and awards galore and now we’ll all get a chance to catch this funny gem of a movie.
An anarchic, funny, sexy movie, following two teenage stepbrothers on a road trip across Scotland, and the wild free-spirited girl who comes between them as they travel from Shetland to Glasgow. Directed by Philip John (Being Human, Downton Abbey), a BAFTA nominated, multi-award-winning director/screenwriter from Newport, Wales, it was written by Scottish writers Raymond Friel and Derek Boyle (The Calcium Kid, Botched) and produced by Produced by Kathy Speirs, co produced by Suzanne Reid & Ripple World Pictures.
We did the sound, VFX Grade and Online for the film. It’s out in cinemas from Friday. Check their website for more information http://moondogsmovie.com/index.php/screenings/

Galway Film Fleadh 2017

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The never ending rain couldn’t dampen spirits in Galway and it was great to see some of our work being so well received. Huge congratulations to everyone involved.

Departures is a frameworks funded short made by our good friends over in Pink Kong Departures. A tearjerker story about a Nana who finds herself alone at Christmas. Will the universe find a way to reunite her with her family living in Sydney or is she destined to spend the holidays crying into her mince pies?

A Different Kind of Day by director Maria Doyle Kennedy is a beautiful story about 2 teenagers who find themselves in trouble when they are surrounded by a group of bullies. When they are attacked by the gang, their response to the incident changes the day for everyone. A very satisfying twist at the end for the audience.

Neon is a break-neck, cyberpunk action sci-fi set in a future decaying world. A sacrificial population is tasked with carving out a clean passage with neon lights between pockets of surviving civilisation. Directed by Rioghnach Ni Ghrioghair we are positive this is just the beginning of a very bright future for this creative director.

Clondorcha is a horror about a father’s shame after he and his son glimpse something frightening on a lonely, dark road. The film was directed by Ged Murray and produced by David Lester Mooney for Jumper Productions.

Cardboard Gangsters biggest Irish movie of 2017

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Mark O’Connor’s gritty Irish drama Cardboard Gangsters, starring Love Hate’s John Connors, is making waves both domestically and internationally with a huge buzz surrounding the film and it’s leading man John Connors. So far, it has grossed €78k at the Republic of Ireland box office from 47 cinemas, while after expanding into Northern Ireland cinemas its gross box office for the island of Ireland now stands at €192k.
Having had its international premiere at the 3rd Manchester International Film winning three of the main awards at the festival there was no doubt that the film would do well on general release. The film picked up Best Feature Film, Best Overall Film, and Best Actor for John Connors. It also received special jury mentions for O’Connor’s Direction and Screenplay, and for Michael Lavelle’s Cinematography.
John Connors plays Jay Connolly, a part-time DJ and low level drug dealer in Darndale, an area victimised by gangs, drugs and social problems. When his welfare is cut off he decides it’s time to enter the big leagues with his gang, in order to help settle his family’s debts. His actions attract the attention of Sean Murphy, the son of the local drug king pin, Derra Murphy, who rules Darndale with an iron fist and has no problems eliminating any potential rivals. Jay knows he’s playing a dangerous game but plans to make just enough money to settle his family’s debts, get out of Darndale, and move to Spain with his pregnant girlfriend. Events spiral out of control when Jay becomes involved with Derra’s wife, and his gang are thrust in to harm’s way, which leaves Jay with a momentous decision to exact revenge, or turn the other cheek.
Cardboard Gangsters is produced by Richard Bolger for Five Knight Films, in association with O’Connor’s Stalker Films. DoP was Michael Lavelle (Patrick’s Day). The film is funded by the BAI, Filmbase, and TV3 and released via Wildcard Distribution.
All of the Sound, Grade and Online was completed here at at EGG.

 

Junior VFX Software Developer

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Category: Maya Pipeline TD

Company: EGG

Location:Dublin

Start Date: immediately

Job Description

 

Pipeline Technical Directors are responsible for writing and maintaining workflow tools for use on high end visual effects films. Pipeline TDs are required to work closely with the CG Supervisor, department Leads and Lead Pipeline TD.

Responsibilities:

  • Writing pipeline tools and further developing the pipeline for use across EGG shows
  • Working in collaboration with the CG Supervisor and end users to determine the best solutions
  • Once a solution has been agreed then ensure that it addresses end user and show requirements as briefed
  • Maintaining of tools including troubleshooting and optimisation
  • Thorough documentation of all development and updating as necessary
  • Ongoing research to recommend improvements to workflows in order to improve productivity or communication

Essential Skills:

  • Problem solving abilities
  • Excellent communication and documentation skills
  • The ability to prioritise production needs and tasks
  • Detail orientated with a strong ability to multi-task
  • A general understanding of networking and performance issues that arise with automated tools
  • A degree in Computer Science or equivalent

Desirable Skills:

  • A working knowledge of Linux
  • A working knowledge of Python, Maya and Nuke
  • Visual effects production experience
  • A good understanding of the entire visual effects process, from shooting through to compositing
  • Good programming knowledge

 

If this sounds like you please email your cv to vfxjobs@egg.ie

Irish Horror ‘NAILS’ released June 16th

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The brilliant and twisted minds behind horror favourites The Hallow, Let Us Prey and Wake Wood bring us a new addition to their creepy catalogue of horror, feature film NAILS. Once again exploiting the fears and paranoia of modern society and terrifyingly bringing them to life. It’s sure to be a great addition to the genre.
It screened  at The Audi Dublin Film Festival in February. An now it has got an Irish and UK cinema release so you can go see the creepiness for you self from June 16th!
Written and directed by Denis Bartok and produced by Brendan McCarthy and John McDonnell of Ireland’s Fantastic Films,
The film centers on a happily married track coach and mother, Dana Milgrom, Shauna Macdonald from The Descent, who’s survived a near-death car accident only to find herself paralyzed and trapped inside her own body. Forced to communicate via an artificial voice program and hooked to a breathing machine, she becomes convinced that a terrifying presence called ‘Nails’ exists inside her hospital room. No one believes her—not even her own husband and doctors, who think she’s experiencing a mental breakdown.
Kaleidoscope Film Distribution will release NAILS in theaters and on VOD/SVOD in the UK and Ireland this year, exact dates to be announced.
All of the sound post production was completed here in Egg by our team. With Aza Hand designing the sound and Patrick Drummond over seeing it all. We also looked after the rushes ingest, Online editing and delivery.

Good Vibrations

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Good Vibrations, Thursday, May 25th, 10.15 PM, RTÉ One
Good Vibrations is an inspiring and insightful documentary exploring the life and work of Orla O’Sullivan from Cork, a Deaf and Visually impaired piano and keyboard teacher to deaf and hearing students.
While Beethoven became deaf in adulthood, Orla was only six weeks old when she became profoundly deaf as a result of receiving life-saving medication given to her for pneumonia. This makes Orla’s achievements even more extraordinary. Even though Orla uses hearing aids, these don’t allow her to hear all of the frequencies so she feels and ‘hears’ music through vibrations, which are then interpreted by the brain.
In this fascinating observational documentary directed by Edel O’Brien for Firebrand Productions, The award winning company behind Bully proof and Autism and Me, and edited by Guy Montgomery, we explore Orla’s personal story, her monumental achievements and her determination to make music accessible to all deaf people.
My ambition is to make it possible for anyone to learn, play and enjoy piano and keyboard to the highest standard”.
Egg completed all of the post production for this one off documentary, with sound by Colm Mullally, Grading by Nikolas Panteris and Online editing by Alan Sullivan.

Cardboard Gangsters coming to a Cinema near you in June!

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Mark O’Connor’s gritty Irish drama Cardboard Gangsters, starring Love Hate’s John Connors, will be released in Irish cinemas in June. Its been cleaning up in Film festivals around the world, winning Best Actor, Best Feature Film and Film of the Festival at Manchester Film Festival earlier this year. And it was recently awarded Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking at the Newport Beach Film Festival in California. Being compared to Trainspotting and the films of Guy Ritchie and Ken Loach by critics, we are sure that Irish audiences will love it too.
John Connors plays Jay Connolly, a part-time DJ and low level drug dealer in Darndale, an area victimised by gangs, drugs and social problems. When his welfare is cut off he decides it’s time to enter the big leagues with his gang, in order to help settle his family’s debts. His actions attract the attention of Sean Murphy, the son of the local drug king pin, Derra Murphy, who rules Darndale with an iron fist and has no problems eliminating any potential rivals.
Jay knows he’s playing a dangerous game but plans to make just enough money to settle his family’s debts, get out of Darndale, and move to Spain with his pregnant girlfriend. Events spiral out of control when Jay becomes involved with Derra’s wife, and his gang are thrust in to harm’s way, which leaves Jay with a momentous decision to exact revenge, or turn the other cheek.
All of the Sound, Grade and Online was completed here at at EGG. Cardboard Gangsters is produced by Richard Bolger for Five Knight Films, in association with O’Connor’s Stalker Films. The DoP was Michael Lavelle (Patrick’s Day). The film is funded by the BAI, Filmbase, and TV3. It will be released via Wildcard Distribution later this year.
It hits cinemas on the 16th of June.