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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.

Without Name in Dublin Cinemas Now

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Lorcan Finnegan’s feature debut has been scaring the pants off film festival goers around the globe and now its Dublin’s chance to experience this dark paranoid trip.  A treat for horror fans, don’t miss this one before it vanishes into the forest of oblivion. It is screening now in the IFI and the Lighthouse cinema.
Our award winning sound team, Aza Hand, Patrick Drummond, Colm Mullally, Katie O’Mahony and Colm Finnegan created and mixed all of the sound and it has been been making a great impression on critics.  Harry Guerin from RTE Entertainment said “There is no blood and guts here, but in terms of doom you can fill your boots. The casting is excellent; it’s beautifully shot by Piers McGrail and the sound team should also sleep the sleep of the gifted.” And it has a score of 89% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. High praise Indeed!
A blend of psychological horror and supernatural thriller,  it follows a land surveyor on an assignment to measure an ancient forest for a developer but soon loses his reason in a supernatural environment that has its own plans.
The film was produced by Lovely productions.

Ireland’s Property Crisis

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Irelands Property Crisis Monday 3 rd April RTE1 9.35pm
Independent Pictures, the production company behind the ground breaking series about the HSE “keeping Ireland Alive’ bring us a brand new 2 part documentary about the housing crisis. IRELAND’S PROPERTY CRISIS offers a snapshot of seven days in Ireland with some of those who are on the front-line of the crisis. Whether they are people finding a way out of negative equity, looking for somewhere to rent, resisting eviction, hoping to buy their first home, or simply trying to find a bed for the night, the series gives an in-depth, personal view to help inform a national discussion at this crucial time in our history.
The editing team of Orla Daly, Kevin Cooney and Pat Hodgins were led by Gretta Ohle and our senior Editor Guy Montgomery. We also completed the sound, grade and online. The series was produced by Bridget Fallon and directed by Liam McGrath.

Animation Dingle 2017

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This weekend marked the 5th year of Animation Dingle which celebrates all things animation in Ireland and around the world. And what a cracking weekend it was! The sun came out to shine on the crowds of people who were there to enjoy all of the events and screenings in the stunning setting of Dingle.
Established by Jam Media and running in conjunction with the Dingle International Film Festival, the animation festival has gone from strength to strength every year attracting high profile guests and speakers from the around the world of animation. This year the speakers included Russell Hicks, the President of Content Development and Production for Nickelodeon Group, Dean De Blois writer, director, and executive producer of Oscar®-nominated and Golden Globe®-winning How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014). And Kyle Odermatt the Visual Effects Supervisor of Walt Disney Animation Studios who held a workshop.
There was also representatives from Disney EMEA, CBBC, Brown Bag, Jam Media and Netflix, to name a few, at the various events.
And of course Egg was there too! We were one of the sponsors this year and our Director Gary Shortall, Maud Ribbens our post supervisor and VFX producer Emma Rooney were there to represent and join in the festivities.

Autism & Me Monday, March 13th, RTÉ ONE at 9.35pm

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Autism and Me is a one-off documentary giving a rare insight into Autism, a condition often misunderstood. Through the personal testimonies and experiences of Irish children, teenagers and young adults on the spectrum we are afforded a rare opportunity to see life from the perspectives of those living with autism.
We hear directly from a range of diverse and engaging participants about what living with autism is like and about how they feel they are perceived by the rest of the world. Among the participants is autism advocate, Adam Harris, 22, who has Asperger’s Syndrome. Drawing on his own experiences, Adam has set up AsIAm, an organisation that supports people with autism and educates the public about the condition. Niamh Biddulph who at 19 strives each day to become an independent adult and dreams of going to college and having a family. Hughie Malone, 11, wonders what all the fuss is about? Why is society obsessed with the words like “disorder” and “normal”? And Fiacre Ryan aged 16 who is non verbal. Since his parents discovered an experimental method of communication called RPM in 2013, Fiacre has at last found a way to express his thoughts and feelings. His revelations continue to astonish his family and school.
This touching and inspiring documentary is directed by Liam McGrath, edited by Gretta Ohle and Produced by Christine Thornton and Mark Warren with Firebrand Productions. We handled all of the picture and sound post production with sound editing by Katie O’Mahony, Dubbing mixing by Aza Hand, Nik Panteris graded the documentary and the online editing was by Alan O’Sullivan.
Autism and Me is on RTE One on Monday 13th March at 9.35pm and will shortly be available on the RTE player for a limited time.