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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.

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.

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.

IFTA Film and Drama Nominations 2017

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There is great excitement here in Egg at the moment with the announcement of the IFTA Film and Drama nominations. We are thrilled that our sound team led by Patrick Drummond and Aza Hand were nominated for Best Sound for Lorcan Finnegan’s horror thriller Without Name.
Describing itself as a psychotropic faery story, the film follows a land surveyor (Alan McKenna) on assignment to measure an ancient forest for a developer but soon looses his reason in a supernatural environment that has it’s own plans.He finds himself disturbed and beguiled by the strange silhouette that moves amongst its trees.
Having already screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, London Film Festival and the Dublin International Film Festival to name a few it has been gathering a lot of attention and brilliant reviews. So Congratulations to Lorcan Finnegan, Lovely productions and everyone involved. Its great that all this emerging talent is getting the recognition it deserves.
Well done to EGG’s sound team Aza Hand, Patrick Drummond, Colm Mullally, Katie O’Mahony and Colm Finnegan for the nomination. We’ll be rooting for them on the night! Hopefully this year will be their year!
Berlin based M-Appeal acquired the world sales rights so it will screen in main stream cinemas soon.
Congratulations also to Love and Friendship which has received 4 nominations including Best Film. We had the pleasure of working with Oscar winning director Whit Stillman when the film was in production here last year. It went on to be one of highest grossing films in Ireland of 2016.
And last but not least well done to I Am Not A Serial Killer for its nomination. The Irish American co production starring Max Records (Where the Wild Things Are) and movie legend Christopher Lloyd (Back To The Future) and produced by Floodland Pictures is out on DVD and VOD and is worth hunting down if you missed it.

Cardboard Gangsters cleans up at Manchester International Film Festival

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Mark O’Connor’s gritty Irish drama Cardboard Gangsters, starring Love Hate’s John Connors, had its international premiere at the 3rd Manchester International Film recently and won three of the main awards at the festival. 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. It will be released via Wildcard Distribution later this year.
All of the Sound, Grade and Online was completed here at at EGG.

 

NAILS

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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.
Written and directed by Denis Bartok and produced by Brendan McCarthy and John McDonnell of Ireland’s Fantastic Films, it will have its world premier as part of The Audi Dublin Film Festival on the 20th of February.
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.

John Connors in America: Race Matters

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John Connors  in America – RTE 2 Monday 16th January at 10.30pm
Filmed entirely on location in the US, this two-part series on race relations explores the reality of discrimination, poverty and violence in African-American communities. John asks why young black men are nine times more likely to be killed by the police than young men from other backgrounds and delves into the reasons behind the Black Lives Matter movement, which began in 2012 when a neighbourhood watchman was acquitted after he shot and killed unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.
From his success in the award winning series “Love/Hate” and critically acclaimed documentary “I am traveler” John once again brings us another fascinating programe which asks some important questions and tackles some disturbing subjects. Directed by Kim Bartley and Produced by Aoife Kavanagh for Frontline Films, we completed the sound and online editing.

I Am Not A Serial Killer

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I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER screening in Irish Cinemas Now!
Finally this gem of a film is screening across Ireland! After a very successful run in film festivals all over the world and picking up numerous awards, Irish audiences will get the chance to watch this weird and wonderful tale on the big screen. A refreshing horror film to balance all that pesky Christmas cheer.
This deliciously dark tale stars Max Records (Where the Wild Things Are) as John Wayne Cleaver, a serial Killer obsessed teenager who battles his own terrible urges everyday until he finds himself up against a real killer tormenting his small town. He must unleash his inner demons to hunt and stop this monster but will he be able to keep control once his dark side is out?
Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future, The Adams Family) and Laura Fraser (breaking Bad) also star. The Grade, Sound Design, Sound Mix, VFX and Online were all completed here at Egg. BAFTA nominated Billy O’Brien directed. He also adapted the screen play from the cult hit novel by Dan Wells.
The film was produced by Nick Ryan, Robbie Ryan, and Billy O’Brien of Floodland Pictures alongside The Tea Shop and Film Company’s (Tower Block) James Harris and Mark Lane. With funding by the Irish Film Board, Quickfire Films and The Fyzz Facility.
Read this great review from my favourite critic Mark Kermode  Review
Another 4 star review plus you can find which cinema near you it is playing in.
Review & Where its on!

Without Name premieres at Tiff this week

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Lorcan Finnegans horror thriller Without Name is quickly gathering a lot of positive attention. It will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this week followed by a screening in the London Film Festival in October. Berlin based M-Appeal has acquired the world sales rights so chances are that it will hit a cinema near you soon. A blend of psychological horror and supernatural thriller, the anticipation is building for this dark brooding film. Here are a few things that have been said about it already
“Through its carefully-constructed cinematography and sound, ‘Without Name’s’ outstanding element is not only the suspenseful spiral that the main character takes, but how nature, in all its creepiness, becomes a protagonist in its own right,” Maren Kroymann, CEO of M-Appael.
“Shot with an uncanny eye for the fantastic, and boasting a truly ominous sound design, this sensory experience upholds the long tradition of the rural gothic, transforming the natural environment into a portentous landscape which is at once hypnotic, terrifying and, ultimately, somewhat trippy.” Michael Blyth
Our award winning sound team, Aza Hand, Patrick Drummond, Colm Mullally, Katie O’Mahony and Colm Finnegan created and mixed all of the sound.