Mr. Foley – Staff pick at Vimeo
DADDY‘s wonderful short “Mr. Foley” was a staff pick at Vimeo last week, huge congratulations to the guys!
It’s up at 54,000 watches on their site at the moment, hope all those watchers enjoyed my score!
The score can be heard over here
Saving the Titanic articles on IFTN
Here’s a nice feature about “Saving the Titanic” on IFTN (with a little about the music too) –
‘Saving The Titanic’
Monday April 9, RTÉ, 9pm
Having received its world premiere at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival in February, IFTA award winning director Maurice Sweeney’s 92-minute feature will be broadcast on RTÉ One this Bank Holiday Monday (April 9) at 9pm.
This Irish-German co-production was filmed in London and at Wicklow’s Ardmore Studios. Tile Films’ were the Irish co-producer with Stephen Rooke (Cromwell In Ireland) producing the €1.6m project.
Its selling point is that it’s the first ever drama-documentary film to focus on the engineers of the doomed ship. Based on eye-witness accounts, it features dramatic re-enactments scripted by Britain’s Colin Heber-Percy and Lyall Watson.
Sweeney (The Forgotten Irish) says that ‘Saving the Titanic’ gives a “human face to what happened below deck. The script and story are essentially a look at heroism and how men reacted in different ways.”
Rooke adds: “I knew this film would be a real opportunity to bring this untold story of the Titanic to the screen for the first time. This story has never been told in a drama documentary; that’s what makes this film unique and why I spent two years of my life putting it together.”
The stellar ensemble cast of leading Irish actors includes David Wilmot (The Guard), Owen McDonnell (Single Handed), Ciaran McMenamin (Primeval), Jonathan Byrne (Primeval); Andrew Simpson (Notes on a Scandal), Hugh O’Conor (Killing Bono), Stephen Hogan (Earthbound, The Tudors) and Conor MacNeill (Five Minutes of Heaven). The script for the drama re-enactment is written by Britain’s Colin Heber-Percy and Lyall Watson.
Shot on Red cameras, ‘Saving the Titanic’ features CGI created at Windmill Lane Pictures. Production began last August using purpose built sets in Ardmore Studios. It was shot by director of photography Richard Kendrick (Treasure of the Bogs).
The score was composed by Irish composer Steve Lynch of Stellarsound. Lynch, went to Slovakia in January where he recorded the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra before combining these lush string recordings with the harsh, eerie sound of bowed metal, courtesy of percussionist Robbie Harris at Dublin’s Hellfire Studios.
Lynch said of his score: “The idea from the beginning was to use sweeping string motifs to represent the optimism of the time, and to contrast that with dark claustrophobic tones and moods once the disaster begins to unfold.”
Lynch has worked with ‘Saving the Titanic’ director Maurice Sweeney on a number of projects in the past, including the IFTA winning ‘Cromwell in Ireland’.
Some of the cues from the soundtrack can be heard here.
‘Saving The Titanic’ also features narration from Irish actor Liam Cunningham (The Guard). It was co-produced by Reinhardt Beetz and Keith Farrell.
‘Saving the Titanic’ is a co-production between Tile Films and Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion in Germany. Funding came from RTÉ, the BAI, Section 481, the Irish Film Board, AETN UK, ZDF Enterprises, ZDF & ZDF/ARTÉ.
Thanks to the guys at IFTN!
There’s also an interview with Conor MacNeill, who plays young Frank Bell in the film.
IFTN.ie article on “Saving the Titanic”
Irish composer Steve Lynch of Stellarsound is to score Tile Films’ 1×90/2×52 minute feature docu-drama ‘Saving the Titanic’.
Lynch has already worked with ‘Saving the Titanic’ helmer Maurice Sweeney on the historic award winning drama-doc ‘Cromwell in Ireland’. Steve told IFTN that the music for the latest production will be big: ”The music for ‘Saving the Titanic’ will be orchestral. Because of the nature of the subject, it has to be big. There are very impressive visuals in the production and the music should mirror the visuals.”
Produced by Tile Films’ Stephen Rooke, ‘Saving the Titanic’ stars David Wilmot (The Guard, The Tudors), Owen McDonnell (Mount Pleasant, Single-Handed), Ciaran McMenamin (One Hundred Mornings), Jonathan Byrne (Primeval), Andrew Simpson (Notes on a Scandal), Hugh O’Connor (Your Bad Self, Killing Bono) and Stephen Hogan (Earthbound, The Tudors). ‘Saving the Titanic’ is currently filming in Ardmore Studios and will be broadcast on RTÉ in April 2012.
Lynch has also scored Brendan Culleton’s historical documentary ‘Congo; An Irish Affair’ which will released in selected cinemas nationwide from September 14th. Steve told IFTN that on this documentary, the interviewees “have so much to tell and it is a complex tale, so the music is really just to provide an underscore for this documentary.”
Other upcoming productions which feature compositions from Lynch include the much anticipated Irish version of ‘The Secret Millionare’. Produced by Animo Television for RTÉ’s autumn schedule, the music has a “magical element”, to fit in with the miracle feel of the format.
Recent projects with a Stellarsound musical finish include Garry Keane’s RTÉ Documentary ‘The Writing in the Sky’, RTÉ two part documentary ‘The Blood of the Travellers’, TV3’s ‘The Tenements’, a special hosted by Ray D’Arcy on ‘Depression: Ireland’s Final Taboo’ and Brian O’Malley’s award winning short ‘Crossing Salween’.
For more information of composer Steve Lynch and Stellarsound, visit the website at www.stellarsound.ie.
Globe the Show
Currently working on a stage show called “Globe“. It’s turning into a really exciting project, 10 amazing musicians from around the world for 3 nights in the Liberty Theatre Dublin.
I guess the concept is culture clashes, so I’ve written pieces which combine Irish harp with Congolese guitar, and South African singing with Bengalese dhol.
It’s been an interesting process, a mixture between straight composition and collaboration, I’ve had the pleasure of recording and writing with the team for the past couple of months, looking forward to seeing/hearing it all come together….
So check out the website and come along on the 17th/18th/19th of August
Interview on Spoiler Alert Radio
I recently did an interview with a US radio show called “Spoiler Alert Radio”. To hear me rambling about film and commercials click below!
Sex & Candy Remix
Here’s my remix of “Sex & Candy” by Marcy’s Playground, one of my favourite songs of the 90s. The best thing about all these remix competitions that are appearing online these days is the chance to hear all the individual bits of a great song and see what makes it so good!