Home For Christmas

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Last week a bunch of friends got together a made a little Christmas movie. We had some borrowed equipment and sound gear rented for a commercial job. With a few hours notice everyone volunteered their time, and devised and shot this film over a single day. I’ve edited it together over Christmas.

This has been a shitty year for so many reasons. But it’s also the year Ireland has started waking up to homelessness, depression and mental illness. So many of us live such precarious lives, surviving cheque to cheque, rent payment to rent payment, freelance job to dole cheque. Telling ourselves we’ll be OK. That it could never happen to us. We know we ignore homelessness, we allow it to go on. We don’t know how we can really help. Help people living alongside us, who have nothing but what we decide to give them. Too often we give too little.

Please support Home Sweet Home and initiatives like it. Pressure our politicians to provide permanent housing for all our citizens. We really can end the crisis of homelessness. We hope you like our little movie, and have a great Christmas.

Staring Sebastian Connellan, Dominik Turkowski, Danii Byrne, Paul Gay, and Patrick O’Brien. With sound by James Van De Waal. Directed by Gareth Stack.

Special thanks to Orla Mc Nelis and Sebastian Dooris.

Ray Brown – Staten Island

As a quick turnaround creative project this weekend, I headed back to the Concrete Cathedral, in the company of actor James O’Connor. We made a super quickie video for my friend Ray Brown’s 2012 single Staten Island. Ray recently visited Dublin and performed a number of gigs with Cal Folger Day and Myles Manley. We shot on a borrowed 5D Mark ii, and edited the results in a few hours on the free Davinci Resolve package. Davinci is the video equivalent of Reaper on the audio side – effectively free, lightning fast, quirky to use but feature rich and powerful. There’s a lot to be said for rapid, limited scope projects which build a few concrete skills and fuel creative expression. This project gave me lots of hands on experience with the full frame Canon, and colour grading in post on Davinci – something that’s way less intimidating on a short fun project. Thanks to Shane Conneely who graciously lent us his camera and lenses (85mm, 14mm ultrawide, and 24-105mm zoom).

Spaghetti D*ck

Just over a year ago, I went along to an event run by Dublin Filmmaking Collective Kino D. Kino Kabaret’s are weekend long filmmaking jamborees. Anyone no matter their level of experience can take part in making a movie – usually lots of short movies. That weekend I helped out with a bunch of short and silly movies, doing everything from acting to sound. In the sleep deprived downtime between shoots I wrote a daft little script. We scrounged some time together and filmed it, my short – ‘Spaghetti D*ck’. Flash forward a few weeks and shot through with enthusiasm for zero budget filmmaking we remade this absurd flick in super ultra mega full colour hd. I’m a big fan of whimsey, and a movie about a man whose equipment is primarily pasta certainly qualifies. Making this silliness helped convince me that writing and directing films was something I could actually imagine doing. It introduced me to a bunch of incredibly talented actors and filmmakers I still count as friends today. Hope you like it. If not, suck a spaghetti d*ck.

‘LADS’, a film about men

Ever wondered what men get up to when there aren’t any women around to ruin things? Lads is a film about two perfectly ordinary fellas, doing the things that fellas do, together. The timid Bill has just been dumped, luckily his charismatic best friend and housemate Ted, is on hand to cheer him up.

This is our second short, but the first one ‘Spaghetti Dick’ has yet to find a distributor. The film was recorded over one day in Dublin, on a budget of zero euro. And features the talents of Shane Conneely, James O’Connor, Kejt Stachura, Patrick O’Brien, Danii Byrne and James Van De Waal.

Credits

Writer / Director / Bill – Gareth Stack
Ted – James O’Connor
Dream Woman – Danii Byrne
Sound – Patrick O’Brien & James van del Waal
Director of photography – Shane Connelly
Grip – Kejt Stachura

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Behind the scenes photos by Kejt Stachura below.

The World You Think You Live In

Experimental narrative video piece I made a while back. The narration is adapted from an unpublished short story called ‘The Wedding Tree’. I talked about the ideas behind this story in an Ignite talk at Mindfields a couple of years back called ‘The Nuts & Bolts Of Making Stuff Up’. Video of that talk never emerged alas.

Download: The World You Think You Live In

Update 2: Without warning, Youtube returned sound to the video. So much for open and transparent copyright policies guys.

Update: Youtube has seen fit to censor another one of my videos, due to the inclusion of ‘copyrighted’ material. To view the original video go to vimeo – https://vimeo.com/81525310