Getting Into The Game

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Broadcasting Bank Holiday Monday 31st October, 11AM on Newstalk.

Getting into the game is a new documentary aimed at kids who play games. Video games. Kids who play videogames and wonder maybe, possibly, perhapsily, if they’d like to make them. Growing up I remember getting those magazines full of strange impenetrable symbols that promised – if you could just type the whole book into your computer, without making any mistakes – you’d get a brand new, completely free game. These days games are everywhere, but they’re so damn fancy they can seem impossible to learn how to make.

This documentary will help open the lid, just a crack, to see what lies inside your favourite games. We’ve brought together people from every corner of the industry – artists, coders, indies, musicians, gamejammers, and developers of every age.

Featuring interviews with..

Mary Moloney of Coder Dojo
Andrew Boel, Pete McNally, Nick Grey, & Jen Taylor of Havok.
Terry Cavanagh, creator of VVVVVV and Super Hexagon
Owen Harris, designer of Deep, and co-founder of DubLUDO.
Niall Kehoe, Irelands youngest videogame developer.
Students and Lecturers from IT Carlow’s Videogame design degree.
Vicky Lee & Andrea Magnorsky of Global Gamecraft.
and filmmaker, animator and indie developer David O’Reilly.

The programme is divided into five segments, each one looking at a different part of making games.

Learning the Art

We visit cutting edge computing research laboratories at DIT and IT Carlow and tour exciting games development technology.  Lecturers and students explain the skills students should be building outside the classroom if they’d like to study videogames in college. Students tell us about their love of games and how they got into making their own.

Getting Covered in Jam

At DIT a group called ‘Global Gamecraft’ host ‘game jams’, competitions where anyone (over 18) can help make a game in just a few hours. Game Jams are an excellent way to develop the technical, artistic and collaborative skills sought by the games development industry. Jams are a fun and friendly way for young people to get a taste of game development. We speak to competitors and organisers like Vicky Lee, and provide a glimpse of the excitement and accessibility of ‘homebrew’ game development

Creating Havok

Modern videogames simulate exciting and realistic physics. The most impressive game physics ‘middleware’ software in the world comes from an Irish company founded by graduates of Trinity College. Havok are an industry leader employing dozens of artists and programmers. We speak to staff at the company about the day-to-day work of making one of the key technologies underpinning some of the most exciting and popular videogames.

Independent Heroes

The independent game development community is a thriving segment of the industry. We speak with leading Irish indie developer Terry Cavanagh, creator of hit games like ‘Super Hexagon’, about running his own studio. Terry explains how new distribution methods make it easy for anyone to sell their homemade game on the internet. Independent game development is a part of the industry that is particularly important to present to second level students – since it can be used to develop skills, or even start a business while at school.

We try out virtual reality in the company of Bryan Duggan of DIT, exploring DEEP, the anti-anxiety game from Owen Harris. Deep uses unique breathing sensors, soothing music and a beautiful polygon virtual environment to teach deep breathing relaxation techniques.

We hear from David O’Reilly, animator and creator of fictional videogames for use in Hollywood films. David gives us a glimpse into a self-directed career involving art, graphic design, and filmmaking.

Coder Dojo

Coder Dojo is a place for kids to learn how to make games, websites, and even robots. Started in County Cork, the Dojo movement has spread worldwide. Amazingly, Coder Dojo events are completely free! If there isn’t a coder dojo in your area, you can even start your own. We meet some of the kids who are making coder dojo the coolest place on earth.

Getting into the game was produced by Dead Medium Productions. The programme was developed, researched and presented by Gareth Stack and James Van De Waal.

All the music and sound effects used in the programme are listed here. Many of them are available for you to use for free in your projects under a creative commons licence. This documentary is available to download and share for free under the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International licence, it can be played in class or emailed to your students. Use it and share it! Go make some games!

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Radio Drama Revival Interview

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World famous radio drama podcast Radio Drama Revival have rebroadcast part of our series ‘The Wall in the Mind‘. Wall in the Mind was a location recorded drama series broadcast on Newstalk earlier this year. The series is moves back in time between contemporary Germany and fall of the Berlin Wall, and follows one woman’s search to resolve a mystery that’s lasted a quarter of a century. The first episode of the show is out now over at Radio Drama Revival, accompanied by an in depth interview with yours truly.

The series starred James O’Connor,Jasmin Gleeson, Dominik Domresonski, Dagmar Baar, Helena Clarke, Janine Dürkop, Sven Moritz, Andrew Harvey Robert Deering and Seb Connellan. Written, directed and edited by Gareth Stack. Sound engineering by Colm Coyne.

The Wall in the Mind – 6 – Die Mauer Im Kopf

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Claire meets an old friend at the abandoned CIA listening post at Teufelsberg (Devils Mountain). As a storm begins, Claire learns the truth about what happened to Emil. Violence, death, and horrible secrets from the past finally exhumed, in the final episode of The Wall in the Mind.

The Wall in the Mind

The Wall in the Mind  is an original radio drama series, scheduled to broadcast on Newstalk 106-108fm, Saturdays at 7AM and 10PM GMT over the next three weeks.

The drama explores the consequences of the imprisonment of an Irish woman in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin wall. The series combines a variety of innovative storytelling and sound production techniques to create a thrilling drama linked to real historic events. Listeners travel back and forth in time, as Irish woman Claire O’Hanlon tries to make sense of her experiences as a teenager in communist East Berlin and to solve the mystery of her vanished first love, Emil.

Writer / Director Gareth Stack travelled to Berlin to research the historic locations featured in the series. There he explored the ruins of the paramilitary police barracks, where on 7th and 8th October 1989 hundreds of East German protestors were held in one of the last desperate acts of a tyrannical regime. Thousands marched as the communist government faced revolution on the streets. Those unlucky enough to be arrested were tortured by the notorious ‘Volkspolizei-Bereitschaft’ paramilitary police. These events inspired a story that explores the marks history leaves on the lives of ordinary people.

 

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You can subscribe to these bonus episodes, and download or stream the podcast of ‘The Wall in the Mind’ at the following places – iTunesRSSSoundcloud.

Credits – ImagesCast & CrewDead Medium Productions.

The Wall in the Mind – 5 – Who is Emil Reichman?

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Claire is pushed to extremes in her quest to discover what happened to Emil. Her actions have consequences, both for her and the people she loves. Claire receives another mysterious tape, recorded after her release from jail in 1989, revealing a terrible secret from the past.

The Wall in the Mind

The Wall in the Mind  is an original radio drama series, scheduled to broadcast on Newstalk 106-108fm, Saturdays at 7AM and 10PM GMT over the next three weeks.

The drama explores the consequences of the imprisonment of an Irish woman in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin wall. The series combines a variety of innovative storytelling and sound production techniques to create a thrilling drama linked to real historic events. Listeners travel back and forth in time, as Irish woman Claire O’Hanlon tries to make sense of her experiences as a teenager in communist East Berlin and to solve the mystery of her vanished first love, Emil.

 

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You can subscribe to these bonus episodes, and download or stream the podcast of ‘The Wall in the Mind’ at the following places – iTunesRSSSoundcloud.

Credits – ImagesCast & CrewDead Medium Productions.

The Wall in the Mind – 4 – Secrets & Lies

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In Episode 4 of ‘The Wall in the Mind’ we learn more about the relationship between Claire and Emil, and Claire’s friendship with Matthaus back in 1989. Claire confesses to Matthaus why she came to Germany. In the present, Matthaus tries to convince Claire not to illegally pursue her former Stasi tormentor. Torture, squat raids, riotous vengeance and wishful thinking in part four of our cold war mystery series!

The Wall in the Mind

The Wall in the Mind  is an original radio drama series, scheduled to broadcast on Newstalk 106-108fm, Saturdays at 7AM and 10PM GMT over the next three weeks.

The drama explores the consequences of the imprisonment of an Irish woman in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin wall. The series combines a variety of innovative storytelling and sound production techniques to create a thrilling drama linked to real historic events. Listeners travel back and forth in time, as Irish woman Claire O’Hanlon tries to make sense of her experiences as a teenager in communist East Berlin and to solve the mystery of her vanished first love, Emil.

Writer / Director Gareth Stack travelled to Berlin to research the historic locations featured in the series. There he explored the ruins of the paramilitary police barracks, where on 7th and 8th October 1989 hundreds of East German protestors were held in one of the last desperate acts of a tyrannical regime. Thousands marched as the communist government faced revolution on the streets. Those unlucky enough to be arrested were tortured by the notorious ‘Volkspolizei-Bereitschaft’ paramilitary police. These events inspired a story that explores the marks history leaves on the lives of ordinary people.

 

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You can subscribe to these bonus episodes, and download or stream the podcast of ‘The Wall in the Mind’ at the following places – iTunesRSSSoundcloud.

Credits – ImagesCast & CrewDead Medium Productions.

The Wall in the Mind – 3 – No Friends Like Old Friends

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Update: Soundcloud is currently broken (I’m substituting local links, apologies if this screws with your podcast feed).

Shortly after her release from prison in 1989, Claire believes she can see Emil in videotaped footage of the fall of the wall. In 2014, Stuart is suspicious of Claire’s new squatter friends. With the help of Nicole, Matthaus’s activist daughter Claire travels to the Stasi Museum, to see if she can discover a clue as to what happened to Emil. This is the first step leading her back to Mörderberg, and the ruins of the barracks of the dreaded Volkspolizei Bereitschaft.

The Wall in the Mind

The Wall in the Mind  is an original radio drama series, scheduled to broadcast on Newstalk 106-108fm, Saturdays at 7AM and 10PM GMT over the next three weeks.

The drama explores the consequences of the imprisonment of an Irish woman in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin wall. The series combines a variety of innovative storytelling and sound production techniques to create a thrilling drama linked to real historic events. Listeners travel back and forth in time, as Irish woman Claire O’Hanlon tries to make sense of her experiences as a teenager in communist East Berlin and to solve the mystery of her vanished first love, Emil.

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You can subscribe to these bonus episodes, and download or stream the podcast of ‘The Wall in the Mind’ at the following places – iTunesRSSSoundcloud.

Credits – ImagesCast & CrewDead Medium Productions.

The Wall in the Mind – 2 – The People’s Republic of Friedrichshain

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We slip between past and future – Claire’s memories of her incarceration and her search for answers in the present. Claire finds the city, and her old friends much changed. Claire searches for Emil amongst the last of the Berlin squats, and becomes entangled in a police raid. In 1989, Claire is imprisoned in the notorious Stasi jail Bautzen II. Her only comfort Emil, imprisoned in the next cell.

The Wall in the Mind

The Wall in the Mind  is an original radio drama series, scheduled to broadcast on Newstalk 106-108fm, Saturdays at 7AM and 10PM GMT over the next three weeks.

The drama explores the consequences of the imprisonment of an Irish woman in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin wall. The series combines a variety of innovative storytelling and sound production techniques to create a thrilling drama linked to real historic events. Listeners travel back and forth in time, as Irish woman Claire O’Hanlon tries to make sense of her experiences as a teenager in communist East Berlin and to solve the mystery of her vanished first love, Emil.

Writer / Director Gareth Stack travelled to Berlin to research the historic locations featured in the series. There he explored the ruins of the paramilitary police barracks, where on 7th and 8th October 1989 hundreds of East German protestors were held in one of the last desperate acts of a tyrannical regime. Thousands marched as the communist government faced revolution on the streets. Those unlucky enough to be arrested were tortured by the notorious ‘Volkspolizei-Bereitschaft’ paramilitary police. These events inspired a story that explores the marks history leaves on the lives of ordinary people.

 

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You can subscribe to these bonus episodes, and download or stream the podcast of ‘The Wall in the Mind’ at the following places – iTunesRSSSoundcloud.

Credits – ImagesCast & CrewDead Medium Productions.

The Wall in the Mind – 1 – The Past Didn’t Go Anywhere

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Update: Soundcloud is currently broken (I’m substituting local links, apologies if this screws with your podcast feed).

Claire O’Hanlon, a respected lecturer, is tormented by nightmares of her arrest and imprisonment in 1989. In the present day – a mysterious cassette tape arrives at Claire’s home in Maynooth. The tape is a hidden recording produced during her time in Berlin, and Claire is instantly transported back to her adolescence. She decides to return to Berlin to track down the traitor recording her adolescent conversations for the dreaded Stasi. Claire’s husband Stuart tags along, worried Claire’s mental health difficulties will re-emerge. Unbeknownst to Stuart, Claire has another reason to visit Berlin. Emil, the love of her life, disappeared during the protests in Berlin. Now Claire wonders, ‘Is Emil alive after all?’

The Wall in the Mind

The Wall in the Mind  is an original radio drama series, scheduled to broadcast on Newstalk 106-108fm, Saturdays at 7AM and 10PM GMT over the next three weeks.

The drama explores the consequences of the imprisonment of an Irish woman in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin wall. The series combines a variety of innovative storytelling and sound production techniques to create a thrilling drama linked to real historic events. Listeners travel back and forth in time, as Irish woman Claire O’Hanlon tries to make sense of her experiences as a teenager in communist East Berlin and to solve the mystery of her vanished first love, Emil.

Writer / Director Gareth Stack travelled to Berlin to research the historic locations featured in the series. There he explored the ruins of the paramilitary police barracks, where on 7th and 8th October 1989 hundreds of East German protestors were held in one of the last desperate acts of a tyrannical regime. Thousands marched as the communist government faced revolution on the streets. Those unlucky enough to be arrested were tortured by the notorious ‘Volkspolizei-Bereitschaft’ paramilitary police. These events inspired a story that explores the marks history leaves on the lives of ordinary people.

 

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You can subscribe to these bonus episodes, and download or stream the podcast of ‘The Wall in the Mind’ at the following places – iTunesRSSSoundcloud.

Credits – ImagesCast & CrewDead Medium Productions.

Behind the Wall – 15 – The Card in the Rubble

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In the final behind the scenes episode of ‘The Wall in the Mind’ I talk about the mysterious find that inspired the mystery at the heart of the series. At a town outside Berlin called Blankenburg. There lie the ruins of a barracks of the dread Volkspolizei Bereitschaft. It was here that protestors rounded up  on the 7th and 8th of October 1989 were taken and tortured. A notorious incident that helped bring down the East German government. Hidden in the rubble I found this card, dropped by a staff member in the last days of communism. Today’s episode is about how our modern bureaucracy parallels some of the worst aspects of the DDR. How ubiquitous surveillance creates a panopticon to rival the worst communist tyranny. The card served as the link, a physical connection between our time and  the past. Hidden in a city somehow inoculated by it’s experience of tyranny.  Somehow protected from the worst extinctions of imagination at the heart of late capitalism. The city as contradiction, trap, exception, lesson. A card in the rubble.

 

Behind the Wall

Behind The Wall is a series of special feature podcasts accompanying ‘The Wall in the Mind‘, an ambitious new on-location drama series, coming to Newstalk and podcast starting on Saturday the 16th of April @ 7AM & 10PM. Each episode features an interview or behind the scenes clip. Think of it like the ‘making of’ special features on a DVD or Blu-Ray.

 

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You can subscribe to these bonus episodes, and download or stream the podcast of ‘The Wall in the Mind’ at the following places – iTunesRSSSoundcloud.

Credits – ImagesCast & CrewDead Medium Productions.

Behind the Wall – 14 – Mia Gallagher Interview

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Mia Gallagher is an actress and author who plays one half of the lead role of Claire in the Wall in the Mind. We talk about playing a complex tormented character, collaboration between actor and writer and the physicality of performance.

Mia’s latest novel ‘Beautiful pictures of the lost homeland’ also launches this week. You can order it here. Synopsis below.

Sometime around now a bomb-blast in the London Underground rips through space and time, unearthing four inter-whirling stories from the present and the past. Geo (once Georgie, now Georgia) receives a call offering work and a way to escape her home, her memories and her own inertia – and so begins a road trip spiked with the hidden dangers of her past and present. In the lead up to the Underground explosion, an elderly German woman, Anna Bauer, recounts her own war story to a film crew. In the 1970s, as the Madden family begins to disintegrate, a disruptive stranger arrives who will bind them, if only briefly. And all along, pinballing in a parallel reality, we the ‘visitors’, are guided through an unsettling and volatile tour of the ‘Museum of Curiosities’. In Beautiful Pictures of the Lost Homeland, the past crosses, weaves and whispers by the present; generations are bound together and cleaved apart; and as they unspool, the fragmented lives of four people become a whole, where time is unknowable.

Behind the Wall

Behind The Wall is a series of special feature podcasts accompanying ‘The Wall in the Mind‘, an ambitious new on-location drama series, coming to Newstalk and podcast starting on Saturday the 16th of April @ 7AM & 10PM. Each episode features an interview or behind the scenes clip. Think of it like the ‘making of’ special features on a DVD or Blu-Ray.

 

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You can subscribe to these bonus episodes, and download or stream the podcast of ‘The Wall in the Mind’ at the following places – iTunesRSSSoundcloud.

Credits – ImagesCast & CrewDead Medium Productions.