Gerry Cannon as an Actor & Producer came to the game later in life but has managed to put the full weight of his commercial knowledge into developing his new skills within the film industry. He has a great way of looking at the holistic picture and seeing ways to solve problems in a manner that no newbie producer would be able to. Having studied acting in his youth, life took a different journey but the skills he picked up from yachting gave him the calibre of knowledge to captain a Viking ship in HBO's television series. So with Gerry at the helm of your masterpiece, either as actor or producer, you'll have the confidence that you're being piloted down difficult fjords with no bother - except for a few pesky Norsemen trying to cut you off in their longboats, perhaps?
Baz Black is a big fan of the old DVD. Says he is old school, just like Quentin Tarantino. George got to talk, briefly about the olden days of Super8mm from his old school, while Garvin brewed up a few numbers to frame his picture. Everyone was getting in on the act, and so did the subject. Baz is definitely beating his own drums, tapping out an amazing number of short films, winning awards and making his presence felt. Now, it's on to bigger things and he's getting the support he needs with sheer bloody-mindedness and determination, not letting anyone stop him from getting where he wants to be. A filmmaker producing quality work that gets his films in front of a cinema audience. And what he doesn't know himself he's not too shy to ask for help. This was such a refreshing conversation with someone who really knows what he wants but also wants to be ethical in a world that is environmentally taking a nosedive, but not if Baz can help it.
Eleven Jokers, including Pauric Brennan, Sean Breathnack, Annie Doona, Mo O'Connell, Roisin Kearney, Frank Kelly, Dave Minogue, Grace Garvin and James Webber talk about their passion for filmmaking and the different methods they go about where they get ideas, the roles they find they have to take, the right way or practical way to make films and the way they plan for the future. Garvin throws in the Finances 101 while George reminds everyone not to leave it until the edit. Even with all the heartaches and spanners-in-the-works, the last word is all about how much enjoyment filmmaking brings to all involved.
Michael O'Sullivan was a gift, coming in at the last minute as a referral by Aidan from a previous show. Garvin and I were like old prospectors in some far off Canadian ravine watching out for old grizzlies that might have come bounding out of the undergrowth looking for a tasty meal. Instead, we struck gold, that rare nugget that pans out and brings in a richness to the show that you just could not plan for. At one point Garvin was dumbfounded, lost for words, flabbergasted, not knowing which way to take the conversation. Both of us left agog, as Michael took over. He introduced the show and round it off creating a well-formed package that only Santa Claus knows best how to deliver. And what a gem of a show, all about giving and receiving. With presents that are valuable all year round as they are paid forward in such a generous way showing love and compassion, that can bring the mightiest of men to their knees. This show will warm your heart and get you into the mood for the approaching festive season.
Aidan O'Sullivan, Actor, Voice-Over Artist & Comedian, had hoped to do a monologue from Shakespeare but there was no chance of competing with Garvin's monologue in this show. The battle gear came on in each corner as all and sundry clashed like the Titans. But Aidan wasn't going to take it lying down, even though he'd played a corpse in a coffin. George found a lanyard and the power seemed to shift, momentarily. Once Aidan was given a megaphone there was no stopping him from causing a riot. Garvin thought he knew a thing or two about improvisation but he had met his match. The belly laughs came thick and fast with the scores flying high. All this "In The Room" with 52 Jokers Wild flying high with Aidan O'Sullivan.
Dave Thomas, Writer, Producer and Director, is "In The Room" with 52 Jokers Wild.
Discs started flying off the wall. Garvin and I weren't sure if the alien invasion had begun. Should we bunker down in defensive mode? Then the TARDIS appeared and we knew we were on safe ground. Dave Thomas, writer, producer and director is an avid sci-fi fan. Along with the many awards, are a fleet of Star Trek ships and it wasn't long before R2D2 filled the screen. Were we ever going to talk film? We were in our element. Sci-fi, Daleks, Intercepters, UFO... we were off into our own little universe only to discover that inside the TARDIS it gets bigger. We even found out what inspired Dave on his sci-fi journey and the other key interests that ignite his passion for filmmaking, now keenly focused on drama and documentaries that are winning awards around the world at film festivals. This is another show we couldn't stop ourselves from laughing.
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Dave Minogue, Film Producer and Director, is "In The Room" with 52 Jokers Wild.
The banter was mighty in this episode of "In The Room". Garvin got thrown a couple of curveballs as Dave Minogue, our guest this week, had us both rolling in the aisles with laughter. Dave set himself a challenge to get a film made and out there to an audience on Sky and other streaming platforms, and he did in the shape of "Poster Boys".
All the way long Dave kept his target audience in focus, follow principles set by many of our other guests to use what was available and make the most of it, never letting anything block the way forward and achieve his goals. He doesn't have all the answers but he's open to learning what he needs to get the job done and knows how to work with others. Most importantly, he knows how to make others laugh and enjoy the experience. We certainly did in this episode.
Annie Doona Chair of Galway Film Fleadh is ”In The Room” with 52 Jokers Wild.
We have reached another milestone. This time we celebrate our 100th episode of "In The Room". This week our guest is Annie Doona, Chair of the Galway Film Fleadh and recently Chair of Screen Ireland. Annie has a wealth of experience in film education as she was for many years the chair of the National Film School, part of the Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Dún Laoghaire, in Ireland.
Our conversation with Annie spans the issues relating to building a trained workforce who are equipped with the necessary skills to join the film industry, how women still struggle to find opportunities in film and the rise of the studio in Ireland as more streamers buy up real estate due to the boom in demand for more quality film content.
The final segment looks at the importance of film festivals for up and coming filmmakers, not so to watch films but to build the ever-important network of contacts that could lead to the fruition of that special passion project.
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Frank W. Kelly Multi Award-winning Filmmaker is "In The Room" with 52 Jokers Wild.
Our guest this week is Frank W. Kelly, a multi-award winning filmmaker. Two pointing fingers and a smoking toy gun is the challenge in this week's 99th episode of "In The Room" with Garvin and George. A new teleprompt stirs up some issues but are quickly resolved and the outtakes are kept in. The main thrust of the conversation quickly turns to the importance of understanding and recognising your worth as a filmmaker, especially if you have many years behind you. So often we filmmakers find ourselves being asked to do projects at such a low rate but we are professionals too. The Business 101 jumps out and Frank relates his experience in the building trade and how it compares to the process of crafting a film together. At the production stage, it's all about following the schedule and ensuring there is enough material for the editor to work with to construct a story worth telling. The philosophy of Plato comes into frame as we discuss the importance of each person's craft and that if we get used to being multi-hyphenated we dilute our skills. By collaborating, you can work with the best in the trade, who have developed their skills 100%. This becomes the family and everyone knows each other's capabilities, just as they do in the building trade. And Frank should know as he has built up an impressive collection of award-winning films in his portfolio, and he is now sharing his techniques in a new book "8 Simple Steps to Making Your Short Film". #FILMACADEMY #FILMFUNDING #FILMPODCAST
Roisin Kearney Multi Award-winning Screenwriter & Director is "In The Room" with 52 Jokers Wild.
In this weeks episode, our guest is Roisin Kearney, Multi Award-winning Screenwriter, and Director talking about her beginnings in theatre and how this inspired her passion for writing and film directing. Roisin is aware of the importance of collaboration and how helping others to achieve their filmmaking goals helps to support her own film projects. Film directing is also a combination of passion projects and jobbing projects. Getting this balance right is crucial to a successful career and meeting one's own aspirations. So often people fall into the securing of a job and let their passions go, but following only your dream projects doesn't pay the bills or keep the family happen. Getting this balance is essential. Roisin shares with us about her family of filmmakers and how each has supported their adventures and ensured the projects get finished and on to their desired audience. It was great fun for Garvin and George chatting with Roisin who remained enthusiastic about her craft throughout. Another insightful encounter that got the two boys thinking movies.
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