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Occasional Journal

Pushtar effects shots

May 17th, 2015 No comments

I have been working on some shots for Alan Lambert’s forthcoming sci-fi feature. The camera is very far out, so you don’t get to see the detail on these wandering princes of the steppes;

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Joyce Day Screening at Dun Laoghaire

April 23rd, 2015 Comments off

Yesterday I made it out to Dun Laoghaire to screen some silent films for a very patient group of students who attended in period costume.

The films included

  1. The Perils of Pauline [1914] (w/ Bix Beiderbecke – In A Mist)
  2. Buster Keaton’s Cops [1922] (w/ Wingy Manone – Swingin’ at the Hickory House)
  3. The Quiet Man [1952] (w/ Shane MacGowan And The Popes – St. John Of Gods)
  4. Le Voyage dans la Lune [1902] (w/ Pierre Henry – Psyche Rock)
Categories: film, personal

Some recent film screenings

February 26th, 2015 Comments off

There have been a lot of opportunities to screen small-gauge films lately. Temple Bar Galleries have hosted two such events this month.

Maximilian Le Cain – Image Turned Down (Super 8mm)

This film has long stretchs of leader and black, cutting to rapid montages of heavily-treated and untreated film – challenging to show!

And David Gatten’s BASE-PLUS-FOG, What The Water Said, Shrimp Boat Log and The Great Art of Knowing (16mm). These were shown on a rented projector from Film Base. I was assistant projectionist on this one, threading the film and loading the reels. Just as well, as the projector was tempermental for the first few minutes.

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The Moving Crib

September 16th, 2014 Comments off

The weather turns cold again and it seems a good time to post this short film from last year. This is the moving crib on Parnell Square; an amazing menagerie of mechanical animals, people and angels. To truly capture the spirit of Christmas I think it is necessary to incorporate a spooky atmosphere and the crib succeeds admirably at this. The automatons are taken out, repaired and arranged every year, in time for a new generation of children to be taken down to the basement where the squeaking gears and cogs compete with distant reverb-laden carols.

A reminder of God's promise never to destroy the world by water again.

Despite the biblical theme, the haircuts and colours clearly come from the early 1960s and these days the children are being taken to see the crib by their grandparents rather than their tv-reared parents. So now, enjoy the clockwork technicolour world of the moving crib!



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Darkroom Photographers Exhibition at the Third Space, Smithfield

August 30th, 2014 Comments off

I went to have a look at the photographs before the end of the exhibition and took in the excellent portraits and some prints of Lutyen’s Memorial Gardens. Here’s a picture of me and my Super 8 optical prints.

Prints at Third Space in Smithfield

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Japan Cinemagraphs

August 7th, 2014 Comments off

I finally got the telecine of the films I shot in Japan. I have used Microsoft’s Cliplet app to make short loops of some of the landscape shots.

Categories: travel

Photo Exhibition @ Block T

July 27th, 2014 Comments off

I’ve just framed two pictures for an exhibition of work from the Darkroom at Block T next Monday. The pictures are optical prints from my film ‘Invocation of Ireland’ [2012].

And here are the details of the exhibition, which runs for two weeks;

Categories: film

How to recover from a WD Live Duo Mirrored RAID

May 7th, 2014 Comments off

These steps are cobbled together from various sources on the web.

  1. Get a USB SATA enclosure. The one I got said it supported drives of up to 2tb, it had no problem mounting a 3tb drive.
  2. Take one of the drives (doesn’t matter which) from the WD Live Duo enclosure and mount it in the new enclosure.
  3. Plug the newly-mounted disk and a second external disk (to recover to) into your Linux box. I just used a Raspberry Pi.
  4. Log in as root
  5. Make folder to copy data into ‘mkdir /mnt/dest’
  6. My spare disk was Ntfs so I needed a driver for that;
    ‘apt-get install ntfs-3g’
  7. Mount your destination disk  -
    ‘mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sda1′
  8. Check your disks with ‘parted -l’ – you should see something like

    1 4624MB  3001GB  2996GB  ext4         primary
  9. Note the drive id above this entry, in my case it was/dev/sdc
  10. start debugfs (note the large sector size setting of 65536)debugfs
    debugfs: open -b 65536 /dev/sdb4
    debugfs: cd /shares/Public
    debugfs: ls
    debugfs: cd ..
    debugfs: ls
    debugfs: rdump Public /mnt/dest/
  11. Handy trick when debugfs is running; ctrl-z to suspend it, ‘bg’ to start it again and ‘disown -h %1′ to detach it from the terminal process
  12. ‘ls /mnt/dest/ | wc -l’ will show updated copies
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Photos from the Super 8 festival in Block T

May 5th, 2014 Comments off

Thanks to everyone who took part and everyone who came along.

The mixtape films included the Super 8 Darkroom Student films (Mella/Daniel/Dennis),  ’O Cribs’ & ‘Invocation of Ireland’ (Dennis Kenny),  Trailers (Vivienne Dick), ’Pow Wow’ (Deirdre Mulrooney),  Torso (Una Quigley) and ‘Money Spent At Night’ (Maximilian Le Cain).

‘The End of The Earth Is My Home’ and D1 footage by Alan Lambert with live music by Alan & Junshi on Harp.

16mm and Turntable installation by Fergal Brennan & Sharon Buckley.

Kuchar introduction and films by Willie (Hunter’s Moon) and Daniel Fitzpatrick.

Categories: film, personal

16mm Projection for the Experimental Film Club in the IFI

April 25th, 2014 Comments off

Rehearsing and projecting at the IFI during the week.

Categories: personal