Irish Mythology/folklore

October 28, 2010 at 4:19 pm (Motion Graphics)

Another possibility is basing it around Irish myth. Although I have little knowledge on the subject, apart from remembering a few of the tales from childhood. These tales could be made into independent films/ tv shows. I’m currently looking into the Legends of Tir na nOg, Cu Chulann etc. I’m looking into the Wikipedia pages as a starting point & a good place to find references & links to other websites

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Star of the Sea

October 28, 2010 at 4:07 pm (Motion Graphics)

(taken from Wikipedia)

Star of the Sea is a historical novel by the Irish writer Joseph O’Connor published in 2004. The novel is set in 1847 against the backdrop of the Irish famine.

The “Star of the Sea” of the title is a famine ship, making the journey from Ireland to New York. Aboard are hundreds of refugees, most of them with humble and desperate backgrounds. Key protagonists are David Merridith Lord Kingscourt, his wife Laura, their servant Mary, the ship’s captain Josias Lockwood, a friendless Irishman named Pius Mulvey, and American journalist Grantley Dixon. The narrative of the novel is driven by a murder aboard the ship, though the victim and murderer are not known until late in the book.

The chapters of the novel are narrated alternately by the main protagonists, and their personal histories unfold in turn.

As the writer was clearly aware in choosing the name, the term “Star of the Sea” has deep roots in Catholic tradition. Our Lady, Star of the Sea – a translation of the Latin Stella Maris – is the Blessed Virgin Mary in her aspect as a guide and protector to those who work or travel on the sea and under which title she is venerated in many Catholic seaside communities. Indeed, in Dutch and other translations the book was given the title “Stella Maris“.

In 2008, London band Silvery released the song ‘Star Of The Sea’ on their debut album ‘Thunderer & Excelsior’ on Blow Up Records, loosely following the narrative of the book.

 

Another book I am considering for the title sequence/ branding campaign

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Poison Study

October 28, 2010 at 2:57 pm (Motion Graphics)

Plot for Poison Study from wikipedia

Locked in a coffin-like darkness, there is nothing to distract me from my memories of killing Reyad. He deserved to die—but according to the law, so do I. Here in Ixia, the punishment for murder is death. And now I wait for the hangman’s noose.

But the same law that condemns me may also save me. Ixia’s food taster—chosen to ensure that the Commander’s food is not poisoned—has died. And by law, the next prisoner who is scheduled to be executed—me—must be offered the position.

So now I must choose: a quick death… or slow poison…

 

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust, and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison. As Yelena tries to escape, her dilemma deepens. Rebels plot to seize Ixia while she develops magical powers she cannot control. Her life is at stake again and choices must be made, but this time the outcomes are not so clear!

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Irish Productions

October 28, 2010 at 2:53 pm (Motion Graphics)

List of films/tv shows etc. that are in pre-production, production, development or post production  in Ireland.

http://www.iftn.ie/production/in_production/

A number of fantasy/medieval tv series are being filmed here right now. This is the type of book that “Poison Study” is, so it shows that Ireland is the perfect place to shoot a film/ tv series like this. The countryside is perfect for it.

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Saul Bass Movie Titles

October 18, 2010 at 6:37 pm (Motion Graphics)

The titles for The Man With the Golden Arm are often cosidered the beginning of movie title sequences. It was with these titles that the film logo was created. Nowadays all films have logo’s, only one part of the overall brand of the film. These titles sequences can sometimes become mini films in their own right

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2010/sep/23/bass-opening-credits

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28 weeks later advertising

October 17, 2010 at 3:49 pm (Motion Graphics)

Another film that has included some very innovative advertising techniques is “28 Weeks Later”. The major advertising for this movie was a biohazard symbol being projected onto the White Cliffs of Dover. Other ways were these biohazard symbols appearing on pavements

http://bestforfilm.com/dvd-reviews/horror-dvd-reviews/save-the-uk-film-council-28-weeks-later-dvd-review/

BBC article on advertising on the White Cliffs of Dover

There were also competitions to win props from the movie. This is a great way to get some anticipation for the movie, as fans will be able to enter the competition and spread the word about the competition. The prize will be relatively cheap to produce as only a small number of prints will have to be made.

http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/8701

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Jeff Gomez

October 13, 2010 at 1:31 pm (Motion Graphics)

The pioneer of transmedia storytelling. his company Starlight Runner entertainment contains information about him & what he’s worked on. Jeff Gomez – Starlight Runner. It also includes articles & presentations he has given. Starlight Runner

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Transmedia

October 13, 2010 at 1:18 pm (Motion Graphics)

Films are not just confined within themselves these days, there are just one way to get into a world. Other ways to access this world created by the film include websites, games, books, ads (tv & internet), dvds, blu-rays, posters, Facebook pages, Twitter etc.

Article on Wikipedia

The Ezine aticle explains what transmedia is & emphasis that it isn’t just a cross-promotion of something, but a way for audiences to engage in the world of the movie. Transmedia also allows for further exploration and development of the storylines though games, comics, books etc.

Ezine Article

 

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Photography Tutorials

October 13, 2010 at 9:05 am (Motion Graphics)

Smashing magazine has a link to some very useful photography tutorials. These may come in handy if I decide to incorporate photography into my title sequence

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Irish Film Board

October 12, 2010 at 9:01 am (Motion Graphics)

The Irish Film Board provides funding for Irish films, when in the development, production & distribution stage. They provide it fro a variety of productions including feature films, animated & short films. Overview on IFB Funding. Their marketing grant covers a variety of costs & can be up to 90% of the budget of the film, with a max of 75,000 Euro.

Marketing Support Funding

  • Media space costs: TV. press, radio, outdoor, online;
  • Publicity costs: media screenings, talent visits, festivals in Ireland; and (to the extent not provided by the production) stills/clips/EPK for editorial use;
  • PR agency fees, if work not handled in-house and if approved by BSÉ/IFB;
  • Promotional costs: trailer design and edit, website, talker screenings, special promotions, manufacture and distribution of merchandise for promotional use only.

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