First Time At The Pictures

I took my daughter to the cinema for the first time last week. We'd been thinking about going for a while, but wanted to wait until she was ready- and for a film to come up that would be good enough to go down in the record books as her "first ever trip to the movies". She's 2 years and 4 months, and was pretty excited about it!

Paddington is on at the Kids Club at our local picture house, (I'm thankful that I didn't have to be subjected to Peppa Pig The Movie)- which means the screening was chock full of little'uns, and I didn't have to worry about her getting bored or talking through the film. She was as much into the popcorn as she was the movie- but it was still a really proud moment for me! Her face when she saw the screen (the "Vewy big telly"), was priceless, and it's something I'll never forget.

 The film itself is really great- it's based in a magical version of London and is reminiscent of great old kid's movies like Mary Poppins. It's full of imaginative, colourful images and adventure- rather than the model-looking, stick-thin portrayal of heroes too often churned out by Disney. All in all, I'd recommend it, whether you have a kid or not.

Going to a cinema that is full of children is a great experience. There were lots of collective "Ahhhh!"s and "Oh noooo!"s- they get so into it, it's fantastic. It reminded me that film is, in it's essence, a form of story telling. Which is great to be reminded of if you've been subjected to a week of cutting horse hooves in a darkened room. We're definitely going to make it a regular thing.

Have you ever taken a kid to the cinema? Or do you remember your own first visit? Here's some links to a couple of recommendations, and also an introduction to Sound for little ones...

Have a great weekend!

The Quiet Hour

A film we worked on premiered at London's Raindance last week and got nominated for best UK feature. Every project requires time and commitment, but this one was pretty intense to say the least! It was one of those you end up pouring your heart and soul into, and I'm so glad I got to work on it.

I've talked before about the intensity of thrillers- they are hugely sound dependent; the balance between silence and "boom" is pivotal. The Quiet Hour is no exception, as it follows a young girl's struggle for survival in isolating surroundings. Director Stephanie and Producer Sean describe it more eloquently here!

I'm away on my travels again at the moment. Looking forward to seeing the reaction to the movie when I get home, and catching up with autumnal Ireland. Apparently it's sunny there at the moment but I don't believe it!

Hope it's a great weekend for all.


Frightfest 2014

How was your bank holiday weekend?! We were at Film4's Frightfest and had a ball.

The first time we went was for The Human Centipede (first sequence) and we were back again this year to watch The Mirror, which we were very much proud to be a part of! The film was well received and it's always nice to put faces to voices after working long distance. Congrats to Ed Boase and all involved! Production Company / Crew. The Mirror will be released on DVD the 8th of September 2014.

Q&A with Director Ed Boase

Festivals like this are a great platform for film makers. They put the spotlight on up and coming talent and also allow fans of genres like Horror and all it's sub-genres to see the kind of stuff they love in all their glory- where they should be seen; on the big screen. Some other great local film festivals...



What have you got planned for the weekend coming up? We did an interview with the infamous Dean Humphreys this week which we'll be writing up- will be posting it soon. We also got inspired by all the blood and guts of Frightfest, so we're onto some Halloween themed sounds in the studio. In the meantime, have a good'un and here's some cool stuff from around and about...