Welcome to the brand new causeAscene films website which will keep you right up to date with all the latest news and projects that are currently in production.
There are a lot of exciting and varied projects in the pipeline so be sure to check back regularly as I will be updating the news section of the website on a regular basis.
Please take the time to browse through the site and get in touch if anything interests you.
Now that The Way Back is finished and currently being entered to festivals I thought it would be a good time to share a short film I directed 3 years ago.
Exposure was produced by ANTIHERO PRODUCTIONS and written by The Way Back's Paul Skillen and Aaron Gray.
It's a Faustian tale of a man who makes a deal with the devil without realizing the true cost of what he has agreed to. Some times too much focus can be dangerous
So it is the middle of January 2016 and The Way Back has finally been completed.
This was quite a long process as the shoot was in May 2015 but due to the amount of visual effects and grading that were planned I suppose it was only to be expected. We are delighted with the finished film and look forward to unleashing it worldwide in the festival circuit in 2016.
Keep an eye on the page for screening dates near you.
Its been a busy month. The Way Back production has been in full swing. All locations and actors are locked into place and we are ever nearer to the shoot dates in May. Excitement is really beginning to build and we are really kicking into another gear.
We have also started a Kickstarter campaing to help us reach our final budget target. It was launched on 27th April and runs through to May 25th 2015.
Here is the link
More updates coming very very soon - Stay tuned
It's been a busy few weeks - Having seen a few television programmes i worked on go to air, Ireland's Great War (BBC 1ni) and Digging For Britain (BBC FOUR) plus locking down locations for The Way Back short film. We have now had our second draft of the script and everything is coming together brilliantly. The past week has seen us viewing potential shooting locations in and around the Belfast area and we have found some gems. Casting is also well underway, although an audition day is now in the works to select a few of the smaller key roles. We have also selected May as our shooting date so it will be all hands to the wheel between now and then. The excitment is starting to build.
Plus we have launched a facebook page to keep the updates coming https://www.facebook.com/TheWayBackshort
In 2013 we made a short film for the 666 Shortcuts to Hell competition - run in conjunction with C4's Frightfest. There were Six rules to adhere to. No more than six cast and crew. Six hours shooting time. £666 top spend. No longer then three minutes. No more than six lines of dialogue. And finally, choose a title from the following; Sweet 6Teen, 6 Shooter, 6th Sense, 6 Seconds To Die, 6 Degrees Of (Limb) Separation or 6 Feet Under.
Our team of 6 were - Written by Paul Skillen and Aaron Gray, Produced by Marie McDonald, Filmed, Edited and Directed by John Carlin, Music James Everett, SFX Kevin Gillen. Acted by Paddy Jenkins.
Our final entry to the competition was shortlisted for the final and even appeared on the DVD.
check it out here........
New developments today. Got the fantastic news that The Way Back has been commissioned by NI Screen. FIlming is due to commence in early 2015 and we have a great cast and crew in the works. Another fantastically twisted script from Paul Skillen and Aaron Gray (Exposure, 6 Feet Under) is ready to shoot. Marie McDonald and myself will be kicking off the new year at full speed to get the production well and truly underway.
More Updates to follow........
I have just completed work on a short film for the Shortcuts To Hell competition. Our entry fell under the "6 Feet Under" category. There were strict guidelines such as a maximum budget spend of £666, Max of 6 lines of dialogue, Max of 6 crew members and no longer than 3 mins in duration.
Starring Paddy Jenkins
Written by Aaron Gray and Paul Skillen
Produced by Marie McDonald
Music by James Everett
Sound Design by Kevin Gillen
Filmed, Edited and Directed by John Carlin
We finally wrapped up post production on EXPOSURE in March 2013 and got great news that it had been selected for the Belfast Film Festival. It is showing in the QFT at 2pm on Saturday 20th of April 2013. Alot of our amazing cast and crew will be seeing it for the first time. I am delighted with how it turned out and would like to thank Lalor Roddy and Ian Beattie in particular for their outstanding performances. A special thanks goes to the editor, Declan McCann, and the composer, James Everett, who really brought the piece to life in the final few weeks of post. For more details on crew and festival news please check out our facebook page
I recently shot this music video for the talented Bronagh Broderick, a Tryone based singer/songwriter.
Check out the video and if you like what you hear then have a look at her website. http://www.bronaghbroderick.com
I am currently working on an exciting new Youtube Channel called Headsqueeze for 360 Production. During the next year there will be new episodes uploaded each and every week.
In Head Squeeze, James May and his crack team of scientists, mathematicians, comedians and... a Badger show you how, what and why stuff works
The channel goes live VERY soon but in the meantime you can sign up to its Facebook and Twitter pages via these links.
Just an update about "Exposure"
The edit is in full swing right now. A rough cut is complete and we are making a few small changes. Andrew Harrison is currently working on the score and we have a few foley sounds to add. We're nearly there.
I just received the production stills this morning - one example can be seen here with this update. Many thanks to www.aidanmonaghanphotography.com for them.
Will hopefully have a teaser ready for christmas and then we'll be ready to unleash the real deal early in the new year.
James May's 'Things You Need to Know' is your guide through a world of eye-popping animation to get the answers to the science questions you were afraid to ask!
The new series of James May's Things You Need To Know starts on BBC2 on Monday 13th August. I edited two episodes in the series including the first programme "EINSTEIN". The series was produced by 360 Production in Derry and the two episodes I was involved with were directed by David Starkey.
Check out some sneak previews on their facebook page.
In June I directed a short film, Exposure, funded by Northern Ireland Screen. The short horror / thriller was produced by Darren Chesney - Anti Hero Films and written by Paul Skillen and Aaron Gray. We were lucky enough to secure two of Northern Ireland's top actors for the lead roles, Ian Beattie (Game Of Thrones, Alexander) and Lalor Roddy(Five Minutes Of Heaven, Hunger) who gave outstanding performances. Shot entirely on the RED EPIC by Darren Chesney the film is now in the Post production stage and we will have a teaser released in the coming weeks. A Facebook page is also being constructed for all the latest information. Watch this space for more updates.
The latest Titanic Stories film from www.the-titanic.com is now online. This one is based on local film producer William MacQuitty and his efforts to bring A Night To Remember to the big screen in 1958.
Please click the "continue reading" tab to watch the film
The music video for Swanee River's Bouncy Castles is finished. We shot the video on on Sunday afternoon and 10 days later it is completed and ready to watch. Had a great time making it - shot on my Canon 7D. There are a few more videos in the pipeline for the coming months. If you want to find out more about Swanee River check them out at www.swaneeriver.net Enjoy