Here are a few of the pictures I took from the Fingal Film Festival, as part of a Director’s training course. Aisling Walsh, director of “Song for a Raggy Boy” was tutoring young filmmakers on writing and directing for film in Draoitch.
The IFTA winning and BAFTA nominated Director is known for her unflinching honest portrayals of a Catholic Irish society in ‘Song for a Raggy Boy” as well as “Sinners”. Her TV credits includes the BBC mini-series ‘Fingersmith’, RTÉ drama ‘Damage’ and psychological thriller feature film ‘The Daisy Chain’.
This picture below was taken in the afternoon. The Fingal Film Festival Staff is checking the image while students actors and student’s director Mia Mullarkey, are finalising the scene.
In the next picture, Aisling Walsh began to film while acting students were rehearsing a scene. This was a heavy scene. A teenage girl is in front of the jury. She is about to confess that her father has raped her from the age of 8 to 14. This scene was taken from a true story article in a local newspaper. The actress is looking uncomfortable and shaky. Her “lawyer” is trying to reassure her while Aisling Walsh is checking the frame on the screen while filming.
The other picture I took was taken in the morning when Aisling was sharing her journey as a Director with her students.
With the saturation of light in the background, it looks as if there’s no wall at all behind her. The first person, a technician, is passing by and is looking blurred. In the background Aisling Walsh is also moving and therefore blurred. And in between I focused my camera on the students who are still. So it felt like capturing “stillness” between the teaching and the testing.
On a different note, I played with one of the pictures I took of the students that day and decided to “photoshop” it and here is the result.
You can guess in the foreground the 2 bottles of water, the glasses and notepads on the table, further away the students sitting and listening and in the back, the curtain and ceiling.