Noodle possibilities overload

In two weeks, we set off on an epic adventure across the American south. Atlanta to Los Angeles in four packed weeks. Our plan is to see as much of the weird and wonderful as the southern states have to offer. From airstreams to motels, airbnb studios and fabulous conversions it’s going to be a jagged, drive-heavy tour of southern americana oddities.


Nuclear testing grounds, Native American reservations, aircraft graveyards, space tech conferences, small Texas football towns as well as many of the south’s most famous party towns to visit it’s safe to say I’ve rarely been so excited to embark on a grand tour.

In between, I have to finish  my medical school exams…but small details.

Plenty of inspiration (and procrastination material) online to keep my noodle humming with strange possibilities…If you’re planning your own trip, the Mojave desert phone box is a mad pilgrimage worth making.

10 Weird Places in the American Southwest


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New beginnings

This blog has been left alone and unloved for several years now, but the time has arrived to begin blogging merrily again. When I last posted I was a film and theatre producer working in the Irish creative industries. Four years later I am a nearly qualified doctor (3 weeks and counting) who is about to take off for the U.S. on a trip across the deep south. Exciting changes afoot…keep your beady eyes peeled for updates.

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See You at the Pictures! My feature length documentary premieres tonight on RTE 1 at 9.30pm. Don’t miss it!!!

If you’re not in Ireland, you can catch it on


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Thanks to the Irish Times for publishing a list of some of the year’s big deadlines. Don’t miss out! List here:

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Upcoming Funding Deadline

The Arts Council’s Film Bursary deadline is coming up soon. It’s a €15,000 grant designed to support filmmakers and artists.

Details here:

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Music for Film

Film/TV Music Composers & Filmmakers Networking Event this Halloween!

Don’t forget that the end of this month sees the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO), Filmbase and the Contemporary Music Centre (CMC) host a networking event for film/TV music composers and filmmakers.Trapped in an editing room or studio? Looking to connect with fellow composers or filmmakers, TV show creators and music industry professionals? Want to team up with others to make great shorts, documentaries, viral videos, features, animations or other types of broadcast content? Then join us for this forthcoming event!  The afternoon will include talks by music and film professionals on a whole range of aspects specific to the composition and placement of music in film and TV.  Those taking part include composers Derek Gleeson, Liam Bates, Stephen Rennicks and Ciaran Hope, filmmaker Paddy Breathnach, foley artist Caoimhe Doyle and Head of Creative at Bucks Music Group Jonathan Tester and more.  The afternoon will also include a screening of Andrew Legge’s award-winning short film ‘The Girl with the Mechanical Maiden’.

Full details on all of the sessions and contributors is available on our blog.  Places are limited for this free session and must be booked through IMRO.

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Funding Opportunities August/September

Signatures Scheme

This short film scheme is run by the IFB for short films of 8-10 minutes with a max budget of €65,000. Since this is a high budget (for a short) only apply if you have a producer attached who has produced either a film board film or a successful short film previously.


NI Screen/Ulster Scots

For those of you working on broadcast projects, a fund you may not have considered is the Ulster Scots broadcast fund. Next deadline is the end of September and guidelines are available through the following link: Council


NI Screen/Europe

If you have a short script with potential for a European coproduction, here is a scheme that might be of interest, the European Short Pitch 2013.


Arts Council

The Arts Council is offering financial assistance up to €25,000 to those looking to create a literary journal or publication, full details below:


Under 21s

If you have a short gathering dust on the shelf, why not send it to First Cut! Youth Film Festival 2012. The deadline is September 14th and max length is 15 minutes. No Fee.

Send DVDs to First Cut! Youth Film Festival, c/o Cork Film Centre, Civic Trust House, 50 Pope’s Quay, Cork, Ireland

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