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Showing posts with label Paddy Cahill. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Paddy Cahill. Show all posts

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

New film by Paul G Stewart and Emmett O'Mahony on Transport House




Following our Architecture in 3 Minutes workshop back in May, participants Paul G Stewart and Emmett O'Mahony continued their film partnership to create this contemplative piece about Transport House...

Monday, 3 June 2013

Architecture in 3 Minutes - the films

On 23 May, Dublin film-maker Paddy Cahill (Liberty Hall, Cycling with...) joined us at the Ulster Hall for a day-long workshop during which participants created a short film about Belfast trade union icon Transport House.

Here are the results...

Team 1 was made up of  David Bunting, Mirko Marcato, Lise McGreevy & Andrew Molloy.


Team 2 was Emmett O'Mahony, Paul Stewart & Sean McKeown.


All edits were done "in-camera" meaning the teams had to plan their shots very carefully to make the most of the 3 minutes allocated - and no post-production software was used.

Update 17/06/13: Emmett O'Mahony and Paul Stewart got in touch last week to say they'd developed their work further. The latest version of their film now includes narration and some stunning new footage they shot of the building.



Our thanks to Jan Carson at the Ulster Hall who made this event possible, Mervyn Smyth for a guided tour of the Belfast Exposed photography archives (a great resource for community film-makers) and of course Paddy Cahill for making the journey up from Dublin to provide his expertise on the day.

Monday, 18 October 2010

My PLACE: Paddy Cahill

A still from Paddy Cahill's film about Liberty Hall in Dublin
In this series, we ask practitioners, experts and enthusiasts for their take on the built environment - where are we now, how did we get here, and where are going?

This week we spoke to Paddy Cahill, Committee Member of AAI and film maker

Q. Paddy, we've recently discovered you make films. What buildings or places inspire you and your work and why?

Lots of different buildings inspire me but recently the one I got most involved in was Liberty Hall in Dublin, during and after I made a documentary about it.

My interest as a filmmaker is in the communication between architecture and the public. Many of the concepts, ideas and details that go into buildings often get lost or don’t get communicated to the public when the building is finished. All too often the people have a gut reaction to new buildings, to distrust and dislike them. Very often though their opinions can be swayed with a little background to the ideas or thoughts behind the design and purpose of the building.

Television and video are great ways to communicate these ideas in a direct and simple way. More often than not the construction of, or the history and background to buildings have great back-stories full of challenges, which is a great for storytelling in tv or video.

In the past there have not been as many opportunities for the public to engage with architecture in the way they would with other arts. This is changing with thanks to organisations like PLACE and the IAF and I think film and television can play a role in this new public appreciation for architecture too.

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Related: To see Paddy’s documentary on Liberty Hall, visit his website