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Meet Étáin

From an early age, the connection I’ve felt to music has been unlike any other feeling I’ve ever experienced. Sometimes it feels like it’s just pulsing through me – it’s so much a part of me that I can’t disconnect from it. 

I’m an only child and I grew up in an isolated part of rural Ireland. When I was younger, I used to get my words mixed up and I’d tell people that I was a “lonely child”. It actually sounds a little sad now, but it didn’t seem that way then. Music kept me company and I never really felt alone with it. Instead, I felt surrounded by it. I felt safe. 

From an early age, the connection I’ve felt to music has been unlike any other feeling I’ve ever experienced. Sometimes it feels like it’s just pulsing through me – it’s so much a part of me that I can’t disconnect from it. 

I’m an only child and I grew up in an isolated part of rural Ireland. When I was younger, I used to get my words mixed up and I’d tell people that I was a “lonely child”. It actually sounds a little sad now, but it didn’t seem that way then. Music kept me company and I never really felt alone with it. Instead, I felt surrounded by it. I felt safe. 

In the summer of 2018, I went to an IMRO event with the songwriter Paul WIlliams, and something he said there resonated with what I had experienced throughout my life. He said that songwriting is emotional advocacy; it’s reaching out and making people feel less alone in the world. If only for 3 and a half minutes, a song can make a person feel connected and safe. 

That was the moment I decided to pursue my craft. Williams’ words gave me purpose and they continue to inform the ethos that grounds my work. As long as I am making music, I hope that it is keeping someone company – making them feel a little less alone in the world.

Listen to “At Least One”

composer

Meet David Hamilton

I’ve been obsessed with film music since I was a kid, back in the early 2000s most kids my age had mp3 players filled with Green Day and whatnot, mine was filled with soundtracks. I fell in love with Howard Shores Lord of the Rings symphony and that was really the biggest inspiration for me, it made me want to write music that can tell a story as vividly as the picture can.

I’ve been obsessed with film music since I was a kid, back in the early 2000s most kids my age had mp3 players filled with Green Day and whatnot, mine was filled with soundtracks. I fell in love with Howard Shores Lord of the Rings symphony and that was really the biggest inspiration for me, it made me want to write music that can tell a story as vividly as the picture can.  

This is what I strive to do in my music, I try to capture and hopefully heighten the characters, their journey and the world of a film. 

My advice for anyone starting out as a composer would be to listen to as many different types of music and film music as possible, and draw from them all, and of course be headstrong and patient. It’s a very competitive industry, and the way forward is to work hard and don’t let rejection get you down! 

director

Meet Ciara Kelleher

Directed by Ciara Kelleher and Alanna MacNamee, ‘Movers and Shapers’ is a short documentary that focuses on the intricate craftsmanship that goes into making bespoke surfboards, as well as the ways Irish shapers are trying to make this process more sustainable. Both Directors are former members of Limerick Youth Theatre who have gone to work in creative industries.

Ciara is an actor and studied at the likes of the Giles Foreman Centre for Acting in London and Bow Street in Dublin, while Alanna is a journalist that has written for the Business Post, Evoke.ie and Vice. The inspiration behind the doc is incredibly important – Nature gives us surfing, but by surfing on surfboards made out of toxic materials we are harming nature.

The film features different kinds of surfboard shapers, from Limerick backyard shaper Michael Meleady, who took up shaping in lockdown, to Philippe Hetier; a master woodworker who is making innovative wooden boards deep in the Tipperary countryside. The documentary will also feature environmentalist, champion surfer and Lahinch native Ollie O’Flaherty. 

Describing the process of making the film, Ciara had the following to say: “I became engrossed in surfboard shaping after learning about the process from Michael. After the past couple of years, I feel so lucky to get to focus on something creative and work with not only a passionate team; but a friend of over 10 years!” 

The 10-minute film was shortlisted for the 2021 ENGINE Docs Funding scheme, run by Film in Limerick & Sheffield DocFest which enabled the co-directors to train with some of the world’s best documentary makers. To keep up with the latest news on the documentary, follow @moversandshapersdoc on Instagram.

makeup artist

Meet Michelle Anderson

My Name is Michelle Anderson and I am a professional Makeup Artist working in Ireland for over 10 years.

I got into makeup purely by chance! The closest thing I got to art in preparation for my leaving cert was when we had to do a project for english class, the topic was wide open and I chose fashion… John Galliano, Balenciaga, Versace and it was one of the happiest and memorable projects I worked on in school!

While I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do after school I did an interview for a beauty therapy course and all I kept talking about was runway/celebrity makeup in magazines and the interviewers just butted in and said we think you’re in the wrong course… I was confused, and in that moment felt even more lost until they said there was a two year full time course in makeup artistry (which I had never heard of as a profession) and fashion, in which I was thought how to sew and bring fashion and makeup together by one of John Rocha’s assistants Cynthia Stewart.

Now, in hindsight makeup was always my destiny, I just didn’t realise it’s significance in my life at the time because it didn’t make sense until now. Shining through on the projects I work on and artists from all sense of the word that I have met, been inspired by and created with. It’s a wonderful place to be, to be called upon not only for the skills I possess but also my creative vision and input.

I say to anyone who has a feeling about something that they would like to explore and study is to go for it, passion and creativity are driving forces that shouldn’t be kept in a box… There is enough for everyone and there is a place for everyone here.

director

Meet Katie Lee Lynch

Myself and the super talented @davidolashoyinka created this music video for the absolutely enchanting singer/songwriter, @thisisetain. It was a zero budget video, shot over the course of a day, directed and edited by me, shot and colour-graded by David.

It can be very hard to get started in a creative industry, but the best advice I could offer to someone looking to get started in the arts is to find like-minded people and stick together. Support each other, create art together, and share the burden of the energy needed to pursue something like this. Sharing knowledge with each other can be a good way to reduce the amount of gatekeeping going on in creative industries too – financial advice, career tips, creative critiques. I am so grateful to be collaborating with my lovely friends, and talented colleagues David and Étáin. They inspire and excite me, and seeing their success keeps me ambitious and hopeful about a career in the creative industry. Get out and meet people! There’s nothing better than a good friend.

director

Meet Caoilte Cahill

Since I was a young lad I have had a knack for telling stories. Stories give me life. For as long as I can remember I have written, performed on stage, watched films and played music. This love of storytelling has guided me to where I am today; storytelling through the visual mediums of video and photography.

People are at the core of a good tale. Their laughs and their cries. The good times and the bad. I believe being empathetic with the people or characters, whether I agree with their actions or not, is key to creating my art. I strive to tell captivating, people-based stories across a wide range of formats; films, documentaries, music videos, photo journals, visual poems and songs.

You can check his reel here: https://caoiltecahill.myportfolio.com/reel

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Meet Nathan Hackett

My name is Nathan Hackett, I am a 21 year old Computer Science and Multimedia student at Maynooth University (and soon to be graduate fingers crossed!). For the past 5+ years, my creative outlet has been photography, along with some videography. My forte would be landscapes and urban photography, but I never limited myself to any one area. Since starting, I have sampled all types including weddings, portraiture, astrological and minimalist. I have always had a knack for picking up a camera from an early age, and towards the end of 2015 was when I invested into my first production grade digital camera. Why? Aside from the sought after quality upgrade in my images, there were several reasons behind why I decided to make this investment and dive into the world of photography. 


Firstly: it’s a hobby; a pastime; a means of escapism; something that I enjoy doing without any conditions. I believe this type of pastime is something everyone should practice, regardless of what it yields physically (in this case photos), but because of its benefits for one’s wellbeing, mental and otherwise. I think that doing something for the love of it will always yield positive results, where it can even be furthered into a profession where the same principle applies. If you enjoy doing it, you’re probably very good at it!


Secondly: for the people that I have met through this hobby. Meeting people with common interests goes without saying that it is a brilliant means of expanding your network, and with that is my favourite saying: “Your Network is your Net-worth”. I have met countless incredibly talented and generous people through this creative area who are, no doubt, friends for life.


Thirdly: for the places it takes me and adventures it brings me on. Before beginning, I always enjoyed the outdoors, but taking up the camera has taken me to places I probably would never have thought to venture to, by foot, by car or by bike, and that’s just in Ireland! I am greatly appreciative thinking about where it has taken me, and where it will take me in future is very exciting to contemplate.


Finally: for the retrospective aspect. A photo is a moment captured in time that has already happened and will never happen again, effectively being immortalised in ink or pixels. Whether it be for documentation, educational, business or personal reasons, I think a photo always has a story to tell, or there’s a story to tell behind every one. From a creative perspective, I think it’s really opened my eyes to appreciating the little things in my environment and social surroundings.