DRINK! was the word in everyones mind during this shoot in our studio recently! Crew of Martello Media, Buckled Cranium and Replayhouse joined forces to create beautiful visuals for the soon-to-open Irish Whiskey Museum.
Father Ted alumni Frank Kelly and Gerry O’Brien joined the cast to bring life to a vast array of costumes and props, from knights to gangsters with tommy guns. Have a look through the gallery above to get a sense of the the three day shoot.
We’re moving up in the world… pun fully intended!
Over the Easter weekend we held the maiden flight of our latest and possibly greatest gadget. The ‘Spreading Wings S1000′ is the latest octocopter from DJI, the same people who brought us the Phantom and Phantom 2. This amazing addition to our toy box is controlled by two men on the ground, one flying the drone itself, while the other operates the camera. Everything the eye in the sky sees is also seen live from the ground on an eight inch viewing monitor.
Replayhouse now owns one of only two of these particular models in Ireland. The other one joined us on our first flight near the Sugar Loaf this bank holiday!
We met up with of Damien and Declan of DJI Copter Shop Ireland (http://quadcopters.ie/) who showed us the ins and outs of flying these serious machines. As can be seen in the video above, the lads flew their S1000 (the only other one in the country) next to ours. They then showed us how incredibly steady the camera is, even when the drone is being swung about like mad. See for yourself 1 minute into the video! The day was also quite windy, and yet the drone remained unfazed.
Big thanks to Damien and Declan for their advice and expertise.
Our octocopter is available for shoots on film, advertising, stills and surveying. If you would like to visit and see the S1000, or even have a job in mind, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by email or phone. All contact details here: http://replayhouse.com/contact/
We’re really happy to announce that photographer Terry ‘Big T’ McDonagh has joined the Replayhouse crew! Terry has tonnes of experience in the area and is great fun to have around, so we’re very glad to have him. As well as commercial work, Terry has serious skills in landscape photography and sells his pretty pictures online. They really are worth a look as they make perfect birthday, wedding and Christmas presents!
Click here to see Terry’s landscapes.
He established his own freelance business in 1993 having worked for six years assisting top photographers
in Dublin and Sydney, Australia.
He has worked with all formats ranging from 35mm to 10″X8″ but he now finds that the majority of his commercial
commissions are shot digitally.
He provides a fast and reliable digital retouching and manipulation service
when required, and shoots live action commercials too.
Good to have you Terry!
A quick interview to help out the guys of Route 32 Ireland.
On the 9th of March 2014 these four guys will be driving around all of Ireland’s 32 counties in just 24 hours! So keep your eyes peeled for them!
Its all in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital, so please take a minute to donate online at the Route 32 website below;
Best of luck lads!
Spike Jonze’s Her disrupts the generic flow of romantic comedies that are recycled through our cinemas every year. It takes a refreshing look at the genre like other standouts such as Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation and Richard Linklater’s recent Before Midnight. Her lies in the same breath as the former, with it’s portrayal of postmodern isolation, technological advances and visual style. Parallel to its smooth direction and striking set design is Joaquin Phoenix’s performance, which really shows his range as an actor. What is intriguing about Her is its depiction of us as a society advancing faster and faster into an overwhelming technological future and how we are going to handle it’s moral implications.
Phoenix plays Theodore Twombly (sounds like a fat, waddling character from a British clay animation series), a soon to be divorced man, stuck in a rut. He wanders through the fantastic, futuristic Los Angeles landscape, jacked into his online world oblivious to his physical surroundings. Human contact seems futile in this handsfree society and this is why Theodore decides to download the OS voice operating system to help him organise his life. The system Samantha (Scarlett Johansson) appears to have a mind of her own, with feelings and consciousness. They spark a nice kinship, but as Theodore comes out of his shell so does Samantha. As real as she may seem, the fact remains that she is still a computer program, hence her limitations and lack of physicality. He inspires jealousy in her when he dates a neurotic Olivia Wilde, which leads them to open up more to each other about their feelings.
This results in the film’s best scene as a honest conversation transcends to verbal intercourse between the two. Spike Jonze produces an extremely intense sex scene without even showing anything, just words and then a black screen, which forces Theodore, Samantha and the audience to use their imagination. The cut to the following scene of the morning after is terrific as we watch Theodore pacing back and forth awaiting the awkward conversation with his computer.
The second half would play out like your regular romantic comedy scenario if it wasn’t so bleak. Complications arise as Theodore and Samantha continue their relationship, primarily with the elephant in the room…she has no body. Samantha suggests a “sex surrogate” to allow their relationship a physical realm. When the surrogate girl comes over to Theodore’s apartment and begins seducing him, it feels more like a zombie attack than foreplay. This scene is so unsettling it sort of feels like borderline rape and rightfully so Theodore doesn’t go through with it. Theodore is perplexed as to what he actually wants. Nothing in the physical form makes him happy and the relationship with Samantha is too complex. Nothing appears to be real in his life. His job consists of writing affectionate letters for random couples, it appears he only has one real friend (Amy Adams) and he plays video games in his sterile apartment. Is he just a helpless artificial intelligence porn addict?
Although Theodore’s plight is tough, attempting to move on from his marriage and find happiness, his predicament isn’t really all too bad. He has a great job, which from beginning to end every character compliments him on, seems extremely comfortable financially and though his friends are few, they are genuine and supporting. He is, as his hilarious video game character labels him, a pussy. His wife Catherine (Rooney Mara) appears to be a cold bitch, who he should be thankful to get away from, he is hooked up with a hard body like Amelia (Olivia Wilde) and he is living in an incredibly futuristic Los Angeles that would make Rick Deckard bitter.
As it stands, Her is visually stunning, well written and exciting in regards to the possibilities of future technologies. It is a social commentary on the culture of modern human relationships and where it could lead to. We witness it today without having to go as far as artificial intelligence, via social networking and online dating sites. People are communicating less and less in person and more online, rather than a humane gesture we get an emoji, jokes aren’t interpreted properly, our physical appearances are filtered as if we want to masquerade our true identity. Its simulacrum and its progressing at a rapid pace. However, these technological breakthroughs can also bring people closer together if applied properly, it is us who are the problem. There have been a good few movies that have touched on the same themes as Her, but in recent years it is the most believable and accessible film about the distant future to come out of Hollywood. It may not be a great movie, but its an interesting one with an original look to it. I enjoyed Jonze’s visual aesthetic of the future and I applaud the unflinching style in which the sex scenes were shot. Alright, I’m off to fuck my I phone, while my Mac plays with herself.
Watch how we made the grand tour! Here you can see the rig we built for the opening shot, the drone in the end shot, Burschi’s amazing steady cam abilities and all our tricks! See if you can spot where we put the transitions.
Watch our for the birds at the end.They seemed to fly right under our quadrocopter!
See the finished video here: replayhouse.com/replayhouse-grand-tour-2/
Huge thanks again to all involved!
Take a tour around Replayhouse! See our meeting areas, chilling areas, photography studio, editing facilities and of course our green screen room. All in one lovely steady-cam shot! Before you ask, the magic happens in every room!
DOP: Burschi Wojnar
Post: Jack Morley, Dave Morley, Luke Leslie
Music / SFX: Hubie Davison
Peter Madden, Cathy Dunne, Federico Rea, Jeffry O’Riodan, Leah Leslie, Domnique McMullan and
Roisin Kenny, Phil Meagher, Kris Goodbody, Stephanie Morley and Aoise O’hUiginn.