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Replayhouse is moving up in the world

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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/

 

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Replayhouse S1000

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Route 32 Interview

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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;
route32ireland.com/

Best of luck lads!

Cine-Mac Issue 6: Her: Science Fiction or Depressing Reality?

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Cine-Mac Issue 6: Her

Cine-Mac Issue 6: Her

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.
-Cormac O’Meara

How a Greenscreen Works

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Ever wonder how a greenscreen works? Well wonder no more. We were asked by schools to demonstrate the wonders of greenscreen in a simple video, and thats just what we did.
Although we didn’t take it too seriously.
We decided to give it a late eighties or early nineties look, in colour, tone and feel.
We even added a bit of grain to enhance that old school appearance.

This video should be seasoned with a pinch of salt.
Its just a bit of fun!

Starring: Conor Barry
Cormac O’Meara
Jack Morley
Hubie Davison

Directed & Written By: Jack Morley
Edit: Jack Morley & Dave Morley
Sound Recording: Hubie Davison

Quadrocopter Test Flight

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Have you seen our quadrocopter? It takes amazingly high quality footage from God’s eye view! We also have a large monitor for it, with a live feed, so that you can see what the quadrocopter is seeing. This allows us to add serious production value to our work for a tenth the price of a real helicopter.

It can also be used to inspect roofs, chimneys and any hard to reach places.

We took it up to the beach today for a quick test flight while the weather was nice. We were able to accurately guide it from 100 feet away by watching the monitor!

If you have an ideas or questions about it just give us a bell!