Monday, June 25, 2007

Toon Boom Workshop

Download and listen to the Toon Boom Workshop. This was Workshop 1 at the Darklight 2007 Symposium and took place at Filmbase from 11:30am to 12:30pm on the 22ns of June 2007.

The workshop was a Wobbly Land Case Study with Brown Bag Films led by Matthew Darragh (Animation Director) and Ronan O Neil (Tech Supervisor of wobbly land)

Toon Boom is a leading software solution for animation studios to create high quality animations for film, video, television, games, web sites, mobile devices, training applications and more. Brown Bag Films, the Oscar-nominated Irish studio, spent a lot of time researching software before settling on Toon Boom. Most recently, they went into production with "Wobbly Land" using Toon Boom and kindly offered to give a workshop presentation at Darklight on how Toon Boom can be effectively used in the studio production process. This was an exciting and interesting workshop for anyone interested in cutting-edge animation.

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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Darklight 2007 Forum 1: TELEVISION 2.0 The Future of TV

Download and listen to the Television 2.0 - The Future of TV. This was Forum 1 at the Darklight 2007 Symposium and took place at Filmbase from 10 to 11:30am on the 22ns of June 2007.

Steve McCormack of Wildwave led the panel discussion which included:

Sheila De Courcy - RTÉ Young Peoples Programme

Campbell Scott - Director of Consumer Solutions, Eircom

Karl Ahern - Head of TV and Video, O2 Ireland.

Chris O Hearne - Babelgum

This forum investigates the impact of; Digital TV (satellite, Cable, DTT), Mobile TV (DVB-H, MMBS, DAB etc.), Interactive Mobile TV, IPTV and the next generation set top boxes. What is an IPTV application? (BT Home, Joost, Babelgum) What happens when Telcos become broadcasters? How does advertising work in On Demand scenario? How are the film and TV industries responding to the challenge? (alliance Atlantis on Joost)

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Darklight 2007 Launch and D.A.T.A.

Download and listen to the coverage of the Darklight 2007 Symposium launch & DATA group meeting.

The launch and DATA meeting took place Thursday evening, the 21st of June and included speeches from Nicky Gogan, director of the Darklight Festival, as well as works from:

Benjamin Gaulon -

John Buckey and David Walker - The Kingdom

Paul Makepeace -

plus more:

The Dublin Art and Technology Association (DATA) is an exciting informal forum for artists, technologists, musicians, and academia to promote, explore, discuss, and exhibit art and technology in Ireland and the world. After successful monthly events (with over 100+ attendees each time) above the Stags Head Pub in Dublin, an "Electronics for Artists Workshop" and an expanding emailing-list and website, the group has showcased a large body of work including videos and interactive works by Dublin collective Delicious Nine, Eamon Doyle's interactive musical car "Datsincredible", NYC artists Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, Dublin-based artist Anna Hill's space project "Space Synapse", audio/visual artist Tim Redfern, and musical performances by Dennis McNulty (DECAL), Connor Curran (, and Philip Stewart.

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Monday, June 11, 2007

Workshops at Darklight 07

€50 for ALL festival events, yes all these workshops, screenings, talks, gig, salon - everything!
€20 Student/Unwaged - can you believe it!
Advance Tickets and bookings are available via the Paypal link below as well as through the Darklight Festival office on +353 1 670 9017, Road Records, Fade St. Dublin 2. or send a cheque made payable to 'Darklight Film Festival' to Darklight, 69 Dame St, Dublin2.


Symposium Workshops, Master Classes and Lectures


FILMBASE 11.30 - 12.30PM

Toon Boom Workshop
with Matthew Darragh (Animation Director) and Ronan O Neil (Tech Supervisor of Wobbly Land)


FILMBASE 11.30 - 12.30PM

Location Tagging Mobile Workshop
With Saoirse Higgins
This 60 min workshop takes a look at current media tools for socially mapping public space. The workshop will introduce a combination of locative media tools that participants can use for a ‘city mapping jam.’


FILMBASE 4.45 - 5.45PM

Building Your Business in Second Life
SECOND LIFE WORKSHOP With Samantha KoteyA guide to doing virtual business in a virtual world.


FILMBASE 4.45 - 5.45PM

Interactive Narrative: Writing for Games - Lecture
With Guy Miller- EA GAMESNineteen years of designing and writing for videogames - for laughter, the tears, the utter stupidity - condensed into less than an hour


IFI 5:00 – 7:00PM

Chris Shepherd Screening and Artist Talk
Award winning Chris Shepherd presents his Bafta nominated short, ' Dad' s Dead ' (2003). ' Who Am I and What I Want' (2005), will also be shown along with his latest work 'silence is golden' (2006)


FILMBASE 12.45 - 1.30PM
Sound Workshop
With Fionàn Higgins and Jon StevensonA look at post production sound techniques for film including sound effects, dialog, music and foley.


FILMBASE 12.45 - 1.30PM

Paracinema: Film beyond its Limits

MASTER CLASS With Esperanza ColladoEsperanza Collado discusses the term paracinema which is understood as the dematerialization of film into avant - garde art forms.


IFI 12.45 – 2.15pm

Screening and Artist Talk
With Paul Rowley, Joe Comerford and Western Plumbers.

FILMBASE 4.00 - 5.00PM

Open Source Film Workshop
With Kevin FlanaganOpen source shorts is a presentation and screening of video works exploring the open source concept and its influence on our changing relationship with the moving image.




The Three 3D Character Pipeline Workshop

With Greg Maguire and Andy BueckerThis masterclass will focus on the nuts and bolts of assembling a character for a 3D animated feature. Using off the shelf software, it will span the technical journey a character must take to get into the hands of an animator.(NB Please apply online for this workshop ONLY at by the 15th of June 2007. Places are limited. Participants will be selected based on relevant experience. There is no fee for this masterclass but participants must be registered for the Darklight Symposium. The registration fee is €50 and includes all other festival events )

Screenings at Darklight 07

DARKLIGHT SCREENINGS 21st - 24th June 2007

SCREENINGS FRIDAY 22nd JuneIFI 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Chris Shepherd Screening and Artist Talk

Award winning filmmaker Chris Shepherd presents his BAFTA nominated short, 'Dad’s Dead' (2003). ‘Who I Am and What I Want’ (2005), will also be shown along with his latest work ‘Silence is Golden’ (2006).

CineWorld - 6:00 PM
Daydream by Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor (Desperate Optimists) 35mm

Daydream, a specially commissioned film for the Liverpool Biennial 06, is a highly poetic and meditative work tracing the connection between a cityat a moment of great change and how this moment is reflected in the world of its citizens.

IFI 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Maeve by Pat Murphy
Britain, 1981, sound, colour, 110 mins 16mm

Informed by feminist critiques of representation and narrative structure, ‘Maeve’ is one of the most significant examples of avant-garde filmmaking in Irish cinema.


IFI 12.45 – 2.15 PM
David Phillips and Paul Rowley, Joe Comerford and Western Plumbers.
Followed by artist talk
Featuring new work from David Phillips and Paul Rowley ‘Commonwealth’ and ‘Gravity Loop’, as well as the first test screenings of Joe Comerford’s new film, working title ‘Roadside’ and Western Plumbers (formerly Dogmedia) ‘DEMO CRA CY: A futile exercising of your non-existent democratic freedoms.’ Feedback on both test screenings will constitute part of this artist talk.

IFI 4:30 – 6:00PM
Halloween Short Film Festival Selection
Curated by Philip Ilson

Halloween Short Film Festival present a selection of short films that fit the Halloween ‘remit’ – films that are unexpected, take chances, don’t play by the rules. This selection covers all bases, from lo-budget quirkiness to glossy special effects, from animation to documentary, from filmmaker experiments to confidence in ideas. These shorts truly bring death to the genre as they rise phoenix like from the flames in all their glory – beware the projector with teeth!


IFI 3:00 – 5:00 PMStructural Materialist Film
Curated by Esperanza Collado
Wavelength by Michael Snow
Canada, 1966-67, sound, colour, 45 mins, 16mm
Zorns Lemma by Hollis Frampton
US, 1970, sound, colour, 60 mins, 16mm
IFI 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Vivienne Dick Retrospective
Curated by Maeve Connolly
Excerpt from ‘Experimental Conversations’ by Fergus Daly
IRL, 2006, sound, colour, 5-10 mins
Guérillière Talks by Vivienne Dick
US, 1978, sound, colour, 28 mins
Visibility Moderate by Vivienne Dick
US, 1981, sound, colour, 45 mins
A Skinny Little Man Attacked Daddy by Vivienne Dick
IRL, 1994, sound, colour, 28 mins
Filmbase Cafe time: TBA
Fast Forward Film Festival
Curated by Andrew McAvinchey.

Screening of the Best of the Fast Forward Film Festival, TFFFF is a 24 Hour filmmaking festival. You shoot, edit, produce and deliver your movie for screening in 24 hours. The movie is made based on a topic we give you, so no one gets a head start. And there's hugs and a prize for the best!


Line Describing a Cone
By Anthony McCall
UK, 1973, silent, B&W, 30 mins,
16mmFilmbase Thursday/Friday/Saturday and Sunday

Described by the artist as a ‘solid light film’, this film-installation questions the traditional film limitations eliminating the screen in favor of the primacy of the projection event. It draws attention to the projector’s cone of light interacting with the physical presence of the audience.

YouTube Salon

The YOUTUBE SALON is set up for any user to vision mix between streaming Youtube videos. It is the perfect opportunity to showcase your own favourite online videos and an excuse to express yourself through the creation of a live mashup of audio and video, creating and rearranging works into a live video stream controlled by a single user that evades rational analysis, but allowing subtle new meanings emerging from the chaos of Youtube's immense video library.

Come down and use this exciting platform to show the world your favorite clips! Sign up with Linda on 01 6709017 or email Linda(at)

IFI Meeting Room
IFI Archive Selection

The Irish Film Archive have provided all the films for the Irish Retrospective programme and are also making availible for viewing films from '30 Years On' which is a selection of Irish films compiled in 2001 that celebrated the Arts Council's support for film - making over 30 years.