Heyday: The Mic Christopher Story Irish Television Premiere

So this Wednesday night the 29th of DEC 2021 is the first time our doc Heyday: The Mic Christopher story will premiere on Irish Television. I couldn’t be more proud of this doc, it is such a heartfelt, sweet and uplifting story and I am honoured to have been part of the team that put it together.

The film is due to screen at 10:15pm on TG4 and will be available on their player for a few days after that.

Next screening dates are for New Zealand on Rialto Channel 39 where it will be screening three times – 20th of Feb 08:30pm, 26th of Feb 07:20pm, 27th of Feb 09:15am

The doc charts singer-songwriter Mic Christopher’s humble beginnings busking on the streets of Dublin, his rise to rock star, the near fatal accident that nearly left him millimetres from death, through to his final year where he lead an entire generation of Irish musicians onto fame, success and new artistic highs.

Told through the eyes of those whose lives he touched (Oscar-winner Glen Hansard, writer/actor Sharon Horgan, Mike Scott of The Waterboys, Bronagh Gallagher, Josh Ritter, Lisa Hannigan, Rónán Ó’Snodaigh and many more. This epic story of extraordinary music and friendship will both touch and inspire.

If you want to hear director Alan Leonard talking about the film listen to him and Glen Hansard on Arena on RTÉ Radio 1 here:

https://www.rte.ie/radio/radio1/clips/22037017/?fbclid=IwAR2soeSLbzf_98x3MJwJAEJz_V5_psgdeR4PNnIpOLLQUYKCn3VMWSvi480

Or read about it on Joe.ie

https://www.joe.ie/movies-tv/whos-irish-music-pay-tribute-late-mic-christopher-new-documentary-life-736961?fbclid=IwAR275j_A25QqHA5HR7arzP1HVMAe9q8OhlHxDeT4t3os9PBYujugsFgxxB4

I hope you all love this film as much as I do. If you want to find out more about the film and future release dates around the world check out the links below.

Produced by: 
Níall Carver 
Alan Leonard 
Fiona Graham

Written by: 
Níall Carver & Alan Leonard

Directed by: 
Alan Leonard 

Director of Photography / Editor:
Fiona Graham

Single Cell Films: singlecellfilms.com

Speed of Life Films: speedoflifefilms.com

Facebook Page: facebook.com/heydayfilm/

Twitter Feed: twitter.com/heydayfilm
#heydayfilm

Instagram: instagram.com/heyday_the_film/
#heydayfilm

IMDB Page: imdb.com/title/tt10449554/?ref_=ttpl_pl_tt

Metal Gigs, Calibrations and new Studios

This Sunday sees the release of Saor’s Lockdown Live Gig which I had the pleasure of editing. Like all bands during this pandemic The Scottish folk metal band headed by Andy Marshal have seen all their gigs and tours cancelled this year so they’ve decided to record a one hour multi camera live gig in Audio, Glasgow.

The will be going out live across Facebook, Twitch, and YouTube simultaneously Sunday 18th October 19:30 (BST)

Facebook – www.facebook.com/saorofficial

YouTube – www.youtube.com/c/fortriuproductions

Twitch – www.twitch.tv/fortriuproductions

I’ve had the pleasure of working with the lads before when I shot their music video Bròn which currently sits at 422,061 views, definitely the most watched video I’ve ever made.

I have to say the lads are so nice and an absolute pleasure to work with and Saors music is amazing. Looking forward to watching the gig as it goes out, I hope it goes really well for them and the fans like it.

It’s great to see musicians playing again and I always love working on musical project so if anyone has any ideas that could help the musical community film or video wise feel free to get in touch.

In other news this week I just got back from Galway working on a show that shall remain nameless for now to settle back into a nice, relaxed bit of editing only to find I needed to recalibrate my monitors again. They seems to be slipping much quicker then they used to. At the moment I am using a Datacolor SpyderX Pro to calibrate my monitors but instead of doing it monthly I find I am having to do it at least once a week.

Datacolor SpyderX Pro

Thats not to say there is anything wrong with the device, the SpyderX Pro is very good, surprisingly quick and accurate. It’s also small enough that I don’t mind packing it into my bags when travelling. The fault is more with the monitors age, it just ends to slip quicker these days.

Im hoping soon to be able to afford a Flanders Scientific monitor but at the moment it is a little out of my price range.

Anyway in film news Sky High Productions are opening a new studio in Drogheda called “Rippin Studios”. It’s in the construction stages at the moment but will be opening soon to anyone who needs a sound stage. In the link below you can see Seán talking about it and giving a little tour of the space.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1411615779049038