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

Drones, Docs and Dojos

So we’re entering another week of lockdown and people are getting frustrated and stressed, I’m not going to suggest what people should be doing or things to do to keep positive or anything like that, everyones circumstances are different and there is no one fits all . But on the upside the film industry is working and there appears to be a lot of work out there.

Things do seem to be very last minute and a lot of stuff is being rescheduled and pushed back even as I write this another shoot I’m on has been moved for the third time but the industry is moving and that’s not nothing.

So what have I been doing since my last post. Well, not a huge amount to be honest there’s been a few day work on Dramas and corporates but a lot of them keep getting moved due to the current situation. So to keep myself sane I have been going for evening runs and learning how to play Dungeons and Dragons. Anyway back to the film stuff, I took my drone out to soldiers point and the Cooly mountains for a practice run then brought the footage into Davinci Resolve and used Lookdesigner by colour lab to try out different looks

And when not shooting stock footage on my drone or working on corporates or dramas, I’ve been working on a few personal projects. The edit for my documentary “In The Shadow of The Bull” is very close to being locked. This doc has taken me years to get near the end of and has broken my heart more then once but it’s nearly there, we’re about to enter the scoring and grading phase and I’m looking forward to getting it out there. Hopefully there’ll even be an “in person” festival run.

A Still from interview with Alex Meehan of the Namiryu Dojo

I’ve also started a new project, a documentary on martial arts namely Bujinkan with the Bujinkan Namiryu Dojo. The Doc is about the evolution of the art from ancient Japan to modern day, it’s place in western and modern society and the people who study the art. I have been training there for four years now and aside this is a subject I am passionate about it’s more then an excuse to study more about the art. Last Wednesday I shot an interview with Alex Meehan the Sensei of the dojo which was absolutely fascinating. here is a still from the shoot showing the RAW Footage from the RED Scarlet Dragon and the LUT I designed for it in Davinci Resolve. The LUT is a Kodak5217 Vision 2 200T film stock emulation printed on 2398 modern stock. ( +4 C, 0 M, -3 Y).

For more info on current projects or to discuss new ones feel free to get in touch. I’m always looking for things to shoot or colour, I’m especially interested in shooting more drama at the moment.

fionagraham@singlecellfilms.com

October Update

So it’s been an interesting few weeks, It seems like I’ve been saying that a lot and I keep thinking of that old Chinese curse “may you live in interesting times” but it is none the less true. Dublins gone back into lockdown and it looks like the rest of the country is going to follow but sure we’ll keep going the best we can. If they do shut everything down again I’ll be sure to be out with the drone.

Since my last update I’ve had two shoots assisting the lovely people at Tiny Ark, Submitted two projects to Tg4’s Ignite program, edited one promotional trailer, Finished editing a live gig for a band in Scotland (more on that later) and gotten back to work on my doc on the legacy of The Field “In The shadow of the Bull”.

The Ignite Scheme looks interesting. “The scheme is project-led, and will support the progression of the selected projects and their teams, through training that will focus on the development process of documentary, from inception to exhibition. The scheme will foster a new generation of non-fiction creative documentary talent from all over the island of Ireland to pursue their first or second feature, and to provide them with a platform to develop the spectrum of skills and knowledge required to succeed as a feature documentary filmmaker on an international level.” So it looks like the selected film makers will get much more out of it than just funding, fingers crossed we get at least one project in. Not sure what the notification date is.

Anyway one thing I have been very happy with lately is three new pieces of software I have been working with called Look Designer 2.0, Grain Lab and Colour Lab AI. I had mentioned in previous posts that I was doing grading courses taught by Dado Valentic and part of that course was we got to beta test these pieces of software. The first two are plugins for DaVinci Resolve while the third is a stand alone program and I would highly recommend them to anyone who does their own grading. Check out the link below for more information on them.

https://colourlab.ai/look-designer/

Three of the shots in these pictures (Taken from the promo for the Doc “Searching for Maria”) were shot on the Sony A7sii and three of them were shot on the RED Dragon. They were graded using Look Designer 2.0 emulating Kodak 5217 Vision 2 200T film stock printed on a 2398 Modern Negative.

I’ll be trying out Colour Lab AI on the next project I shoot so hopefully Covid won’t postpone it too long.