21 January, 2010
The Pobal National Conference, 'Life is for Learning, Learning is for Life' takes place in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin on Thursday 21st January 2010. Areaman Productions were commissioned by Pobal to make a 15 minute film on Irish people's experiences of learning, that will be screened at the event. In making the film, we spoke to people of all ages and of varying backgrounds from across Ireland about their experiences of 'lifelong learning'.
The conference is being organised and delivered with the support of a large range of contributors and organisations. It is primarily focused at policy and decision makers/influencers, Directors, CEO’s, managers of organisations and academics. The closing address will be delivered by Mr. Fergus Finlay, CEO, Barnardos.
20 January, 2010
It was a certain Graham Linehan who first put us on to Shadowplay, the ultimate cineaste blog. Its author, DCairns, has forgotten more about niche cinema, B-movies and hidden gems than Martin Scorcese has ever known. The blog is as wide ranging as it is prolific with Cairns reserving particular love for early Hitchcock, Powell and Pressburger, Orson Welles and a seemingly endless parade of curiosities from 20’s and 30’s cinema pulled from some magical vault. Of particular interest to Areaman was his recent post on David Lynch and his influences from the world of film. Lynch began his career as a painter and conceptual artist and was never formally trained in filmmaking. It is the director's often stated claim that he is not influenced greatly by other movies which Cairns takes issue with in his post. He cites a series of noirs and mainstream titles (Yojimbo, Kiss Me Dealdly, The Wizard of Oz) which Lynch either borrows from or makes reference to across his own output.
With particular reference to Twin Peaks, Cairns details the show’s final episode and the likely influence of Tales of Hoffman, with nods to Fellini and The Prisoner. We would humbly suggest that there is a more fundamental cinematic influence at play from the very beginning of the series which begins the morning after the death of Laura Palmer. Otto Preminger’s 1944 film “Laura”, is a fairly low rent noir starring nobody of note but perfectly serviceable for a rainy Saturday afternoon. The movie opens the morning after the death of Laura, who we never see, but whose character is revealed to us through the series of people who are giving evidence to the police investigating her death. As with Laura Palmer, this Laura seemed to have a different persona for everyone in her life. As with Twin Peaks, the Laura character is present in many of the scenes in the form of a large, dominant portrait hanging above the fireplace in her home where much of the film takes place. The obvious echo here is the prom queen photo of Laura Palmer which seems to permeate the entire first season of Twin Peaks. It is no co-incidence then that the detective played by Dana Andrews gets his first big break in the case through a dream. Certainly worth a view for fans of Twin Peaks. Akin to watching L.A. Takedown after having seen HEAT.
The original article by DCairns is here: http://dcairns.wordpress.com/2010/01/19/the-naked-lynch/
You can follow him on Twitter too: @dcairns
20 January, 2010
Kavaleer Productions in association with Areaman Productions, recently completed work on an interactive game for South Dublin County Council. The game called 'Jobot's Access All Areas', communicates an awareness of the importance of accessibility of buildings, for people with disabilities. The game was designed, storyboarded and developed by Kavaleer Productions, in response to a brief by South Dublin County Council and Areaman Productions.
In 2009, Areaman Productions produced a series of video access guides which outlined recent improvements in the accessibility of public buildings and services across South Dublin County. With the launch of 'Jobot's Access All Areas', Areaman Productions and Kavaleer Productions have helped South Dublin County Council demonstrate their continuing commitment to improving access and service provision to disabled people in South Dublin County. Kavaleer Productions developed the game concept to include a robot character called ‘Jobot’ to help make the game more informative and accessible for all users. ‘Jobot’ is a boxy maintenance robot who has been hired to do some repair work on a Heritage House in South Dublin. As he’s on wheels and is the width of a wheelchair, he’s finding it hard to get into the building to do his work. Players are asked to make accessibility improvements to the Heritage House that make the exterior and interior more accessible to everyone.
Jobot’s Access All areas’ will be available to enjoy soon from South Dublin County Council’s Disability Access Service website: http://accessible.southdublin.ie/
19 January, 2010
Areaman Productions are happy to announce 3 new screenings of our feature documentary 'The Liberties' as part of the Access Cinema initiative.
Details of the screenings: 1. Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co.Kildare. Date: Monday 25/01/10 (Followed by Q&A with Tom Burke and Shane Hogan) www.riverbank.ie 2. The Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Fingal, Co.Dublin. Date: Thur 25/02/10 www.seamusenniscentre.com 3. Axis Ballymun Arts and Community Centre, Balymun, Dublin 9. Date: Monday 26/04/10 www.axis-ballymun.ie 'The Liberties' documentary can be purchased on DVD from: www.whereistheliberties.com