Working In Digital Media with Ian Cudmore

In WIDM this week we had the honor of havig Ian Cudmore of Chutney Films for are guestspeaker.

Ian firstly started with his background education he had achieved up to date. In 2006 he graduated from NCAD – The National College of Art & Design with Industrial Design & Product Design. He then went on to complete a masters degree in Trinity College Studying Music & Media Technology. An unusal turn of events for Ian he reflected on during the talk but he guessed he just wanted to keep his opition’s open. While doing his masters degree in Trinity this is when Ian took a big interest in Video which ultimatley led him to where he is today.

After completeing his masters degree in Trinity he did a 3 month internship @ One Productions. During this internship his work was mainly creating flash ad’s, etc. >> After this internship Ian went to work for Hyper Production Company…unfortunatley the company closed soon after Ian joined which ultimatley led Ian to doing free-lance work. Something Ian thought he’d never do but everything happens for a reason as they say!

Ian Talking about EPK's, Music Video's & Lisa Hannigan

During his free time being a Free lancer Ian started to make a lot of Music videos’ as projects and for general fun. It was during this time he sent a Music Video to a famous Scottish Singer ‘James Yorkston’ expecting to hear nothing back, he just thought he’d send it anyway. Anywho one thing led to another and they ended up contacting Ian and asked him would he be interested in doing a documentary type thing for him. Phscyed about the idea – Ian graciously accepted and made the documentary. After this – Ian also went on to make an actual music video for him – His origanal ambition. 😀  He also put together an EPK for James – An Electronic Press Kit. An EPK is generally made to impress the media and to make a relatively small time artist appear big in a retrospect & to generally make a good impression more importantly.

Check out the Wikipedia entry on EPK’s for more info >

Through James, Ian met a guy called Donal Dineen.

Donal is a photographer who makes loops of his photographs and projects them for musical artists at concerts.

Ian who always had an interest in the field of music, followed Donal around with a mate.

Donal did the projections for Lisa Hanningan’s first concert ( Previously backing vocalist in Damien Rice’s Band – Irish Singer/Songwriter )

Lisa Hannigan

Through this concert Lisa ended up getting in contact with Donal & James and asked could they do an EPK for her. They made the EPK in Kerry over a weekend recording concerts & interviews. Ian said it was a great expierence as she was such a well known artist and it would be good on his portfolio.

Here’s the Video Ian & Donal made with Lisa Hannigan and her band as part of the EPK pack. Aswel as the awesome location, and video edting of the video the song itself is one of the most beautiful song’s i’ve ever heard ever. The video captures who Lisa really is in a beautiful enviroment. Big kudos for Ian for telling us about it!

Everything leads to something better as they say! – Through all of this Ian met Liam McGrath who is a director/editor who has worked with Pj Gallagher on the Irish Comedy skit ‘Naked Camera’  and is also the creator of the documentary ‘South Paw’ on RTÉ.

On the show Fancy Littles he did a scene of stop motion which took him 12 hours to do. The software he used for this was Final Cut, which Ian calls the best editing software.

Final Cut Pro

It was a great expierence according to Ian working in RTE, he gained alot of knowledge from working with all the different people aswel as working along the side of Liam McGrath.

Ian then showed up eight tips for writing a short story from the writer Kurt Vonnegut.

  1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
  2. Give the reader at least on character he or she can root for.
  3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
  4. Every sentence must do one of two things; reveal character or advance the action.
  5. Start as close to the end as possible.
  6. Be a sadist.
  7. Write to please just one person.
  8. Give your readers as much information as possible, as soon as possible.

Ian also included some slides from Vonneguts’ book

“A Man Without a Country”

Von - Cinderella


Von - Disaster


Von - Real - Life

At the present Ian is directing a Three-Part Episode Mockumentary called  ‘We Own the Streets’ for Storyland. The show is basically about a character they have made up for there friend Tom Walsh called ‘XL’. XL is 30 Years old and is currently unemployed.

I really enjoyed Ian’s Lecture,  very down to earth character with a good neck of expeirence in the Industry. Would love to get into the type of work he did with the EPK’s for Lisa Hannigan & James Yorkston aswell as making Music Video’s.

Thanks for reading!

See ya next time.


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