A lady, a project name and the final month

The final rush of the last few weeks has been pretty crazy, deadlines and presentations falling out of everyones ears. I haven’t had a great deal of time to continue with further editing but I have however filmed a lady! This was delaying me getting back into the edit as the project was really missing a girls voice. I had intended to Interview Lisa Hannigan a week after the mid-semester review but this ended up falling through as Lisa couldn’t make time as she’s back and forth between Dublin and London between now and may which was a little upsetting at first but I was able to get over it! Here’s an email from Lisa’s lovely manager Una telling me about it:

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Sive to the Rescue

After the news about Lisa I began to panic a little inside about not having a lady penciled in to interview. I wrote a wall post on my own personal facebook page asking if there were ‘any cool lady songwriters I know willing to take part in a documentary on songwriting?’.

Straight away then I received emails from two previous girls I had filmed for my own YouTube Channel – Musicians With Cameras. The first email I was greeted by the amazing Sadhbh O’Sullivan saying how she’d love to help out. I met Sadhbh last year when she got in contact with our channel asking to do a video, and only recently just done another video where she invited us down to her hometown of Naas to film a show she was playing with her band in a church converted Arts Centre.

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I went ahead and Interviewed Sadhbh this bank holiday weekend gone by, I met her in town on Saturday and we strolled to Merrion Square park and I interviewed her.

Here’s a screenshot example from the interview:

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Conversing leads to good things

In the last couple of weeks I’ve been really stressing out about still not having a name for my documentary, I had chosen the approach of and hoped the name would just come to me at the right time and place, “I’ll know it when I hear it” etc. The other day I was chatting to my good class mate Ciaran about our projects and general stuff, I mentioned I was still having trouble with a name and he asked ‘had I thought of any or anything’ which suddenly got me thinking about something I remembered hearing looking back over the Interview I did with Conor O’Brien of Villagers.

Conor had mentioned and compared some aspect of the writing stage to making a Patchwork Quilt, which I remembered loving. So during my convo with Ciaran, this suddenly flushed into my mind. I began making connections of this name to various different things other people said including Peter Doran saying how songwriting is all about craft which is a nicely juxtaposed next to Conor’s quote.

I told Ciaran there and then “I think I have a name”.

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Interviewee Number Two: Matthew Barnson

Being a one man band, cool mics and backing up

I knew filming purely on my own wasn’t going to be easy but it was a decision I made from the very beginning.

In order to get the most honest and truthful  answers from my interviewees I believed it would be best if I just interview them on my own. Now when I mean on my own, I mean not bringing anyone to assist me in filming and setting up sound and cameras etc. It was something which I discussed with my first project supervisor Hugh, he felt the same about the situation too so it was decided.

I film a good bit of stuff outside of college so I’m well used to setting up cameras and using the sound equipment but still some of these things can become the hardest tasks when you bring into the equation time, pressure and general nervousness.

So far I have filmed two subjects for my documentary, Peter Doran – a folk singer/songwriter from Mullingar and Matthew Barnson – a classical composer from Utah currently teaching at Trinity College. Yesterday on friday afternoon I filmed Matthew, who had told me he had a concert to attend that evening so I was a little conscious of time. Prior to the interview, I must of double checked I had all the right equipment 100 times but when I got to the location for Matthew’s interview I realised I had forgotten the xlr cables to connect the zoom h4n to the sennheiser mic my good friend Donnacha from Cock and Bull had lent me for both my interviews this week. PANIC.

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Matt, the gent

Conscious of time, I was straight out honest with Matt I had forgotten this vital piece of kit. I thought for a minute I could maybe use the zoom in built sound but knew it wouldn’t of done the same justice as the sennheiser mic. Luckily Matt was an absolute gent and said he didn’t mind if I ran to get another one. Thankfully the Interview was on Parnell St, just around the corner from Maplins, so I sprinted around and bought a cable. Usually I wouldn’t buy cables from here as the prices in Maplins (sorry Maplins) tend to be pricey at best of times but I didn’t care. The staff in Maplins were very helpful though, a semi good plug? maybe.

Some screen grabs from Matt’s Interview:

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Talking about Sibelius

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Matt’s Interview went really well and was so interesting to get an insight into a composers ways of songwriting from the birth of a song to viewing the end product of a musical piece at one of his own concerts and the feeling of hearing it properly for the first time.

Something I am also doing religiously is backing up everything I film for my FYP after loosing all my footage from a short film I shot in 3rd year. I suppose it was a good lesson to learn..! Photographic Evidence:

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