During the summer of 2014 I had the opportunity to help former film student, Jack Walsh by capturing some stills on his latest film. Home from the New York Film Academy Jack is directing his short film ‘Grace’ in County Down, Northern Ireland.
Jack wrote, directed and scored his first short film, ‘Cannon Fodder‘ as part of his A-level in Moving Image Arts. The quality of this film earned Jack a place in the prestigious New York Film Academy’s. Jack had the privilege of studying at their Los Angeles campus for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Filmmaking.
‘Grace’ was a one week shoot in late August. The filming was based in the the Mournes and Castlewellan Castle and managed to coincide with the worst week of rain.. The images were captured on the first day of production during waves of torrential rain.
Set in troubled 1979 Northern Ireland, an introverted Catholic boy attends a local cross-community weekend and falls for an outgoing Protestant girl, transcending the discriminative boundaries imposed by an older generation, unwilling to change.
The production team, included an array of well known film professionals included the entire Walsh family. Jack’s brothers, sister and parents all had a part to play in production. This family support isn’t new given both of Jack’s parents appear in ‘Cannon Fodder’.
I ended up packing two weather sealed cameras and the deluge of rain made shooting particularly difficult. Wet weather gear and a bag for over the camera made for a challenging yet enjoyable photographic experience.
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Knowing that a camera and lens are weather sealed isn’t enough reassurance. In reality shooting in the rain creates the challenge of keeping the front of the lens rain free, which in Northern Ireland just isn’t easy.
‘Grace’ has now moved to postproduction and should be released before Christmas.