The Galway 2020 Bid Film….Galway’s best kept secret!

For the past four months filmmaker Paula Kehoe has been working with Galway 2020 in partnership with UNESCO City of Film/Galway Film Centre, to create a specially commissioned 3 minute film. The Film was the first thing that the 10 members of the European Capital of Culture jury panel saw at Galway’s presentation in Dublin on July 14th in the National Concert Hall. Steered by Tracy Geraghty from Galway2020 and Declan Gibbons from the Galway Film Centre, Paula created an immersive Virtual Reality (VR) film as the opening chapter of Galway’s presentation. To see the film in all its glory the ECOC jury panel wore special VR headsets that allowed them view the film through 360 degrees that achieves the full VR experience.

This was a high-risk strategy as this was effectively Ireland’s first narrative VR Film and involved the ECOC jury panel having to engage in watching the film in an entirely different way. Award winning filmmaker Paula Kehoe was engaged as Galway 2020 ‘Filmmaker in Residence’ to respond to the bid and developed, created and delivered a film that is edgy, memorable and uniquely Galway.  How to shoot the film, how to edit the film and how the jury would see the film were all key questions for Paula and her team.

Ireland’s only professional 360 camera crew worked on the project: Ian Fitzgerald and Terry Madigan from Virtual Reality Ireland. The 360 camera is essentially ten cameras in one and the shots are then sewn together and further treated in post production. Eugene McCrystal of Outer Limits Post Production (formerly EMC post, Room, Queen of Ireland, You’re ugly too) worked on the grade and visual effects Julie Flavin (Deargdhúil: Anatomy of Passion) was offline editor while James Latimer (Stutterer) was on sound.

This is a pioneering project in Ireland opening up new post production paths for VR immersive film.

Tracy Geraghty, member of the Galway 2020 Programme Team commented:

Paula Kehoe created a beautiful immersive cinematic poem for Galway 2020. The film not only echoes the themes of language, landscape and migration embedded in our programme but demonstrates how high artistic excellence can be achieved using new technologies. Members of the ECOC jury panel described their experience of viewing the film as ‘incredible’, ‘astounding’ and ‘epic and inspirational’.