Brain Freeze for CBBC (2014)

Brain Freeze hits CBBC!

Brand new 13 part comedy science series airing on CBBC from Wednesday Jan 22nd at 17:55.

I’m delighted to have recorded all the voices and provided all the sound design and mixing work as one of my final projects at Gorilla Post Production.

Made in Dublin by Kite Entertainment, Brain Freeze uses a unique blend of puppets and animation to create a world where science facts meet big laughs. Each episode sees our heroes, Dr. Sorcha Knowles and Prof. Mike McCork, answer the days BIG QUESTION and explain the science behind their BIG ANSWER. It¹s all done under the ever-stressed and panic-stricken eye of Colin, the show’s guinea pig floor manager.

Brain Freeze is produced for Kite Entertainment by Colm Tobin who also wrote the series with Aidan O’ Donovan. The director is Ian Benjamin Kenny with Paul Madden taking care of pipeline and compositing. The cast consists of Maura Foley, Aidan O’ Donovan and John Colleary. Steve Lynch of Stellarsound composed all the music for the series.

The full 13 episodes will run every Wednesday and Thursday at 17:55 from Jan 22nd on CBBC. Brain Freeze is distributed internationally by Aardman Rights who have already sold it successfully to Discovery Asia and broadcasters in Norway and Israel.

Hell’s Kitchen to Hollywood

John Kelly presents Hell’s Kitchen to Hollywood, the story of the men and women who changed how the Irish were portrayed in cinema forever more. From New York to Boston to the canyons of Monument Valley, the presenter explores how such cinematic legends as James Cagney, John Ford, Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby helped bring a number of Irish characters, such as policemen, strong Irish women, chancers and priests, to the big screen.

It follows the Irish story in America during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, a time when many Irish immigrants rose from the slums of New York City to the bright lights of Hollywood.

Here they produced some of the most iconic film producers and actors in cinema history.

‘Hell’s Kitchen to Hollywoo’ was produced by Gerald Heffernan and directed by Gerry Hoban. It airs tonight, April 4th 2013 @ 10.15pm on RTÉ One

Wildernuts

Stephen has recently started recording voices for ‘Wildernuts’, a 26 part animation series which will air on RTÉJr this summer.

‘Wildernuts’, written and directed by Andrew Kavanagh of Kavaleer Productions is a quest-themed show that aims to introduce young children to the wonders of their natural habitat. It follows five heroes as they explore a colourful island world on their flying ship, The Cloud Hopper.

Strictly Am Dram

Strictly Am-Dram follows a diverse number of amateur drama groups from different parts of Ireland in the build up to their annual event, the All-Ireland Finals, held in Athlone in May each year.

The 6 episode series was produced and directed by David Power of Power Pictures, narrated by Carrie Crowley and will air on RTÉ this spring.

Bliain In Arainn Mhór (A Year in Arranmore)

Airing in February 2013, Bliain In Arainn Mhór is a four-part series following life on the island, from a number of different perspectives filmed over 12 months the series features the old and the young; those from the island and those who have moved there more recently; those familiar with and still practicing the traditional way of life and those eager to embrace a new and different approach to life on this harsh yet beautiful outpost.

Bliain in Arainn Mhór was produced by David Power of Power Pictures.

Tommy Bowe’s Bodycheck

‘Tommy Bowe’s Bodycheck’ aired last night (Sunday 24th February 2013) on RTÉ1. The documentary gives a unique insight into what it takes to rise to the top of the modern game of professional rugby.

Produced by Conor Moloney and directed by Peter Murphy of Independent Pictures, ‘Tommy Bowe’s Bodycheck’ focuses on the rugby star’s return to action after a long lay-off.

Tommy Bowe

Food Fight – The Toughest Restaurant Challenge on TV

Celebrity chefs Derry Clarke and Clodagh McKenna are taking part in a one-off Christmas special called Food Fight. Each chef is taken from the comfort of their own kitchens, spirited away and given the task of designing the ultimate Christmas-themed restaurant.

Not knowing where they are going, or who they are up against, the programme sees our chefs transported to a secret location (Gorey, Co Wexford) where two similarly-sized eating establishments agreed to allow them to take over for four days.

Each chef will have just 24 hours to revamp their restaurant, meet and train their staff, devise and cook menus which will ultimately win over the locals when they open for business for the next two nights.

The Gorey gourmets will judge both of the newly run establishments with their wallets, as the diners will compare and criticise both venues and leave comment cards telling the chefs what they really thought of their night out.

The chef with the most profits will be crowned the victor of Food Fight – Christmas special.

The show aired on RTE on the 26th of December and it was nice to work with Director, Ciaran Gallagher again. The show was produced by Another Avenue.

The Mario Rosenstock Show

The Mario Rosenstock show consists of a series of sketches caricaturing celebrities and Irish peculiarities.

The series is written by Ian Dempsey and Mario Rosenstock with Damian Farrell of Caboom as the series director.

Nice to be involved in this project and get involved in some comedic music production!

The Mario Rosenstock Show, Monday nights, RTÉ 2 at 9.30pm.

Faster Higher Stronger

Sports science documentary Faster, Higher, Stronger sees Irish Times journalist Ian O’Riordan examine how athletes are using science and technology to enhance their performance, asking whether or not we can ever again truly believe in the purity of sport.

The documentary was produced and directed by Ronan O’Donoghue with Conor Moloney (Independent Pictures) as Executive Producer. The programme aired on RTÉ One on Tuesday 17 July at 9.35pm and being involved in the production was a thoroughly enjoyable experience for a number of reasons.

Personally, I am a huge sports fan and can’t wait for the Olympics.  I greatly disapprove of the use of performance enhancing drugs and it was fantastic to see an athlete interview other professionals who have fallen foul of the authorities while also championing clean and hard working current and former athletes.

On a professional note, Gorilla provided the online edit, grade, motion graphics and sound mix on the 52 min documentary and it was fantastic to see all departments working together in full post production!

 

 

Dhá Chúirt (Two Courts)

Gorilla provided the sound post production on “Dha Chúirt” for Square 1 Productions, which tells the amazing true story of Vere Gould, a famous Irish Wimbledon finalist who was convicted of murder in 1908.

After his playing career had ended, Gould moved to Monte Carlo with his wife but when they fell on hard times a botched robbery ended in tragedy as the couple carried out one of the most gruesome murders in French history and ultimately sealed their fate. Both were sentenced to life imprisonment with Gould spending his remaining years on Devil’s Island. Many believe he took his own life soon after.

“Dha Chuirt” was produced by Shane Tobin of Square 1 Productions and directed by Cathal Watters. It aired on TG4 on Wednesday 27th June 2012.

 

 

Vere Goold is one of the most interesting characters of Irish sporting history and his life is full of dramatic ups and downs which went from a pampered youth to his ultimate demise on Devil’s Island. His name still lives on in infamy in Wimbledon as the only finalist to be convicted of murder at a time when the game of tennis was at its peak in Ireland. We think it’s a great accompaniment to the excellent TG4 Wimbledon coverage and we did justice to that amazing story, on and off the court, with our great crew who worked on it.” – Shane Tobin, Producer