'The Dig' Wins at Galway Film Fleadh

Wolfhound Media are delighted to announce ‘The Dig’ has won Best Film at the 30th Galway Film Fleadh in a ceremony attended by the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins.

The Dig is produced by Out of Orbit Productions in association with Wolfhound Media and directed by Andy and Ryan Tohill. It was financed by Northern Ireland Screen and Yellowmoon.

 L-R Brian Falconer (Producer, Out of Orbit Films), Michael D Higgins (President of Ireland), Ryan and Andy Tohill (Directors) and actor Moe Dunford (Ronan Callahan).

L-R Brian Falconer (Producer, Out of Orbit Films), Michael D Higgins (President of Ireland), Ryan and Andy Tohill (Directors) and actor Moe Dunford (Ronan Callahan).

This journey of this film started on the fifth of November 2013 when Alison Millar’s ‘The Disappeared’ was broadcast on BBC4. During the programme one of the contributors sorrowfully stated ‘I don’t care about justice any more, I just want closure’.

It was that heartfelt, and emotionally loaded, quote that inspired the creation of ‘The Dig’. Development on the project started in August of 2014 with the assistance of Northern Ireland Screen. As with most projects a lot changed during the early drafts but never the core concept, this was always a film about how to get passed the past, a theme that resonates in the post-conflict Northern Ireland of 2018. 

I’d seen very little of Ryan and Andrew Tohill’s direction and yet there was something about their style that had stuck with me. They were my first choice to direct and throughout the entire project they have shown themselves to be the best choice.  

As the project reached the third draft it was time to bring Brian J. Falconer of Out of Orbit Productions on board as producer. From the moment I met Brian it was his hunger, not only to produce his first feature, but also for the project itself that excited me and convinced me he was the man for the job.

As we progressed toward the green light and production, I worked very closely with Katie Boyles, our Story and Script Editor. It was during this time that we took the script from good to great. We toiled over each word, each plot-point, each piece of dialogue’s inclination, style, subtext. Katie elevated this project and elevated my writing. 

The odd thing about writing a film is there comes a point when it’s no longer yours but becomes the directors’. This is a transition that can cause a lot of anxiety. Thankfully it was seamless for us as Andrew and Ryan Tohill consistently made every moment of the script better. The shoot was tough, very tough. November on an Irish bog isn’t for the faint of heart. It was literally freezing. The cast and crew all toiled through that hardship and I believe they have produced something really special.  

 Q&A session after Galway screening

Q&A session after Galway screening

During the shoot, Wolfhound’s very own Alasdair not only recorded the Electronic Press Kit but also all of the film’s aerial cinematography. The project has an epic size, scale and themes and all the photography needed to match that. The Director of Photography Angus Mitchell rose to that challenge and so did Alasdair. Every frame in the film is beautiful.

As the film begins what we hope will be a long and successful festival run, our focus becomes the future. ‘What’s next?’ There are new ideas bubbling away, not just for film but also television. I want to work with Brian, Ryan, Andy and Katie again and as I promised our 2nd Assistant Director as he trundled off the mud soaked bog, it’ll be in a warmer location.

You can check out the first review of the film here: https://www.screendaily.com/the-dig-galway-review/5130937.article

Aerial Filming for Feature Film 'The Dig'

Behind the scenes stills from feature film 'The Dig'. Filmed on a bog, on a hill, in November, in the bitter cold and biting wind. A challenging shoot that left zero time for errors of any description. Shot in 5k RAW with the Inspire 2, the footage matched up perfectly with the Arri Alexa Mini that was used as the A-Cam throughout the rest of the film.

Freckle Magazine

Freckle Magazine is a publication that is a very welcome sight in Northern Ireland. It embraces the values of slow journalism, concentrating on positivity and creativity. All the contributors work on a voluntary basis and do so for the love of creating something that will have a positive effect on readers.

Alasdair completed his first assignment for them towards the end of 2017. It was about a fiddle maker in Belfast called Aiden.

2017 - A Year in Review

At Wolfhound Media we’ve never been very good at shouting about our achievements. Our New Year’s resolution is to put an end to that.

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Don’t worry we aren’t going to spam you every time we get a new client, buy a new piece of kit or double park without getting a ticket. 

2017 was a great year for the company. Too good not to be proud of and not to talk about. We produced content for the fashion industry, for tourism, business and food. We worked with interior designers, universities, engineers, rugby clubs, textile manufacturers and with an opera singer on her new album. 

We travelled across all of Northern Ireland, the Republic, Scotland and England to produce content for local, national and international clients. 

Alasdair’s aerial photography has continued to amaze and delight our clients. In 2017 he shot for corporate projects, broadcast television productions and a feature film. 

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In 2017, Wolfhound Media returned to the roots of its foundation three and a half years ago: drama. 

We produced two funded short films and worked across another two. All four films will be released in 2018. 

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Stuart’s debut feature film ‘The Dig’ is also now in post-production. Produced by Brian J Falconer and Out of Orbit Productions, in association with Wolfhound Media, the film stars Moe Dunford, Lorcan Cranitch and Emily Taaffe. It is directed by Ryan and Andy Tohill. The film’s premiere will also be in 2018. We will be sharing more about this throughout the year.

As good as 2017 was, we expect 2018 to be even better. Not just because of premieres and showcases, but because of all the hard work ahead of us. 

In this industry you are only ever as good as your last job and that is the mantra we live by. It’s going to be an exciting 2018. Stay tuned. This will be the year we keep our resolution.

 

Causeway Coast and Glens Series

In late December, Wolfhound was proud to present a selection of films co-produced with the Causeway Coast and Glens Council to a packed private cinema in Bushmills.

The brief for this series was quite simple - showcase the wonderful people, produce and picturesque sights of the Causeway Coast. Portstewart’s own Sarah Travers went on this journey with us and time after time, hair net after hair net, made everything a little easier.

We went lobster potting, beer sampling, whiskey sipping, bread baking, salmon smoking, quail egg collecting, pesto pounding and much more.

A real joy to behold was getting the drone in the air. The beauty of the Causeway Coast and Glens is hard to describe. It has to be seen to be believed.

Being able to spend time on the Causeway Coast and having to go seeking out the remotest of locations for aerial filming was a dream job. Meeting the enthusiastic artisans who worked in these surrounds, truly drove home the experience of working and living on the Causeway Coast.
— Alasdair McBroom

Working with these wonderful businesses was an inspiration for us at Wolfhound. Their skill, dedication to quality and unwavering positive attitude was a joy to behold and something we endeavour to put into everything we produce.

‘The North Coast has always felt like a second home to me but seeing it in this whole new light was a real pleasure. The energy and enthusiasm was contagious and the food, drink and people were great too.’

To watch the series at the Causeway Coast's Youtube Channel, click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXtMLdo22Vo

Stuart Drennan, Wolfhound Media.