The project has been quietly and steadily gathering momentum, attracting support, investment and mind-blowingly talented people, either willing to give their hard-earned cash, or time and talent to realising my dream, and that of director, Marie-Valerie Jeantelot; to get IN RIBBONS onto the big screen.
First off, the production team is now a force of nature, and frankly, I’m humbled to be working with the likes of them!
Tom Dowling has come on board as Production Line Manager. Tom has over 21 years experience working in the Irish film industry, with responsibility for scheduling, budgeting and health & safety procedures in the art departments of many major feature films, such as, Michael Collins, In America, Becoming Jane, Laws of Attraction, The Old Curiosity Shop, Adam and Paul, Omagh, as well as a number of TV series, such as Ballykissangel and Bachelor’s Walk. Over the years Tom has worked alongside Academy Award winners, Josie MaCavin, Gianni Quaranta and Brian Auckland-Snow, as well as Oscar nominated Production Designers, Anthony Pratt, Nathan Crowley and Eve Stewart. Tom has been working diligently of late, scouting for locations for the IN RIBBONS shoot, and we are getting very close to pinning down those locations.
Marie-Valerie Jeantelot, our Director, is quite simply, a visionary of extraordinary talent. Having written and directed her own short films, Nail Chain, Yinyang, and a documentary, Brown Gold, since completing her HND in Film & TV production in 2011, Marie-Valerie has worked on several productions such as, Derelict, and Barry’s Bespoke Bakery. Also, a talented artist, Marie-Valerie’s storyboards keep on attracting us into the world she is creating for IN RIBBONS, and are proving to be very collectible keepsakes for our investors!
Basil Al-Rawi, our cinematographer, is a graduate of the National Film School at IADT. He has worked on a variety of projects including artist films, commissions, shorts, music videos and a feature film, with many being selected for the Galway Film Fleadh, Cork Film Festival, Darklight Festival and IFI Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Festival amongst others. Basil co-produced and shot ‘Opus K’, an independent Irish feature film which premiered in Galway in 2011 and showed as part of the IFI’s Ireland on Sunday season. His photographic work is not confined to the moving image; he exhibited a photographic series during the PhotoIreland Festival in 2011, and at the Ambika P3 in London in September 2012. Basil has recently graduated with an MA in photographic studies from the University of Westminster. He has also been keeping busy, currently working with Marie-Valerie on test shoots for IN RIBBONS.
Neil Horner, on music and sound design, is a classically trained guitarist. He attended the Royal Irish Academy of Music and New Park School of Music. He has worked on a number of award-winning shorts, features and documentaries, and his music and sound design draws heavily on the subtle but unnoticed sounds and rhythms of the natural world. I have heard snippets of the soundtrack that Neil is working on for IN RIBBONS, and quite simply, it is captivating.
Amy O’Neill, our make-up artist, is based at Make Up For Ever, working with many clients from the fashion, theatre, music and celebrity world. She has worked on shoots for Expose, Fred Perry, TV Now, Stellar, Kiss, RTE Guide. She also worked on ADAM, the short film. She also specializes in body art and theatrical make-up and Amy has just returned from Paris, where she studied with Parisian artist, sculptor and theatre make-up specialist, Dany Sanz.
Caitríona Costello, the third co-producer to come on board the IN RIBBONS team, is an independent film producer. She set up Red Splash Productions in 2011, and has produced short films, a feature documentary and currently a feature film. Caitríona has a background in business and accounting. She holds a BA (hons) Degree in Production Management, and has produced short films, Bayonet, Something Unexpected, and the documentaries, Gloves and Glory and Bee no More. Caitríona is currently working on funding opportunities for IN RIBBONS.
And then, there is me…writer and also co-producing, you can read more here:https://carolinefarrell.wordpress.com/2012/09/15/about-caroline/?preview=true&preview_id=1298&preview_nonce=c525b5d3f9
The IN RIBBONS fundraising campaign at http://www.inribbons.com/. If you would like to see more on the project, or get connected by becoming an investor, please check it out.
Featured Photo is the copyright of Tom Dowling. 2013. On a recent recce with the IN RIBBONS crew…next time, I’ll be updating you on the cast and the latest news on the production.