Cúl an Tí: Cill Aodáin


Pádraig’s short film Cill Aodáin is premiering today, Sunday the 11th of February!

Tune in to TG4​ tonight at 9.30pm to see Pádraig’s short film ”Cill Aodáin’ with music by Kíla​ & vocals by Danny of The Coronas​!

The show will be a repeated on Monday the 12th on TG4 at 7.30pm.


Produced with Cartoon Saloon​ as part of Cúl an Tí, a documentary series on some of Ireland’s most iconic songs and poems, ‘Cill Adoáin’ focuses on the work of Antoine Ó Raifteirí – the last of the wandering bards.

img_9981Designed, directed, & animated by Pádraig Fagan

img_9978Featuring designs as well as model-making & set construction by Niamh Brennan

img_9990Additional animation by Kristina YeeBrigette Heffernan and Olly Blake. Graded by Alec Moore.


Find out more about the series here: http://www.tg4.ie/en/programmes/cul-an-ti/

Full Credits:

Designed, Directed & Animated by (Dearthóir, Stiúrthóir & Beochantóir) - Pádraig Fagan.

Additional Character Design, Model-making & Background Construction (Dearadh Carachtar Breise, Déanamh Samhaltán & Tógáil Cúlraí) –  Niamh Brennan

Additional Animation (Beochan Breise) –  Kristina Yee, Brigette Heffernan & Olly Blake.

Technical Consultant (Comhairleoir Teicniúil) – Eimhin McNamara.

Colour Grading (Grádú Dathanna) : Alec Moore.


Produced & Developed by (Arna Fhorbairt & Arna Léiriú ag): Ross Murray & Éamonn Ó Cualáin.

Production Co-ordinator (Comhordaitheoir Léiriúcháin) – Nicole Storck.

Creative Supervisors (Maoirseoirí Cruthaitheacha) -  Tomm Moore & Tod Polson

Executive Producer (Léiritheoir Feidhmiúcháin) –  Gerry Shirren.


Musical Director (Stiúrthóir Ceoil) – Colm Ó Snodaigh.

Singer (Amhránaí) – Danny O’Reilly (The Coronas).

Traditional Arrangement & Music (Ceol & Cóiriú Traidisiúnta) – Kíla.

Sound Engineer (Innealtóir Fuaime) - Michael Manning, Paul Finan & Kevin Lowery.

Studio (Stiúideo) – The Cauldron Recording Studios, The Meadow & EdenVella.

Mixed by (Meascóir) – Shea Fitzgerald.

In Collaboration with: St. Louis Community School, Coillte Mach, Maigh Eo.
(I gcomhar le St. Louis Community School, Coillte Mach, Co. Mhaigh Eo.)

Special Thanks (Buíochas Ar Leith do): Geraldine Molloy & Cahil Doherty, Carol Freeman, Pat & Bernadette Fagan, Tom Coffee-Lawton & Nasrin Khandoker.


The Bird & the Whale @ AnimAl Frameworks Event!

M.C. Steve Woods introducing the event
(L-R): Darragh O’Connell, Kristina Yee, Rory Byrne, Seamus Malone, Aoife Doyle, Louise Bagnall, Carol Freeman







Thanks to everyone that came out to the AnimAl: Animation Alliance screening tonight!
Amazing to see such a range of mediums and subject matter coming out in the one year! Congrats to Rory Byrne (And Maps And Plans), Seamus Malone (Windmill Lane), Aoife Doyle (Pink Kong Studios). Louise Bagnall (Cartoon Saloon) and our very own Carol Freeman!
Here are some snaps from the QnA session with the filmmakers. chaired by Kristina Yee, independent animator and writer, and Darragh O’Connell of Brown Bag Films!
Special thanks to Birch Hamilton & Steve Woods for putting the night together!


The Bird & the Whale UK Premiere @ MAF2017

Carol’s oil paint on glass film The Bird & the Whale is having its UK premiere during this week’s Manchester Animation Festival !
Many thanks to Steve & crew for selecting Carol’s labour of love!
Unfortunately we won’t be in attendance ourselves, but it’s a very special feeling knowing that after all the years of teaching our film to walk and talk it’s finally out in the world and making friends!
Screening tomorrow at 1900 in Cinema 2:

LNWC @ Cardiff Animation Nights! Saturday July 22nd


Delighted to announce that Eimhin will be attending the upcoming screening of both Late Night Work Club anthologies at Cardiff Animation Night‘s event, on Saturday the 22nd of July!
He’ll be talking about and showing some clips from recent work, along with fellow LNWCers Nicolas MénardConor Finnegan and Louise Bagnall!

For further details you can check out the link here

We hope to see you there!

Dublin Maker 2017!

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Delighted to announce that we’ll have a stand at Dublin Maker 2017 in Merrion Square Park on July 22nd!
Looking forward to showing you all what we’ve been working on!


Along with the recent An tEarrach Thiar scene illustrations, we’ve also released some additional prints for sale on the Paper Panther Shop:

Battling Wolfhounds
Chaloupa in an armchair
St Brigid: 50% of proceeds from this print’s sale will go to the Abortion Rights Campaign
Honda 50


An tEarrach Thiar @ Cafe Frosch, Kyoto

A lovely bit of news reached our ears today, all the way from Japan!

Photo by Robin Hoshino
Photo by Robin Hoshino

The backgrounds painted by illustrator Robin Hoshino for Eimhin‘s upcoming Cúl an Tí project An tEarrach Thiar, are currently on display at Café Frosch in Kyoto!
The paintings depict the landscape of Inis Mór much as it was in the 1930s when Máirtín ó Direáin lived there, and conveys the light from the lingering sun, as the day comes to a close.
Delighted that Robin’s excellent work can be appreciated in person! You can see more of Robin’s work on her website here: http://www.hoshinorobin.com/
You can see more of our work from these projects by following this LINK

Cúl an Tí: Cill Aodáin & An tEarrach Thiar Screening!

We recently had a little screening for our in-house crew and some members of A4 Sounds of Cill Aodáin & An tEarrach Thiar!
Below’s a little peek at the projects:

Cill Aodáin directed by Pádraig Fagan

Raftery an mbard taisteal
A beanna mbard ghoid an seó!

An tEarrach Thiar directed by Eimhin McNamara

Fear ag glanadh cré
Gach bóithre mar thoradh go dtí an fharraige

These projects were co-produced with the Cartoon Saloon & Sónta Films, and will be making their way to TG4 in the New Year!

Next week we’ll be releasing prints from these shorts for sale in our shop, so keep your eyes peeled and save up your shekels!


Art In Ireland Feature!

Our studio A4 Sounds was recently featured in this special for Art In Ireland by Culture Fox TV’s Niamh Gibbons.

You can see some behind the scenes footage from our upcoming TG4 projects  ‘An tEarrach Thiar’ & ‘Cill Aodáin’, as well as an ad which Carol recently completed featuring Alphabetti Spaghetti!

An tEarrach Thiar – BG Process

We were very generously asked to contribute to an anthology of Irish language songs, produced in collaboration with Sónta Films, the Cartoon Saloon and Kíla.

Here’s a little taste of Eimhin’s contribution: An tEarrach Thiar
Based on a poem by Máirtín Ó Direáin, with an original arrangement by Kíla and lush vocals provided by Lisa Hannigan, the film takes place in that golden hour, as the sun sets on a spring day on the island of Inis Mór.

You can view a previous post, featuring photos taken on a research trip to Inis Mór here: LINK

Here’s how I went about putting together one of the early shots:


Initial storyboards, roughly laying out the pertinent elements and actions involved in the scene


Layout drawing, locking down the details, and adding in the foreground element to help with framing


Timelapse of the background being painted


Final painting. The addition of some cliffs in the BG, helped to delineate the brightly lit ‘steps’ from the sky


And here it is comped in with the characters (character animation by Katie Sherlock)

Within each scene the BG painting was separated into different layers, with some clone-stamping to cover any overlap. This allows some repositioning, and addition of cloud movement in the sky, or wave movement on the water. In addition to these digital edits, some other BGs required more lighting in comp, but as this one is one of the introductory shots it wasn’t as extreme in terms of photoshop work to reign in or emphasise the painted elements.

Here are some photos of our brilliant animation crew at work:


Our singer, Lisa Hannigan, with crew members Katie & Ciara

Thanks for reading, I look forward to sharing more of this project with you in the coming months!

- E.


The sun setting over the Aran Islands, as viewed from Fanore, Co. Clare.