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

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A beanna mbard ghoid an seó!

An tEarrach Thiar directed by Eimhin McNamara

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Fear ag glanadh cré
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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!

 

Centra – Live Every Day TV spot


Earlier on this year we were invited by Russell Curran Productions to produce an animated segment for this Centra spot. You can see our work at about the 20 second mark!

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The animation was designed and created by Carol with lighting and technical supervision by Eimhin.

 

In this piece on our studio space at A4 Sounds, Carol can be seen working on an initial proof of concept too from about 3:20:

Many thanks to the Russell Curran team for bringing us in on the project:

Director – Stevie Russell
Art Director – Paudge Donaghy
Copywriter – Ted Barry
Agency Producer – Rosaleen Cullen

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:

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

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

 

Timelapse of the background being painted

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

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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:

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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.

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

Happy New Year

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Happy New Year!
Thanks again for following our work over the past year, we hope to have much more to show you in the coming months!

A4 ART 4 REFUGEES EXHIBITION!

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Eimhin’s A4 Art 4 Refugees Exhibition and Fundraiser is open all day today, come in and view the artworks!

The address is:

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A4 Sounds Studios & Gallery, St Joseph’s Parade, Dorset St

 

 

INFO

The Auction begins tomorrow from 1230, if you can’t make it but are interested in bidding on a piece you can bid online here: link

For more information and the full catalogue of artwork: https://www.facebook.com/events/402705623260563/

Here’s a little walk through of the gallery:

A4 ART 4 REFUGEES – Raffle Prizes announced!

Only a few days until the A4 ART 4 REFUGEES fundraiser and art show opens! Please help spread the word!

A4 Art 4 Refugees  –  https://www.facebook.com/events/402705623260563/407252966139162

We now have a full list of Raffle Prizes:
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Raffle Prizes

 

Get your raffle tickets here: LINK

Info on the Exhibition and Auction:
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From the 5th to the 8th of November A4 Sounds and Paper Panther are hosting an art exhibition and auction in aid of the current refugee crisis with proceeds going to Global Giving to support refugees. The UN Refugee Agency estimates that more than 4 million people, half of whom are children, have fled Syria to neighbouring countries, and 7.4 million people are displaced internally within Syria. The crisis is the worst the world has seen in over twenty years and the need for refugee support is dire.  At this critical point with refugees facing a winter that is predicted to be one of the worst on record, A4 Sounds and Paper Panther put a call out for artists to donate time and work and over thirty artists have responded.

Eimhin McNamara, one of the founding members of Paper Panther, an aw­ard winning group of animators who come together to develop and create short films, commercials, TV series and workshops, developed the idea for the Artwork Auction to raise funds for the refugee crisis.

“It came about as a response to feeling so helpless to the constantly increasing numbers which are being reported. The format for the exhibition and auction came from being previously involved with the Animation Art Show, another excellent fundraiser, in aid of children’s charities. With A4’s Art 4 Refugees show we hope to not only raise funds through the creation of artwork but also to create a human connection, closing the distance between the idea of ‘them’ and ‘us’ and help build a more open and caring world community.” Once the initial shape of the project was defined Eimhin brought the idea to A4 Sounds, the arts organisation and space where Paper Panther are based, who immediately came on board as collaborators, providing a venue, event management and carpentry services to set up the exhibition space.

A4 Sounds arts organisation is involved in this initiative as it’s mission is to foster interdisciplinary collaboration to add to the field of socially engaged art through their projects and actions. They want to make art that matters. This art auction will matter to the refugees and proceeds will fully go to charity, namely Global Giving.

About Global Giving

Global Giving provides a community based crowd funding platform for nonprofits. The Syrian Refugee Relief fund provides aid services including:

  • Delivering food and clean water, providing shelters and household essentials to families in need.
  • Continuing to provide refugees with safe access to lifesaving medical aid, including reproductive health care.
  • Supporting children whose schooling has been disrupted by the conflict, and setting up safe spaces in refugee camps for children to learn and play.
  • Providing refugees with psychosocial support to help reduce emotional consequences of traumatic stress and restore a sense of hope and normalcy. 

About the Artwork

A4 ART 4 REFUGEES submissions

We have over 40 artworks for the show, with over 30 artists represented. You can view a Facebook Album of the submitted art here along with details on the artists here: LINK

In the next few days a full online catalogue will be released and, for people not able to attend the auction, they will be able to make online bids in advance, indicating their maximum bid.

There is a wide variety of work to bid on, with over thirty artists already committed to the project, from animators, illustrators, graphic designers, art directors, to fine artists, sculptors, photographers and conceptual artists

Event Details

A4 Sounds are hosting an exhibition and auction of Artwork in aid of the refugee crisis.

Opening night & Raffle: Thursday 5th of November 19:00

Exhibition open to the public: Friday 6th & Saturday the 7th of November 10:00 – 20:00

Auction: Sunday 8th of November. 13:00 – 17:00

All proceeds going towards Global Giving’s Syrian Refugee Relief fund.

The show opens on Thursday the 5th of November at 19:00, and features a raffle, with a host of prizes up for grabs. Raffle tickets are €5 each and will be available to purchase on-line before the event, as well as on the night itself. The exhibition is open to the public for the following Friday and Saturday from 10:00-20:00, with the auction itself occurring on Sunday the 8th of November from 13:00-17:00.

Sponsors

Our current sponsors include: Woodworkers and Hobbies Ltd. -Dublin​, Printlines​,
Bleecker Street Cafe Bar​, Trinity College Dublin, Michael Canning, Colm Hackett and Paddy Cullen.

If you are interested in volunteering time, donating raffle prizes or even sponsoring the event, you can get in touch with us using the contact details below.

Web Links

Paper Panther: http://paperpanther.ie/

A4 Sounds: http://a4sounds.org/

Facebook page for auction: LINK

Raffle Tickets: LINK

Global Giving‘s refugee relief fund: LINK

Contact for Press:

Eimhin McNamara

Email: eimhin@paperpanther.ie

Mobile: 0879554718

A4 ART 4 REFUGEES EXHIBITION, RAFFLE & AUCTION

A4’s ART 4 REFUGEES

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From the 5th to the 8th of November A4 Sounds and Paper Panther are hosting an art exhibition and auction in aid of the current refugee crisis with proceeds going to Global Giving to support refugees. The UN Refugee Agency estimates that more than 4 million people, half of whom are children, have fled Syria to neighbouring countries, and 7.4 million people are displaced internally within Syria. The crisis is the worst the world has seen in over twenty years and the need for refugee support is dire.  At this critical point with refugees facing a winter that is predicted to be one of the worst on record, A4 Sounds and Paper Panther put a call out for artists to donate time and work and over thirty artists have responded.

Eimhin McNamara, one of the founding members of Paper Panther, an aw­ard winning group of animators who come together to develop and create short films, commercials, TV series and workshops, developed the idea for the Artwork Auction to raise funds for the refugee crisis.

“It came about as a response to feeling so helpless to the constantly increasing numbers which are being reported. The format for the exhibition and auction came from being previously involved with the Animation Art Show, another excellent fundraiser, in aid of children’s charities. With A4’s Art 4 Refugees show we hope to not only raise funds through the creation of artwork but also to create a human connection, closing the distance between the idea of ‘them’ and ‘us’ and help build a more open and caring world community.” Once the initial shape of the project was defined Eimhin brought the idea to A4 Sounds, the arts organisation and space where Paper Panther are based, who immediately came on board as collaborators, providing a venue, event management and carpentry services to set up the exhibition space.

A4 Sounds arts organisation is involved in this initiative as it’s mission is to foster interdisciplinary collaboration to add to the field of socially engaged art through their projects and actions. They want to make art that matters. This art auction will matter to the refugees and proceeds will fully go to charity, namely Global Giving.

About Global Giving

Global Giving provides a community based crowd funding platform for nonprofits. The Syrian Refugee Relief fund provides aid services including:

  • Delivering food and clean water, providing shelters and household essentials to families in need.
  • Continuing to provide refugees with safe access to lifesaving medical aid, including reproductive health care.
  • Supporting children whose schooling has been disrupted by the conflict, and setting up safe spaces in refugee camps for children to learn and play.
  • Providing refugees with psychosocial support to help reduce emotional consequences of traumatic stress and restore a sense of hope and normalcy. 

About the Artwork

There will be a wide variety of work to bid on, with over thirty artists already committed to the project from a mixture of animators, illustrators, graphic designers, art directors, fine artists, sculptors, photographers and conceptual artists

There is a Facebook page for the auction, which provides news and showcases the participating artists work:

A4’s Art 4 Refugees  –  https://www.facebook.com/events/402705623260563/407252966139162/

In the coming weeks an online catalogue will be released and, for people not able to attend the auction, they will be able to make online bids in advance, indicating their maximum bid.

Event Details

A4 Sounds are hosting an exhibition and auction of Artwork in aid of the refugee crisis.

Opening night: Thursday 5th of November 19:00

Exhibition open to the public: Friday 6th & Saturday the 7th of November 10:00 – 20:00

Auction: Sunday 8th of November. 13:00 – 17:00

All proceeds going towards Global Giving’s Syrian Refugee Relief fund.

The show opens on Thursday the 5th of November at 19:00, and features a raffle, with a host of prizes up for grabs. Raffle tickets are €5 each and will be available to purchase on-line before the event, as well as on the night itself. The exhibition is open to the public for the following Friday and Saturday from 10:00-20:00, with the auction itself occurring on Sunday the 8th of November from 13:00-17:00.

Raffle Prizes

Our current raffle prizes include:

  • A4 Sounds Goodie Bag
  • Paper Panther Goodie Bag
  • limited edition 7” vinyls from Sissy & Cal Folger Day
  • Meal voucher from Bleecker Street Cafe and Bar
  • Group ticket from Viking Splash Tours
  • Tickets from Lighthouse Cinema
  • Prints from contributing artists
  • 6 week Life Drawing Course @ A4 Sounds (beginning January 2016)

Two of the exhibition pieces will also be selected for the raffle, to help give everyone a chance to walk home with a part of the show.

Sponsors

Our current sponsors include: Woodworkers and Hobbies Ltd. -Dublin​, Printlines​,
Bleecker Street Cafe Bar​, Trinity College Dublin, Michael Canning, Colm Hackett and Paddy Cullen.

If you are interested in volunteering time, donating raffle prizes or even sponsoring the event, you can get in touch with us using the contact details below.

Web Links

Paper Panther: http://paperpanther.ie/

A4 Sounds: http://a4sounds.org/

Facebook page for auction: https://www.facebook.com/events/402705623260563/407252966139162/

Global Giving‘s refugee relief fund: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/syrian-refugee-relief-fund/

Contact for Press:

Eimhin McNamara

Email: eimhin@paperpanther.ie

Mobile: 0879554718

 

Logos:

 

Logo & Poster Download link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/es7er18nr8xrm4t/AADf_JTPNuCsXvju_X-DEC6Ua?dl=0

 A4 ART 4 REFUGEES EXHIBITION, RAFFLE & AUCTION

Whirligig!

SCREENSHOTWe’re delighted to announce that we are now being commercially represented by Whirligig!

Check out their site below, along with the other talent on display here:
http://www.whirligig.tv/

 

Many thanks to Julie and Samantha for bringing us on board!