An tEarrach Thiar Prints!

We have added a selection of prints from Eimhin’s forthcoming film An tEarrach Thiar, available as high quality A4-sized prints for €25 and archival quality A3-sized prints for €80!
If you’d like to take home some of the scenery of 1930s Inis Mór, swing by our shop here: atet_04 atet_05 atet_08

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!


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.