Calling all teenage actors! We’re currently casting 6 roles for an upcoming RTÉ kids TV series. All roles are for 13-16 year olds (male and female roles). The shoot is taking place from August 7th to 24th so you must be available for the duration of this time. Actors don’t have to be Dublin based but must be based on the island of Ireland. Character descriptions below:
A teen idol / Willy Wonka style character – the big boss of the teen empire that the other
characters are seeking to join. Max is the slickest kid on the block. He’s a bit of a Justin Bieber
tech whizz. He’s a teen billionaire who made his money from inventing cool tech gadgets, but he
equally wouldn’t look out of place on stage in a boy band.
He’s charismatic, charming, but also quite sneaky and not trustworthy. Although he smiles a lot,
he can be quite devious. He knows exactly how to get what he wants from people.
Grace is the ultimate girl next door – she’s the everyday ordinary girl that the audience will
connect with. She ends up attending this summer camp kind of by mistake (all the other teens
are chosen because of their superior skills in certain areas, but Grace was selected because
she shares the same name as someone else. She is a little insecure but grows in confidence as
the show develops. She sees the fun in things and wants to be friends with others, she is less
competitive than the other teens. She suspects Max is devious early on, but she knows it will
take a lot of investigating to expose him. She’s likeable and very much the audience’s window
into this world. Friendly, fun, adventurous and curious. She’s very smart and Leo is intimidated
Marcus is cool, calm and collected. He attended the teen mini mogul camp last summer and
was chosen as a winner. The other team members are jealous that he must have the inside
track with Marcus, but there’s more to Marcus that meets the eye. He starts out a bit selfish and
stand offish / not very friendly, but then he falls for Grace and romance starts to blossom. His
hard shell starts to soften. He’s quick talking, quick thinking but doesn’t trust people easily. He’s
a bit hard to get to know at first.
Una is extremely shy but highly intelligent. Her parents have sent her to this camp because they
want her to make friends, but Una would rather be anywhere else but here. She plays a lot of
video games and all her friends are virtual. She can be bossed around far too easily and never
speaks her mind. But in the end she learns how to stand up for herself. She’s a little mouse
Leo will stab anyone in the back to get what he want. He’s super loud, super brash and thinks
he knows it all. He comes from quite a wealthy background and assumes he will always get his
own way. He learns over the course of the show that sometimes it’s okay to fail if you did your
best. He also learns to relax a bit. He’s Grace’s biggest rival.
Sarah is a bit of a messer. She has a very short attention span. She wants to be famous and
she thought it would be fun to attend this camp but she isn’t really too bothered about the
investigation or what might really be happening behind the scenes. She’s a bit flaky and
switches between different friends a lot, but ultimately she learns to not always take centre
stage and to be a bit more loyal.
WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING SELF TAPES FOR THESE ROLES.
Frontieres Platform @ Cannes
We’re excited to be packing our bags and heading off for a few days to the Marche du Film at the Cannes Film Festival once more. This is our 5th time attending the market and this year we’ve been selected to participate in the excellent Frontieres platform for genre projects, with our upcoming feature film ‘The Winter Lake’ (supported by the Irish Film Board and co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union).
The film will be presented as part of the ‘Proof of Concept’ strand, which takes place on Saturday May 12th from 10am – 11.30am in the Palais K, Level 4. The film will be presented alongside 9 other really exciting projects, including one that will be produced by Ben Wheatley.
The Frontieres markets and platforms are so pivotal for genre producers to forge creative collaborations and sales partnerships. We have participated in three of their markets in the past and found them to be the best co-production markets we have ever attended. In fact, we met our sales agents for The Lodgers, Epic Pictures, at the 2015 Brussels Frontieres market.
Here’s a little more info about the event and the projects that will be featured:
And here’s an article from Variety
A trip down memory lane….
Planning our trip to Cannes has got us thinking about the very first time we attended the festival in 2012. Our first feature film ‘Stitches’ was being sold by MPI Media Group at the time (very successfully) :), and we hadn’t much experience as to what a film market entailed. We spent most of our days wandering around somewhat aimlessly (along with our director Conor McMahon), ogling yachts and luxurious champagne parties from a distance. Yet at the same time, our film was doing great business in terms of international sales, so it was all a bit surreal being there, not quite knowing where to go, or what to make of it all! Our lack of market experience also meant that we ended up staying in a pretty grim hotel quite far out in Le Cannet. It also resulted in us experiencing our own ‘Cannes robbery’ where a phone, laptop & some money were stolen from our room one evening. We were completely shocked, until we discovered this kind of theft is apparently fairly commonplace in Cannes…especially for rich and famous celebrities. So, although we may have been staying out in the sticks, paying a fortune for the pleasure, and reduced to drinking a can of beer in our strangely cold triple room, we weren’t that far removed from the celeb experience all the same…. or so we kept telling ourselves!
In any case, we’ve since had only positive experiences each time we’ve attended Cannes. This will be our fifth time attending and we’re looking forward to heading back again this year. We’ve by no means hit the big time, we merely know how to structure our market meetings at this point. In the meantime, we’ll keep dreaming of the day we’re chartering our own yacht around the bay
The Lodgers shall be released in Irish cinemas from this Friday 9th March. Catch it in the following locations:
Movies @ Dundrum – BOOK HERE NOW
Movies @ Swords – BOOK HERE NOW
Movies @ Gorey – BOOK HERE NOW
Omniplex Cork – BOOK HERE NOW
Omniplex Limerick – BOOK HERE NOW
Omniplex Waterford – BOOK HERE NOW
Omniplex Wexford – BOOK HERE NOW
The Light House Cinema, Dublin – BOOK HERE NOW
The Light House Cinema, Dublin Q&A with Brian O’Malley & David Turpin – BOOK HERE NOW
The Light House Cinema, Dublin Q&A with Loftus Hall proprietor Aidan Quigley – BOOK HERE NOW
The Arc Cinema, Wexford – BOOK HERE NOW
The Arc Cinema, Drogheda – BOOK HERE NOW
Diamond Digital Cinemas, Navan – BOOK HERE NOW
C&L Plex Roscommon – BOOK HERE NOW
Eye Cinema, Galway – BOOK HERE NOW
Mayo Movie World – BOOK HERE NOW
Triskel Arts Centre, Cork – BOOK HERE NOW
St. Michael’s Theatre, New Ross – BOOK HERE NOW
It’s been a seriously busy few weeks here in Tailored HQ. With Berlinale, JETS, organising distribution for The Lodgers and last – but by no means least – celebrating our IFTA win, we’ve barely had enough time to catch our breath!
The bright lights and buzz of Berlinale had us heading to the German capital for a few days this week. As one of our favourite events of the year, we were delighted to be back in Berlin to meet some like minded filmmakers – and to imbibe in a stein or two!
Though we were also at Berlinale to catch up with distributors, co-producers and of course, filmmaker friends, one of the main reasons we were in Berlin was to pitch our upcoming project Hive Mind at JETS 2018. The JETS Co-Production Initiative is funded and supported by FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Irish Film Board, HessenFilm und Medien GmbH, nordmedia, The Finnish Film Foundation and Telefilm Canada and brings together filmmakers from Ireland, Germany, Canada, Finland and the UK to pitch their upcoming projects to potential distributors and co-producers. We were delighted to see such a strong Irish contingent there this year and are looking forward to following up on some of the interesting projects that were pitched.
One thing that we are absolutely over the moon about this week was The Lodgers’ big win at the IFTAs. The film won in the VFX category beating out industry behemoths like Game of Thrones. A huge congrats are due to Ben O’Connor, Aoife Noonan, Julianne Forde and Oisin O’Neill for their much deserved award. Special shout-out to Alan Foley and Ray Sullivan for their great contribution to VFX too.
The Irish release for The Lodgers is fast approaching and we can’t wait for you all to catch a glimpse of our gothic ghost story. The Lodgers will be shown at the following Irish cinemas from March 9th:
The Lodgers will also be enjoying it’s American release this weekend. If you’re Stateside, you can catch the film in the following theatres from today:
We are absolutely buzzed to be donning our very best ‘Tailored’ attire in attendance of the Irish Film and Television Awards this Thursday night in Dublin with our upcoming film, THE LODGERS, up for three awards.
We’re up for Best Costume Design (Sara Jane Ffrench O’Carroll), Best Production Design (Joe Fallover) and Best Visual Effects (Tailored Films and Bowsie Workshop).
The film has already begun to develop a buzz around it following its Toronto Film Festival Debut last September. It’s already garnered three awards and was the Closing Gala Film at Sitges International Film Festival last October.
The IFTAs also sees other members of THE LODGERS team up for nominations: Cinematogrpaher Richard Kendrick for SONG OF GRANITE, Deirdre O’Kane for Supporting Actress in HALAL DADDY and Moe Dunford for his supporting Actor in VIKINGS.
The Tailored crew will be attending alongside our nominees and we hope to come home with an award or two. Best of luck to all the nominees in all the categories – it’s an honour to be part of such a celebration of Irish talent!
We’re also thrilled to announce that THE LODGERS will see its release across selected cinemas in Ireland on March 9th. Keep an eye out for more details as to where you can catch the film when it’s released!
The Lodgers are being pulled from the shadows and into the sun for two premieres this coming week!
We’re absolutely delighted to announce that The Lodgers shall be enjoying both its European and American premieres in the next week. Our first premiere of the week is taking place tomorrow and shall bring team Tailored to the sunny shores of Sitges for the acclaimed Sitges International Film Festival. The festival, celebrating it’s 50th birthday this year, is the most prestigious fantasy film festival in the world, showcasing the best and brightest fantasy and horror films during its weeklong span. Of course Tailored Films is no stranger to Sitges as our first feature Stitches premiered there way back in 2012. As a credit to its brilliance (if we do say so ourselves) The Lodgers has been awarded the honour of being the closing film for the festival in its semicentennial year. Tickets for the closing gala can be bought here.
As serious horror lovers here at Tailored Films, we couldn’t be more excited to announce that The Lodgers will be having its Stateside premiere at Screamfest. Held in Los Angeles every October, Screamfest is the largest and longest running horror film festival in North America. The festival is home to the scariest, most imaginative horror films in the world and has been credited for the discovery of many horror greats such as Paranormal Activity which premiered there in 2007. The Lodgers shall be having its Screamfest debut on October 17th. Tickets can be bought here.
The Lodgers was produced by Ruth Treacy and Julianne Forde of Tailored Films and financed by the Irish Film Board and Epic Pictures Group. The film was directed by the visionary Brian O’ Malley and written by the inimitable David Turpin. Among the wonderful stars of the film include newcomer Charlotte Vega, Bill Milner (iBoy, Son of Rambow), David Bradley (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones), Eugene Simon (Game of Thrones), Deirdre O’Kane (Noble) and Moe Dunford (Vikings). Patrick Ewald, Shaked Berenson, Macdara Kelleher and Rory Gilmartin were Executive Producers on the film and deserve every ounce of praise they’ve received for its creation.
The Lodgers have found a new home…..
We’re so excited to announce that our most recent feature film ‘The Lodgers’ has been chosen as part of the official selection for the Contemporary World Cinema category at TIFF. This will be the film’s World Premiere and we are chuffed that the film will be screened during the highly competitive opening weekend on September 8th and 9th. As TIFF is considered to be one of the top 4 A list festivals in the world, it is a real honor for this small Irish ghost story to be part of the selection. Made in collaboration with the Irish Film Board and Epic Pictures, The Lodgers is sure to ensnare it’s audience with it’s compelling and haunting narrative.
The Lodgers is set 1920’s, rural Ireland. Anglo Irish twins Rachel and Edward share a strange existence in their crumbling family estate. Each night, the property becomes the domain of a sinister presence (The Lodgers) which enforces three rules upon the twins: they must be in bed by midnight; they may not permit an outsider past the threshold; if one attempts to escape, the life of the other is placed in jeopardy. When troubled war veteran Sean returns to the nearby village, he is immediately drawn to the mysterious Rachel, who in turn begins to break the rules set out by The Lodgers. The consequences pull Rachel into a deadly confrontation with her brother – and with the curse that haunts them.
This gothic horror feature film was produced by Ruth Treacy and Julianne Forde of Tailored Films and financed by the Irish Film Board and Epic Pictures Group (also World Sales Agents). The stars of the film include newcomer Charlotte Vega, Bill Milner (iBoy, Son of Rambow), David Bradley (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones), Eugene Simon (Game of Thrones), Deirdre O’Kane (Noble) and Moe Dunford (Vikings). The film was directed by Brian O’ Malley and written by David Turpin. The Executive Producers include Macdara Kelleher and Rory Gilmartin.
For more information on the film, please keep an eye on our website as well as checking the film’s official pages on social media
Our sister company, the Digital Film School, has just wrapped up the first week of Make a Movie courses! The Digital Film School has been running a 5 day course that teaches teenagers all aspects of filmmaking from editing and acting to directing and lighting for the last 12 years!
This year’s first two courses in Dalkey and Swords were fantastic, the students learned a lot and were genuinely interested in the filmmaking process. After speaking with a few of them, it is very clear how this course has inspired them to further their knowledge and passion for film.
You can watch the “behind the scenes” videos for these courses on the Digital Film School’s YouTube channel!
After brief classroom instruction the students take the art of filmmaking into their own hands. Every student is assigned a role (director, actor, camera person etc.) and uses their new knowledge to fulfil the duties that come along with each position. Slowly
the students watch all of the pieces come together as they complete the course. These new skills allow for the students to create an entire short film completely written and produced by them, as well as watch it with the pride of a job well done and confidence in their newfound abilities.
Each student receives a USB drive containing their finished film and the films are then entered into prestigious international youth film festivals such as the Fresh Film Festival in Dublin! We are so proud of this week’s students and we are looking forward to see what the rest of the summer courses will bring!