A DUNDALK based filmaker says that the career of fellow Dundalk native, John Moore, has helped inspire him to get involved in the industry.
James Mullholand from Cox’s Demesne has just finished directing a 20 minute short that shot in the Bragan Mountain range in Monaghan, while his first feature ‘What If’ has been nominated for several awards.
The DKIT student spoke to the Dundalk Democrat about both shoots, and about some exciting new projects that he is working on.
“I shot my first short in Dundalk in April. I self funded ‘What If’ and made it on my own with a crew of college students so I’m happy that it is getting good reviews on the festival circuit.”
The young filmmakers says that on leaving school, it was suggested to him that as he was such a big fan of film, why not get involved in the business.
He says the stellar career of John Moore, who is about to direct the latest installment of the Die Hard franchise, is a big help.
“I think John my have lived in the same estate at one stage. It’s a working class estate, and to see someone from here going on to be big name in America is a big incentive. His movies make money, so people obviously want to see them.
James recently finished shooting on ‘Lose the Booze’, which centres on two estranged friends (Dermot and Seamie) who wake up the morning-after-the-night-before in the mountains in a stolen delivery truck, a full load of beer kegs and no clue how to undo the mess they are in. When they run into the local Garda , they need to put their differences aside and think fast how to lose the booze.
“I was invited to direct the film, as the producer Declan Reynolds had seen a short film I directed earlier in the year called ‘What If?’.
“We shot for two days up in Bragan mountains. It is a comedy with some drama elements, and it was script I felt I could really relate to.
“There was pressure in directing the film as I know the producer Declan Reynolds, as a friend as much as anything else, so I didn’t want to let him down.”
James’s debut short film ‘What If?’ has been nominated for Best Newcomer at the Underground Film Festival in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin next month.
“I’m currently in pre-production on a feature length film called ‘Ransom for Me’. After college I may go on to do a masters in dircting or cinematography. I’d love to make eventually be involved in large scale films, such as sci-fi a fil. That said I primarily concerned with character and I suppose you might my style is more indie at the moment.”