Help Cian make his Feature Film…There could be Guinness in it for you*

*not a guarantee of Guinness

My friend and colleague Cian McGarrigle has entered a project into the Arthur Guinness Projects competition.

Cian is the writer and Director of the multi award winning film ‘No Messages’ and the project he is pitching is a feature film that sounds like a lot of fun.

You can vote for his project here, and remember YOU CAN VOTE EVERY DAY. I’ve already voted a bunch of times, you should too.


Here’s what Cian had to say about it…

Heist Take Two
A film about one woman’s revenge on the financial sector. A perfect escape for Irish cinema audiences.

If successful, funding from the Arthur Guinness Projects will be used to hire a crew of independent filmmakers to shoot a promotional trailer and test scenes from the film. It will also go towards developing the screenplay including hiring a script editor.

This completed package will then be used to attract investors and production companies to a unique independent Irish feature film.

The Pitch:
Right now Eleanor’s bank is being robbed. But that’s not why she’s miserable.

All her life, Eleanor has done everything right and it’s gotten her nowhere. She works in a job she hates at a bank she owes tonnes of money to, lives alone in a squalid bedsit while renting out her negative-equity apartment to ungrateful tenants and her father’s rising medical bills are threatening to clean her out completely.

So being pushed face down into the carpet at work by armed raiders is nothing on her scale of misery. What isn’t nothing is the fact that instead of an expected pay rise Eleanor has just had her wages cut and been admonished for her ‘bad attitude’ while Debra, the office bitch, has been given a promotion.

When Debra campaigns successfully for the bank staff to play themselves in the CrimeCall reconstruction of the robbery because it would be “cathartic” Eleanor is not impressed. She objects to the idea but nobody listens. Debra, after all, is flavour of the month and Eleanor is aniseed. Nobody likes aniseed-flavoured anything.

While on a disastrous date with Dean, an unemployed and talentless actor, Eleanor drunkenly concocts a fantasy revenge on her employers. During the filming of the robbery reconstruction she and Dean should actually rob the bank for real and slip away unnoticed!

But that fantasy becomes a dangerous possibility when Eleanor learns that her father will soon need 24 hour live-in care. With no other way to pay the bills and facing complete financial ruin it’s time for Eleanor to engineer her own bailout from work.

To successfully pull off the heist Eleanor must call in favours from some dodgy characters she thought she’d left in her past – including her own brother who’s behind bars. They’ve got to train wimpy Dean to play a hardened criminal and get cast in the reconstruction, find a way to swap a bag of fake TV money for real cash while being filmed and figure out how to launder the one million euro they’ve got their sights on.

But Eleanor’s not the only one with designs on the bank’s motherload. During the reconstruction a real criminal with a real gun slips into the bank unnoticed amongst the actors in balaclavas. He takes the place down. Amidst the panic, confusion and accusations of stolen lines from the actors Eleanor manages to switch bags. The real criminal takes off with a load of fake money while the real money is taken back to the TV station mistakenly labelled as a prop. A prop that’s too realistic to be left lying around and is scheduled to be incinerated the next day.

Now Eleanor has just 24 hours to break into the TV station and get back the cash. But with a Garda detective and the other bank robber on the trail of the money too, things are not going to be easy. Can someone who’s always played it straight go crooked and get away with it? Eleanor’s about to find out the hard way that crime doesn’t pay but it can be very funny.

Heist Take Two is a comedy-thriller about one woman’s attempt to solve her own financial crisis with an itchy balaclava, a fake shotgun and a real attitude problem.

To learn more about the Arthur Guinness Projects click here

No Messages

Last night I attended the first in a series of Movie Quiz Night’s to help raise funds for various film projects around Dublin. Last night we were there to support Cian McGarrigle in the funding of his film “No Messages”. There is a trailer for it below.

Cian had a successful night with about 20 tables turning up and raising some money for the film which hopes to start shooting in October. The film also has a fundit campaign which you can support here. Depending on your level of contribution, the fundit scheme offers a whole host of treats for the prospective investor. You can get your name in the credits or walk on parts, to featured parts and an executive producer credit.
Cian is an old college-mate of mine and a colleague in the world of editing. In the past he directed short films, music videos and advertisements, he has also written award winning plays and is an emerging stand-Up comedian.

Here’s some more info about the film straight from the horses mouth so to speak.

Set in The Thomas House – Dublin 8, No Messages follows one day in the life of Dave, a barman who’s stuck in emotional limbo. He’s expecting an important phone call but arrives at work to discover that not only has he left his phone at home but his boss is asleep behind the bar. So begins a long day of hangover cures, irritating regulars and attempts to keep the toilets “for customer use only”. And while Dave checks and rechecks his voicemail from the pub phone he finds that sometimes when you’re drifting aimlessly that much-needed kick up the arse can come when you least expect it. The soundtrack will include music by upcoming Irish bands including So Cow and Junior85.

Based on an idea conceived over pints one night in The Thomas House itself, No Messages is a short film whose script clocks in at 20 pages long. Too long for traditional funding routes we’ve decided to look for assistance from you (yes you reading this right now!) in getting it off the ground. And we want you to be part of the film too!

While we’ve managed to secure the services of many talented people so far who are willing to work for nothing, there are a lot of things that we just can’t manage to scrounge up for free so all the money raised will be used to rent the necessary camera and sound equipment, feed our hard-working no-pay crew and pay for the rest of the shoot’s expenses – including insurance, transport costs and marketing. After the film is shot the remaining money will be used to pay for post-production which will include renting an edit suite, getting a colour grade and sound mix done and also producing promotional DVDs and Blu-Rays to send out to festivals and to you, our funders. We plan to submit the film to all the major Irish film festivals, including Galway, Cork and Foyle as well as key international festivals.

The shoot will take place in late October and we plan to finish post-production by January 2012. The premiere will be held in a Dublin city centre location in February 2012.