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I’m a person who has always been interested in interesting people who say or make interesting things. Advertising used to be melting pot of these kind of people. Not so much anymore. I believe the art of short film making is where all the interesting stuff is being conceived and beaten into shape on laptops all around the world – sometimes on a shoestring budget. Historically, the price of producing slick audio-visual projects were prohibitively expensive and only the most dedicated – or maddest, pick your superlative – had the endurance to bring their visions to fruition. Today, thanks to affordable technology, the price of entry to this once exclusive club has dropped to almost zero. The only investment required is a belief in your own ability to make interesting things. That’s the good news. The bad news is you have to make or say something very, very, very interesting to break through the tsunami of sameness that infests our creative culture today. These films, I believe, are a good representation of what can be achieved creatively if one sets out with a good idea to start with – something that resonates with us as empathetic human beings. The film “Reach” by Luke Randall is a good example of storytelling that pulls on heart strings as well as electronic cables. Many people believe that technology is changing us and that we must keep up with technological change if we want to stay relevant. Rubbish. Our human responses to authenticity has always been the same – for countless generations. These films are authentic. That’s why they work so well. Artifice can only get you so far. Creativity about is building things that ring true. Short films used to be a “calling card” while prospecting for bigger projects. I believe they are now a standalone art form in and of themselves. Hope you agree. Enjoy.

TED Blog

Watching more than seventy live, perspective-changing TED Talks back to back for five days straight is nothing to scoff at. Let’s be honest: Your brain gets tired. That’s why TED’s curators program each session with short video breaks to give the mind a rest before the next set of talks. Funny, inspiring, silly, beautiful, here’s all the videos shown this year at the conference. Think of it as TED’s short film festival.

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Pinnipèdes
, by Victor Caire. Two fat, sleepy animated seals fight and love each other.

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Wiggly Things
, by Rogier van der Zwaag. An animated interpretation of philosopher Alan Watts’ lectures, about how we humans like to “break down the wiggliness of the world.”

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Reach
, by Luke Randall. A robot that needs to be plugged in in order to survive dreams of life outside his window.

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Moving images
, by Lorne Resnick. Lorne Resnick makes five-second video clips…

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Choreographer © Sean Hayes

Choreographer © Sean Hayes

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© Mike Segar/Reuters

As a good Irishman I couldn’t possibly let our national holiday go by without a mention. St.Patrick’s Day has, in recent years, turned into a parody of itself with only the faintest vestige remaining of the religious origins of the festival. “Irishness”, like St.Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Mother’s/Father’s Day; Secretaries Day etc., has now been reduced to just another greeting card commodity that can and has been exported around the world everywhere from Kazakhstan to Las Vegas and Helsinki to Hong Kong. Ireland as marketing myth. Irish Journalist, Ian O’Doherty, sums up succinctly my feelings about our national day with his usual acerbic wit in today’s Irish Independent newspaper: 

“Tis a time to be proud to be Irish and if you’re a tourist, visiting our fair isle, remember that on this day, nobody is a stranger. They’re just someone who hasn’t punched you yet.”

Quite. Top o’ the mornin’ to ya – especially to all of those waking up with a clear head this morning. But as Dean Martin said “I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day.”

Slàinte mhath

Link to photo essay: St Patrick’s Day celebrations around the world – in pictures | Life and style | The Guardian.

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A big thanks to Mobile Camera Club , Roger Guetta and Nad Iphoneographer for selecting two of my nature images to be exhibited in their gallery in Paris from the 9th of April onwards. The standard of photography continues to excel in the mobile photography community and the above video of selected artists and their work is proof of this trend. Congratulations to all the artists chosen and hopefully see you all at the gallery on the 9th. Link: http://www.mobilecameraclub.com

I had the great fortune to be cast as an extra for a French comedy film called “Les Profs 2” that has been shot entirely in Belgium in the last couple of weeks. In between feeling like Andy Millman (Ricky Gervais) in the marvellous BBC comedy series “Extras” and doing some actual work, I decided to make myself a nuisance by photographing the cast and crew on set. As an advertising art director I’ve been on multiple film sets shooting commercials over the years, but I must say this was an entirely different and overwhelmingly positive experience. Of course, It helps that it’s a comedy film, but the atmosphere on the days I was on set were fun, light and empathetic. It contrasts heavily with the stress and strain of churning out a 30 sec. TV spot in less than two days. Cast were talented and welcoming. Grub was great. Camera crew were pitch perfect professional. All in all, a joy and a delight to go to work every morning. Hope I can get some more gigs along these lines. I wish the Director, actors and production team a big success with the film – the Avant-Première, I believe, is penciled in for early July. A big thank you to Casting 7 in Brussels for, well, casting me 🙂 and to my fellow extras, Dorian, Emmanuelle, Marc and Joelle for making the experience an interesting and light-hearted one. I shot everything with my iPhone 6 and processed the images using a mix of Snapseed, BleachBypass and other various photo apps.

Arnaud Ducret © Sean Hayes

Arnaud Ducret © Sean Hayes

Isabelle Nanty © Sean Hayes

Isabelle Nanty © Sean Hayes

Pef Martin-Laval © Sean Hayes

Pef Martin-Laval © Sean Hayes

Raymond Bouchard © Sean Hayes

Raymond Bouchard © Sean Hayes

Kevin Smadja © Sean Hayes

Kevin Smadja © Sean Hayes

Fred Tousch © Sean Hayes

Fred Tousch © Sean Hayes

Didier Bourdon © Sean Hayes

Didier Bourdon © Sean Hayes

Stéfi Celma © Sean Hayes

Stéfi Celma © Sean Hayes

Extra © Sean Hayes

Extra © Sean Hayes

Extra © Sean Hayes

Extra © Sean Hayes

Eric Lampaert © Sean Hayes

Eric Lampaert © Sean Hayes

Laura Benson © Sean Hayes

Laura Benson © Sean Hayes

Emmanuelle © Sean Hayes

Emmanuelle © Sean Hayes

Choreographer © Sean Hayes

Choreographer © Sean Hayes

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Marc © Sean Hayes

Dorian © Sean Hayes

Dorian © Sean Hayes

Joelle © Sean Hayes

Joelle © Sean Hayes

Extra © Sean Hayes

Extra © Sean Hayes

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