If you’ve ever dreamt of becoming a film-maker, but haven’t had the time or resources, now just might be your opportunity to bring that dream to life.
Shot by the Sea is a Galway 2020 Small Towns Big Ideas film project in which new and experienced film makers make a five-minute short film during the month of March 2019. Supported by The Village, Salthill, the project invites individuals and groups from the community to come together to share resources, and make exciting short films.
For those who don’t own film equipment, film can be shot on a mobile phone, or digital camera. All genres of film are welcome, from comedy and romance to history and horror, as are all forms of film – narrative, experimental and animation.
The creators of the project – Teresa Lavina, Nigel Gilhooly and Liza Bolton – hope that, through the project, new skills will be learned, new friendships will be formed and new links created.
“Filmmaking is by its nature a team effort”, says Liza Bolton, one of the organisers of Shot by the Sea.
“We wanted to bring together groups from within the Salthill and wider community to work together to create a set of films that use the landscape and iconic landmarks, as well as those secret locations that make our coastal towns and villages so special. Coastal locations make for great drama, documentary, comedy and experimental film. Our Wild Atlantic Way beaches, seafronts, villages with their narrow streets, wide promenades, iconic landmarks, as well as those hidden gems – are all ideal locations to inspire and tell a story. We challenge our filmmakers to use these in new ways, new locations, new angles to tell exciting new stories,” she adds.
“Film is forever, and once a story has been created on film, it becomes a fixed thing, a visual story that can be watched again and again. I hope that the project will leave those involved with a new set of skills that they will use again and again to create new stories,”
On 1 March 2019, teams will begin making their films. Throughout the month, workshops will be held to help teams with progress on story, casting, shooting and editing.
The project will culminate in a gala public festival screening of the best films in Salthill on 18 April 2019.
Filmmakers, community groups, schools or anyone who fancies dipping their toes in the art of film making, are welcome to take part in this exciting community project. All films submitted will be available on line for the filmmakers to share and for everybody to enjoy after the screening event.
Find out how you can get involved on the Shot by the Sea website.