stacey (from bondi beach)

G’day… here’s a little bit about Stacey, who’s an Australian living in Northern Ireland (true story). I have to say a huge thanks to Stacey for generously providing me with loads of fantastic photographs in order to bring her story to life. I was about to say “good on ya mate” but that’s a bit too cheesy, right? Oh, oops.

the night 100 million people saw me naked

No not me! The title refers to the gorgeous David Monahan, who is the subject of this little film. David is now pursuing a career as a professional multi-tasker, working at the new MAC centre in Belfast, while also undertaking journalism training at the BBC and writing for start-up magazine Gay NI. Luckily for me, he found time in his busy schedule to chat to Sarah and me.

Here’s what he told us!


we ran a marathon

Here’s my beatbox-inspired little piece about my friends and me entering a relay team in the Belfast Marathon. The Antrim Road bit isn’t nearly as bad as people say (honest). Enjoy! Oh and I should probably send a nod in the direction of the Monty Python boys. Squish effect from


from tara to tattoos, tourist-walking to marathon-running, and naked running.

Wow, so life has become a bit of a whirlwind. Here’s what I’ve been up to lately with the ni2012 film project.

A couple of weeks back I had a fun little shoot with Tara. Tara’s a bubbly Kerry girl who works in media in Belfast. She loves to socialise so I decided to film her getting ready for a night out. It should be a nice little piece and will incorporate Tara’s love of the Irish language in an original way…

Last weekend on a sunny Saturday morning, I was whisked away by the Tourist Walk boys (my friend Oisín Kearney and his brothers Breandán, Mike and Dónal) for a mad day of filming. Tourist Walk have a rather unique take on being a band – they choose a city, then perform acoustically in a few interesting locations, with a different song for each location (usually a cover).

I’ll save the songs and locations as a surprise for when they’re cut, but basically we filmed in three different locations around Belfast, with the boys playing two covers and an original. I’ll use the original as the basis for one of my ni2012 films and the others will be uploaded to the Tourist Walk youtube channel. I filmed on two cameras, my friend Daniel took care of sound, Fiona handled behind-the-scenes filming, and Aideen took loads of gorgeous photos – you can see some on the Tourist Walk facebook page. It was a pretty great day.

The following morning, I had a fake marathon shoot. Let me explain. My friends and I entered the Belfast marathon relay, and I decided to film our efforts; however I quickly realised that logistically it might be a bit challenging to film on the day. [I’m really glad I made that decision, as the actual day was raining and horrible!] So we filmed marathonny things on Sunday morning. During this shoot I used a fake steadicam; below is a behind-the-scenes clip which shows you how I did this (and also shows me and my friends messing around a lot).

Thanks to Ross for again manning the BlackBerry for me. By the way, it is surprisingly difficult to tie one’s laces with five people watching!

Sunday night Tourist Walk played a small gig at their friend’s house, which we also filmed. It was a really nice evening which combined music, chocolate, and even a photography exhibition. Very civilised…

And on Monday morning I ran 7.1 miles! For the record, our relay team’s time was 04:35:32!

Fast-forward to this Saturday and I had two more films to shoot. On Saturday morning I went along to Skinworks Belfast with my friend, producer Sarah. There I set up a camera to capture a tattoo from start to finish, by timelapse. I won’t give away the final design until the film is cut but suffice to say, it was colourful, fun and, well, brilliant. Great work Sam. Thanks so much to Dónal and his team for having us. Sarah shot some behind-the-scenes material on her compact which I will share with you in a future post. Gotta say, I love the sound of that needle!

After we finished at Skinworks, Sarah and I went back to her South Belfast flat for our second film of the day – an interview with the lovely David Monahan.

As my title suggests, he is famous for… nudity. You can see why here.

Obviously I have a lot of post-production on my hands so, that’s all for now, good night and good luck!