Development, Design & Film



Dublin Film Makers Meetup Group

Category : Editing, Film · No Comments · by Jul 22nd, 2014

I set up an account on meetup.com several years ago at the suggestion of a college lecturer. I attended one meeting of a group that she was involved in that week. For years since I have been receiving sporadic emails from the website, trying to entice me back by letting me know about new groups that are in my area. Recently, one finally caught my attention to reel me in.

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I have had an interest in the film making process for years, and in particular in video editing. My problem has been a lack of experience and a lack of contacts involved in film. So a meet up group for film makers in Dublin seemed perfect. I went along to the next meet up that had been organised, and within a few days had been involved in the making of a short film. Admittedly it was a small role helping out the main editor but it was great to see how quickly the entire process, from brainstorming ideas to finalising an edit, could flow.

The short was shown as part of a small event in Temple Bar, where a horror movie was shown each week. The organisers wanted a short film to show before each movie. For this week the film was Vampyr, so obviously we went with a vampire theme.

Vampire Blues from Robert O’Meara on Vimeo.

While by no means perfect, it is great to see a creative group of people get together and create something over the space of two or three days, and I will certainly be going back for more.

Quiet Time

Category : Editing, Windows 8 · No Comments · by Dec 1st, 2013

There was a competition at work a week ago to make a video outlining your favourite feature of Windows 8.1. The deadline for the contest was extremely tight with only a few evenings to put everything together.

Below is my submission which outlines a new feature called Quiet Time. To make the video I used software I had never used before (just to add an extra challenge), Expression Encoder to do the screen capture and Sony Vegas 12 for the editing, which as it turns out are both really good tools.

I tried to keep my video someway in line with Windows 8 commercials and styling I had seen. Although the time restrictions meant there were some mistakes and transitions that weren’t quite polished enough it was enough for me to win!