An tEarrach Thiar: #1 Introduction
We're approaching the release date for An tEarrach Thiar, a film I directed at Paper Panther, co-produced by the Cartoon saloon.

First up I'm going to talk a little bit about the initial conception of the project.

Back in 2015 we were asked by Cartoon Saloon to get involved with a 12 episode animated/documentary series, Cúl an Tí. A spiritual successor to a series they produced a number of years back called Anam an Amhrán, it features animated music videos for Irish songs, with arrangements by Kíla, working from traditional songs and poems. Alongside this there is a documentary element produced by Focas Films showing the origin of the song, as well as the recording and animation process.

                         You can see the sea in all directions on Inis Mór

At Cartoon Saloon I pitched on the song I wanted to work with and I was very lucky to be selected to direct An tEarrach Thiar. It's based on a poem by Máirtín Ó Direáin, recounting his youth on the island of Inis Mór, with the day's work winding down, watching the sun linger on the horizon that bit longer as Winter was ending. I was already familiar with the poem, as well as some of Máirtín's other work, and having grown up in the Burren, not far from Inis Mór, it recalled a lot of my own youth growing up in the west of Ireland and spending time on the islands.

I had the great opportunity of being present for the recording of the track with Kíla and Lisa Hannigan. And even though I already had a pretty good idea of the tone, and pacing of the piece, once I heard Lisa voice coming into play along with Colm and Ronán's arrangement, it all snapped into place.

I even managed to do a number of drawings while listening to them perform live, which helped me tie down a lot of design rules which I'd been struggling with up until then.

The series launch date is coming up in the next few weeks, so I'll be sharing some process stuff here, some public, some just for patrons.

Next up I'll be talking a bit about the research involved in the project, as well as some of the reference used.

Hope you enjoy!


             Some of the Paper Panther crew working on the project:
          L-R> Katie Sherlock, Ciara Daly Nolan, Svetlana Sobcenko