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ShortSpace: June 2011

The German

The German

7pm Thursday 2nd June
Theme: “Visual Effects”

The June 2011 session of ShortSpace saw us taking a closer look at a number of films which incorporate a range of visual effects to create the look and feel that the filmmakers were aiming for. From WWII jet fighters, to ‘found’ footage and exotic locations these films give a glimpse into what’s achievable by using a range of visual effects. Many thanks to filmmakers Nick Ryan, Brian Durnin and Andrew Legge who attended ShortSpace and took part in the Q&A. Below is a list of the shorts that were screened on the night.

Booking Info:

  • Tickets are €5 members / €8 non-members
  • Advance booking / reservation through Filmbase reception on 01 679 6716 (dial 0 for reception)
  • Reservations or queries to (include your full name and contact number)
  • Reservations are only held until 6.45pm on the night
  • ShortSpace venue is Filmbase Basement space unless otherwise stated
  • ShortSpace is not suitable for children, attendees should be 18+ years.


Programme Line-up:

The German (2008)

Written and Directed by Nick Ryan

November 1940, during the greatest conflict man has ever known, an epic duel unfolds between two ace pilots, each willing to take the match to it’s ultimate conclusion. Unknown to the pilots is a fate neither has considered.

Shot on 35mm (anamorphic), and posted at 2K, the opening of the film is an aerial battle between a British Spitfire and a German Me 109, all of which was completed at Image Now Films over a six month period. This is a combination of Live action/stills and fully CGI shots. There are over 120 Effects shots in the 10 Minute film, all of which the director completed himself. Models were built by Dave Head at Image Now, and Nick Ryan textured, lit, animated, rendered and composited the entire film.

Of Best Intentions (2008)

Written and Directed by Brian Durnin

Destiny isn’t always straightforward. Sometimes, despite our best intentions, we find ourselves helplessly subject to fate’s fickle whim.

Awards and screenings include: Selected in competition for The Tribeca Film Festival (2009), nominated for the Best Short Film Award in the IFTA’s (2009), winner Best International Short at Raindance Film Festival London and winner Best International Short and Best Cinematogaphy Filmare Rome.

The Chronoscope (2009)

Written and Directed by Andrew Legge

The Chronoscope tells the story of a female inventor who is kidnapped by the Third Reich after she invents a camera with the power to see into the past. The short film was written and directed by Andrew Legge and produced by Fastnet Films. The film was funded under the Wicklow County Council’s Per Cent scheme and is narrated by Jeremy Irons.

The Chronoscope combines archive and shot footage which was manipulated in post to evoke the style and atmosphere of the era. Post Production took place at Screen Scene where Allen Sillery worked on the pictures in flame “The director wanted the main character to interact with Hitler, de Valera, Einstein and The Queen. Other newsreel footage from Ireland in the 1930’s had to be doctored by compositing artists, banners and signs relevant to our story.” Colourist Angella McLellen then graded the pictures on the Nucoda and Simon Thornton finished the project in Online.

ShortSpace Submissions:

  • Filmbase accepts short film submissions for ShortSpace in all genres (drama, documentary, animation, experimental)
  • To submit your film please email the ShortSpace programmer for more details on
  • Please note that submitting your film does not guarantee inclusion in the programme
  • Ideally shorts should be ten minutes or under films. Films over 30 minutes will not be accepted.

Booking Info:

    • Tickets are €5 members / €8 non-members
    • Tickets are available on the door or by booking in advance
    • Call Filmbase reception on 01 679 6716 (dial 0 for reception) to book now
    • You can also reserve a place by phone/email and pay on the night
    • To reserve email your full name and contact number to
    • Reservations are only held until 6.45pm on the night
    • ShortSpace at Filmbase takes place in the Basement Space on the first Thursday of every month however this is subject to change. Details will be posted on the website.


  • ShortSpace is not suitable for children, attendees should be 18+ years.

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