WORLD PREMIERE: The End Of The Earth Is My Home (IRL, 2012)
SAT 25 AUG 11.00
At an airport on the island of Hai-Wan, a young boy witnesses a failed assassination attempt. The assassin, a young woman called Mei, abducts the boy and brings him to her superior, the Metal Dragon. The Metal Dragon is the last of an old order of immortals living secretly in Hai-Wan. He resides on the top floor of the Gold Hotel, from where, via ‘all-seeing’ security surveillance, he presides over the four dragons of the island’s districts. These dragons are mortal men
Despite Mei’s objections the Metal Dragon imparts the secret of long life to the boy before banishing him onto the streets of Hai-Wan. Lost and in a strange new world, the boy wanders the island and descends into a maze of disused tunnels beneath the island’s subway network, where he makes his home. There he has all the time in the world to observe life in the city above and he forges his plan to usurp the dragon that cursed him. In the meantime the mortal assassin Mei has taken pity on the boy and urges the Metal Dragon to invite him back to the Gold Hotel. Mei finds the boy, but unknown to her he has already written her into his plans. He determines to find out if she, like him, can survive death.
Screening with FEAR OF FLYING by Conor Finnegan
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DIRECTOR BIO: Alan Lambert
Alan Lambert has been providing audio visual works for festivals and live events since the mid-90′s, with a wide range of visual material collected on travels in America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. He has worked closely with the Darklight and D.E.A.F. Festivals over the years. Previous works have been primarily non-narrative and music video oriented. ‘The End Of The Earth Is My Home’ is his current film project and is the first scripted drama that Lambert has produced under the name Metal Dragon. The film pays homage to its background of independent and lo-fi film and music production and was funded entirely through crowd-funding.
SCREENING FOLLOWED BY LoFi VFX WORKSHOP.
Following on from the world premier of Alan Lambert’s film The End Of The Earth Is My Home, a sci-fi based on the traditional Asian Stories of the Monkey King and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and set in Japan, Egypt and Dublin. the director talks us through the production techniques he used for his VFX sequences in the film.
Made on a super micro-budget, with funds raised entirely from a crowd-funding campaign, a creative and innovative approach to the film’s VFX was essential. What techniques and approaches to special effects are there available to micro / no budget projects? Alan talks us through his use of back projection, green screen and home made sets to achieve his big VFX on a very small budget.
Entry free with ticket to film – The End Of The Earth Is My Home
OTHER VFX EVENTS AT DARKLIGHT
Workshop on DIY VFX with Director of The End Of The Earth Is My Home Alan Lambert
Workshop on Grabbers with Director Jon Wright and VFX Supervisor Paddy Eason Making a Monster
VFX Masterclass with Seamus McGarvey & Jake Morrison – the team behind Avengers Assemble
HiFi VS LoFi – - VFX Panel Discussion