Working on Halo Nightfall was definitely a job of ‘firsts’ for me.
I got my first experience on a television sci-fi show, first time working with a green screen and first time working on a spaceship! (Yes, you read that right – a spaceship!)
It was very, very different from anything I’ve ever worked on before. I had to have great faith in what I was doing, and remember that I was only a part of a collaborative process in this production.
After seeing the results it has really lit the touch paper in me to do more sci-fi!
Have a look below to see for yourself and see what you think (it’s about 30 seconds in).
It was probably the most star studded job I’ve ever worked on. I was so glad my wardrobe fitting was before I actually shot something, as I’ll be honest, it was a bit of shock to get introduced to Elisabeth Moss (Peggy from Mad Men).
Set in 1975, High-Rise documents the shocking breakdown of class and social structures within a brand-new high-tech London apartment building. It stars Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller & Luke Evans to name a few.
It was a great experience all round – watching Ben Wheatley working with all these top top stars was one of the best masterclasses I’ve had since leaving drama school!
This week sees the UK premiere of Shooting For Socrates at the Belfast Film Festival before it goes on general release on 12 June. It’s going to be an exciting night for me personally – not only for the film – but, as a football fan, at the prospect of meeting some of the players who are portrayed in the movie and the fact that the actual World Cup trophy (I’m sure under heavy security) will be in attendance! Shooting for Socrates is a David vs Goliath story set in Belfast against the backdrop of the 1986 World Cup. Starring John Hannah (Four Weddings and a Funeral) as Billy Bingham, Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones) as Jackie Fullerton and Bronagh Gallagher (The Commitments), it tells the story of great days in
Northern Ireland’s football history through the eyes of players, fans and the media.
I play Spud, a die hard fan who, with his partner in crime Wigsy, try everything to follow their heroes to Mexico for the 86 World Cup finals. (Probably like most Northern Ireland fans at the moment who are working out how to get to France 2016).
A rough cut of the film was shown to FIFA delegates last year and it’s a credit to the actors portraying the 86 Northern Ireland team and to David Campbell’s choreography that the delegates thought reconstructions of the 3 games Northern Ireland had were archive footage from the time! Hope to see some of you at the premiere – it’s going to be a great night!!! Tickets for the premiere on 24 April at 8pm can be bought from Belfast Film Festival. Shooting for Socrates goes on general release from 12 June.
The indie film scene is buzzing here with The Shore winning an Oscar in the live action short category over the weekend, and now The C-Project has released the trailer for its third project Desecration.
Here’s a little about the movie…
‘On a dark remote road a car is stopped by at a military check point. Something isn’t right and the soldiers find themselves in a situation they could never understand with deadly consequences.’
I had an amazing experience on this film working with such a great crew and their attention to detail. This is definitely one to keep an eye out for at the festivals this year. For more updates please ‘Like’ the Desecration Facebook Page.
The idea for Coast came from a simple conversation between Alan and Christopher on a day out along the coastal walks of Whitehead. Here’s what they had to say about it:
It was a privilege to be a part of this exciting project and to work such a great cast and crew. I can’t wait to see the end product! Please like the Facebook Page for updates on Coast and check out the website www.coastmovie.co.uk for more info and teaser trailers. Here’s a taster of what you can see.
Brendan Gunn holds an MA and a PhD in linguistics. He began working as a Dialogue and Dialect Coach in 1986 after leaving the University of Ulster where he was a Lecturer in Linguistics. Over the last 25 years Brendan has worked with an illustrious number of actors including Robert De Niro, Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Aidan Quinn, Cate Blanchett, Jim Sturgess, Heather Graham, Rupert Grint, Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Natalie Portman, Daniel Day Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Saoirse Ronan, Colin Farrell, and Stephen Rea.
I first worked with Brendan way back in 1997 on the film The Boxer. Since then our paths have crossed a few times on various projects including Fifty Dead Men Walking.
Brendan offers a wide range of coaching, from actors preparing and working on a role to corporate and workshop services. Brendan also offers vocal coaching sessions via Skype.
I couldn’t recommend Brendan highly enough, the attention to detail and the relaxed atmosphere of his sessions really helped me nail two roles last year.
For more information about Brendan and what services he has to offer check out his website www.brendangunn.co.uk