The Clockmaker’s Dream, a short film that was awarded funding of ‚Ç¨15,000 by Limerick City of Culture in partnership with Behind the Scenes started shooting this week in Bunratty Folk Park and several locations around Limerick City.
Written and directed by Cashell Horgan, the story is set in a fictional world, home to the most unusual collection of automatas created; there lives a clockmaker with his beloved wife. Every second of his day is dedicated to making sure every mechanical instrument in the town functions properly. That is until the day his wife dies. Crazed with despair, the clockmaker attempts to replace his lost love by building ‘the perfect woman’. His passion consumes him as each doll he builds leads to failure. With pressure on him to complete his task before time runs out, he soon realises that the key to the perfect woman is in her heart not her head.
Horgan has an impressive track record, including his production Paddy (2000) which was short listed for Oscar nomination in 2001 and has 5 awards to it‚Äôs credit. His first film, Adeste Fideles (1991) was awarded the James Horgan Prize for best animation at the Galway Film Fleadh. He has taught animation and film at the European School of Animation and National Film television School Ireland.
Limerick actor Joe Mullins takes on the role of the Clockmaker. Joe is best known for his role in the IFTA award winning film, Pilgrim Hill by director Gerard Barrett, as well as Barrett‚Äôs follow-up Glassland.
Director of photography Mark Waldron has an impressive body of work including TV dramas and series for BBC and RTE. A large contribution to the crew was made up of local talent from Behind the Scenes.
[quote title=”Cashell Horgan -¬† Writer/Director”]I am delighted to have been commissioned by Limerick City of Culture and Behind the Scenes to make this short movie. I am amazed at the wealth of local talent and locations that have been available to me and how well I have been facilitated during the preparation and filming. Being successful in the Film Limerick Scheme has afforded me the opportunity to create a truly unique and imaginary world which will hopefully resonate with audiences and live long in the memory of those who see it.[/quote]
[quote title=”Ronan Cassidy- Film Limerick, Project Manager “]The making of this movie is a hugely ambitious project. It‚Äôs great to see a lot of local crew members getting the opportunity to be involved in film at this level. There has been a great interest generated locally and the scheme has created an awareness of resources available to film makers in Limerick. I am looking forward to seeing the national and international reactions to this charming story and also to the locations we have used for the filming of The Clockmaker’s Dream. I would also like to thank the entire team for their hard work and dedication over the last few months.[/quote]