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Ramblings #4 The Moneyshot

In the last Ramblings, I was talking about the video shoot that I was gearing up for this weekend. We wrapped up filming last night after three days of shooting, and I can't tell you how much I enjoyed the experience. 

It was very exciting to see the scenes take shape through our leads Aaron O' Neill and Peggy Gilbert. We shot in a number of locations, and came away from each one with footage that we are really proud of. We couldn't have done it without the help of a lot of people.

First, thanks to Hanna Dillon and Olivia Walsh who shot the scenes, and worked as assistant directors for the weekend. I've been working with Hanna since the beginning of "Cold Open" (she's designed all my graphics, including the EP artwork, and this website), so I'm very familiar with the high quality of her work. But it was my first time working with Olivia, and she's a real pro with such a great creative sense. You should put reading this post on hold and go and check out some of her work at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCALuAbeZxR_d7iS_ZG5bZ7Q

Second, to our extras. Our three main extras were the first into my head as I meandered my way through the script. Rob, Adam and Fionn were absolutely brilliant in their parts. They really added something beyond what I initially imagined. Also, we had the help of several others to complete our scenes, so special thanks to Killian, Iz, Barry, Gubbins, Stephen, Pauline, Lobbo, Hannah, Emily, Caroline, Tom (who was so helpful with lighting too), and Iolanda and Lauren (who came down from Dublin on Sunday despite Lauren having broken her foot the day previous! ; pair of legends). 

Next, a big thankyou to Eoghan Murphy and Shane Kingston, Rory Power and James Quinn (who also doubled as extras), Barry Mangan and Amy Coughlan, Maryese Noonan and Nicole Gleeson, and Yellow Sub for helping us out with locations! Also to Des Mahon Sound & Lighting for helping us out, as he frequently does, this time with lights. To Lobbo who, as always, worked her magic. And to my parents Nancy and Michael, who sorted grub for the weekend, and even helped us out with lifts at the last minute! 

Finally, a massive thankyou to Aaron and Peggy for all their hard work. These guys are really special talents, and were incredible to work and have fun with over the three days. You're gonna see a lot more of them in the near future!

The video is out on December 2nd, a day after our show in Cyprus Avenue. Tickets now available at https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/james-or-tickets-29154840914. If you buy your ticket in advance, we'll give you a free download code for my next single "Berlin", out January 27th. I may even make you a cake with your name on it. But I'll never tell...