A SHAMROCK AT MY SIDE
Format: Short Film
War / Biography / Drama
A SHAMROCK AT MY SIDE tells the story of Irish fighter pilot Brendan “Paddy” Finucane, who at the age of just 21, became the youngest ever Wing Commander in the Royal Air Force, and one of its greatest and most celebrated fighter aces during World War Two.
In what will be his final mission, Paddy’s Spitfire has been fatally hit by a “one in a million bullet” – a bullet that has been waiting 21 years to find him, and as he braces himself for what might be the end, he looks back over his short but extraordinary and eventful life, a life shaped by fate and destiny.
Told in the form of a letter to his mother, A SHAMROCK AT MY SIDE is a story of the power of true grit and triumph over adversity, and it is a tribute to a now largely forgotten Irish hero, a man who once inspired a nation.
We intend to take a very stylistic approach with the visuals. Drawing heavily from the look and feel of WW2 paintings. The film will utilize live action elements and animation techniques to create a unique visual experience.
As can be seen in the mood board below, these paintings, with their framing and often expressive, bold use of colour. evoke an atmosphere, feeling and emotion that photographs and archive footage rarely capture as potently.
Such images will heavily influence the visual telling of the story.
You can see an example of our previous hybrid live-action/animation style in our short OF WOLVES AND MEN
The look above was created using Adobe After Effects, Photoshop and EbSynth - an incredibly powerful and free tool originally designed to take a lot of the pain out of Rotoscoping.