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.
"I am very pleased to support this film on the life of my uncle."
- Brendan Finucane QC
Nephew of "Paddy" Finucane and Vice President of the Hornchurch Aerodrome Historical Trust
MEET THE TEAM
While attending Bournville Art College, Ian & Dominic re-discovering their childhood love of script writing and photography and began to make short films.
In 2003 they set up their own production company, Pixel Revolution Films. The company’s first film, an experimental animated short, THE WOLF WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD, went on to garner several “best animation” awards at various film festivals. The success led to their first commissioned feature film project, THE 13th DAY.
In 2011 they teamed up with producer Nigel Martin Davey to work on the ambitious feature film, ALL THAT REMAINS.
Their other work includes the multi-award winning films 7 DAYS – THE STORY OF BLIND DAVE HEELEY and OF WOLVES AND MEN.
Born in Birmingham UK, both his parents are from Southern Ireland.
He trained as an actor and went onto act in numerous television dramas and feature films.
He has been a Film Producer since 2003 and has produced many successful films and stage productions most recently 7 DAYS:THE STORY OF BLIND DAVE HEELEY, ALL THAT REMAINS, MAROON JUMPER and OF WOLVES AND MEN all which of have gained awards
WRITERS / DIRECTORS
DOMINIC & IAN HIGGINS
NIGEL MARTIN DAVEY
John is a businessman and enthusiastic entrepreneur from North Worcestershire UK who formed and ran a local IT consultancy, following ten successful years in the world of show business, TV and theatre, with an extensive knowledge of marketing and film production.
He also worked for ten years as part of Birmingham's own The Rockin' Berries Group