'Twas a Terrible Hard Work' is a 5 minute stopmotion animation, telling the stories of five coal miners from the Slieveardagh coalfield in Co. Tipperary, Ireland. The film was produced in 2009 and featured the voices of Michael Heaphey, Tony Ivors, Sean Lyons, Joe McEnery, and Nicholas Morrissey.
'Twas a Terrible Hard Work' has been shown in numerous festivals around the world and won Best Animation at the 2010 Fastnet Short Film Festival.
'Twas a Terrible Hard Work' emerged from artist Katy Goodhue's 2008 Schools Project 'Mines of Information'. School children from Ballingarry Parish in Co. Tipperary were asked to interview their parents, granparents, aunts and uncles about life and work in the past. Some of the interviews told of work in the Slieveardagh coalmines, Lickfinn, Spa and Gurteen. David Quin took five of the miners' interviews and edited them to become 'Twas a Terrible Hard Work''s 5 minute script.
'Twas a Terrible Hard Work' was produced by Steve Woods (Cel'Division) and received Frameworks funding from The Arts Council, The Irish Film Board and RTE in 2008. Stopmotion sets and characters were constructed over three months to Christmas 2008, when animation commenced. The film was produced in HD and was filmed using a Sony EX1.
'Twas a Terrible Hard Work' Credits:
voice:Tony Ivors, Nicholas Morrissey, Sean Lyons, Joe Mc Enery and Michael Heaphey
end title backgrounds: Svetlana Sobcenko
sound final mix: Dean Jones, Number 4
grading: Shane Woods, Brown Bag Films
models and animation: David Quin
Producer: Steve Woods, Cel'Divison
Director: David Quin
'Twas a Terrible Hard Work received Frameworks funding from The Arts Council, The Irish Film Board and RTE
'Twas a Terrible Hard Work' Festival Screenings
2010 Fastnet Short Film Festival (Best Animation Award)
2010 Nenagh Film Week
2010 Le Mine en Oeuvre - l'Hybride, Lille, France
2010 Flatpack Film Festival (Birmingham UK)
2009 Anima Festival (Belgium)
2009 Espinho Festival (Portugal)
2009 Corona Cork Film Festival
2009 Galway Film Fleadh
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