THE WORK of a Scariff man will be aired on the national broadcaster from Friday evening, as part of The People’s Angelus, which is screened daily at 6pm on RTÉ One.
James Treacy, a photographer and videographer, made the piece along with his former lecturer, Martin Ryan. The short film was made at Kilmallock Mart in County Limerick and aims to reflect the rhythm of agricultural life and what the mart has come to mean, over the decades, to the fabric of farming life.
“It took me three days shooting to get the film right,” James said. “The indoor scenes had to be shot three times because to get them just right. We had about two hours of footage to choose from in the end. When we thought we had the film 100% complete, the director in RTÉ wanted us to have the gate in the auction ring fully closed at the end of the video and we hadn’t footage to match that so we had to film this last piece again.”
The hard work and painstaking effort paid off in the end as James and Martin signed a contract for a five-year licence with RTÉ. “We don’t know how many times it’s going to be aired,” James explained. “It could be aired three times a year or 43 times a year. It’s up to RTÉ now what they want to do with it.” James added. “As soon as the pandemic is over I’m looking forward to doing video and photographic work for weddings and this video will be on display on my website for potential clients to view.”
Martin is a graduate of Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) and holds qualifications in video and film production. He teaches at Limerick College of Further Education (LCFE).
James Treacy is a past student at Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) and LCFE.
The People’s Angelus video can also be seen on Jamestreacyphotography.ie.