Brian Durcan
Brian Durcan
Director (Ireland)
Brian Durcan is a native of Westport Co. Mayo. He is the founder and Owner of On the Western Front Studios, a video production house situated in Westport. He has been working in the field of media production for 25 years. He is educated and skilled in both Cinematography and Editing.
His film "Be positive" is a part of our festival program.

— I am in the business for 20 years. My skills as as a Cameraman / Cinematographer. I have worked on many Feature films, short films, music videos, commercials, and corporate videos in the camera department. Last year I decided to bite the bullet and make two of my own shorts. I wrote and directed A horror called "Ms. In-Between" and this short "Be Positive".

— What inspired you to make your short film? How did you come up with that idea?

— At the time I wrote Be Positive I was going through a bad relationship break - up. This gave me the impetus to write a story about a man having a bad day, where nothing goes his way to finding the love of his life.

Coincidently I had shelved the script for a couple of years and forgotten about it. I met the girl who is now my wife, Emer Gannon. She is an Actress, and we were talking about working together on something. That's when I dusted it off, re-read it, and realised that this really mirrored my life. Therefore I decided that I must make "Be Positive".
—Tell us how it was to produce your film?

— I assembled a small crew, myself, two on camera and a sound man. Emer was chosen as the female lead, she was also the producer and the driving force behind the project. Rob Reeves the male lead came onboard just before the project. He was a great find as we had experienced some harsh learning, while trying to cast this part at first. He was dedicated and diligent. He is a truly wonderful comedic actor and reckons this part was written with him in mind! As it was a mini - crew we worked solidly for two days to get it shot, working well into the early hours of the morning.

I am so grateful to my cast and crew who enhanced the short film through improvisation scenes and making suggestions that elevated the project.

After the film was shot, I was faced with finishing all the postproduction myself as the lockdown for the covid 19 happened.

Fortunately, I used as a resource to collaborate on certain aspects of the films sound, colouring and titles. Otherwise, this film would not have been possible to complete due to the pandemic. This gave me time to work the edit to a place that I am over the moon about. I never thought that you could work on a film online with other people so cohesively and effectively. I guess this is a game changer in how I will make future films.

— Were there any funny or memorable moments on the set?

Poor Rob playing the part of Ben our hero had to dive into a river just after a hail storm. His reaction (you will see) was genuine!!!
— Do you have a dream?

I want to make my own feature film. I have an idea and a script in process. I am on my way to doing this, with another short hopefully getting funded this year and a few new ideas in the pipeline. I feel short films are a great steppingstone to realising what your short comings are and to develop as a film maker, so when I finally make the feature, I will be ready and there will be no mistakes.
— What is your favorite film(s)?
I have 3 favourite films, "Jaws" "Rosemary's Baby" and "Raging Bull"
— Give advice for those who want to make a film, but don't know from where to start?
— My advice is never to give up, I had tried to shoot Be Positive 3 times and failed twice! so perseverance really matters in this game.
If you want to contact me or look at my work, you can do so on Facebook, Instagram or on the Website www.onthewesternfrontstudios. com
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