FEELING INSPIRED AFTER OFFSET 2015

FEELING INSPIRED AFTER OFFSET 2015
MARCH 10, 2015 by LISA MCHUGO

Leaving OFFSET I usually feel a little inadequate and a lot inspired. OFFSET 2015 was no different. One of the highlights of the weekend was Oscar winning Annie Atkins talked about working with Wes Anderson and the insane amount of detail that went into the beautiful film The Grand Budapest Hotel. Every poster, book, newspaper, package, photography, etc. was carefully and skilfully considered even when they only appear on screen for a matter of seconds. If you haven’t already seen this film I would recommend you watch it next chance you get.

Another of my favourite speakers was Amsterdam based photographer Aisha Zeijpeld, her photographs are ethereal and subtly surreal and this surrealism in her images is created on the set using people and props rather then afterwards in photoshop.The grand finale of the weekend was Ireland’s very own Cartoon Saloon, the creators of the beautiful, oscar nominated, animated featureSong of the Sea. The story is based on Irish Folklore and focuses in particular on the the mythical creature the Selkie. Selkies are creatures that are said to live as seals in the sea but shed their skin to become human on land. Irish Folklore is rich in characters and legends and Cartoon Saloon has brought this one to life.

Thanks for having us OFFSET, until next year.

x Lisa

 

SNIPPETS OF WISDOM – OFFSET 2015

Always ask why – Ian Anderson

Embrace happy accidents – Declan Shalvey

Always be curious – Tomi Ungerer

Write what you know – Andrew Rae

The deadline is generally yesterday – Sue Murphy

Being funny is serious business – Emily Oberman