11 Jul 2016

Meet the Maker – Bowsie Workshop

Bowsie Workshop

Bowsie Workshop, founded in 2011 by Aoife Noonan and Ben O’Connor is a studio workshop where ideas are concepted and fabricated all under one roof, with a strong emphasis on craft and artistry. They have earned a reputation for their imaginative approach to FX – mixing traditional techniques and the latest industry standard technology. Based in the Liberties in Dublin city centre, their 4,000sq ft  workshop and studio includes facilities for design and fabrication of large scale props, sculpture, special effects make-up and digital suites for editing, digital FX and animation.
Bowsie provides the following services: consultation and design of FX; concept design; digital FX; special FX make-up; prosthetics; sculpture; on set FX supervision; specialist prop fabrication; lifecasting; and tattoo transfers.

Dublin Maker Exhibit

Bowsie workshop last appeared at Dublin Maker during the inaugural 2012 event and were a great hit with attendees, demonstrating clay-based model making and hands-on special effects.  For the 2016 event Ben and Aoife will exhibit a range of model and set making pieces used in a recent digital short written and directed by Ben called a “A Terrible Hullabaloo” – https://vimeo.com/157196246.  This short film which was commissioned by the Irish Film Board tells the story of young Vinny Byrne, a fourteen-year-old boy who found himself fighting for Ireland in the Easter Rising. An eighty-year-old Vinny reminisces on his time with the volunteers, which took him around the city during the fighting. With Vinny’s Dublin brought to life by handmade miniature sets and puppetry, the film offers a uniquely  first-hand account of the 1916 Rising and at the Dublin Maker exhibit attendees will get an opportunity to see some of the techniques used in creating the movie and get hands-on themselves with some of the fundamentals of model making.
1 Comment
  1. Orla Farrell July 14, 2016 at 7:55 am - Reply

    Amazing graphics; stunning. Those blue eyes! A new era in animation; I know it is so hard to do almost-lifelike cartoons as I have a friend who is an animator and the closer figures get to reality the more the brain fights the disconnect but this works! I will definitely be showing this to my class in the Autumn!

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