Tuesday, 16 October 2012 13:55

The Summit K2 Film Trailer & Update

The deadliest day on the worlds most dangerous mountain. Premiering at the London Film Festival. Trailer for the feature documentary below.

The Summit was produced by Image Now Films and Pat Falvey  Productions, in association with Passion Pictures, Diamond Docs and Fantastic Films. It is also funded by Irish Film Board, RTE, BAI and BBC Storyville.

Directed and produced by Nick Ryan.

It has been chosen to screen as part of the official competition for a London Film Festival Grierson Award for Best Documentary.

" I like to send a personal thanks to all the team in the production of this film. Also to all who particapated in being part of this amazing story and for the support given by all of the families, climbers in the making of this film Documantary of The Summit" Pat Falvey

 

Thursday, 04 October 2012 17:19

The Summit K2 Film Trailer & Update

The deadliest day on the worlds most dangerous mountain. Premiering at the London Film Festival. Trailer for the feature documentary below.

The Summit was produced by Image Now Films and Pat Falvey  Productions, in association with Passion Pictures, Diamond Docs and Fantastic Films. It is also funded by Irish Film Board, RTE, BAI and BBC Storyville.

Directed and produced by Nick Ryan.

It has been chosen to screen as part of the official competition for a London Film Festival Grierson Award for Best Documentary.

" I like to send a personal thanks to all the team in the production of this film. Also to all who particapated in being part of this amazing story and for the support given by all of the families, climbers in the making of this film Documantary of The Summit" Pat Falvey

 

Published in TV & Video News

Irish Adventure based film makers, Image Now Films ( Dublin) and Pat Falvey Production (Kerry) achieved a new world record of filming from a helicopter on K2 the second Highest mountain in the World to near on 8000 meters which is known to climbers as The death Zone.

'The Summit' film crew reach a new altitude record for aerial filming in a helicopter. Flying to an altitude of 23,500 feet (7,162m) on K2, Nick Ryan operated the Cineflex camera system mounted to the Pakistani Army Ecuriel helicopter, filming aerial footage of the shoulder above camp 4 and the Serac. Stephen O'Reilly in the backup helicopter reached an altitude of 25,000 feet (7,620m) from where he photographed the mountain.

The Summit: A film about the deadliest day on the worlds most dangerous mountain. The story of the death of 11 climbers on the ill-fated 2008 expedition to the summit of K2.

An epic journey, starting in Islamabad, the crew which consisted of Nick Ryan (director/producer), Stephen O'Reilly (Production manager/Camera), Mike Wright (Camera/Aviation engineer) and Nisar Malik (Pakistan co-ordinator), drove up the Karakorum Highway with 400kg of equipment to Skardu.

With the co-operation of the Pakistan Army aviation wing (5th Squadron), they flight tested the Cineflex equipment on Friday 22nd July and carefully observed the notorious weather patterns around K2. Monday the 25th was selected as a flight date, and the crew left the base at Skardu at 7.00am on the 50 minute flight to Paiju and then on to K2 where the mountain was completely clear, enabling the filming of some incredible aerial footage on the Cineflex Hi-Definition system (used extensively in the BBC series Planet Earth).

On behalf of all our production team we want to congratulate Nick and all on the ground in Pakistan for their amazing commitment and dedication of creating the final sequence of shots for our new film "The Summit"

This week we commemorate Ger's and Rolf's  passing three years ago. May the R.I.P. Their friendship and love are still with us all of us that had the privilege of being part of their amazing lives..

Nick, was very emotional when speaking to him over the weekend as he gave account of this amazing feat,

"We were incredibly lucky to get the weather to see the mountain, as mostly you will see either the top or the bottom of it but not both. The light was fantastic, and winds low enough for safe flight and allow us to reach such great altitudes. The pilots are amongst the very best in the world and their knowledge of the region enabled this incredible journey. Their assistance and collaboration on the planning of the mission was fantastic. After three years of studying K2 in photos and video, to actually cast your eyes on the mountain was quite a moment. The shear scale of the mountain is breath-taking. To look down on the slopes of the south-east face and realise the climbers who never made it back are still resting there, was an emotional experience for me."

We are all delighted and are looking forward to seeing some spectacular footage from K2.  Nick  goes into the final stages of putting all the content together over the coming months and from what I have seen so far, the film is going to be gripping in it's telling an amazing story.

"The Summit " is a story of the struggle of man against the mountain. The cost of living in the god foresaken place known to climbers as the "death zone" the heroic events of a day that cost the lives of 11 climbers that struggled in the thin air of the worlds 2nd highest mountain K2.

For the 1st time ever the events are reconstructed by the unsung heroes of mountaineering history the talented Sherpas.  Told through the featuring of interviews by those on the mountain on that ill fated day.

It will tell of Ger McDonnell a young and talented Irish climber who was

the first Irishman to summit K2, the worlds most treacherous

mountain on the 1st/ 2nd August 2008. He was killed on the descent

whilst attempting to rescue TWO Koreans and Sherpa Jumik.

 

Pat Falvey

Executive Producer

 

Image Now Fims (Dublin) and Pat Falvey Production (Kerry) due for

Film release end 2011 early 2012.

TV Release 2013

DVD Release Late 2013.

 

This film is done in association with The Irish Film Board, RTE and The BBC

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, 18 November 2011 13:07

The Secret Of The Stone Documentary

The secret of the stone. (film/tv) documentary

Patrick Morell international film maker, French director  living in the US for the last 35 years and his assistant Archie Linval were over with me this week doing a film piece on the Reeks and looking for the secret of the stone.

I thought this was a crazy notion and yet I was interested in the project. There were times I felt that we were looking for some lost treasure or power like in the film Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. Patrick of course being Indiana Jones.

With camera in hand we investigated some ancient pre-historic sites around Ireland's highest mountains "the Reeks" for a preparation of a treatment for a 4 part series on ancient Ireland. We recruited one of my best friends Con Moriarty who has an incredible knowledge of these sites around Kerry as well as a incredible passion for Irish history and culture and folklore.

Before moving onto The second half of the weeks filming which was based at the  Kildreelig Artist Village an old stone village dating back to the 6th or seventh century, situated near Waterville, Ireland.

At Kildreelig a number of houses have been rebuilt and refurbished and are used by well known artists as an artist retreat throughout the year.

Among the local attractions filmed by patrick with local historian and archaeologist Dan O Meara. Where the McCarthy Castle & Abbey (built on the Isthmus to defend the place from pirates), Kilrellig (early Christian monastic settlement ruins located beside the road to Bolus Head), the Kildreelig Alignment (an alignment of four standing stones which is the reputed burial place of the Milesian leader Erannan), Wedge Grave (situated at Coom, Ballinskelligs) and the Irish Romanesque structure Killemlagh Church, built on the site of Saint Finan's original settlement. The majority of the ruins are inside a stout circular rampart which has all the massive appearance of the local circular stone forts. South of this church is the "Pagan's Grave", an enclosure of standing stones.

Before filming on one of the world's most famous monastic sites  on the windswept Skellig Rock.

Interesting
In search of the secret of the stone, nuts I thought but what a week of interesting learning about our Irish past.

Patrick Morell  has done cultural documentaries in Nepal, Tibet, Russia, Alaska and many more interesting places around the world. I'm really looking forward to his preparation of his vision on our Irish past and we are look forward to the edit of his filming and his interpretation of our Irish landscape, history and culture. I'm looking forward to further working with Patrick in the future through our Tv and film production division.

Special thanks to Noelle Campbell-Sharp for her encouragement towards the project, To Kildreelig Artist retreat centre, to Con Moriarty local historian on the Reeks and Dan O Meara archaeologist on the Iveragh peninsula.

Friday, 18 November 2011 12:51

Beyond Endurance RTE TV series

BEYOND ENDURANCE

“Explorers wanted: ordinary men and women wanted for an extraordinary adventure”. 700 intrigued Irish men and women responded to this advertisement in the press. BEYOND ENDURANCE is a four-part series that follows this group of wannabe explorers as they attempt to make it through the selection trials and go to the harsh Antarctic terrain of South Georgia in their attempt to follow in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton.

In 1916, Sir Ernest Shackleton led an expedition to Antarctica to reach the South Pole. His expedition fell foul of the treacherous conditions of the Weddell Sea and the journey turned into an epic battle for survival in one of the harshest environments in the world. 90 years on, in the anniversary year, renowned adventurer Pat Falvey plans to take a group of enthusiastic but vastly inexperienced explorers on a trip to Antarctica to follow in Shackleton’s footsteps. BEYOND ENDURANCE will provide the ultimate in reality TV as it takes a cast of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in some of the most dramatic landscapes in the world. This series will offer viewers an accessible but surprising television experience as they witness the transformation of ordinary people from couch potatoes to hardened travelers, pushing themselves to limits they never thought possible.

The commitment is a leap into the unknown. For a start, anyone wanting to take part has to hand over €15,000. They also have to take part on a number of trials which take place in Co. Kerry, and Norway. Using an observational approach, the series will see them struggle with both the elements and their own physical limitations to learn the outdoor skills necessary to survive in the Antarctic.

A number of unlikely candidates step forward. Mary Casey, a 56 year old mother of four, from the Innishowen Peninsula of Donegal. They say a women of my age should know better, I say that it’s because I’m a woman my age I know better, do it better, and relish the challenge!
Cliff Reid from Athy, Co Kildare, a student with serious fundraising needs. “I come from Shackleton’s home town, and felt we should have a representative. No one came forward so I gave up the fags and the drink, and decided to see if I could make a go of it myself…”

Retired fireman Jerry Aherne, from Cork. Sporting a handlebar moustache and a copy of ‘Unsung Hero’, the book about the life of explorer Tom Crean, he leapt at the chance to emulate his heroes. “I want to know what these men endured, and I want to find out if I am up to the physical and mental challenge. “

Expedition leader Pat Falvey started out life in the construction industry, eventually swapping his concrete mixer for a set of crampons. He has summated Everest twice and completed over 50 successful expeditions across the world. Falvey has put his house on the line to guarantee the huge costs associated with this madcap scheme. He has made commitments. A ship capable of withstanding the most inhospitable seas has been chartered and now Falvey must run a successful expedition to cover his costs. He needs to recoup over half a million Euro, or he goes bust.

The training for and expedition to South Georgia, which the series follows, is only part of the overall Beyond Endurance Expedition. Pat and the rest of the team are to complete the expedition's final objective by skiing to the South Pole and beyond. They leave Ireland on the 1st of November and will spend at least 60 days on the Ice.

This will be the ultimate reality TV show that sends people quite literally to the end of the earth…

The series was filmed in High Definition using Sony cameras by Steve O'Reilly and Niall Foley and is produced by Karen Rodgers of PANACHE TELEVISION for RTE. Four half-hour documentaries will be shown weekly on RTE 1 at 7pm, beginning on 23rd October.

You can watch the series in our gallery

Friday, 18 November 2011 12:48

My Private Everest - TV Series on Setanta

After a year in the making, Helen Shaw and here team at Athena Media handed over their latest film series to Setanta Sports Ireland in December 2010. This three part series, which was funded by the BAI, was shot over the last 15 months here in Kerry, Cork and Dublin. Helen weaves a compelling story of Pats personal endeavour and sacrifice through the years from childhood to the present day, with contributions from his family, friends and mountaineering colleagues. The story is full of archive footage from Pats many exciting expeditions & features amazing photos from the Pat Falvey collection.

Speaking to Pat via Satelite phone about the project, he had this to say:

'Its been an amazing journey for me personally making this documentary and also my team for filming and preparing the archive footage from my earlier life, sifting through the tens of thousands of images which I have in my collection. Even just talking to some of my old colleagues and friends has bought back so many memories to the forefront of my mind. I would like to take this oppurtunity to thank those involved including all contributors, my family, my friends and my own team in helping me on this film. A very special thanks has to go to Helen Shaw and her team who have created a great biography documentary, well done, its been a fantastic journey working with Athena Media. Even though I am in a very remote location in Canada at present, we have arranged a location to see Setanta on Sunday. Its funny as already many locals here want to see it also!!'

You can see more trailers on vimeo.com/channels/falvey

Press release from Athena media:

3 x 24min – documentary series is an Athena Media production for Setanta Sports funded through the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland Sound and Vision funding scheme. The series is due to air on 6th February 2011. It will begin with episode one on 6th February, followed by episode two on 7th February and episode three on 8th February. All episodes will be broadcasted at 10pm on Setanta Sports.

‘Some people say I’m a self publicist, some people say that I can be very arrogant, immediately I think of something, I say it. I’m going to climb Mount Everest, I’m going to become a millionaire. I’m going to be the best motivational speaker in the world. People think, how can he actually say that?. There’s no harm in dreaming and dreaming big,’ Pat Falvey.

Pat Falvey’s life story is the stuff of fiction. The teenage boy who left school at fifteen determined to be a millionaire and built a multi-million property business by his twenties. The serial entrepreneur who lost everything by twenty-nine and nearly took his own life in despair. But a chance encounter took him hill-walking and his first venture to Kerry’s Carrauntoohil made him vow to climb Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world. By thirty-four he stood on Everest and soon became one of Ireland’s most celebrated, and controversial adventurers. He has been to Everest four times, reached the summit from both its north and south face and is the only man in the world to have climbed the highest peaks in every continent twice. He has trekked to the South Pole and now planned one last great adventure, this time to the North Pole.

This documentary and biographical series takes us into the psychology of Pat Falvey and finds out what drives him to follow dreams bigger and bolder than anyone else. Production Company, Athena Media, with producer/director Helen Shaw, filmed Pat across a year and interviewed those close to him throughout his life, both in Cork City where he was born and reared and in Beaufort, Co Kerry where he now lives and works at the foothills of McGillycuddy Reeks.

Pat’s journey starts in north Cork where he was born the eldest son of Tim and Abina Falvey. His father Tim was a bricklayer and Pat followed his father’s trade but says his maternal grandmother, Mary B. O’Callaghan, a street trader, was a central influence on shaping him and his life. His grandmother encouraged him to think big and had him running little businesses when he was still a small boy. Her sense of confidence and will-power is what fuelled him to be a millionaire. His property business was worth in excess of €70 million in today’s value but the recession in the mid 1980s hit him hard and his empire began to crumble. By 29 he was broke, bankrupt and he even thought of killing himself. His own marriage suffered. But when a friend took him to the mountains he began to see life anew and mountains became his obsession. It was an obsession which eventually brought him to Mount Everest and to the honour of being the second Irishman to stand on the summit.

This series tracks Pat Falvey’s life and tells his story. We hear from friends like Con Moriarty and Mick Murphy who have known Pat from the early days in Co Kerry when he joined Kerry Mountain rescue to mountaineers like Dawson Stelfox, the Belfast architect who became the first Irishman to summit Everest in May 1993. We hear from his family from his sisters Majella and Abina and his brother Barry Falvey. His son, Patrick Falvey, shares insights along with those who have journeyed with Falvey through many expeditions including Dr Clare O’Leary. Clare went to Mount Everest with Pat in 2003 and 2004 and her successful summit in 2004 made her the first Irishwoman to climb Everest and since then she has trekked with Pat to the South Pole and now joins him on what he describes as his last great adventure – the North Pole. Pat’s ambition has been to journey to the highest and most extremes points on earth, from Everest to the South and North Pole and this final expedition, in Spring 2011, will complete what he calls the ‘three Poles’.

Pat Falvey: My Private Everest is a series which promises dramatic footage as well as unique revelations including how Pat Falvey’s determination to bring the tricolour to the summit of Everest provoked debate and even animosity with some accusing him of detracting from Dawson Stelfox’s own summit. Pat’s philosophy ‘that everyone has their own private Everest’ has brought him into motivational leadership and mentoring and he now makes a living from motivational speaking both in Ireland and abroad. Contact Athena Media -01 4885851 for more details including press photographs or stills from the documentary series.

Athena Media would like to thank everyone who helped us and supported us during the production particularly the Falvey family, Niall Foley and all the crew who have worked on it in Athena Media particularly Anita Walsh, Paula Cunniffe and Niall Brew. Our cameraman Barry MacNeill has been with us throughout the shoot and we have had excellent support from Lotus Media in post production. John E. Turner did the offline edit while Scott Smith was online and Simon Flanagan did the audio mix. A special thank you to Ella McSweeney who did the voice-over on the series and to the wonderful folk in Seneca, the band who produced instrumental tracks for the documentary mix and who have been great supporters of the project.

Further Information:

www.athenamedia.ie

www.setanta.com/ie

www.bai.ie

 

Friday, 18 November 2011 12:39

K2 Reconstruction Filming Switzerland

Pat Falvey Film/TV production

The Summit a feature documentary on the K2 tragedy on the 1st August 2008.

Pat Falvey Productions with our Partners Image Now Films have just completed the first major section of this film which is due for release by the end of 2011 for cinematic release and TV release end of 2012. The reconstruction was shot on the Eiger in Switzerland with a crew of 25 people. We will be posting further updates on our TV/Film section in the coming months on the progress of this and other adventure documentaries that we are working on. The film is being shot on a RED cinema camera and will contain interviews, reconstruction sequences of the summits days and real footage from 2008 on K2.

View some images from the shoot taken by Niall Foley in our gallery here

Irish Adventure based film makers, Image Now Films ( Dublin) and  Pat Falvey Production (Kerry) achieved a new world record of filming from a helicopter on K2 the second Highest mountain in the World to near on 8000 meters which is known to climbers as The death Zone.

'The Summit' film crew reach a new altitude record for aerial filming in a helicopter. Flying to an altitude of 23,500 feet (7,162m) on K2, Nick Ryan operated the Cineflex camera system mounted to the Pakistani Army Ecuriel helicopter, filming aerial footage of the shoulder above camp 4 and the Serac. Stephen O'Reilly in the backup helicopter reached an altitude of 25,000 feet (7,620m) from where he photographed the mountain.

The Summit: A film about the deadliest day on the worlds most dangerous mountain. The story of the death of 11 climbers on the ill-fated 2008 expedition to the summit of K2.

An epic journey, starting in Islamabad, the crew which consisted of Nick Ryan (director/producer), Stephen O'Reilly (Production manager/Camera), Mike Wright (Camera/Aviation engineer) and Nisar Malik (Pakistan co-ordinator), drove up the Karakorum Highway with 400kg of equipment to Skardu.

With the co-operation of the Pakistan Army aviation wing (5th Squadron), they flight tested the Cineflex equipment on Friday 22nd July and carefully observed the notorious weather patterns around K2. Monday the 25th was selected as a flight date, and the crew left the base at Skardu at 7.00am on the 50 minute flight to Paiju and then on to K2 where the mountain was completely clear, enabling the filming of some incredible aerial footage on the Cineflex Hi-Definition system (used extensively in the BBC series Planet Earth).

On behalf of all our production team we want to congratulate Nick and all on the ground in Pakistan for their amazing commitment and dedication of creating the final sequence of shots for our new film "The Summit"

This week we commemorate Ger's and Rolf's  passing three years ago. May the R.I.P. Their friendship and love are still with us all of us that had the privilege of being part of their amazing lives..

Nick, was very emotional when speaking to him over the weekend as he gave account of this amazing feat,

"We were incredibly lucky to get the weather to see the mountain, as mostly you will see either the top or the bottom of it but not both. The light was fantastic, and winds low enough for safe flight and allow us to reach such great altitudes. The pilots are amongst the very best in the world and their knowledge of the region enabled this incredible journey. Their assistance and collaboration on the planning of the mission was fantastic. After three years of studying K2 in photos and video, to actually cast your eyes on the mountain was quite a moment. The shear scale of the mountain is breath-taking. To look down on the slopes of the south-east face and realise the climbers who never made it back are still resting there, was an emotional experience for me."

We are all delighted and are looking forward to seeing some spectacular footage from K2.  Nick  goes into the final stages of putting all the content together over the coming months and from what I have seen so far, the film is going to be gripping in it's telling an amazing story.

"The Summit " is a story of the struggle of man against the mountain. The cost of living in the god foresaken place known to climbers as the "death zone" the heroic events of a day that cost the lives of 11 climbers that struggled in the thin air of the worlds 2nd highest mountain K2.

For the 1st time ever the events are reconstructed by the unsung heroes of mountaineering history the talented Sherpas.  Told through the featuring of interviews by those on the mountain on that ill fated day.

It will tell of Ger McDonnell a young and talented Irish climber who was

the first Irishman to summit K2, the worlds most treacherous

mountain on the 1st/ 2nd August 2008. He was killed on the descent

whilst attempting to rescue TWO Koreans and Sherpa Jumik.

 

Pat Falvey

Executive Producer

 

Image Now Fims (Dublin) and Pat Falvey Production (Kerry) due for

Film release end 2011 early 2012.

TV Release 2013

DVD Release Late 2013.

 

This film is done in association with The Irish Film Board, RTE and The BBC

 

 

 

 

 

Published in Current Projects
Friday, 10 June 2011 14:24

The Secret Of The Stone Documentary

The secret of the stone. (film/tv) documentary

Patrick Morell international film maker, French director  living in the US for the last 35 years and his assistant Archie Linval were over with me this week doing a film piece on the Reeks and looking for the secret of the stone.

I thought this was a crazy notion and yet I was interested in the project. There were times I felt that we were looking for some lost treasure or power like in the film Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. Patrick of course being Indiana Jones.

With camera in hand we investigated some ancient pre-historic sites around Ireland's highest mountains "the Reeks" for a preparation of a treatment for a 4 part series on ancient Ireland. We recruited one of my best friends Con Moriarty who has an incredible knowledge of these sites around Kerry as well as a incredible passion for Irish history and culture and folklore.

Before moving onto The second half of the weeks filming which was based at the  Kildreelig Artist Village an old stone village dating back to the 6th or seventh century, situated near Waterville, Ireland.

At Kildreelig a number of houses have been rebuilt and refurbished and are used by well known artists as an artist retreat throughout the year.

Among the local attractions filmed by patrick with local historian and archaeologist Dan O Meara. Where the McCarthy Castle & Abbey (built on the Isthmus to defend the place from pirates), Kilrellig (early Christian monastic settlement ruins located beside the road to Bolus Head), the Kildreelig Alignment (an alignment of four standing stones which is the reputed burial place of the Milesian leader Erannan), Wedge Grave (situated at Coom, Ballinskelligs) and the Irish Romanesque structure Killemlagh Church, built on the site of Saint Finan's original settlement. The majority of the ruins are inside a stout circular rampart which has all the massive appearance of the local circular stone forts. South of this church is the "Pagan's Grave", an enclosure of standing stones.

Before filming on one of the world's most famous monastic sites  on the windswept Skellig Rock.

Interesting
In search of the secret of the stone, nuts I thought but what a week of interesting learning about our Irish past.

Patrick Morell  has done cultural documentaries in Nepal, Tibet, Russia, Alaska and many more interesting places around the world. I'm really looking forward to his preparation of his vision on our Irish past and we are look forward to the edit of his filming and his interpretation of our Irish landscape, history and culture. I'm looking forward to further working with Patrick in the future through our Tv and film production division.

Special thanks to Noelle Campbell-Sharp for her encouragement towards the project, To Kildreelig Artist retreat centre, to Con Moriarty local historian on the Reeks and Dan O Meara archaeologist on the Iveragh peninsula.

Published in TV & Video News
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 21:03

RTE1 This Sporting Life 7pm Thursday 17th Feb

Pat Falvey features on RTE1 'This Sporting Life' tomorrow night at 7pm.

The second series of This Sporting Life tells the story of six of Ireland's most eminent sportsmen. It looks at their greatest achievements in sport but also chronicles the all too human stories behind some of Ireland's great sporting headlines. The six talk candidly about their successes and failures in arenas where so much is expected by their fans and the public in general. In telling their own story, each profile gets to the heart of the subject.

This years series has already featured Ken Doherty, Michael Carruth, Éamonn Coghlan, Tony Ward & Seán Boylan. Further details can be found here.

Producer Niall Mathews visited Pat at the mountain lodge in Kerry a few months back to get inside the mountain man to see what makes him tick.  He also liaised with Niall Foley for fine tuning details and coordinating Pats archive material for the production.

For those without RTE1 or abroad, the show will feature on RTE Player in a few weeks, we will post again if we spot there, for now here is the link to RTE player

 

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