‘Rockmount’ dir. Dave Tynan

Eleven year old Roy Keane desperately wants to get onto the first team at his football club Rockmount AFC.

Writer-Director: Dave Tynan
Producer: Michale Donnelly V
Editor: Tony Kearns
Cinematographer: JJ Rolfe


C8: Where did the idea for Rockmount come from and how long did the script take you to write?

DT: I’d the original idea years ago; that Roy Keane was the same man at 11 as the footballer he grew up to be. I know I’ve a draft from 2012 that’s fairly close to what we shot.

C8: What was the biggest challenge during the scriptwriting process and what advice would you give to emerging writers?

DT: It was a harder script to make than it was to get written. With shorts it’s mostly finding the idea. The writing of it is easier than finding that idea that’s different and that’s yours, that makes you stand out.

Advice: keep writing. There’s no substitute for putting the hours in. Find out how to get something made, whether that’s directing yourself or not. But people like clicking on things more than reading things. I’m fairly sure we wouldn’t have been funded for Rockmount had we not made a film that had gone viral before.

C8: They say never work with kids but how would you describe your experience of working with children on set?

DT: Keep things simple but don’t patronise them either. Set should always be fun but there’s work to be done.

None of these kids had been on set before which might be the real difference. They’re little footballers, not actors. You can’t have them throwing themselves into the mud until you’ve got the shot. But when you’ve wrapped you should do the decent thing and fling yourself in the mud Klinsmann style like they have.

Strong adult actors help a lot too, both to focus the kids and in an edit you’ll have someone to “protect” you. Aidan O’Hare especially – who plays the coach – was very generous.

C8: What was the biggest obstacle you faced during the production process and how did you overcome it?

DT: Casting was tough. We saw a lot of kids and it was a very specific brief. As ever in Ireland the weather was tough – snow in the morning, bright sun in the afternoon. I’m sure there were a lot of other things that my producer hid from me but that’s why I love working with him.

C8: You’ve also shot pieces of branded content and commercials. How does your approach differ than with a narrative short?

DT: I don’t originate commercials so that’s different. Storytelling in commercials is storytelling with an agenda. They teach you different things but they can compliment each other too. So maybe they’re apples and oranges but I like the whole fruit bowl.

C8: What do you think makes for a good collaboration?

DT: Trust and taste.

C8: What’s next for Dave Tynan? Any exciting projects on the horizon?

DT: We’re just finishing one of the Irish Film Board’s 1916 centenary shorts (The Cherishing) so that’s kept us busy. It’s the best cast I’ve had plus we’re trying some new things too like working in black and white and more post work and I’ve enjoyed all of that. We’ve just finished some commercials with Sweet Media so they’ll be out soon too. We have a feature in development and I’m writing a couple more.