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Wednesday 24 September 2014

Students plotting top drama series

Alison Comyn

Published 04/12/2013 | 05:28

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Local film maker Conor McCormick and actor Alex Hibbitts, who along with Sean Power, students at St Mary's Diocesan School, are making a five part web series.

WITH LOVE/Hate gripping the nation with hard-hitting, realistic drama, three students in Drogheda are looking at the grittier side of teenage life with their own five-episode web series.

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WITH LOVE/Hate gripping the nation with hard-hitting, realistic drama, three students in Drogheda are looking at the grittier side of teenage life with their own five-episode web series.

Alex Hibbitts (18), Conor McCormick from Bettystown (17) and Sean Power from Balbriggan (17) have already written, directed and starred in a short film called 'Doing Fine', which was so well received, they made it a pilot for a further five more set in Drogheda.

'We are both 6th year students of St Mary's Diocesan School and we originally made the video for our portfolios to study Film and Television Production,' explained Alex from Millmount Abbey.

'It is a very dark comedy, but has received amazing reviews and comments from people of all ages, so we have decided to write more, and make them into 20 minutes episodes.'

The series will be based around the rising drug and crime epidemic of young adolescents in Ireland, as well as highlighting the huge problem of mental health and the stigma attached to it among young men in the country.

'Some people might be shocked at the drug use, violence or bad language in the film, but we are trying to show real life problems which teenagers face in this country at the moment,' says Alex, who takes the main acting role in the pilot episode.

'There is no use ignoring that they exist, and Love/Hate has highlighted what is going in with adults, but not so much with teens, so that is what we are going to show.'

Each episode will take around two weeks to write and will all be shot in Drogheda with local actors.

'We will start looking for people to be in it soon, so will advertise some casting sessions in the next few weeks,' he adds.

'We are paying for it all ourselves, but will apply for Arts Council funding to see if they could help in our funding.'

You can see 'Doing Fine' on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8xaNqhmC3E&fb_source=message, and with strong language, violence and scenes of drug taking, viewer discretion is advised.

Drogheda Independent

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