THE date 12.12.12 is almost upon us and with it the end of the world - at least according to the ancient Mayan calendar, which runs out of time in two weeks. However, if life on the planet does continue after that fateful date, the events of the day will be a broadcast from West Kerry to the universe to record the occasion.
Corca Dhuibhne's online TV channel - Scrogall TV - is planning to commemorate the apocalyptic date with a broadcast via radio satellite to outer space no less. The crew at Scrogall TV, whose studios are located in Cuilín, Dingle are currently working on a special movie project, which they hope will reach the furthermost reaches of our galaxy - taking our international tourism marketing strategy to another level.
"For the 24 hours of Wednesday December 12 we are asking people to either take a picture, record a short video or soundscape, maximum three minutes, reflecting the people, culture, diversity and beauty of Corca Dhuibhne," Darryl Broe of Scrogall TV explained. "We are trying to capture a moment in time on one particular day and anything can be submitted, musicians playing, landscapes, people going about their business, whatever it is that happens in Corca Dhuibhne over the course of the day."
"A selection of the best entries will then be edited together to form a short film which will be broadcast via radio satellite to the outer limits. Who knows, perhaps a life form on another planet will receive the broadcast and reply!"
Along with having your entry selected to conquer strange new worlds where no man has gone before, a number of prizes will also be up for grabs - including a trip to the outer limits of Corca Dhuibhne, an eco-tour to the Blaskets.
Submissions can be emailed to email@example.com. People may also post or drop their submissions into the Scrogall TV studios in Cuilín.
"We will also be organising drop boxes at various locations around the Dingle Peninsula so people without internet access can submit their entries locally," Darryl added.
Video/sound recording should be submitted on a CD/DVD; a YouTube link to a video or online links to photographs and audio recordings will also be accepted. The deadline for submissions for the project is December 20, 2012. The finished short film is to be submitted for inclusion in various film festivals.