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Dubai Based Filmmakers Create Intrigue in the Desert for Short Film

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A conceptual short film by Dubai based kiwi director Rory McLoughlin & featuring Irish model Aoife Clifford in the desert with a solitary, intriguing chair

Dubai Based Filmmakers Create Intrigue in the Desert for Short Film

In March this year, a group of keen Dubai film makers lead by director Rory McLoughlin, created a conceptual film featuring model Aoife Clifford and a solitary intriguing chair, in the desert.

Rory was initially inspired stylistically through a photo shoot photographer Gabriella Bell. In it model Aoife Clifford posed with a wooden chair in the desert. ‘I like the juxtaposition of a model in a swimsuit on a chair in the middle of an empty and vast desert.’ So Rory reached out to Gabriella about turning the shoot into a short film and ‘E NOHO’ was created.

Growing up in Gisborne, New Zealand, Rory went to the then unofficial bilingual Kaiti School where not only was the Maori language taught but also Maori myths and legends. “When it was story time, the teacher would say ‘E noho ki te wharaki’ which means to ‘sit down on the floor’. This is what inspired the name of the film and those myths and legends of cheeky spirits inspired the story. When the stories were played back as audiobooks, they would often be accompanied by Maori instrumental sounds which added depth, suspense and drama. So I wanted to pay homage to my childhood and region where I’m from by naming the film E NOHO which means to ‘sit down’ and introduce those same dramatic sounds I associated with such stories’. The use of the Maori language is becoming more and more popular in pop culture and everyday use amongst New Zealanders so naming this film E NOHO gives ownership and pride to Rory as a Kiwi filmmaker.

When Rory's not making short films he represented by Boomtown Productions in Dubai as a commercial director and has been based there for eight years now.

'Special thanks and appreciation to the crew involved & Boomtown Productions in making this conceptual short film come to life. The look, the feel, the sounds. This is a project to be proud of.'

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Production Company

Production Company: Boomtown Productions

Director: Rory McLoughlin

Executive Producer: Shane Martin

Production Coordinator/Cam Asst: Gabriella Bell

Technical crew

DOP: Rian McLoughlin

Cinematographer: Nadeem Rifai

Post Production / VFX

Colourist: Brett Rayner

Online Comp: Suresh Nair


Music Company: Rattle Records

Composer: Rob Thorn


Producer: Brian Mullany

Genres: Drama

Categories: Short Films and Music Videos, Short films

Boomtown Productions, Thu, 03 Jun 2021 13:03:03 GMT