Posted February 8, 2018
Introducing the official trailer for Making the Grade, the latest feature from Antidote’s Ken Wardrop. The film will have its international premiere at SXSW next month, and will release in cinemas from April 13th.
Watch the full trailer here.
Posted February 7, 2018
New work from Antidote’s Henry Mason for McDonalds, currently airing in Ireland and the UK.
Celebrating 50 years of the legendary Big Mac, the film captures an array of striking characters as they taste their first ever Big Mac, since its launch in 1974!
With fantastic performances, styling and art direction, the end result is brilliant. Check it out here.
Posted February 1, 2018
We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Ken Wardop’s latest feature documentary MAKING THE GRADE, produced by our sister company Venom Films, has been selected to screen at the prestigious 2018 SXSW Film Festival, March 9-17 in Austin, Texas. MAKING THE GRADE will screen as part of the 34 Beats Per Second strand which screens twelve films showcasing the sounds, culture & influence of music & musicians, with an emphasis on documentary.
Irish Audiences will have the chance to see MAKING THE GRADE when it goes on release from April 13th.
Posted January 17, 2018
Check out this amazing stop motion music video by director Ian Robertson for Delta Heavy, featuring the butchering of our favourite board games, all in the name of dubstep. This music video earned Ian a Young Director award, a ‘New Director of the Year’ Shots Award, a Vimeo staff pick, and two UK Music Video Award nominations for ‘Best Dance Video’ and ‘Best Animation’. Check out the full video here.
Posted January 16, 2018
A man dances on the spot. Check out this hypnotising music video ‘Pushing On’ by Antidote’s newest director Ian Robertson. Chosen by Vimeo as a staff pick, the film chronicles the birth, life and death of a man as he dances on the spot. To see the full video and more of Ian’s amazing work, check out his showreel here.
Posted January 15, 2018
New year, new energy and new talent. We are delighted to welcome Ian Robertson to the Antidote roster.
Ian has a knack for crafting universal and entertaining films, bringing depth to the simplest of projects. His work has earned him a Young Director Award at Cannes, three UK Music Video Award nominations, a BAFTA New Talent Award, a GOLD Award at the British Arrows and multiple Vimeo staff picks. He was also described as “one of the UK’s most talented young music video directors” by Promonews, the leading UK music video publication.
Ian is an exciting prospect for Antidote and we can’t wait to collaborate with him on projects of all shapes and sizes in 2018. See his work here.
Posted November 29, 2017
One of our favourite spots from Antidote’s newest director Ian Pons Jewell. An ironic musical that shows the perils of manual dishwashing, this spot for Finish got lots of press from the likes of SHOTS and Campaign magazine. It also picked up a GOLD award at the Kinsale Sharks this year. Check out the finished piece here.
Posted November 28, 2017
We are very excited to announce that the incredibly talented Ian Pons Jewell has joined the Antidote roster.
Known for his exceedingly creative, distinctively original music videos, Ian caught our eye with his stunning music video for Naughty Boy’s La La La in 2013 and he’s been on our radar ever since. His list of awards is ever growing; at the 2016 UKMVAs, his music video for Nao’s Bad Blood won Best Urban UK, while his video for Valentino Khan’s Deep Down Low picked up Best Dance Video International.
Only recently Ian joined the world of commercials and is continually creating beautifully crafted commercials every bit as stand out as his earlier work. His spot for Hornbach won a bronze Clio Award earlier this year, and his recent spot for Finish won GOLD at the Kinsale Sharks. Check out some of Ian’s work here.
Posted September 15, 2017
Jamie and team jetted off to exotic Ibiza to
holiday shoot The National Lottery’s latest ‘Time to Play’ campaign. We had a blast filming out at sea, in beautiful rainforests and scaling down cliffs! Huge thanks to the team at DDFH&B for making this happen. Check it out here.
Posted September 14, 2017
“An absolute masterpiece and one of the gems of Toronto. Go see this film.” – Unseen Films
“Drama, violence, passion, and Irish accents—what more could you want?” – Much Music
“Aoife McArdle’s dreamlike Realist wonderland Kissing Candice is an emotionally and visually impressive feature film debut.” – Film School Rejects
“Through this bold statement of a film, McArdle offers us a flavour of what to expect from her in the near future.” – Cineuropa
“The crafty dark star of TIFF 2017” – Brave New Hollywood
Just some of the amazing reactions to Kissing Candice, produced by our sister company Venom Films, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last week. We are blown away with the positive response to the film.
Check out the trailer here.
Posted September 10, 2017
Henry’s most recent directorial endeavour took him to the streets of Shangai where he shot a charity commercial for Operation Smile. With beautiful visuals and an enchanting individual at the heart of it, this film will definitely bring a smile to your face. Watch the finished film here.
Posted September 8, 2017
We recently had the pleasure of working with UK company Smuggler, to service their new campaign for Tesco Ireland. We filmed with real families all over Ireland and captured some lovely moments of the ups and downs of real family life. We’re very proud to be a part of this. Huge thanks to all our wonderful crew. You can check it out here.
Posted September 7, 2017
Trolleycam shopping in miniature! Following the success of our Lidl Trolleycam campaign for Lidl Ireland, we teamed up with Chemistry and sent five sets of kids into Lidl to shop for their school lunches. The result was super cute! Watch them shop here.
Posted August 25, 2017
We are delighted to announce that Kissing Candice, produced by our sister company Venom Films and directed by Antidote director Aoife McArdle, will have its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival! The film stars the wonderfully talented Ann Skelly (Red Rock) and Ryan Lincoln (Cardboard Gangsters) in the lead roles.
KISSING CANDICE is Aoife’s feature film directorial debut, following her multi award winning short film for U2’s ‘Every Breaking Wave’. Shot on location in Ireland, the film is set against the backdrop on the border between Southern and Northern Ireland.
17 year old Candice longs to escape the boredom of her seaside town, only finding solace in her vivid imagination. When a boy she dreams about turns up in real life, she becomes increasingly entangled with a dangerous local gang.
Posted August 5, 2017
Introducing the first music video from Dublin born rapper Rejjie Snow’s debut album, directed by Jamie Delaney. Inspired by the notorious joyriding fad of the early noughties, ‘Flexin’ captures a reckless and sinister side to Dublin. Nice work Jamie. Check out the full video here.
Posted May 3, 2017
James has an exceedingly strange take on the world – a world that represents bold and brilliant storytelling.
We discovered James through his daringly original short films and cheeky music clips. From the day we met, it was clear that this guy embodied the talent and drive that will excite the industry.
James’s IFTA nominated short film Skunky Dog screened to much acclaim at the world’s largest festivals, while his music video for The Funeral Suits shot him to mainstream notoriety, making him one of the hottest talents out there right now.
James has been honing his filmmaking skills since he was 15. Through performance driven stories, striking visuals with a touch of the oddball, he has created an evocative filmmaking style.
He has just polished off his new film for Prizefight Whiskey. His story follows a war pilot who has crash-landed on foreign land and is saved by his enemy. On a polar Offaly bog, we experienced firsthand the trust James establishes with his cast and the loyalty of his freezing crew. Check it out HERE
Posted February 23, 2017
William has been busy recently traveling through Europe, meeting sports stars and making brilliant films. Check out this film he shot in Munich for Tipico featuring FC Bayern Munich players: Thomas Müller, Arturo Vidal, Xabi Alonso, Joshua Kimmich, Jérôme Boateng, Manuel Neuer. Check it out here.
Posted February 23, 2017
Ken’s latest documentary film ‘The Piano Lesson’ premiered at the ‘Audi Dublin Film Festival’ last week to a standing ovation. It charts the musical journey of numerous piano students through the commitment and pressure of the keyboard examinations. The film offers a unique window into the students’ lives. You will discover meaningful truth in their successes and setbacks; unearthing charming curiosities that will make you laugh and cry! Keep an eye out for it when it will be released later in the year.
Posted November 11, 2016
Henry has just completed the Lidl Christmas ad. In the way that Henry does, this wonderful ad will put a smile on your face. Celebrating young and old, this film is full of christmas warmth! We loved working with the brilliant team at Chemistry on it. Check it out here.
Posted November 3, 2016
Ken Wardrop has directed 35 films for Tesco Ireland’s Christmas campaign. We visited homes all over Ireland, from Cork to Donegal. We met some amazing people who wanted to take the time to write a thank you note to the special people that host them at christmas. Heartwarming and fuzzy, these ads will definitely get you in the mood for the festive season! Check it out here
Posted October 3, 2016
Aoife directed ‘Numbers’ part of ‘Under Armour’s’ latest global campaign “It Comes From Below,” featuring professional baseball player, Bryce Harper. “Numbers” tells Harper’s story through the voice of his high school coach, Sam Thomas. The film illustrates that in a sport dominated by numbers, the genesis of Harper’s brilliance comes not from statistics, but from the first step and pivot in the batter’s box. We promise you’ll feel inspired! Watch it here…..
Posted October 2, 2016
We were delighted to see Shane invited to speak at OFFSET, Sheffield. The multi award winner knows a thing or two about visual design! He chatted about all things business and design with ArtfulClub. Check it out here and check out his brilliant work here
Posted September 3, 2016
Ken’s latest documentary. ‘The Piano Lesson’ will debut at the ‘Dublin Film Festival’ next February. It charts the musical journey of numerous piano students through the commitment and pressure of the keyboard examinations. The film offers a unique window into the students’ lives. You will discover meaningful truth in their successes and setbacks; unearthing charming curiosities that will make you laugh and cry! Due for release in 2017.
Posted July 5, 2016
Jamie has shot Water Wipe’s Pure Love film which will definitely bring a smile to your face and possibly even a tear to your eye. We shot 3 new families showing the effects of skin to skin contact. Jamie was well versed on all things baby-related by the end!
Posted June 26, 2016
Ken’s has completed his latest documentary, Mom & Me, and it has been playing at festivals including Telluride and Edinburgh. It has picked up great awards for best documentary along the way including an IFTA and the Cleveland Film Festival. It will be playing at the Galway Fleadh on Saturday 9th July, and goes on general release in Ireland on July 15th. It’s really worth a watch – check out it’s trailer here.
Posted May 15, 2016
William has been busy doing what he does best – travelling around the world making epic commercials. He recently shot this film for Mercedes Benz GLS in LA, and he has another Mercedes spot which will be released over the coming months. Watch Will’s latest piece here.
Posted April 26, 2016
Henry shot Three’s latest commercial which gives a little insight into the countdown and the journey for Irish football fans to the Euros. Motorway takeovers, Ambhibious vehicles, Jack Charlton.. We got it all. Lots of fun was had in the making, and an absolute pleasure to work with Boys and Girls on it. Come on you boys in Green! Watch it here.
Posted April 20, 2016
Jamie shot Super Valu’s latest Good Food Karma ad. We took over a whole village and threw our own mini food festival, inviting all the locals and super chefs Kevin Dundon, Martin Shanahan and The Happy Pear. Despite unexpected storms hitting our set, Jamie managed to make it look bright and sunshiny, and was a great shoot. Check it out here.
Posted February 8, 2016
In our latest ad for Lidl Ireland, Henry got the opportunity to work with some of the country’s finest homegrown athletes. We are proud to be able to do our part in supporting Ladies Gaelic Football and are humbled by all of the positive feedback we have received. Watch it here
Posted December 21, 2015
Every year in our office we make mince pies to gorge on over the festive season. This year we decided to share our traditional mince pies with our friends and colleagues. Check out others already enjoying our mince pies.
Posted November 18, 2015
Henry shot SuperValu’s Christmas ad which is on air this month – and we must say it really is lovely. We spent time with two families as they celebrated Christmas at home with their families, and we got lots of real magic moments which every family will recognise.
It was an absolute pleasure to work with DDFH&B SuperValu on this – watch it here.
Posted November 6, 2015
Henry’s latest piece for Bord na Mona shows the Irish elements at their most natural – moody skies, rocky shores – it’s beautiful. It was a lovely shoot – big thanks to all involved.
We’re really happy with the end result, and a great one to work with Chemistry on – check it out here.
Posted November 3, 2015
Lee went back in time and revisited the 70s, 80s and 90s for Jacob’s latest commercial, showing Jacob’s moments over the years. Fantastic art direction and styling from our team has each era looking perfect.
A pleasure working with Havas on this. Check it out here.
Posted October 8, 2015
Lee got on a DART to shoot Just Eat’s latest commercial, which features that conversation we all know too well about what to eat for dinner. Great casting and performances on the day. And a big thank you to the guys in Bloom – it was a real pleasure.
Watch the ad here.
Posted September 14, 2015
We are just thrilled that Jamie Delaney has picked up Best New Director at this years Shark Awards. Check out his latest film for Modestep which has been taking the world by storm – you can see it here.
Posted August 17, 2015
Aoife has directed Honda’s spectacular new brand campaign. The film opens with a shot of Honda’s humanoid robot, ASIMO, staring out at the horizon at sunrise, before cutting to a fleet of Honda vehicles lined up on a runway, as though they are about to take off. The piece is absolutely stunning, and framed by incredible sound design. You’re going to want to watch it again and again. Here.
Posted July 22, 2015
Shane teamed up with Penguin and Putnam to create an iconic neon book cover for Pharrell Williams book Happy. It screams happy. We love it!
Posted June 19, 2015
Jamie got inspired by old-time ravers for his new music video for Modestep’s track Rainbow. We love the idea, and the cast are great. It’s getting a lot of traction and 1.4 who have been featuring the best new talent in short-form and creative films have selected the video for inclusion in their ‘Six of the Best’ feature.
Get your rave hats and whistles and give this a watch.
Posted April 9, 2015
Aoife got a taste of Bulmers and shot their latest campaign. With the new slogan ‘Not a moment too soon’, Aoife chose a series of shots which show slow at its most beautiful – from dawn breaking, to drips filling jam jars to a game of chess. These epic shots were filmed over two days, a huge amount of love went into it and it really paid off.
The end result is absolutely beautiful, and really shows slow at its finest.
A big thanks to all the team at Publicis and everyone involved – it was a pleasure.
Posted February 13, 2015
Aoife’s short film ‘Every Breaking Wave’ is a visual essay of U2′s song of the same name, was released yesterday, and it is brilliant.
The response to it has been massive, with some of the world’s biggest directors commenting on it. Spike Jonze said “I had never seen anything by Aoife before but was really taken with this film. She captured that feeling and size of life of being a teenager and of first love so well. She drifts between the reality of friends and first love into fantasy so effortlessly and romantically. It’s a perfect little gem of a romance movie.”
And Alejandro González Iñárritu (director of Birdman) also said “The piece is full of sound and fury. It contains all that a young artist’s work should: a lot of things to say and feel, said with fucking guts, vision and ambition. There is no fear in McArdle’s piece but plenty of humanity; shot and expressed with poetry without betraying the truth”
We love it. If you haven’t watched it yet, check it out.
Posted January 7, 2015
Shane shot National Lottery’s latest ad for Euro Million Challenge. The concept was based on a Rube Goldberg machine, with each element triggering the next movement in a chain reaction, and all this shot in one camera move.
Shane and his team at Method in New York created a 3D animatic, which was brought to life by a specialist team in Toronto, and we shot on location there. Quite the adventure was had shooting it over in Canada, with the post in Method New York – massive thanks to everyone in DDFH&B.
See it for yourself here.
Posted September 28, 2014
Sean recently shot stings for eircom’s sponsorship of RTE drama which are airing at the moment. The shoot involved building a sitting room in studio and turning it into various different crime scenes for the leading family.
A pleasure as always to work with Roisin, Pete and Aisling. Check out one of the stings here.
Posted September 22, 2014
Lee teamed up with Publicis to direct Done Deal’s stings sponsoring X-Factor which are airing on TV3 right now. A lot of fun was had casting this one, with a colourful selection of acts to choose from. The end result are a fun take on X-Factor at its finest, and inspired Lee to take up the spoons.
Big thanks to Ger, Briain and Niamh in Publicis – it was a pleasure as ever.
Posted September 15, 2014
Big congratulations to Shane Griffin and Lee Cronin on their multiple Shark Award wins at this years Sharks. Fantastic wins and well deserved – well done to the lovely people at DDFH&B and Owens DDB, both great projects to be involved in.
Posted August 14, 2014
We got some lovely visitors from both LA and Germany in August to shoot their latest Kerrygold commercials, with Steph Greene directing. Each shoot took us around Ireland for a few days, and with the incredible weather every field looked like Kerrygold heaven. A great time was had shooting with the great crew on board – big thanks to everyone involved.
Posted August 9, 2014
Jamie took the Molson Fridge out for a spin again, this time to Enniskerry where he shot Molson Canadian’s latest TV commercial. We happened to be shooting on the hottest day of the year which made for gorgeous shooting conditions, and the end result is rather lovely. Check it out here.
Posted July 28, 2014
Aoife immersed herself in the world of the GAA for her latest project “Major Moments” for Electric Ireland’s sponsorship of the GAA Minor Championships. We put our heart and soul into the production of the commercial, and it really paid off. Aoife got sensational performances from the cast, and between that, how beautifully it was shot, and how brilliantly it was edited – the end result is Major.
A big thanks to all the team at CawleyNea\TBWA and all involved. Watch it here.
Posted July 20, 2014
Henry was back on Irish soil to shoot the latest commercial for KBC which is airing at the moment. Henry really brought the scripts to life and with his incredible eye built a great picture. A lot of fun was had during the shoot, big thanks to everyone involved. And you can watch it right here.
Posted June 19, 2014
We teamed up with director Mark Duggan and Publicis for Spar’s sponsorship of Donal Skeehan’s latest cookery programme. We are big fans of Mark’s Forkful programmes so we were delighted to work with him on the project. The end results are gorgeous, and will be airing in September.
Posted June 17, 2014
Sean got his hands on hundreds of bags of The Natural Confectionery Company snake and dinosaur jellies for their latest spot, and managed to make a Snakeasaur – a snake’s head on a dinosaur’s body, obviously! Sean was as creative as ever with the product, the end result will definitely make you smile – we particularly like the Snakeasaur’s last line as it’s getting eaten. Watch it here.
Big thanks to Ger, Briain and Cherie from Publicis.
Posted June 12, 2014
Henry flew to Brazil recently to shoot for Narcisco Rodriguez’s Bottletop Collection with Pepsi. Narcisco Rodriguez has created a handbag collection, made from recycled Pepsi can tops to raise money for the Bottletop Foundation, and Henry’s engaging film tells the story of the creation of the handbag designs. He manages to show the empowering effect this campaign is having for the women at the Bottletop atelier and the community of Itapua in Salvador, Brazil. Henry’s film documents the creation of the designs as works of art and in an expression of the concept that many great works of art are created in circumstances of adversity. It has been getting brilliant reactions globally.
Watch it here.
Posted June 9, 2014
We’re delighted to announce Jamie has signed to RSA UK for commercial representation and Black Dog for music videos. Both companies are very excited to have signed him and we can’t wait to see the brilliant work they will produce.
Posted June 5, 2014
Jamie took the Molson Canadian fridge around Ireland to shoot the promo for the launch of Molson’s Make it Canadian campaign. The fridge was taken from Connemara, to Cashel, to Ballydehob and then back to Clontarf – and fit right into the scenery. A lot of fun was had shooting it, and a big thanks to the lovely guys in DDFH&B.
Look out for it online and watch it here.
Posted May 22, 2014
Aoife’s latest video for Wilkinson has been making big waves in the couple of weeks since being released. Already at over 300,000 views, it has got a staff pick from Vimeo this week, and is getting an incredible response. We absolutely love it, and have it on repeat in the office. If you haven’t seen it already – you need to.
Posted March 19, 2014
Ken worked with DDFH&B recently on a new piece for Denny – as we flew a young family home from Australia whose first baby hadn’t met her grandparents yet. The ad which is airing now, follows the family as they greet the grandfather at the airport, reunite with the rest of the family at home, and experience their first ‘taste of home’ as they sit down for breakfast – a day packed with emotion.
A big thanks to Roisin, Pete and Aisling for the pleasure of working on the project, and Windmill Lane for their support with the post. You can watch the ad here.
Posted March 7, 2014
We headed off to Malawi in December to film Trocaire’s 2014 Lent campaign. We shot in two local villages which Trocaire have been working with – and the difference between them was stark, as you’ll see in the campaign. We had an incredible time, with Jamie shooting every possible second over the four day shoot, capturing all the mesmerising moments Malawi offered us. A massive thanks to Carol in Publicis and Nicola and Eithne in Trocaire for such a special and memorable trip.
The campaign is airing now and you can see it here.
Posted March 3, 2014
Lee has been busy making not one but three 30″ Volkswagen commercials which are airing right now. With an incredible cast and crew on board, Lee turned these playful ads out in record time.
Posted February 21, 2014
From one incredible signing to another, we are ecstatic to say that Henry Mason is now an Antidote director! Henry’s talent and work blows our mind, we’re absolutely thrilled he has joined the team.
Henry has an incredible sense of timing, and this mixed with his editorial flair and use of beautiful imagery makes his work both accessible and full of surprise. Henry has worked with some of the world’s biggest brands including Honda, Nike and Coca Cola, and has won awards for both his ads and short films. He’s also an incredibly nice guy!
Check out his work here.
Posted February 4, 2014
We are incredibly proud and excited to announce that Aoife McArdle is now an Antidote director! We have been chasing for quite a while, and all the love letters have paid off.
Aoife is an incredible storyteller, whose photographic eye is unparalleled. She has worked with a broad spectrum of clients, from Road Safety Scotland, Nissan and Vodafone, and has been applauded and awarded for her work along the way. Aoife has been making big waves in London and around the world, and is as excited as we are to start working on projects on home turf.
Posted January 9, 2014
Shane finished 2013 on a high note, teaming up with Rothco to create his latest ad for AIB’s Me 2 U app. The piece involves lots of hands, sweet air hockey skills, and a great track by the Hot Sprockets. A great time was had making it – thanks to all the lovely people at Rothco. Check it out here.
Posted November 11, 2013
Jamie and a small crew ventured around Ireland interviewing startup companies for his latest documentary-style pieces for AIB. Shooting a wide variety of companies, from kitesurfing to polytunnels, the end results are both beautiful and inspiring for anyone thinking of setting up their own business. Thanks to the lovely Shay, Luke and Claire in Rothco. Take a look at one of the documentaries here
Posted November 4, 2013
Lee warms up living rooms all over Ireland with his new spot for the Bord na Mona effect. One of the first commercials in Ireland to use the latest in steady motion photography, the MoVI M10 pushes technology to great places. Massive thanks to all involved, and the very best of luck to Bord na Mona as they launch their campaign this week. Thanks to the lovely people in OwensDDB. Check out Lee’s smooth work here.
Posted September 12, 2013
Shane got all arts and crafts on us with his latest video for Google. He stripped Google back to basics for their 10 year anniversary in Ireland, and the result is only gorgeous. Massive thanks to all involved, the hard work paid off. And huge pats on backs to all involved in DDFH&B. Check out Shane’s handicraft here.
Posted August 15, 2013
Jamie’s back, and it’s got to be said, he’s one of the hardest working directors out there right now. Teaming up with rising star of Irish (and world) hip hop Rejjie Snow for another vid, this time gettin’ dirty on the streets of Paris.
The video titled ‘Snow’ is getting a lot of interest right now, premiering on Noisey, clearing 70,000+ views and climbing. G’wan check Jamie out, you know you want his ass.
Posted July 10, 2013
We’re very excited for our boy Lee whose short horror film Ghost Train is premiering at the Galway Film Fleadh this Saturday. If you’re about go check it out – you’re in for a treat.
Posted July 1, 2013
What a difference a year can make. We’ve been working really hard to get Antidote into the spotlight, with one ICAD award in 2012. This year we’re utterly delighted to say that across our roster of Antidote directors, we are up for NINE different awards at the ICAD ceremony on Thursday night.
Lee Cronin in the 20 sec commercial category for BestQuote.ie, Sean Branigan with 3 nominations Murphy’s (which picked up a Bronze Lions in Cannes two weeks ago), William Armstrong for Web Film and the Greenhorn award, Jamie Delaney with 2 nominations for Web Content and Art Direction, and new kid on da block Shane Griffin in the animation category.
We are so proud of this. Thank you to the amazing agencies that gave us these opportunities, and to our crews, suppliers and supporters that help us turn out so much work. Sounds like a speech and we haven’t won anything yet. Bring on the award night!
Posted June 19, 2013
We are absolutely delighted for our boy Sean Branigan and the super agency Publicis QMP on winning a Lion in the mobile category for Murphy’s ‘When it Rains, It Pours’ campaign. Wonderful work by everyone involved – and what an achievement. Brilliant campaign, well worthy of the award. Watch Sean’s wonderful work for this campaign here. Go on the Sean!
Posted June 10, 2013
The darling of Irish music festivals, Electric Picnic, turns 10 this year! William approached the organisers with a concept he had written about a girl’s journey experiencing the festival for the first time and they agreed to let him make it.
The resulting two minutes is a ride through the magic, lights and mood of the event, and we’re really proud to have been behind this as a company. We can’t wait to get down there and party!
Posted May 17, 2013
With a few Eurovision fans in here, we were very excited to be asked to help produce a video piece for this year’s Eurovision extravaganza. Tanja worked closely with the guys in Camp David to source the cast and locations they needed for their one day shoot in Ireland. They chose Roddy Boland’s pub in Dublin 6 for a good old sing-along scene, and Fitzgerald’s in Avoca Village, Co. Wicklow for a country pub scene.
If you’re tuning into the Eurovision tomorrow look out for it – it’s part of the opening sequence.
Big shout out to Erik, Robert, Jacob and Johanna of Camp David Productions – it was really great to work with you guys. And many thanks to all the Eurovision fans who took part in the filming and to Roddy Boland’s and Fitzgerald’s for their hospitality.
Posted May 13, 2013
We are delighted and very excited to welcome Shane as the newest member of the Antidote team. Shane has been making big waves in the advertising world, last year alone winning both a gold for best animation at the Sharks, and an ADC Young Gun Award. His use of colour in everything he does is incredible, and this combined with his passion to tell evocative stories has us on the edge of our seats.. Needless to say – expect big things!
Posted May 1, 2013
Lee directed Connacht Gold’s new commercial with a huge crew down in Sligo and it involved all sorts of mad cows! The cow costumes were custom made over in London and were incredible. As always, Lee brought the good weather with him, and the sun shone for most of the shoot (bar the odd snow shower!). Thanks to Tony, Judy and Adrian in Havas – a great chilly couple of days were had by all.
Posted April 29, 2013
Jamie and a small crew went around Ireland for 5 days recently to film stings for Cadbury Crispello and Bubbly bars for TV3’s Xposé. The documentary-style stings were of the fashion designers taking part in the ‘Inspired by Crispello’ project, and we couldn’t have been made feel more welcome by each of them. Look out for the stings that are airing at the moment. Big thanks to everyone involved.
Posted April 22, 2013
Lee directed the new Molson Canadian commercial which you may have seen airing in cinemas recently. This commercial kicks off Molson’s launch in Ireland. The three-day shoot took place in Dublin and Wicklow, taking in some stunning scenery – which Lee and the crew managed to make look even more breathtaking!
Special thanks to Blackthorn Studios in Sandyford where we spent our first day filming close up beer shots and to the amazing staff at the Brook Lodge Hotel for looking after us!
Posted April 10, 2013
Sean recently directed the new commercial for Pfizer promoting children’s vaccinations. Our leading toddler Evan was incredibly patient and laughed through every take– which may have had something to do with the super puppets Sean brought along to keep everyone entertained. The result will bring a smile to everyone’s face. Victory!
Thanks to agency Jess, Rob, Roger and James of Rothco and our newfound puppeteers.
Posted March 14, 2013
Wow, we are incredibly proud of this! Sean Branigan’s commercial for Horseware Ireland has racked up over 60,000 views (and climbing) within 7 days of posting on YouTube! WHAAAAAT!
Horseware was made on a micro-budget with a tiny crew and is literally proof that the right director can make a good idea hurdle it’s way into the spotlight. A huge thank you to Horseware, Alex Calder and Sam Doyle for trusting Sean to go with his instincts, it’s that type of creative freedom that results in work like this. We are thrilled, and we think you might be hearing a bit more about this as the year goes on.
Posted March 10, 2013
Sean was recently asked to work on an ad for Horseware, one of Ireland’s most well-known equestrian products with a reputation that reaches the rest of the world. With a limited budget, passion for the project came from every corner and a brilliant team assembled for the frosty two day shoot in Wicklow. The finished film is testament to this effort and we couldn’t be prouder of it. Watch the 60″ piece on Sean’s page!
Posted February 13, 2013
We packed our bags for India over December, where Will directed Trocaire’s 2013 Lent campaign. Filming in a village that the charity has worked with directly for the past few years, it was an incredible opportunity to see a part of the country far off the beaten tourist track. There were some bumpy roads, mesmerizing landscapes and a lot of laughing over our three day shoot. A huge thanks to Carol, Briain, Rachel and Ruth from Publicis and Nicola from Trocaire, it was a special trip that we won’t forget anytime soon.
The ad which features the beautiful music of Max Richter is right here.
Posted January 31, 2013
Sean recently directed a series of stings for health insurance company VHI, through agency Publicis. Quick turnaround, fast shoot, happy result!
Posted January 20, 2013
This was as epic as it sounds. Red Bull Ireland asked Jamie to helm the video for their unique event, the FOX HUNT. Top downhill rider Gee Atherton is given a handicap of 10 seconds against 120 riders from around Ireland who race to get to the finish line first. Filmed against the awesome scenery of Belfast’s Cavehill Mountain in late November, the mud, speed and sheer scale of the event were a thrill to experience and even more fun to film. Jamie did a stellar job directing a 7 camera set-up including some dizzying helicopter photography in the wintery conditions, and fair play to Gee for battling it out to 2nd place!
Posted January 15, 2013
Lee recently directed this snappy spot for PrePay Power. Some inventive production design created a spinning bike that generates electricity to light every lamp in the room! Big thanks to Acorn advertising agency.
Posted January 5, 2013
We loved every second of last year and saw Antidote hit more marks than ever before. It keeps getting better baby. Can’t wait to shake the trees with you.
Posted November 8, 2012
Sean Branigan took a smart little script from the ICAD Upstarts program and made it real. It features some of Dublin’s top creative directors and their most ‘persistent’ students. It was a great chance for us to work with the city’s up and coming creative talent and we look forward to bumping into you guys again when you’re out of the rain and in a cushy agency chair!
Posted November 1, 2012
Ken recently worked with Boys & Girls ad agency for the new Aptamil Growing Up Milk commercial, a shoot with loads of laughing (and crying) toddles, what could go wrong?! In what was a competitive and demanding casting session, one-year old Bear Brady delivered the goods to land the starring role, making it look like he’d been in the game all his life. A big thanks to Mary and Frances, Rory and Chris and Paul Ellis for the pleasure of working on the project.
Posted October 26, 2012
Sean directed an awareness campaign for the Children’s Referendum which you may have seen on tv in the past week. The vote is coming up soon (November 10th) and it was an important message to communicate simply and clearly, which Sean did a great job of.
Posted October 18, 2012
Lee was recently at the helm of a charming 40″ spot for EBS about life being on hold, shot beautifully on the Phantom camera. A huge thanks to Stephen, Judy, Shane, Tony and Colm at Youngs (who are now sporting a fancy new name of Havas), aside from a dog that wasn’t all that interested in jumping, it was a great shoot and a really enjoyable project to work on.
Keep a look out for some new stuff from Lee soon – this week marks the start of photography on his latest short ‘Ghost Train’, an Irish Finnish co-production that promises to be pretty damn awesome.
Posted October 10, 2012
Earlier this year Antidote began working with a very talented new director Jamie Delaney, who with a background in graphic design and photography brings a very developed eye to his work. With three Antidote projects already in the bag, including a wonderfully crafted doc short A Place To Gather, a banging music video for Kid Karate and visually rich brand film for major Chinese fashion label Bosideng, it’s fair to say Jamie has hit the ground running and is a bloody exciting prospect for Antidote going forward. Check out his work, stalk him on Twitter and stay tuned.
Posted October 1, 2012
William Armstrong was awarded a Shark for Most Promising New Director for his Jaguar test commercial ‘Roam This Place’ at this years 50th anniversary of the Kinsale Shark ad awards, which is fantastic recognition for an emerging director both internationally and at home.
This year saw the event held in a beautiful new venue Inishannon House and the Antidote team arrived in their Sunday best for the, er, Saturday night party. The guest creative speaker was Tony Kaye (director of American History X, and countless brilliant commercials) and the weather turned up for the party too ;)
Posted September 28, 2012
Jamie was recently asked to direct the brand film to launch mens fashion label Bosideng, who opened their flagship store in London last month. It marks the first foray of a major Chinese brand into the high street market – and we were delighted to receive the brief that represented fashion, the wild outdoors and the brand’s symbolic birds of prey.
The result is a cinematic, sweeping visual piece that took us to brooding landscapes of Kerry and allowed us the chance to film some majestic birds up close. A huge thanks to design agency Mammal and marketing agency RSM for the chance to do something so cool.
Posted September 21, 2012
Lee was asked to direct the first ever TV commercial for Hello.ie, a brand new Irish insurance company – insurance so simple, even an adult can get it.
Thanks to Acorn: Tim, Karen, Nicky, Rachel, Shane and Amy and to Eugene McCrystal in post.
Posted September 19, 2012
Jamie’s latest music video for up and coming act Kid Karate features pro Irish skater Keith Walsh and was filmed in Dublin’s Darndale in August. It’s a visceral grungy ode to a band who have been called one of the best live performances in the country. There’s even a petrol bomb to send it off. Ready set GO.
A massive thanks to Keith Nally, DOP Arthur Mulhern, editor Rob Hegarty as well as Aine Casey and Allen Sillery at post-house Screen Scene for their invaluable help.
Posted September 17, 2012
Between shooting stills in Afghanistan and filming a documentary in Pakistan, Ross also just completed a 30 second ad with Antidote for the Haven Partnership, an Irish charity working in Haiti.
The key issues the charity focuses on are water, shelter and education, so along with ad agency Red Dog a campaign was created to put things in perspective for Irish viewers. Ross and the Antidote team spent 4 days in Haiti, working from Port au Prince and other nearby towns to get in and document people’s stories and the conditions being faced there. It was a truly unique trip, witnessing some of the world’s poorest places, but also experiencing the pride and generosity of the Haitian people.
The tail end of our trip also collided with the arrival of Hurricane Isaac, which meant airport closures and a few more days on the ground until it passed! The finished piece is here.
Posted September 12, 2012
New Antidote director Jamie Delaney has been hard at work on several new projects which we can’t wait to tell you about! In the meantime here’s his first with Antidote, A Place To Gather, a 5 min documentary for the Crafts Council of Ireland.
Setting out to tell 5 different stories about Irish ‘makers’ from Donegal to Cork, Jamie had the opportunity to cover a range of beautiful places and also put the miles and miles of Irish tarmac to the test. The result is a textured, abstract feel for Ireland, its people and the beauty of its crafts.
The piece is part of the London Design Festival and will be viewed at a specially commissioned CCOI exhibition (Redchurch St in Shoreditch if you fancy popping down). The film will also sit in the EU Parliament foyer as part of Ireland’s EU presidency in 2013. Thanks to CCOI, Keith Nally, Jonathan Legge from Makers & Brothers and Garrett Pitcher from Indigo & Cloth.
Posted August 14, 2012
Fresh from the month of June which recorded some of the highest rainfall levels in a long time, Sean was asked to direct the new online campaign for Murphy’s stout. The idea?
Every time it rains in Cork this summer, you get a free pint if you have the Murphy’s app.
Bravest decision we’re seen in a long time! But what’s not to love. Sean expertly helmed the shoot which has since been viewed by the thousands and continues to garner attention as the skies darken. Wait, has Murphy’s made us look forward to the rain?
Check it out. Slanté!
Posted July 26, 2012
It’s been a month since William won Silver at the Young Director Award in Cannes, and his test ad has been getting press coverage all over the place. We share a few of the articles here.
Little Black Book
Posted July 15, 2012
William is better known as a producer around these parts, but directed his first test commercial in May this year, which went on to win Silver at the CFP-E shots Young Director Award at the Cannes Lions! It’s an exciting result and we’re really proud to be standing up against fierce competition on an international stage.
“It was about exploring wild places and seeing beautiful things and arriving at the conclusion that you’d led a life well lived. The car you drove was partly responsible for that, so it became a lesson – when the man finds what he’s looking for, he hands over the car so that the next man can begin the search for himself. Suddenly it was a car ad and the only thing it needed to fulfill that was a set of keys.”
Posted June 12, 2012
The days are counting down to the Cannes Lions 2012, we can’t wait to get there! If there’s three things you need, it’s a delegate pass, sunglasses and business cards. Will’s had these cards since last year (we must mention Jean Baptiste Gouraud for the idea), they’ve been stockpiled and waiting for action. There’s no better place to deplete supplies…
We’re there from the 17th June right to the closing event on the 23rd, we’d love to catch up with you if you’re heading over. Drop Will a line, armstrong AT antidote.ie and on se voit bientot!
Posted May 29, 2012
Sean was chosen to direct the new spot for Triton Ireland, revolving around the concept of ‘Triton Time’ from the think tank of Irish agency IO (follow them if you know what’s good for ya @thisisIO). The script allowed for a lot of fun in showing the chaos of a busy working day contrasted with that blissful moment when the hot water turns on and the stress of it all washes away. The lovely @NadiaForde was a complete pro in front of camera too. A huge thank you to Tim F, Tim H and Nick from IO for the opportunity and we can’t wait to see it turn heads on TV. View it here.
Posted May 15, 2012
We were thrilled to have done our first TV commercials with super ad agency @Rothco recently – for AIB’s Savings and Investments campaign.
Ken and the team spent four days on the road filming real AIB customers telling their stories. A big thank you to all our contributors for letting us in to their homes and lives, and of course the agency for a project that we’re proud to have worked on together.
Posted April 16, 2012
More silverware! Is that term technically correct for a bronze? Ken was awarded the famous bell at the 2012 ICAD advertising awards in the Directing Craft category for Barnardo’s ‘Boy’. The agency Publicis QMP also picked up another one for same ad, so everybody got to add something to their cabinet.
A thing of beauty isn’t she? You can watch the ad again here.
Posted April 2, 2012
Mr. Cronin is back. This time it’s a series of 3 spots for BestQuote and their super hero call centre. Spandex, super powers and water cooler romance, what more do you need?
The ads will be up shortly.
Posted March 12, 2012
Lee Cronin’s piece for CawleyNea\TBWA won GOLD for interactive at the first annual tvads.ie awards this month. The campaign for Audi has collected a few other awards here and there since it was released. The video used Facebook connect to automatically pull in user’s photographs of themselves, their friends and other details to make a personalised video inviting the viewer to take part in a country wide search, with the winner able to drive away with the new Audi A1. Nice stuff. Check out the video here.
Posted March 6, 2012
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WE WOULD LIKE TO STATE THE FOLLOWING REASONS WHY WE AND SOON YOU WILL BE EXCITED ABOUT THIS:
Ross is a shit hot director who has worked as a stupidly talented cinematographer who has worked as a photographer who has won crazy awards and been featured in TIME Magazine and has been on assignments in Uganda and shot for Trocaire and traveled the USA making an IFTA nominated feature documentary film called Colony and has just made the most beautiful film dealing with some serious stuff in Ballymun and then followed journalists around Mexico City reporting on death and killing and he is so damn Irish and so damn good and the ads he’s going to make are going to be so damn cool.
ROSS McDONNELL has joined Antidote people!
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Posted November 30, 2011
Our big announcement! A few months ago, Lee Cronin won an international four-way pitch against some stiff UK and US competition to direct FOURTEEN spots for 118118 in the UK, the infamous number directories duo. The Antidote team headed over to London with our 5 shooting days co-inciding perfectly with the London riots. Needless to say, we found ourselves doubting location choices of among others Enfield, where it all kicked off! Even with the heavy shooting schedule there was a lot of fun on set, thanks to our clients 118118 and of course the supercool NYC agency The Brooklyn Brothers @BrooklynBrosNYC. The ads are being rolled out over the course of the year, you might have caught a few on TV already. Watch a selection of them on Lee’s page!
Posted November 29, 2011
Ken directed three new spots for Bord Na Mona’s @LongNightIn which aired this week and has already caused a ripple around town, have a look at the steadily growing Twitter conversations as the campaign finds it’s feet. Many thanks to Marty, Conor, Laura, Niamh and all at CawleyNea\TBWA @CNTBWA for such a unique opportunity, and Windmill Lane for their support with post. Make sure to watch it here!
Posted November 14, 2011
It’s nearly Christmas again? Lee Cronin directed eMobile’s Christmas campaign which went on air this week. Lee ’the most Christmassy boy in the world’ got to spend two full days in his Christmas element, which means we don’t need to get him any presents this year. @ChemistryLab were the agency and we were delighted for a chance to get the decorations out ahead of time. View it here.
Posted November 11, 2011
Ken’s new ad for Engineers Ireland took the team into new terrain, blowing up mines and shooting out at sea. We were delighted to have picked up an IMJ adworld ad of the week in the first week it was broadcast and have to say thanks to Bloom advertising agency @bloomadvtng for the opportunity to get stuck in! Watch it here.
Posted October 28, 2011
Noticed eMobile’s new sponsorship stings of the midweek movie recently? Director Sean Branigan turned around eight stings in record time, zipping through casting, prep, a one day shoot and post all in the space of a week. Eye witnesses say that he wasn’t even out of breath, and was apparently spotted sipping piña coladas in his retro Ray Ban’s later that weekend. A big thanks to Emmet, Rob, Ewina, Eva and Jen @ChemistryLab for a fun and frantic shoot.
Posted September 19, 2011
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With our feature film side of the company Venom nearly finished on two, yes TWO films currently in production, we finally have a sign on the door to show where we live. Look out for news on Sanctuary (dir. Norah McGettigan) and Kelly & Victor (dir. Kieran Evans) both coming soon. In the meantime Antidote has some huge news about a certain series of commercials we shot in London for a well known UK brand, which we should be able to reveal in a week’s time. There’s a lot going on and we’re really proud of the year it’s been!
Posted August 20, 2011
We recently had the pleasure of working with Bloom Advertising on the 4fm brand relaunch – we were lucky to be handed some brilliant scripts and it’s safe to say we had a lot of fun in the making of! Thanks Dave, Yvonne, Matt, Jane and all involved. Check them out on Sean’s page.
Posted August 15, 2011
The talented Mr. Branigan has just completed his first commercial – two in fact – for radio station 4FM’s brand relaunch. Involving hanging two brave actors off a cliff, among other things, we’re delighted for the man and can’t wait to see what’s to come.
Posted August 1, 2011
Lee Cronin recently completed 5 ads for 11850, featuring the famous ginger moustaches and for the first time, the boys have taken to the road with matching Nifty 50 motorcycles. Thanks to fantastic agency IO @thisisio and to Windmill Lane @windmilllaneltd for all the hard work in post. Ads are here.
Posted July 11, 2011
Here at Antidote we love reaching bonus levels (if you hadn’t noticed Mario yet, see what he does). This weekend we made a startling discovery on YouTube! If you like bonus levels too, try this out. Pause a YouTube video and then hold left + up arrow keys. See that? Snake! Ah, takes us back to the old Nokia days. Now remember who to come back to when you’re looking for the good stuff x
Posted June 17, 2011
Fresh with the news that Ken’s 2010 work for Barnardos ‘Change a Child’s Life’ campaign won Best Direct Marketing Campaign at the Fundraising Ireland awards last night, we’re proud to have been able to work on the 2011 campaign – we hope to the same success. A massive thank you to Jimmy, Avril, Verity and Mags over at Publicis, and to Screen Scene for their work on the post end. Click on DIRECTORS up top and go on over to Ken’s profile to see the first of two ads going to TV.
Posted June 3, 2011
It’s taken a bit of patience, hundreds of tweaks and finally here it is. We’re calling it Antidote 2.0 and we’re really excited to see where this new chapter takes us. Have a browse, there’s new work, new directors and A WHOLE LOT OF LOVE.
Posted May 8, 2011
Say hello to Sean Branigan, who we found mixing potions in a dark cellar while muttering to himself in Gaelic. We thought “A man who can do magic, now there’s a commercials director.” We’re delighted to add Sean to our list of represented directors and can’t wait to begin working with him.
Sean recently graduated with an MA from the National Film School in London, where he completed his latest film, the gripping ‘Pride of Wade Ellison’. Sean is a performance specialist, and you’ll want him on one of your shoots soon.
Posted April 25, 2011
With the ICADs awards night just past we were delighted when the 2010 campaign we did for Barnardo’s won an Bronze ICAD Bell in the Direct Response Commercial category! Well done to Jimmy, Avril, Verity and Mags at advertising agency The Hive and thank you for all the trust you put in us and Ken.
Stay tuned, there’s more to come.
Posted March 20, 2011
Lee Cronin’s promo pilot ‘The Masterplan’ has progressed into the second round of the StoryLand competition, the RTÉ funded competition for the best online drama series, which means we can all look forward to another episode soon. Word is that there’s a music video scene that’s going to grab some attention, we were sent the above still as proof. Check out Lee’s reel to see a clip from The Masterplan first episode.
Posted March 1, 2011