Copper Coast Productions

Copper Coast Productions at The Art Hand, Sean Corcoran and Angela MulcahyThe Art Hand is pleased to announce the formation of a new film facility called Copper Coast Productions. This is a collaborative venture by Sean Corcoran and Angela Mulcahy. Copper Coast Productions provides a range of practical services to filmmakers. It also produces its own films and documentaries and plans to host film events locally including a film festival and training workshops.

Film Services; We are developing a one stop shop for film makers who want to produce films in the Waterford area and beyond. This facility will provide a network of resources to film-makers from near and far. It will provide a range of services including a Production Base, Location Management, Production Management and Casting based on each film-maker’s requirements. These kinds of services will be delivered in a very practical and professional way.

We can offer practical resources and expertise to film-makers whether it’s for a Hollywood blockbuster or for a low-budget short film. The concept of Copper Coast Productions came into being after a very successful collaboration between Sean Corcoran, Angela Mulcahy and a New Zealand film company earlier this year. A documentary film was produced called ‘A Village by the Sea’ which is based on the life of artist Edith Collier who lived in Bunmahon during the First World War.

The film had its world premiere at the New Zealand International Film Festival on July 28th  2012 (please see flyer below). The film will be screened locally soon and is expected to be shown at many film festivals worldwide. With it’s portrayal of the people and landscape of the area we believe it will be a great showcase for the County and will establish the potential for future productions in the area.

Sean and Angela provided the film crew with a wide range of assistance including Production Management, Production Base, Accommodation, 2 Cameramen, Equipment Hire, Insurance, Location Management, and Casting. Please refer to a reference below from the director of the film Michael Heath.

Film Production; Copper Coast Productions is currently in a position to produce it’s own films and documentaries and is developing an extensive Film Network.

Film Festival; Copper Coast Productions is in the process of setting up a film festival to be presented locally in 3 very different style venues that are located within a 7 minute drive of each other on The Copper Coast.

  1. The Gealach Gorm Theatre is a professional 65 seater theatre located in Kill Community Centre. It is ideal for film screenings once we have a screen and sound system in place. It has already hosted several film screenings as well as a singer/songwriter festival. Angela Mulcahy is the Theatre Director and founder at The Gealach Gorm Theatre.
  2. The Art Hand near Bunmahon would be the location for training workshops, demonstrations, talks and meetings which would broaden the scope of the festival. Sean Corcoran is the Artistic Director at The Art Hand.
  3. The Copper Coast Geopark is a new facility located in a newly renovated church in Bunmahon that will have a Museum explaining the Copper Mining Heritage of the area. We would hope to show films there that are of historic or local interest. We have already shown two films to the community; Edith Collier, a Light among Shadows By Michael Heath and She couldn’t say no by Una Troy.

Below is a Showreel created by Sean and Angela of Copper Coast Productions;

Location; Copper Coast Productions will be based at The Art Hand, which is a new art school owned by Sean and Miranda Corcoran. It is located in a spectacular rural landscape on the cliffs near Bunmahon in an area of great natural beauty called the Copper Coast. The area is designated by UNESCO as a geopark; a place of great geological significance.

In the 18th century the area had a booming copper mining industry the remnants of which can be seen close by at the old Tankardstown Engine House. It’s quite a dramatic landmark with its austere buildings and towering brick chimney. The Art Hand is the closest building to these old ruins. We believe this is the perfect location to base a film facility of this kind.

The Art Hand runs intensive and challenging art courses by professional artists and tutors in painting, drawing, photography, stained glass and more. It is developing a tech room which will soon be used for teaching digital art, animation, film editing and web design. Again this will be an added bonus to film-makers and will make it easier for films, big or small to be made here.

About us; We have worked together on several different productions over the past couple of years including most recently ‘Death by Fatal Murder’ at Gealach Gorm Theatre and a documentary film called ‘Village by the Sea’ with a New Zealand film crew.

We are excited at the challenge of developing this new film facility and look forward to producing our own films as well as assisting other filmmakers. We feel strongly about showcasing films locally by way of screenings and a film festival.

Although our backgrounds and skills are quite different we believe that the success of our collaboration lies in the synergy that is created between us. We complement each others abilities.

To follow is a little bit of our individual backgrounds:

Sean Corcoran is a Visual Artist who works in a wide variety of media including Digital Art, Film, Photography and Animation. He has worked with the renowned animator Paul Bolger of Pillarstone Productions.

He is the Artistic Director of The Art Hand in Bunmahon, County Waterford. The Art Hand is a new art school that runs intensive and challenging art courses by professional artists and tutors in painting, drawing, photography, stained glass, and more.

His collaborations with American videographer Hy Mayerson include Drive by Shootings, The Caboose Tapes and Sean has worked on many music videos including a track called Wait for me by Moby which currently has over 70,000 hits on You Tube and Cry me a River by John Martyn that has over 20,000 hits so far.

His artistic background is in Stained Glass, Mosaic and Wooden Sculpture and he still produces Colourful and Quirky Maps. He was the Artistic Director of The Salvage Shop in Waterford city that was renowned for its wild and wonderful creations as well as its association with Jim Nolan’s play of the same name.

In 2000 he was one of Ernest Ruckle’s collaborators for the Euro Disney art show in the Louis K. Meisel Gallery in New York. He has had 6 one man shows. With his Photoshop skills he produced two separate exhibitions, Photo Distortions (2005) and Lost and Found (2006).

He has worked on many Architectural projects, has designed many Interiors and has been accepted as a member of the IDI, Institute of Designers in Ireland.

He is the driving force behind The Art Hands website and Facebook page which now has over 3500 fans from around the world. He is passionate about promoting The Art Hand as a destination for creative holidays on The Copper Coast.

He was the Production Co-ordinator for the documentary film A Village by the Sea filmed in Bunmahon in 2012. Directed by Michael Heath, KBCR Productions, New Zealand.

More about his career can be found on his Portfolio website;

Sean’s You Tube Channel has 55 videos of his making;

Angela Mulcahy

HDip Directing For Television. HDip Drama and Theatre Studies. Her film credits include:

Production Manager and Directors Assistant – ‘A Village by the Sea’ – filmed on location in Bunmahon, 2012. This role included all scheduling for film, sourcing locations, researching and setting up interviews and preparing interviewees for film shoot and assisting director and videographer on shoot.

Researched, developed, produced and directed ‘Na Fit Ups’  - a bi-lingual TV Documentary on Ireland’s Travelling Theatre Shows 1930 – 1960. This was broadcast on TG4 in August 2009 and widely acclaimed by the critics as a fitting tribute to the travelling troubadours of a bygone era.

Assistant Producer – Na Chéad Fight Clubs (One Hour Documentary on Faction Fighting in Ireland in 1800’s) which was broadcast on TG4 in 2011. This involved responsibility for location set up, casting (over 100 extras used) rehearsal, costumes, props etc.

Re-Enactments Producer – Railway Series 1 & 2 – Broadcast on TG4 in 2011 and 2012. Produced all re-enactments for 12 programmes  (2 x 6 Series). Shot on various locations throughout the country this role involved all casting rehearsal and assisting director.

Production Manager – Tall Ships Ad – RTE 1 – 2011 with responsibility for all aspects of shoot including Casting, Scheduling and Health & Safety.

Assistant Producer & Casting Director for various Corporate Videos.

Angela is the Theatre Director at The Gealach Gorm Theatre at Kill Community Centre. Project Manager and main inspiration behind the development of the theatre – a 65 seater studio theatre within Kill Community Centre which opened in 2005. Kill Community Centre was awarded the County Community Forum Arts & Culture Award in 2009 for the development of the theatre. Directed all productions by local drama group in the theatre which have included John B Keane’s ‘Moll’, ‘Murdered To Death’ and ‘Death By Fatal Murder’ by Peter Gordon and also 2 plays by local playwright Tom Power. Directed the inaugural production ‘Wanted One Body’ for Stagemad Theatre Company at Garter Lane Arts Centre. Drama co-ordinator and drama teacher at weekly classes held for children and teenagers in Gealach Gorm Theatre.

Director of The Gealach Gorm SInger/Songwriter Festival 2012 held in the  Gealach Gorm Theatre which attracted an international line up of performers. This festival of original music which was funded by The Arts Council was an outstanding success and plans are already underway for an even bigger event in 2013.

Reference from Michael Heath, Director of Village by the Sea;

KBCR Production Ltd.,

33 Forest Road,

Raumati South,

Paraparaumu 5032,


21 June, 2012

cell: +64 2102 336577


                       TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

In March of this year, I the undersigned, Michael Heath, along with a cinematographer, Stephen Latty, both from New Zealand, travelled to Bunmahon to make a documentary on the unknown New Zealand early 20th century artist Edith Collier, who spent 2 summers there in 1914-15, titled “Village by the Sea.”

In 2007, I had made a full life history of this painter in a film called “Edith Collier: A Light among Shadows.” Sean Corcoran had heard about this film and contacted me in New Zealand. He said he wanted to show it to the local people and arranged a screening in Annestown. It was a great success and really made an impression on the local people.

Sean and I kept in touch over the years, and we were excited when the money finally came through to make the new film, and decided on March of 2012. Sean was a great Production Co-ordinator, and everything he helped us with came true. We were also fortunate that our filming took place at the same time as the opening of his, and Miranda’s magnificent facility The Art Hand, on the cliffs of Bunmahon.

Our film was assisted by The Edith Collier Trust of Wanganui, in New Zealand, so our budget was pitifully small. Sean and I worked for much time on how we were to prepare for this film, and what were our needs. He is a tireless and meticulous worker, and has a passion for all artistic endeavours.

I had asked him for an Assistant on the shoot as well, because I needed someone who knew the area, and the local people. Angela Mulcahy came aboard and added the personal dimension to all my requests. I gave her the credit of Production Manager as she organised everything so well, and I was delighted at the end of the shoot when she presented me with transcripts of all the interviews, and many other historical items that would be of great benefit to the film.

I also named her “Director’s Assistant” as she was the one who managed to talk with the residents and get them to be relaxed and happy about appearing in the film. She is wonderful with people, and has so much energy, we were so lucky to find her. I’d recommend her for any project to do with managing an artistic endeavour.

Our film was made in 12 days, 10 of them in Bunmahon, and both Sean and Angela made sure that everything ran smoothly. In fact we had one of the most enjoyable shooting experiences of our lives….

I wish them all success with their exciting proposed film project. Being in the area that the mining stories all took place makes it again a human journey for them, and I am sure they are more than capable of producing something informative that everyone will enjoy and be of incredible historical significance to the area, especially when the Geopark Museum opens.

Our film, “Village By the Sea,” has its world premiere in Wellington, at the end of July, at the New Zealand international Film Festival. I hope to send Sean a copy of the film soon after this, so he and Angela can arrange a screening in your area, for all to come and see.

If you need any more information then please feel free to contact me.

Thanking you,

Michael Heath, Director “Village by the Sea,”  KBCR Production Ltd.

The crew of A Village by the Sea. Mook Vignes, Alex Vignes, Stephen Latty, Michael Heath, Angela Mulcahy, Hy Mayerson, Sean CorcoranAbove is the full crew of the recent film production of A Village by the Sea. Left to Right; Mook Vignes, Alex Vignes, Stephen Latty, Michael Heath, Angela Mulcahy, Hy Mayerson and Sean Corcoran.

Copper Coast Productions and New Zealand Film Festival screening Village by the SeaAbove are the details of its world premiere at the New Zealand Film Festival in July.

Sea land mountainsThe picture above shows the location of The Art Hand to the Right with the Old Copper Mines in the centre, the Comeragh Mountains in the distance and the Atlantic to the left.

The Art Hand building located on The Copper CoastLooking out over the grass roof of The Art Hand on the cliffs

The Art Hand building located on The Copper CoastThis is the full building complete with grass roofed section and old stone walls.

This is the Gealach Gorm Theatre at Kill Community Centre.

Death by Fatal Murder at The Gealach Gorm TheatreHere are some pictures from our recent collaborative production of Death by Fatal Murder at the Gealach Gorm Theatre. Directed by Angela Mulcahy. Set Design by Sean Corcoran.

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