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Thesis August 27, 2011

Posted by lil D in college, creations, tv.

In my last post, I briefly alluded to a documentary that two friends and I completed as part of our degree. I just thought I’d post up a little bit more information for those who are interested.

Screen shot from the documentary

As part of our degree in DCU, we are required to do a major project towards the end, fondly referred to as your thesis. Thankfully in our course, the option to do a ‘production thesis’ is made available to us, so Jane, Shauna and I decided to undertake a 20 minutes video. In the end we decided to shoot a documentary about my little brother Ciarán.

Ciarán is 12 years old and has a mental disability which means he cannot speak or communicate with us effectively. He is very mobile and loves physical activity, in particular, wresting with his brothers. He attends St Michael’s House Special National School in Baldoyle, where he gets looked after so well by the staff.

Our video was a 20 min long documentary about Ciarán’s life, his day-to-day routine and how he affects those around him. The documentary is a mix between key interviews with those closest to Ciarán, and lovely footage of Ciaran at home, at school and out and about (he’s very photogenic).

The documentary was awarded a first class honours, and has been very well recieved by those who watch it.

Due to the personal and sensitive nature of the documentary, we’re not making it publicly available online, but if you are interested in seeing it, please let me know as we have uploaded the video under tight privacy settings and we’d like to make it available to anyone genuinely interested in watching it.



1. College & Other Pesky Things - August 27, 2011

That sounds very touching. my best friend’s brother Jimmy sounds similar to your little brother. He is autistic. Even though he has a hard time communicating (he cannot speak) and often gets to frustrated he bites himself, he is generally a very happy young man and loves swimming, jumping on the trampoline, swinging on the swing set, and watch cartoons.

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