Coming soon to a wall near you

Local photographer Ross Costigan is launch inghis first ever print exhibition, ‘Coming Soon: An Exhibition Of Fake Movie Posters’, on December 8 in the Watergate Theatre upstairs gallery.

Local photographer Ross Costigan is launch inghis first ever print exhibition, ‘Coming Soon: An Exhibition Of Fake Movie Posters’, on December 8 in the Watergate Theatre upstairs gallery.

‘Coming Soon’ will showcase a series of fake Hollywood-style movie posters based in Kilkenny and will feature a host of local actors and familiar faces. The cast were shot against a green screen, allowing the photographer to replace and stylise the backgrounds with Kilkenny landmarks and locations.

Ross Costigan has been heavily involved in the local film and theatre scene for the past 15 years and has worked in various roles, from actor to director, on short films, music videos, documentaries and six feature films. He has worked with Cartoon Saloon, Mycrofilms, Young Irish Film Makers, Thanksless Films, the Watergate Theatre, the Devious Theatre Company and many more.

“After seven years of presenting my photography online, I wanted to do something different for my first print exhibition”, he says. “I’ve always loved movie posters and how the idea for a movie is presented in just one image, this was my first opportunity to do that, while using some ideas I’ve had for films that should probably never get made.”

The self-taught photographer turned his hobby into a profession last year and now spends his days photographing weddings, festivals and events.

Thanks to the Empty Space Iniative, since last March Ross has spent his free time learning how to shoot against a green screen and how to design posters.

“It was a steep learning curve, but I’ve been learning by doing and I’ve loved every stressful minute of it,” he says.

The Empty Space initiative is a project of the Kilkenny County Council Arts Office that aims to activate the temporary use of vacant spaces for arts, cultural and community activity.

The cast of ‘Coming Soon’ includes Jack O’Leary, Alexandra Christle, Ken McGuire, Brendan Corcoran, John Morton, Ruth Phelan, Aoibhín Murphy, Thomas Flood, Sara Begley, Gemma D’Alessandro, Sarah Dreeling, Alan Dawson and Thomas Donoghue. It features Kilkenny Castle, City Hall, the Butterslip and more familiar spots shown in movie genres that include “a buddy cop movie, film noire, a teen movie, a zombie movie and even a gangsta rap movie”.

‘Coming Soon: An Exhibtion of Fake Movie Posters’ runs from December 8 to January 13 in the Watergate Theatre. The launch is on December 8 at 7.30pm and all are welcome.