Episode 4 of the Hard Knocks Hostel Web Series ‘I’m a Musician’ is finally here. Set in a badly-run backpacker hostel in Inishmore series follows the lives of two receptionists experiencing monotony of their jobs, leading to extreme creativity in dealing with guests. That is boosted with the philosophy of their boss: ‘The customer is not always right!’ In this episode, the girls grapple with a surprise tour group and the dreaded Guy With Guitar.
At The CRAIC we had an opportunity to introduced Hard Knocks Hostel in our edition 35 October 2014 by our correspondent Katelin Bernard. We sit down with Aaron and creator Karen Murphy to find out about filmmaking on a budget. Read it here:
We sit down with Aaron and creator Karen Murphy to find out about film making on a budget.
So how did you come up with the idea?
Karen – I’ve been working in a hostel for over 3 years. I was doing a Masters in film direction in NUIG and was trying to write what I know. In a hostel, you get so many crazy characters, it was like a perfect formula. I had this wealth of characters and that’s how it really came about.
What’s it all about?
It’s set in the middle of nowhere and the two receptionists that run the place are disillusioned by the job. They have grown weary of the whole customer service thing. It’s set in such a rural place they get away with having the craic and pressing their buttons.
With the budget restraints do you find you become more creative?
Yes definitely to quote Orson Wells he said ‘absence of limitations is the enemy of art’. That’s definitely something we are living by at the moment. I always seem to meet artists and musicians, I just do – and they are the people that are coming on board now. Everyone is coming with a common interest to start on a platform to get some exposure.
Aaron – The key is you don’t need big budgets for this to work. As a filmmaker, I know how tough it is to realise your ambition. With Galway’s amazing low-budget film community, creating a film or short or web series doesn’t need to cost a fortune.
Where are you filming it?
Inishmore. There will be a group of us in a hostel, so it’s going to be very intense. The actors don’t get paid; they want stuff for their show reel. It’s like a mutually beneficial experience.
What filmmakers inspire your work?
That’s a tough one. This is my first comedy that I’ve done. Its kind of new ground for me.
How much work goes into a production like this?
Every spare moment goes into this because I love it. I genuinely love it. It doesn’t feel like work.
How is the Little Cinema helping young filmmakers in Galway?
It is one of the only platforms that we have. Anyone can go out with their cameras and you can shoot whatever you want. They are very encouraging. They see it as a learning curve.
What are your plans for 2015?
We are moving to Canada and there is a possibility of having season two in Canada. (in the mean time have the team recently moved to Vancouver, hence the delay in releasing the final episode.)
For anyone out there interested in seeing the series where can they find it?
Like us on our facebook page Hard Knocks Hostel. It will be ready to view at the end of November.
Our website will also go live then too.
Full edition of The CRAIC in Galway 35 here: