For Your Consideration: If Money Were No Object


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Fionn McArthur writes:

Here’s a project I’ve been working on for a few months now. It has plenty of scenic shots from around Sligo. Once I heard the speech “If Money Were No Object” by Alan Watts. I knew I could relate to it and try to capture cinematic shots that would correspond to the speech.

So whenever I found free time before or after work I was out filming, planning or location scouting shots. The majority of the sunny shots have weeks in between them. Any other filmmaker in Ireland will tell you the weather is never on your side when you need it. It was tough at times. I couldn’t help but feel like a one man army sometimes. It really goes to show that a crew would be a help, even a crew as little as two people would be a huge help.


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36 thoughts on “For Your Consideration: If Money Were No Object

    1. Digs

      I don’t think he wrote any of this. The editing is hardly groundbreaking and the random shots of himself are a little narcissistic. Not really sure if this is the kind of thing that’s worth putting out for others to consume. It did get me thinking though, contrary to the narrative, that people should self censor more often, that way we’d be spared from the abundance of pervasive mediocrity. Just because we can do something doesn’t mean we ought to. Technology has really dumbed down the “arts”. Sad really.

      1. Clampers Outside!

        He’s a bloody kid / young lad… just about finished college by the looks of it. Even ‘art’ takes practice, and someone’s early stuff can be not up to par. Give it a rest will ya…

        What’s your field Digs? Were ya able to manage a shovel the first time ya picked one up? :)

        1. Digs

          We have to manage the expectations of our youth clamps. We can’t really be anything we want… Makes me weep sometimes.

          I forgot my shovel.

  1. baby back ribs

    silver spoon kid has first world existential problem, decides to tell interwebs about it, old narration must mean sagely advice is gospel, string based soundtrack must mean he is serious about serenity

    i have to f’off to work now to a job i’m not ‘want to do’ because it will be pot noodles for dinner if i don’t

  2. Fergus

    Nicely done, young man.
    ‘Digs’ and ‘ribs’ (comments above) are too far gone. You can feel their disappointment in themselves in their comments. I’d say at one point they may have had the balls to make something like you’ve made.

      1. Mick Flavin

        I have a feeling Fergus may not have touched a nerve so much as ripped the sciatic out by the root…

        1. baby back ribs

          Nah, I’m just cynically dry aged, I too once pondered “why don’t they just print more money for the poor people mummy”. Well why don’t they Fergy & Flav?

          1. Hugh Nugh

            You’re not really an adult until your teenage dreams have been ‘Reek’ed and any youthful endeavour is seen only through the fire tempered glaze of your own personal hell. Discuss.

  3. Gavin

    Not to be a dick, it is well shot and effort has gone into it but I dont think any of the shots are.. “cinematic shots that would correspond to the speech.”

  4. Verbatim

    At least he’s thinking of such things. It takes courage to jump without the safety net of money, but worth it. We can live with little and money always appears when we look out for it. I found a trillion dollar note the other day.

      1. Verbatim

        In fact it was a one hundred trillion dollar note (100 000 000 000 000), shows you how little money means to me. Reserve bank of Zimbabwe.

  5. Gaz

    Fionn, Nice job keep up the good work. I honestly enjoyed it.
    95% of negative commenters are just Trolls looking for attention. Make sure you can tell the difference between honest constructive criticism and self hating negativity.

    1. Bonkers

      loved this too Fionn, I never knew Sligo was that beautiful, thanks for the enlightenment

      1. Fionn

        Thanks Bonkers. Sligo really is a beautiful place. There’s definitely a lot of scenic views off the beaten track, you just have to know where to look!

  6. Leigh

    It’s gas that the hate comments are a) taking things so so soooooo seriously and b) are hiding so far behind the internet, that they have stupid alias names. I know the chap and there is no silver spoon, just a kid that you have been bullying (well done) because of sheer disappointment in yourself. Keep in mind two things when you decide to take life so seriously. One is that he himself called it a “project”, not like he said it was his lifes work or his master piece. The other is that is was publish by broadsheet “for your consideration”. Again its not like they said it is the greatest video ever made.
    I don’t normally get into these kinds of arguments but again, I know the kid and you couldn’t be more wrong about him and the fact that you tried to guess one thing about the person he is based on a little video he made in his spare time is sad. Get over yourself and don’t look so damn fare into things!

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