Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Bláthnaid O’Toole 

BA [Hons] Film + Television Production

Hi my name Bláthnaid O'Toole from Kerry and I'm a final year student at the the National Film School, Dún Laoghaire. I majored in cinematography and minored in sound design. I've been working independently as a freelance videographer since 2017 and college has helped me to hone my skills. My main passion is for shooting short films. My short film 'Dreamers' was screened at the BFI future film festival in London which I shot and Directed. I have shot fashion campaigns, music videos, commercial and corporate content.

The poetry of Jean Cocteau in films: Le sang d'un poète (1930), La Belle et la Bête (1946) and Orphée (1950).

Jean Cocteau : “The day when a director understands that the author’s role is not limited to the script (to writing it) - the day when the author reveals himself - then the dead language of cinema will become a living language."

This thesis was a study into the artistic mind of French filmmaker Jean Cocteau who believed that poetry was the centre of every art work. This thesis studies the thoughts behind Jean Cocteau and in how he was so talented at making surreal and magical imagery in his films, particularly in his films: Le sang d'un poète (1930), La Belle et la Bête (1946) and Orphée (1950).