Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Caoimhe Gallagher Lawson 

BA [Hons] Film + Television Production

Caoimhe Gallagher Lawson is a skilled filmmaker and editor from Leitrim, based in Dublin. With a diverse skill set, she is highly competent in various aspects of filmmaking: directing, camera, sound and post-production. Caoimhe specialised in editing with a minor in sound design at the NFS, gaining extensive experience and proficiency with industry-standard software, and has delivered exceptional results on a variety of projects. A committed team player who is resourceful, Caoimhe's expertise has been honed through collaborative projects. Her adaptable style which aligns with the specific vision of her clients, makes her an invaluable asset to any production team.

With love, from Aidan

In this surreal dark satire, when a robotic AI brother arrives at his sister’s birthday celebration, he initiates a recounting of past experiences and lessons imparted by her, contributing to the successful fulfilment of his programming. However, concerns arise as he unveils the gift intended for her.
Throughout editing this project, I believe my creative contributions played a substantial role in shaping the final outcome. Collaborating closely with the director, we embarked on a journey of exploration and experimentation, delving deep into the footage to unearth its hidden potential. Through meticulous editing, open dialogue and a shared understanding of the film's overarching vision, we uncovered the voice that resonated most authentically with the project. It was a delicate balance, finely weaving together our respective editing styles, seamlessly merging our creative energies into a cohesive whole.

Dada as Cinema: Capturing a Shadow of Reality

Undertaking the research conducted for this thesis has profoundly expanded my understanding not only of the origins of editing but also of its transformative potential in reshaping captured reality. In this thesis, I explore Dada cinema and what that meant in terms of its innovative utilisation of film techniques and the profound implications it carried. Dada filmmakers applied new unconventional meanings to images, without respect for the integrity of the image. Their resulting works display a deconstruction of reality. The Dadaists created film with complete disregard for any preconceptions of what a film is meant to be. Editors are responsible for crafting the final film. They shape the audiences’ experience of the film. Editing can add rhythm, dynamism, meaning to a film. Researching the techniques Dada filmmakers applied to their films, in order to distort and manipulate imagery, has been hugely inspiring for my craft as an editor. It has taught me that I do not have to adhere to the rules set in place by traditional filmmaking, instead, I can instead abandon all forms of narrative elements or even representational forms.