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Sound design for David Begley's animated film 'The Wexford Whale', a 12 minute film featuring drawings and animations by David Begley and pupils of Scoil Mhuire National School Rosslare, County Wexford. The film also features a contribution from Richard Sabin, principal curator of mammals at The Natural History Museum, London. The film is based on the story of the 25 metre blue whale captured by Lifeboat pilot Ned Wickham outside Wexford harbour in March 1891. The skeleton of the whale named 'Hope' hangs in the Hintze Hall of The Natural History Museum, London.


Written, directed, animated and edited by David Begley.

© David Begley 2022

Music and sound design © Ruah Pearson 2022

The Wexford Whale: About
The Wexford Whale: About

The film had its first Irish screening on Friday 17th of June at Rosslare Festival.

Images from the research and production processes below show field recording in the London NHM Hintze Hall, field recording along Wexford coastline, 'The Hantoon' from Songs of The Wexford Coast collection, charcoal stills by David Begley, Wexford archival documents and drone images of deceased 60ft fin whale courtesy of Martin Roarty at Donegal County Council. Featuring both original material and arrangements of traditional material, score is devised, recorded and performed by myself solely using solely cello and field recordings. 

The Wexford Whale: Text
The Wexford Whale: Pro Gallery
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