Creating awards for a prestigious event is always an exciting project, and when you are asked to create something as unique as ten 6ft statue awards for the IFTAs, it becomes even more thrilling. As a sculptor, I was more than happy to take up the challenge and create these stunning awards.

The brief was clear – we needed to create ten 8ft statue awards that would be identical to the original awards handed out at the Irish Film and Television Awards ceremony. The process began with scanning the original award via our CNC machine, which allows us to enhance the size from its original 1ft to an 8ft polystyrene three dimensional shape. This would serve as the foundation of the statue and would allow us to create the desired shape and proportions, followed on by hand sanding the polystyrene model to ensure a smooth to touch finish.

Once the polystyrene models were finished, we coated them with a fire-rated polyurethane hard coat. This coating is essential as it provides a fire retardant protective layer needed for all indoor use props. The polyurethane hard coat also adds extra strength and durability to the statue, making it last for a long time.

After the hard coat was applied, the next step was to colour-match the statues to the original award. This was a crucial step as the colour of the award needed to be consistent with the original design. We spent a significant amount of time getting the colour right and ensuring that each statue was an exact match.

Next, we sculpted the Celtic brooch from clay embedding the clay into silicone molds to cast copies in polyurethane plastic. After sanding, priming, painting and varnish we glued the brooches onto each statue. This was a delicate process as we had to ensure that each detail was perfectly executed. We used high-quality materials to create the brooch, ensuring that it would look authentic and add a touch of elegance to the award.

Finally, we applied a hard lacquer protective layer to the statues, giving them a high gloss finish. This added the finishing touch to the award, making it look polished and sophisticated, exactly like the original award.

Overall, creating these statues for the IFTAs was an incredible experience. It required precision, attention to detail, and a lot of hard work. However, seeing the final product and the joy it brought to the recipients made it all worth it. We were proud to have played a part in creating something that would be treasured and celebrated for years to come.

Once again, in our second year at Clonakilty’s Model Village, we turned their popular attraction into an interactive Christmas extravaganza featuring animatronics, live actors, and elaborate sets. Building on the success of the previous year, we incorporated some of the crowd-favourite elements while expanding and enhancing other areas to create an even more memorable experience for visitors.

Starting with the design phase, we created a fully immersive, enchanting Christmas wonderland that included everything from the sets and props to animatronics, lights, and sound effects. We carefully integrated our theatrical production with the unique and picturesque Clonakilty venue to provide a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

In addition to the technical aspects, we also trained the performers to ensure that they delivered an unforgettable immersive experience for each timed ticket show. Over the course of December, we held a total of 295 individual shows, each featuring a fully trained cast of performers who brought the magic of Christmas to life.

Experience the magic of Christmas in a fully immersive wonderland!”

Concept artwork below

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The Nightmare Realm undergoes a full redevelopment each year of everything – the set, the look, the design, the sounds, scenes and costumes, even down to the way we market gets changed year on year. We put ourselves number one in our own competition, only ever aiming to out do our previous year. That is how we stay at the top and why we a multi awarding winning attractions and the countries number one for Immersive Halloween Experiences.

Below are some of our concept design work that was used in the creation of 2021’s theme ‘We’re back’.

We were approached by Ballyseedy Cafe to come up with designs for the Cafe for the upcoming Christmas season. Aiming for a traditional style Christmas scene in the front of the cafe with soft decoration, lights and atmosphere, as well as a more colourful kids zone for the play area at the back of the cafe- the below designs were created.