Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Canal screens at TriBeCa

The Canal, a horror film I shot last year with director Ivan Kavanagh, will screen at next months TriBeCa film festival, as part of the Midnight section.

Last Song of the Night

A music video created from a short film which I shot some time ago. Directed by Stevie Russell and produced by Michael Donnelly.

Kelly + Victor wins a BAFTA

Very happy to see Kelly + Victor, my first feature, picking up the BAFTA for Outstanding Debut at the BAFTAs a few weeks ago. Well done to director Kieran Evans, and producers Janine Marmot and Andrew Freedman.

The First Wave

Here's a promo for a zombie feature that I shot a while back.

The First Wave from Piers McGrail on Vimeo.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

I Wish I Was a Girl

Here's a music video for The Vaccines which I shot over in Ramallah a few months back. Directed by Yousef Eldin and produced by Alice Wagstaffe and Dan Dennison.


Some stills I took during a recent shoot for Trocaire in Malawi.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Tree

Here's a short I shot a couple of years back, now available to watch online. Directed by David Freyne and produced by Tilted Pictures. Shot on Epic with Zeiss Superspeeds.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Win for 'All I Want' at UKVMAs

A video I shot for Kodaline has won Best Rock/Indie Video Budget at the UK Video Music Awards. Well done to director Stevie Russell and producer Michael Donnelly.

Win for 'Alia' in Kerry

Great to hear that a short film I shot with Claire Dix, 'Alia' picked up the award for Best Irish Narrative short at the Kerry Film Festival last week. Well done to Claire and producer Nodlag Houlihan. More info here.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Wrapped on 'Let Us Prey'

Yesterday we wrapped on 'Let Us Prey', a feature directed by Brian O'Malley and produced by Fantastic Films and Makar Productions. Shot on Epic with Lomo anamorphics and Zeiss standard speeds. Big thanks to all my crew!

More info on the film here.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Screen Grabs from 'The First Wave'

Screen grabs from 'The First Wave', a promo for a feature directed by David Freyne and produced by Tilted Pictures. Shot on Epic with Super Speeds.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Coming Soon

Kelly+Victor, my first feature film as DoP, is getting released in the UK and Ireland on the 20th September.

UPDATE: Some great reviews for the film. It's film of the month in Sight & Sound magazine and received four starts from Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Full Circle [Electric Picnic]

Here's a promo I shot for Electric Picnic, directed by William Armstrong. Shot on Epic and Canon 5D.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Jewellery [Newbridge Silverware]

A commercial I shot for Hugh O'Connor, starring Amy Huberman.

Praise for 'Out of Here'

I feature I shot with Donal Foreman, 'Out of Here' went down really well at this years Galway Film Fleadh. It was a runner up for the best first film award, and critic Donald Clarke picked it as his favourite film of the festival. In his report on the festival he mentions the cinematography;

'The film is also rather beautiful. Piers McGrail’s camera locates huge fish just beneath the surface of Dublin Bay, makes something of two escalators powering in complementary competition, and helps compose a final shot that is brilliant in its uncomplicated invention.'

Huge congratulations to Donal and producer Emmet Flemming. Hopefully this is a sign of continuing success for the film. Read the full article here, and you can see a teaser for the film here.

Fionn Walton in 'Out of Here'

Thursday, July 11, 2013

We Only Attack Ourselves [Funeral Suits]

Here's a video I shot for Irish band Funeral Suits. Directed by Jonathan Irwin and produced by Michael Donnelly. Shot on Epic with Nikons.

If you're at the Fleadh...

Some films I shot are screening at the Galway Film Fleadh this weekend. Hope you can make them if you're around. 

Out Of Here, my second feature film, is showing on Saturday at 7pm in the Town Hall. Alia and Doghouse, two film board shorts, are showing on Friday at 10am. Best of luck to all involved.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Two from Kiev

Here are a couple of ads I shot over in the Ukraine/Israel recently. Produced by the good people at LimeLite Studio. 'Barley' was directed by William Armstrong, and 'Train' was directed by Stevie Russell. Shot on Epic and Alexa respectively.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Monday, May 6, 2013

Cadbury's Tree

Directed by Conor Finnegan, produced by Speers films. Shot on four Epics and a host of small cameras.