TOM MURPHY THE FREELANCE CAMERAMAN (shown on the set of Lapps Quay at right) returns to our Tipperary campus to deliver the first guest lecture of the new year. We have worked with Tom on several creative multimedia projects before, one involving a professional broadcast camera with footage that aired on PBS in the States. He will share some of his experience during a 30-minute classroom workshop and in an hour-long lecture for all creative multimedia students in LIT-Clonmel. Tom brings a passion for old world narratives, newly-emerging technology and creativity to the stage and our recording will show exactly how that comes across. He is a highly-regarded cameraman and producer who specialises in current affairs. His editing and writing of Ireland's leading social media blog deserves to be incorporated into a book.
I asked students to name-check Tom Murphy, the cameraman. Here are some facts that we checked for accuracy with Tom and he made some strike-outs and amendments:
- He shows a great awareness and passion for the 3D model of Galway city. He wrote a great article on Gavin Duffy and the Realism Team’s Virtual 3D model of Galway city.
- He provided controversial images of children with cleft palates for the Smile Train Charity.
- He spent Christmas 2007 in a Burmese village, where his namesake Fr. Tom Murphy died saying mass in 1945 during a bombing raid.
- He covered the devastation left by Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar in May 2008, where over 500 people died. (Tom notes it should be closer to 300,000 people.)
- He captured the first moments of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
- He is not afraid to tackle assignments such as a suicide bombing in Morocco.
- In December 2007 he filmed an interview with Pervez Musharraf, then-President of Pakistain. He resigned the Presidency in August 2008.
- He has spent time filming with the US Military in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Tom has filmed ABC anchor Diane Sawyer’s interview with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and also filmed her in Kabul, Afghanistan.
- Tom shot work on the Tsuanmi in Sir Lanka, Thailand and Indonesia in 2005.
- Tom was in Russia in 1993 when Boris’ Yeltsin’s opposers stormed the Ostankino TV center killing journalists, technicians and camera persons in the process.
- Some of his footage was used on Farenheit 9/11. (Tom is downplaying this footage in respect of a dispute.)
A portion of Tom's creative multimedia lecture will be offered to a live audience via Online Meeting Rooms. To see the lecture, go to http://bit.ly/medialecture as a guest and join the meeting called "medialecture" between 2PM and 3PM Tipperary Standard Time today.
Photo of Tom Murphy, John Stanley and Jeffrey Kaye along the River Lee.