A Magh Ene student has spent his summers directing music videos for different artists and enjoying the success of his debut single 'Wine'.
Leaving Certificate student, Richard Thien, has an exceptional talent that is coming to the fore in the music world.
Magh Ene teacher, John O'Reilly, said when Richard created a 'Zombie' video in first year he knew that the young man had a natural gift. His work stood out. Mr. O'Reilly likes to work with transition year students and encourage them to focus on their natural talent, when the opportunity arises.
“I encouraged him to do as much as he could. When he did 'A wider path' which we had a week to do, he won numerous awards. He is a really good kid and he is very modest,” he said.
Recognising the correct music to use for film is one of Richard's definitive talents.
A talented film maker and director, Richard can see the manner in which a scene should and can be shot, in the creative sense.
However, he spends a lot of time considering which music will best suit the tone of what is being produced and in doing so perfects the creation, according to his teacher.
On one occasion, Mr. O'Reilly was bringing a harpist into the college to record for one of their productions.
He sought Richard's help in order to record the harpist. To his astonishment, Richard arrived on the scene, brandished a pair of earphones, cut them and using a hair clip, turned them into a microphone that could captivate a high quality of audio. Everyone was astounded.
Richard has made various contacts in Dublin over the last few years.
Richard is very adept at networking. Before summer this year, he approached an artist and asked if he could shoot his work for him.
The artist Uppbeat immediately asked Richard to come to Dublin where they worked together.
Richard really also enjoyed working with the well-known artist, Why-Axis on Wine.
“I want to do so much. I am trying to experiment and see where I can go with this. I think I might focus on music. I believe music can show a lot and it tells a story,” he said.
Testament to this, Mr. O'Reilly said that he got Richard to produce a piece of personal work for him.
Recently the history and P.E. teacher looked at the video again and he again realised how powerful the music behind the film was.
Richard recently traveled to Dublin and was interviewed on a national radio station which he very much enjoyed.
Focusing on his career, Richard is keeping his head down this year as he studies for his leaving certificate.
Richard knows what he wants to achieve through his college course.
A blossoming talent for both film-making and music he will not be short of work, having already being paid by artists for his work.
Richard hopes to attend college in Dublin.
There is one thing for certain, Richard will undoubtedly go on to produce a high calibre of work for those who ask him to do it.
For Richard the future certainly looks bright.