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Stone Hearts & Careless People

A Josh McAvoy Film

Stone Hearts & Careless people is a supernatural romance that explores love, loneliness and the beautiful tragedy of living

We follow River, a lonely, socially rejected art student. She goes to a ruined mausoleum to draw statues but gets stranded as the last tour bus leaves. As she sits in the ruins alone she is confronted by a statue that comes to life at night and their relationship develops.

Watch the trailer Below


A Virtual Production Short Film

The film was shot entirely on location at Ulster Screen Academy's LED Volume. It is written and directed by Josh McAvoy, produced by Sinéad burns and stars Aoife MacNamara, Adam Murphy and Tosin Oyediran. With Director of Photography, George Barnes and Virtual Production Supervisor, Eva Robinson.


Stone Hearts was produced as part of the 'VP Futures Program' Funded and run by Storyfutures Academy and Future Screens NI, Supported by Industrial Light and magic and Epic Games.

See the Behind-the-scenes video here.

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Upskilling Belfast 

Filming on-volume in Belfast for one of the first virtual production short films in the country involved upskilling local talent and building new and robust production pipelines. As a result, Aura is now competently engaging with virtual production on a commercial level.

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