Update: Hot Press Presents – HTC Take One Competition Winner


Young Irish Film-maker, Daniel Dalton wins a competition to shoot Dirty Epics’ new single video, ‘Those Pretty Things’, using only a HTC One. Single now available to purchase in-store and online. Video can be viewed at www.hotpress.com/htctakeone

Irish rock band, Dirty Epics, recently teamed up with HTC and Hot Press to run a public competition for emerging Irish film-makers to create the video for the band’s new single, ‘Those Pretty Things’.  The competition had a special twist, in that the video had to be shot entirely on a mobile phone, the HTC One, with a total budget of €1,000.  The single, “Those Pretty Things”, was produced by Declan Gaffney (U2) and Matt Paul (Amy Winehouse, Noistettes).

Young Irish film-maker Daniel Dalton, has emerged as the winner of the competition and his video can be viewed at www.hotpress.com/htctakeone.

Commenting on the Hot Press HTC Take One Competition, Niall Stokes, Editor, Hot Press said:

“The overall quality of the entries for the Hot Press HTC Take One competition was really impressive. It was a great idea for the competition to link up with Dirty Epics, who are a band with a very strong visual identity, especially with Sarah Jane Wai O’Flynn out front. Really we should think of the two finalists, Daniel Dalton and Susan Gleeson, as winners. They both produced truly excellent videos for ‘Those Pretty Things’, shot exclusively on the HTC One – in a way which underlines just how powerful a piece of kit it is.

“In particular, congratulations to Daniel, whose excellent will piece of work will now go on to be the band’s official video for the single. The video is superbly shot and tells its story of female empowerment very well indeed. What is really encouraging about our experience delivering Take One is that, in the long run, I suspect we’ll be hearing a lot more from both Daniel and Susan.”

Further commenting on the competition, Lorcan Kennedy, Marketing Manager, HTC Ireland said;

“This competition was all about demonstrating the ‘democratisation of media production’ which is a fancy way of saying that we can all become film makers with the technology in your pocket.  Daniel and Susan both shot incredible videos and have shown that our phones can enable anyone’s creative vision.

“I think that the results speak for themselves – and I’d urge people to check out the quality of the winning video at www.hotpress.com/htctakeone.  I’d like to thank the two finalists and the band for their hard work and I hope that the winning video goes on to get the airplay it deserves for the winner Daniel and for Dirty Epics. It’s an amazing video for an amazing band and I wish Dirty Epics every success with their new single, ‘Those Pretty Things’.” Dirty Epics are managed by Nadine King of U2’s Principle Management.



HTC and Hotpress embarked on a competition called HTC Take One which gave people the chance to submit their ideas for Dirty Epics new music video.

People submitted their ideas via story boards and the winners would get a HTC One and €1000 to make the video.

The chosen two winners were Daniel Dalton and Susan Gleeson and each of their videos can be found here

Daniel Dalton

Daniel, from Dublin, originally studied Visual Communication at NCAD. In 2011 he started a cinematography course in Ballyfermott College of Further Education where he met friends with the same passion for making films. They have won a number of awards and continue to work on projects together.

Susan Gleeson

Susan, who is originally from Cork, recently graduated from a two year film-making course in St Kevins College and also spent a year studying Creative Digital Media in the Digital Skills Academy. Currently she is freelancing as a videographer for live gigs and music videos, and working on a documentary exploring creativity within music and film.

The winning video of the two will be used as the official video of Dirty Epics new record called Those Pretty Things. The winner will also receive a prize of €2000 and of course get to hold onto their HTC One.

The good news for you is that your vote will be also entered into a draw to win a HTC One as well….so get voting.



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