Sorry I’ve been gone for so long - 14 months or so I reckon… so what’s shaking people? I really must apologise again for going radio silent for sooo long and I’d really struggle to explain what happened. Safe to say, we ran out of money - came close to raising investment twice, only to be disappointed at the final minute - and then as John Lennon said “life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans”. In other words while we’ve been scheming ways to get this film finished - 14 months went by and a shitload happened.
Anyway so sorry for being so crap people. We haven’t forgotten and we haven’t quit - it’s just that 2013 was a total clusterfuck of a year… We even discovered there’s a new Irish film (shot last year) - remarkably like ours called The Stag (I know - WTAF) that’s coming out in mid March. All I can say is DON’T GO AND SEE IT, especially not thinking it’s ours… Remember ours is authentic Geordie cinema - not Irish. And really sweary. Really, really sweary in fact. These delays could help us out though - on February 24th, 2014 the BBFC’s new certification guidelines kicked in; meaning we might yet get a 15 certificate!
So enough preamble and daft slavvering on - let’s do an update of where we are up to:
The grade is just about there - thanks Fantomeline (Steve, you ARE a trooper).
The bits of VFX that The Kid (aka Chris Nicholls) was undertaking have been finessed by our DoP, Richy Reay - without the graft of Chris though we’d’ve been stuffed ages ago.
Richy Reay has also created a couple of other VFX spots for us AND a really FANTASTIC opening credits sequence - seriously he’s a man of many talents!
Next up: the man, the legend, Aris has undertaken the mammoth task of sound post-production. Not an easy feat when you consider that we have 3 different sound recordists on the film! Anyway GIVE THE MAN A MEDAL - he’s cracking on with it.
Last Friday we had our first ADR session - with Sir Billy of Fellows (The Judge) at The East Wing Studio in Byker. It was a great success thanks to the skills of both Bill and ADR Supremo of the North East: Rich McCoull… Now how’s that for a cracking name???
FINALLY: I will be updating frequently over the next few weeks as we hurtle towards our release date (TBA ASAP) and the poster (created by the immensely talented Mark Jobson) will be available for your delectation shortly.
Thanks for not quitting on us.
Zahra, James and the Stagg Do team. x
Sorry I haven't updated this for a couple of weeks, I've been working on another project since mid November and it's taken a ton of my time. Anyway the edit has been coming together really nicely and the stuff we picked up last month slots in pretty much seamlessly. So now I think there's only two more scenes that we need to shoot - the flashback opening and the newly written coda for the ending. As an exercise David and James have been going through all of the footage for the best outtakes to create a blooper reel - amazingly there are loads of laughs which is always heartening! David also went through the cut and created a mini swear reel - rather like this one from The Big Lebowski.
I have to say I was quite interested to see we have less fucks in The Stagg Do than they do in Lebowski - but then I don't really consider TBL to be a massively sweary film - which of course it is with 287 uses of the f word! The other really sweary film that I have been counting swears in is In The Loop - which has over 136 uses of the word fuck; I think we are more in the region of this number of fucks with a smattering of tits, cocks and wankers! Maybe we'll get a chance to post our swear reel soon - in the meantime enjoy this from the inimitable Malcolm Tucker.
Will try our best to keep this busy during the shoot and post-production.