We're hurtling towards the finish line, of course there are still a few things that need to be completed before we get there - a few shots need tweaking in the grade and we still have the sound mis to go, but the sound edit is 90% there.
I've spent the last ten days looking at potential venues for the WORLD PREMIERE (woooo) and the cast and crew screening - as ever these things take forever and I'm still awaiting final confirmation - but things are looking good. Talking of looking good (what a fricken' segue - I should be on the telly, me) James and I spent yesterday looking at and making decisions on Stagg Do merchandise! You know T-shirts, mugs, keyrings and such like… I'll be putting up a store on here in the next couple of weeks and you can all start preordering your "merch" as the cool kids say. In many ways that's what this particular post is about - what sort of merchandise would you guys like to buy - if any? DVDs, CDs and T-shirts are a definite - but what else would float your boat? Fancy emailing us? Or just bunging an answer in the comments below?
Also if you know anybody who might be interested in sponsoring our release or advertising with us then please send them our way. And finally if you a spare quid or two that you can sling into our Paypal account we'd be most grateful.
Memes, memes, memes
And finally - check out our meme contest - the entries are currently here and our our tumblr. Why not visit a meme generator and knock some up for us? You can submit them on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr or if social media doesn't appeal, you can email them to us. There will be EXCLUSIVE prizes and discounts for the winners, including a pair of tickets* to our WORLD PREMIERE this summer.
Memes are also a great way for us to spread the word about the film and to help us bring people to the website - so feel free to share any you like along with a link, to us here, on any platform that you use. I think I'll be setting up a Pinterest and Instagram account soon - so any pointers you might have will be appreciated. And one last thing - would you be interested in signing up to our newsletter for exclusive updates and offers?
*WORLD PREMIERE will be in North East England - transport not included
Waay back in 2009 we had an idea for a Geordie comedy called Pissheads, for a whole host of reasons namely "no fuckin money" it didn't happen. Fast forward to 2011 and we shot The Stagg Do which is a loose prequel to Pissheads in that it's set in the Pissheads universe with overlapping characters. Hey who said you can't dream big just coz you're squished at the bottom of the barrel? Fast forward to now, and it's just about ready for release. This summer in fact - wooo!
This brings us nicely to Mr Pinkman, above. You see when you make a film for very little money (and we're talking circa £10grand not £100,000+ here) and you're planning on self-releasing… which we always were - even Pissheads back in 2009, then you need to find a way to connect with your potential audience. That's where the internet has been a godsend for independent filmmakers. It's what gives us an opportunity to compete for your eyeballs with bigger films. We can't afford ads on buses or on Sky Sports News. We are relying on you. Our fans and our supporters to spread the word for us.
If you want to see this film, if you think you'll like it and you think your mates will like it - then spread the word. Tell people, tweet people - especially celebs, tag your mates on Facebook. Anything that'll help us get enough people to see this film to enable to prove there is an audience for this kind of stuff and to help us get Pissheads made too.
So that's what the memes are about, that's what the Facebook and Twitter feeds are about, that's why i've been blogging (off and on TBF) for 3 years - to spread the word of this little Geordie film. To connect us with our potential audience and to get seen. If you would like to join in "like" us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, make some memes online and generally SHOUT to everyone you know - so that when we finally hit our release time enough people see the film to make us make a dint in the calendar.
And if you know anybody who'd be interested in sponsorship opportunities tell them to contact us - and if you have a spare couple of quid that you can sling our way in advance of the release they you can donate via PayPal here.
Thanks for reading and hopefully y'all will love the fillum. At the end of the day - that's what it's about - you, the audience.
Will try our best to keep this busy during the shoot and post-production.