For our latest film, A Bigger Slice of British Pie, we decided to up the ante on props for the opening scene. Last year, Ratboy took a pie to the face from Phil Atwill. This year, it was Josh's turn to get some payback and I wanted to build him a highly strung, medieval weapon.
Humble beginnings on Rob's driveway. This is Rob Kennerley and his dad, Adrian. The mechanical brains behind my creative ideas. Not sure where I'd be without their hands on 'let's get it done and done properly' approach.
Bit of wood, an aluminium pipe from the scrapyard, some bolts and some massive elastic bands. Oh and a bin lid for the tray.
Flick through the slideshow to see this monster come to life. Think it came to just shy of 200 quid and an afternoon to build after some planning and research. Ie. searching 'how to build a catapult' on Youtube.
There she is, finished and about to be tested. We carried this onto Woolston Park in Warrington whilst some Football training was about to finish. We got some very strange looks carrying this onto the field. We launched a few bricks and my phone a good 70-80ft so I was more than happy with it's range capabilities seeing as in the film it launches a silver platter full of shaving foam with disc rotors strapped to it for extra weight.
To finish she got a lick of fence paint and then got stored in Josh Gleave's barn until we needed it. It was designed to be flatpack to fit inside vehicles better. It's still in his barn now so if anyone wants to borrow a catapult, let me know!
For the launch of A Bigger Slice of British Pie, we travelled up and down the country to put on 3 premieres as well as a launch day party. The film was very well received everywhere we went, here's a snapshot of each night and the antics that ensued.
One Planet Adventure, Coed Llandegla. North Wales Premiere.
Launch day party and Midlands premiere at Spokes Bike Shop.
The boys crowding around to watch a naked Phil Atwill do a burnout on a moped covered in shaving foam.
Things did get a bit messy at Stoke. The free beer provided by Monster Energy made people a bit wild. Hair was cut off and fireballs were made.
Josh Bryceland takes a more refined approach to the free booze.
Big shout out to Monster for delivering free pies to the shop for everyone to delve into. They were bloody nice, too!
Chatting with the Sheffield Steel, Craig Evans. Check him out in the Lake District part of the film.
The South West premiere, once again at Mud Dock Bikes, Bristol.
Edinburghs premiere was held at Transgression Skate Park.
Once again, big thanks to the guys at Monster for supporting these events and making them the best they can be.
3 out of the 4 premiere were sold/maxed out. Not bad going! We'll go for 4/4 next year..