TV effects/gunge provision
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In deepest darkest December 2011 Gunjee
got a phone-call asking if we could provide 700+ litres of gunge for a TV show....in 36 hours time! This story tells you (we hope) everything you need to know about our company and our approach to "getting the job done!
We took the initial phone-call in the evening en-route to a gig (22rd Dec). After taking the details we realised we didn't have the supplies in stock and getting them on Dec 23rd could be tricky, so our team organised it's other members to ring round at 9am and determine whether or not we could get the supplies in time to do the TV show (which incidentally was the Christmas Eve finale of Home for the Holidays
on Channel 4
After a quick phone call back to the Production Company to say we would be able to do it (and whilst our overnight staff slept) our rested staff went on a six-hour round trip to get our supplies, as well as starting a marathon phone session to organise the staff we'd need to mix the gunge on-set.
Twelve hours after that we were in the van/car en-route to the TV studio to get making gunge! After working in nightclubs several nights most weeks, leaving at 3am to be on set at 7am was our biggest challenge - we're not morning people! But after we arrived, figured out what we had to do (and
after lots of strong coffee) we were off! Things were further complicated by the fact that, to mix (at least) 700 litres of gunge we need 700 litres of hot water, and we rarely find boilers capable of that in venues....so we took 1500 litres of hot water with us in our custom-fitted van - it stores the water and keeps the temperature high quite well!
In the end we actually made more than 1000 litres of yellow and red gunge, for the bottom of two slides that were part of a messy assault course (see the pictures above).
The best bits for us? Being told by several TV production professionals our gunge was "the best they'd ever seen"
- oh and seeing Gunjee girls Lisa and Liz being too shy to go and say hello to Vernon Kay, even though basically
that was the main reason they'd agreed to come along to the job!
The moral of the story? If you've got an idea we can help you with, even if the deadline is tight, give us a call or drop us an email. If we can do it, you'll find we're dedicated, thorough, professional and get the job done under most circumstances!
This information last updated on 10/02/2013 at 02:03