Well, with the edit in the bag, it's time for me to climb aboard a choo-choo and start the sound mix and picture grade in London today.
The premiere is at the end of May so there should be more than enough time to get it all over the finish line. I must admit, I'm buzzing about having a cinema release, it's been a while since I prepared a 5.1 surround sound mix and dusted of my finest M&S clothing for a film premiere!
It is all the more exciting as its my first Feature Length Documentary and I have no idea what to expect either from the release, the public or the press. One thing is for sure, it was the greatest 'job' anyone from Uttoxeter (who grew up in the 80's) has ever had and I still can't quite believe my luck!
There is plenty of Archive in the film, some of which has never been seen. It isn't simply a concert based film, it focuses on the whole comeback journey to Heaton Park rather than just having a two hour concert flick. Don't get me wrong, there is plenty of live stuff in there but it's not the only thing we filmed. I started filming at the Initial Press Conference (when the band announced they were reforming) in October 2011 and carried on right upto the last gig of the tour in Belfast at the End of August 2012, so I had alot to go at.
I will post up a shot from inside the grade/mix with a sneaky peaky freeze frame to get the ole juices jiggling.
We are having a meeting today with our UK distributors so I should have a better idea of size/scale of release later but the aim is to go countrywide.
Thanks for the update Shane, I can't wait for this. Question: I know they are 2 completely different films, but I wondered how you felt about the fact Made of Stone may be released near to the Mat Whitecross/Chris Coghill film 'Spike Island'? For us Roses fans, I can't think of anything better and I definitely intend to see both. Do you reckon though that Stone Roses overload may kick in and some folk may just think "another Roses film, seen one already this year, don't need to see another!" Do you see it as healthy competition or just hope that one helps to compliment the other in what I'm sure will be another great year for the Roses?
I'd hope that people would realise that one is a Drama set with Spike Island as a backdrop using actors and period cozzies to recreate a moment (i assume, not actually seen it) and That the other is a documentary about the Stone Roses, Their Fans, Their Past, Their Comeback etc and that they're probably as different as Snooker and CageFighting.
They have so little in common that I can't see how anyone would feel like they had to pick one over the other. I would hope that we both help rather than hinder each other but I'm no expert on Distribution etc. If it came down to being like when the two Robin Hood Films came out together back in the day, I would much rather have the 'Prince of Theives' takings than that one with bloke with the porno Tash's but I doubt either of us are expecting to gross half a Bill!
Thanks for the reply Shane, I love the Snooker and Cagefighting comparison! I completely understand what you are saying and I personally don't think they will hinder each other at all. Both films are going to clearly appeal primarily to Stone Roses fans first and foremost. If one film acts as a gateway to the other for movie goers then that can't be a bad thing for anyone involved. I have a vested interest in both anyway as I was an extra in the Spike Island movie and was about 40ft away from the stage at Heaton Park on the Friday. I waved when you flew over in the helicopter so I'm hoping to make the final cut of Made of Stone too! All the best with it and keep doing what do :-)
Do you know the date in June that the movie will be released? I'm back in London (from Toronto) to catch the Roses at Finsbury Park on June 7th. Would have been great to catch the film and then the show... I brought the wife this time around...
Ps. i'm the guy with the Pollock turban at Heaton Park!
Cannot wait for the movie. Even my kids are excited.