A while back Cornish let me know that he wouldn’t be able to make it for our October shoots. This presented two problems....we use his video camera for the main shots you see on Messymayhem and my own camera wasn’t going to be up to the job on its own. The other one being, who was going to host, help mix the gunge, laugh at my jokes and generally be the other pair of hands that is required on a shoot. Now problem one was easily rectified with a trip to the shops and the purchase of a new video camera. Problem two however, I needed someone who knew how our shoots worked, could talk on camera and who could put up my sense of humour. Now as some of you will know when models have let us down in the past one lady has come to the rescue nearly everytime, so much so we call her “our emergency model”. She is a living legend not only is she gorgeous and reliable she can also put up with both me and Cornish! What have I got to lose I thought.......and text Annabelle “How do you fancy hosting Messymayhem for a couple of shoots in October?” shortly after I got the reply “Yeah, why not!?”. With “emergency model” set to become “the emergency host” I was sorted. The shoots were go go go......
Cut to Sat evening, the night before the first shoot and I am huffing, puffing, coughing and swearing. Annabelle was unable to come and help with the setup due to a family emergency so I was left on my own trying to rearrange the furniture to get the studio set up though she assured me she would be here next day bright and early. One major problem I couldn’t remember where I usually put the telly so it’s out of the way. I knew Cornish would have known, after much swearing 5 attempts I managed to find the convenient nook where we usually put it and started to get the tarp down. Slowly but surely and a roll of gaffa tape later the set started to take shape. Exhausted I collapsed into bed and set my alarm...
Next morning I was up bright and early nursing a coffee to wake me up and set to work cutting up bin bags with which to finish the set. Annabelle arrived demanding tea and toast to compensate for a lack of sleep. Once consumed she got to work on mixing the gunge which she enjoyed doing immensely.
The shoot was set to be interesting and I think I am right in saying this is a first for a WAM site but I could be wrong. We were set to shoot with a married couple – both of them female! I’m sure some of you remember Lorna from Episode 5 (if not check out http://messymayhemcom.umd.net/download_info/episode_5_part_2 ) well she is married to a lovely girl called Bella and she was very keen to bring Bella along and show her what she does on her shoots. That is exactly what happened. A rather excited Lorna and a slightly apprehensive Bella turned up and we got started. Annabelle did well with the hosting role, talking less than Jon does (but who could talk more!?) – she actually confessed to me that she was more nervous about doing the hosting than she is about being gunged. I won’t detail too much about what went on in the games, I’ll save that surprise for when we release the videos. I’ll just let the pictures do the talking.
When the girls arrived they looked something like this.
Later on they looked something like this.
All the while I was snapping photos with a spare stills camera and Annabelle was rushing off every 5 mins like a woman possessed keeping our followers on twitter upto date with goings on. One rather good idea I had was to use some charity bags for binbag dresses. Now this might not seem very ethical, however I had put these bags out to be collected and the charity had just not bothered so I was actually saving them going to waste! Here’s a couple of pics from the twitter feed of Lorna and Bella modelling them.
Now as good as she was at the hosting after the shoot I discovered Annabelle’s real talent. When it comes to gunge clean up she is a one woman army! The cleanup was done in record time considering there was only two of us. With one shoot down Annabelle headed home and Messy JoJo came over to have pizza and help me do the tarping for the next days shoot.
Next morning due to some hiccups with trains everything didn’t quite go to plan but in the end everyone got here. Annabelle was again hosting and modelling we had Eden (not our red haired friend from Splosh fame but the ebony babe who you may know from her work with Miss T and Gooeygirls) and Lolly (who had actually got in touch with me asking to be gunged because it looked fun!). Eden was cool and relaxed, she’d seen it all before – although I did discover she didn’t know the rules to Rock, Paper, Scissors which she was rather embarrassed by. We also discovered she has the perfect laugh for WAM – it’s very, very dirty. Lolly was very excited but nervous – she soon got over that though. Again I won’t detail exactly what went on but Eden was very evil to Lolly, she didn’t however reckon on Lolly learning from example and giving back as good as she got. When they arrived the two of them looked something like this.
Later on they looked something like this.
After a clean up I was left (knackered) to reflect on two very good shoots. Although I’m sure Cornish will return Annabelle did comment that she had enjoyed hosting and Cornish had better watch his job as she was clearly better than him. Could be interesting next time they meet and I’m making sure I’m staying out the firing line!
Keep your eyes open for the videos from these shoots which should hit the download store next year. That’s all for now, I have to go and edit Episode 20 Part 2, thanks for reading.