The Golden Bodge is, to many at YSTV, the best part about the NaSTA weekend. Screw the awards. Screw the networking. Keep the alcohol - you'll need your creative juices.
Rules vary a little year-to-year, but the essence of the Golden Bodge is simple.
- Your bodge must be submitted by the deadline
- Your bodge must only be filmed on smartphones
- Your bodge must not have been edited - the only exception is to piece together the clips
- Your bodge's clips must be included in order
- Your bodge's clips must each have been produced in one take
- Your bodge must conform to three categories
- A style, e.g. "Porno"
- A genre, e.g. "Comedy"
- A line e.g. "But that's what she said!"
- For example, "An action/adventure in the style of Cinderella with the line 'Take the second star to the right and straight on till morning!'"
2015: One Bodge More
Winner of the 2015 NaSTA People's Choice Awards for Best Golden Bodge
Brief: "A coming of age comedy with the line 'I can't do it while you're watching!'"
Hyped by the previous years' success, Emily Torricelli and Grace Winpenny came with a pre-written song for this year's bodge - "One Bodge More", which was based on "One Day More" from Les Miserables. Lloyd Wallis returned this year as a Kinda-PaSTA, but was initially skeptical about pulling the same stunt as 2014 without having something new and cool and different or somesuch.
Some drinks followed, and a discussion between most of the station's attendees, including Thomas Cheyney and Liz Pascoe went on for some time - the plan to play Cards Against YSTV lay forgotten. But it was Sam Nicholson that proposed the idea that got people interested. We could use Social Media. We would follow the rules. We would still do the song. We would still be awesome.
Initially, Snapchat was proposed - each role would Snapchat their line to the others, and then the next would, and so on. However, this had a time limit for each line, and severely limited the number of takes available. Vine had similar issues. Eventually, we concluded the best bet was YouTube videos embedded on Twitter timelines - you can see the result on [Lloyd's Timeline https://twitter.com/LloydW93/lists/one-bodge-more]. We could then technically shoot out of order - the video that was submitted was a single-shot, single-take piece of content. We did end up staying almost in order though, which was nice.
Outtakes exist, most notably of Peter Eskdale missing a shot and loudly shouting "FUUUUCK". Also of note is that Thomas Cheyney was not intended to have original lines - Lloyd Wallis's production skills were just so good that he skipped straight over those lines entirely from the script and didn't realise until the end. However, it did give Tom an excuse to get changed into his suit very quickly. Chris Wall was unavailable for the second part of the shoot, so an Asian substitute was found.
- Original song: Les Miserablés
- Lyrics: Emily Torricelli, Grace Winpenny
- Jean Valjean: Lloyd Wallis
- Marius Pontmercy: Kieron Moore
- Éponine Thénardier: Grace Winpenny
- Enjolras: Chris Wall
- The Thernardiers: Emily Torricelli, Greg Ebdon
- Inspector Javert: Sam Nicholson
- Additional Vocals: Helen Hobin, Rachel Burns, Kenric Yuen, Thomas Cheyney
- Chris Wall: As Himself/Arif Nadeem
- Camera: Peter Eskdale
- Man who can't do it while you're watching: Lloyd Wallis
- Your bodge must be submitted by the start of the AGM: Yes!
- Your bodge must only be filmed on smartphones: Yes!
- Your bodge only be edited on a smartphone: Yes!
- Your bodge must be uploaded on your phone: From a computer via 3G tethering on a phone...
- Your bodge must be shorter than 1 minute: No.
- Your bodge must conform to three categories: Yes!
Winner of the 2014 NaSTA People's Choice Awards for Best Golden Bodge
Brief: "A bodge about the World Cup in a '50s Americana' style with the line 'You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!'"
Whilst slightly drunk, Lloyd Wallis noted that, putting aside all of the other flaws with LSU's exec song, that there were far better choices for a parody out there. Due to the current box office offerings, the first example was "Let It Go". Lloyd vaguely drunkenly belted out half a chorus and as far as his memory is concerned woke up the next morning, with the largest concern being that he was not in his bed.
Overnight, Grace Winpenny and Emily Torricelli had scripted a full parody of the Frozen number, and Thomas Cheyney had started planning the choreography. The soundtrack of Grace and Ellen Dunbavin was recorded in a somewhat free room in the SU building that we claimed using the mics on Tom's laptop, with someone stationed outside to stop a nearby door slamming, before being very roughly chopped up by David Heaton (sadly causing him to miss the talk on audio).
With consensus for ignoring all rules established, props were located, and a set that looked oddly like Heslington East was spotted. Cast members were grabbed from the pool of people willing to sacrifice preparation time before the awards evening. Sadly, time ran out when shooting, so only the first part of the resulting video has content. The rest involves David turning a page forward and back on a notepad, claiming that you are listening to Loughborough's student radio station. We guessed the name. We were close. Someone had the bright idea to film an intro/ending on the morning of the deadline, which admittedly did give the bodge something resembling a plot, and the notepad filler was shot during a break on the journey to the AGM venue. With Tom Cheyney being Tom Cheyney, the video was edited remotely on Tom's home PC whilst waiting for the venue doors to open.
- Music: Disney/whoever makes octaved-down versions of Disney songs and puts them on YouTube
- Vocals: Grace Winpenny, Ellen Dunbavin
- Lyrics: Lloyd Wallis, Grace Winpenny, Emily Torricelli
- LSU Exec Exec: Helen Hobin, Grace Winpenny, David Heaton
- LSU Exec: Sam Nicholson, Kieron Moore, Chris Wall
- Camera: Thomas Cheyney
- Sound Editor: David Heaton
- Actual Editor: Tom Cheyney
- Costume Department: David Heaton
- Production Assistant: Peter Eskdale
- Replacing Golden Bodge YouTube profile picture with a bear: Thomas Cheyney
- Held the Laptop to Avoid Being on Camera: Lloyd Wallis
- And introducing a traffic cone as the LSU RAG Bucket
- Your bodge must be submitted by the start of the AGM: More or less
- Your bodge must only be filmed on smartphones: Is a DSLR a smartphone?
- Your bodge only be edited on a smartphone: Premiere Pro, REAPER and Audacity run on smartphones, right?
- Your bodge must be uploaded on your phone: No. From a computer in York, actually.
- Your bodge must be shorter than 3 minutes 16 seconds: Yes!
- Your bodge must conform to three categories: One out of three (although this wasn't explicitly stated as a rule, only as an entry guideline)