Thursday, February 09, 2017

Aiden's Pre-shoot Text Interview

We are kicking off season 15 by shooting with many new faces, we are shooting with semi-semi-profressinal footballer and model Aiden on 10th Feb.





Here is his interview that he kindly agreed to take part in before this shoot.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself? 

I am a down to earth, energetic person that doesn’t take themselves too seriously! Although can be professional and extremely competitive when I need to be, as I am a semi-professional footballer and a full time model.



What other modelling or appearance jobs have you done? 

I have done a variety of different clothing brands but most recently doing shoots for ASOS marketplace! Along with this I have done underwear, catwalk, bridal and location shoots.



Why did you want to appear on the website and show? 

When I got approached it looked like lots of fun and something I would love to do!!



Why do you think people would like to see you on the show? 

Because I am a normal down to earth lad, that just happens to be a footballer and a model!! So they wouldn’t be getting anyone stuck up themselves, and would be getting somebody who can have a laugh and doesn’t mind being laughed at!!



There is a part in the shoot where we reveal if you have been voted into the Gunge Tank via the viewers in a vote. Why do you think people would vote you into the Gunge Tank? 

Because they would want to mess my hair up!! and maybe want to see me with my top off (I don’t know haha)



Why should we not Gunge you? 

I think you should!



Any reason why we should gunge you? 

Because I’ve always wanted to be gunged since watching get your own back from a young age!



Do you remember any messy shows from your past. Such as TV shows? 
I fondly remember Get Your Own back, Fun House and loved Noel's Gunge Tanks so cannot wait to be on the Splat! Show.




If you could see anyone in the Gunge Tank who would it be and why? 

My best mate dan!! Because it would be hilarious and he would probably end up falling over or something!! Or David Beckham as he is my hero haha



If you could pick the colour of the Gunge in a game what would it be and why? 

RED – for Manchester United

Stay tuned to Splat! HQ, our social channels and here on the blog for all the latest from season 15 and beyond.





Sunday, February 05, 2017

A Rough Patch - An Update

Hey Guys,

I want to give you all an update regarding the Matt and David shoots that were due to film this past week. Both of the models pulled out of their shoots. David gave us two days notice and Matt only gave us a HOUR notice before being a no show.

After this disaster, things need to change. The pre-shoots are now dead in their current form. We cannot keep letting viewers who order the pre-shoots down. We placed too much faith and trust in the models to keep to their side of the deal. The pre-shoots are essential for us since they help us fund the shoots. So what are we going to do?

The pre-shoots will change into special videos that will be released and available for a limited time. The difference here is that they will be filmed and ready to go before any viewer places an order. They will also get the videos straight away. In many ways you could argue that this is what we should of been doing anyway. This also ensures viewers know exactly what they are buying into. The downside for us on a business side is that we will have to bear the costs of the shoots upfront but that's a price worth taking if it protects the viewers from situations like the Matt and David shoots.

The Gunge Tank votes will also change too. Here the model will change from pay to vote to free to vote. This means everyone can vote. As no money is being taken at this stage, if a model drops out we can reset the vote and add a replacement if time permits. The video of the vote result including the Gunge Tank Escape will then be available to buy on the site for a limited time. This also means that if the model you voted for does not get Gunged in the vote or the escape then you have the choice to buy or not.

We hope these changes will protect the viewers from what has happened this past week and we hope these changes work out better for us too.

I want to thank everyone who has placed a pre-shoot and Gunge Tank vote for Matt and David for being so understanding as we deal with the fallout from their lack of professionalism.

We will be contacting all pre-shoot and Gunge Tank vote viewers today.

Also we will be updating the site later tonight with the first new Gunge Tank vote!

Thank you,

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Splat! Honoured at The Gunge Awards

Twitter personality Gunge King has just announced his annual Gunge Awards for 2016. The Gunge Awards are awards handed out by Gunge King to websites and personailties he feels deserves recognition over the past 12 months.

We have been honoured by being awarded the following awards:







THANK YOU GUNGEKING!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Interview with Pete Prt 2

Here is the second and final part of the interview with Pete that took place towards the end of season 14 production.

So you have nearly finished the year and season 14 of the show. What are you feeling at this moment?

"I am feeling pretty happy. It's no secret that I have found this season and year tough. I have been very vocal about how I have been feeling recently on Twitter. Twitter is a great tool but sometimes I do rant on there about stuff that I should not say. Some people who are fans of the site and who are close friends sometimes message me to stop posting my thoughts on there but I just can't help it sometimes. I feel it's only right that people who follow the show understand how I am feeling sometimes. Thankfully the feedback from these messages has always been positive. But yes, I am feeling pretty happy. We have about three shoots to go before we wrap up season 14 production"

You have said you are taking a short break from filming. Why is this and how long is the break?

"Yeah, I announced that I would be taking a break from filming new material for a while because I needed a break. A break from shooting, and by the time this interview is published I am probably about to start season 15 production. I plan to take November and December off shooting new material. But we will have new releases coming out while I am on the break so there won't be a pause in new releases. But basically I just needed a break and work on other things in my life. Of course I am still working on the site and the other business side of things, that does not stop. I am just taking a break from the most intensive part. The shoots"

What do you enjoy the most about the shoots?

"It's crazy to say this, because quite frankly I am a shy guy, but I guess it's meeting a new model. When we cast a model we really don't know if they are going to be any good until they turn up at HQ and start shooting. It is a thill to meet someone who knows what they are going to be doing, turn up and then have a good time. Thankfully every model I have worked with so far has been great. I would say David Lundy from this year was a total surprise for me. His profile was very model like and I was expecting him to have this massive ego, but as it turned out, he is the nicest guy you could ever want to meet and he loved getting Gunged! So much so he is coming back in season 15 and I cannot wait!"

What do you enjoy the least about the shoots?

"I think anyone who knows me and the site already knows the answer to this, the clean ups. Enough said really"

What can we look forward to next year?

"Well I have some big plans but I don't want to reveal them yet. I am always getting told off by people for saying something and then not doing it, so I think I will just let people wait and see. It will be worth the wait and the reveals should be more exciting too!"

END



Tuesday, December 20, 2016

End of 2016 Message

Hey guys Pete here,

Wow! What a year it has been for the site and for me personally. If you have been following everything we have done this year you will know that I have struggled a few times during production. Well I made it to the end of the year and I am now coming to the end of a two month production break and it's just what I needed.

During my break I have been making plans for season 15, using what we have learned from this season we hope you are all looking forward to the next season of the show.

Season 14 brought a massive change and challenge to the show. The Gunge tank finally arrived. Many thought it would not happen and even we thought it might not happen too. With the help of Ash (download his latest show here) we was able to get the tank ready for the launch of season 14. The thing was, shooting with the Gunge Tank turned the whole production of the shoots upside down. We had this massive thing, it took ages to put up and filling the tank with gunge was a new challenge. This was no inflatable pool. So when time came to shoot our first season 14 show with Simon I basically had to learn on the go.

When we first released the first season 14 shows with the tank, it made all the hard work to get the tank ready and work out how to shoot with the tank worth while. This year we have received more positive feedback regarding the shows than we have done so since season 2. It kind of made the hell of clean up almost worthwhile, almost!

This year we tried to get more new faces on the show and the ones we persuaded to come on were fantastic.  The new ones that took up our offer were great to work with. I want to take this opportunity to thank all our new models who I have worked with this year for giving us a chance and coming on the show. It was a pleasure to work with you all and I hope to work with you all again in the future.

OUR BIGGEST THANK YOU is to our fans. We can only produce new shows because you guys buy the shows and support us. We are here because of you. It really is as simple as that. It's no secret anymore that the shows are expensive to produce so when we get a sale from you we are incredibly grateful. I can't wait to see where we go next season and I hope you will continue to support us. We do what we do because of the support.

Thank you to viewers and fans who have taken part in private shoots this year. It was a great pleasure to meet many of you and make your dreams come true! I hope to meet many more of you in the Gunge Tank next year.

A special thank you, I want to thank Jon. Jon has a great run with Splat! over the past few years and I want to thank him for being one of the best models I have ever had to pleasure to work with. He does everything that I would ask and he has been able to save a few shoots from disaster this season. Thank you Jon, season 14 was your season and I know many fans still enjoy your content. Thank you Jon!


Finally, I want to wish all our fans and viewers a very Merry Christmas and great new year. See you next year for season 15 (and our fantastic season 14 finale with Simon. It's a classic!)

Love always,

Pete



Sunday, November 27, 2016

Interview With Pete Part 1

Hey guys,

With the end of season 14 production of the Splat! Show now complete. Pete, the founder and director of the site sat down with a interview with Ash. The interview was not filmed but here is a transcript of the interview. We hope you find the interview informative and we hope it gives you more insight into the workings behind the show!

When you look back over the past ten years, how do you feel?

"When I look back, it's hard to believe what has happened, the show, the brand and the support. It's one of those pinch yourselves moments. When I started the show with Rob I would of not believed that the show would still be in production to this day. Even more, it's grown into something that I've had trouble managing, so much so over the past two years since I started taking full control over production"

Yes, can you tell us more about how that came about?

"Well I've said before that I was not completely happy with the direction of the show when Charlie took over the shows after season two. But, it's important for me to stress that, while I was not entirely happy with the direction of the show during seasons 3-10, I am immensely grateful to Charlie for stepping in to provide a production area. The content that Charlie produced is great, but the theme of the show and the direction lost it's way after the fantastic second season. I know that many of the fans enjoyed the show during Charlie's tenure as show director. The sales were robust but I would get feedback from viewers and many were not happy. It's important to state that I was never present at the shoots while Charlie was shooting. I would of course give directions before the shoots and Charlie did his best, and I was pleased when I reviewed the footage after retiring home after the clean ups but I knew that this was not what could of been"

As I've said. Charlie and the shows he directed have his place and they are a part of our history. I am thankful, and always will be for the lifeline he gave us. Afterall, if Charlie did not come forward to offer a place to film, the show would of been cancelled after the second season"

Many feel that the second season of the show was the best until season 14. Was the second season your template for the shows you have produced in season 13-14?

"Actually, I see the first and second season as our best until recently. They were the original format for the show and the shows that were shot followed the brief. Basically a gameshow that you would of watched on TV but with a model taking part. After the second season we lost the Gunge Tank and the tone of the shows changed. It was a pretty stark contrast if you watch season one and two then move on to the third season. Sadly, the first Gunge Tank was destroyed in the move from the second to the third season. I would say the tone moved away from the actual show format to the model. We focused on the model more. That was a mistake. Ive learnnt since that the show makes the model. Well, to a certain degree. I think we can all agree, we want to to see the best looking person taking part. But I think you would be surprised by one of the top selling season one show. Yes, Lee's Splat! Show from the first season is the biggest selling show of the season. By a wide margin, and Lee is not your typical buff model"

Can you tell us how you became the director and of the shows from season 12 present?

"Yes, not many people know this but towards the end of season 11 I was actually present at the shoots that were shot at Charlie's location. This was the first time I actually worked on the shoots apart from the Ally (Ash) shoots that took place. I shot with Jack Mason and Dan B. Charlie informed me he would be moving in the next year or so and I thought what would be the next step. As it happens, I was about to move into my own place and after wrapping up the shoots with Charlie I was thinking about taking on the shoots myself. To be honest, I was thinking about ending production of the shows after Charlie pulled out but the show was still suffesull and I know I wanted to do more, so I took the decision to carry on the shows myself"

How did you feel?

"Nervous. Very nervous. I remember the shoots I had done with Jack Mason and Dan B. Before they arrived, I was a nervous wreck, especially with Dan B who was a minor celebrity. But after they arrived I just got on with it really. I knew what I wanted to do, what direction I want to take the shoots in. I also knew that I could not just shift gear and start producing new shows. Many people think these shoots are easy, but let me tell you, they are not. So I followed the rule that Charlie did. I had a pool and then did some games. The first shoot I did fro season 12 was the Danny skater show, and lets just say it was ok. I had to learn on the go. The lighting was awful, we shot in a bathroom. The only good thing was that we had a great model. Then Jon happened and then things started to blow up. I started to foster a great relationship with the models, something that I feel is important"

Let's talk about the Gunge Tank

"Ah yes, the Gunge Tank. This was at my number one of things to do on my lift after I took control of production. I started a Gunge Tank fund for viewers to help support the creation. Here is the thing, I am sure there are many people out there that think we make a huge profit. Well, let me tell you, we don't! During the course of season 3-11 we were "lucky" if we broke even. Yes, there was the odd shoot that would turn profit but that would support other shoots that made a loss. With Splat! we don't just pay for the shoots and everything that comes with it.  The model fee, a model worth anything won't work for less than £200 plus expenses, then you have the gunge for a shoot which runs close to £200 and then you have the clean up expenses of £20 and thats not even mentioning the running costs of the actual site! The annual running costs on the site and admin of things runs close to over a grand!  Anyway, so we wanted a new Gunge Tank and we only could get one with the support of the viewers who donated. Season 14 was the first season with the Gunge Tank, and while some may say it's boring. The figures speak for themselves. We are on course for record breaking sales this year. Thats sales, not profit mind you"

Can you tell us what challenges you have to face, business wise?

"Oh, yeah thats another area that many people don't think about. When we first started out the internet was young. Broadband was not as widespread, there was no red tape and actually I was a little blind to the challenges we faced. Since then things have become more complex, actually a lot more complex. I spend most of my free time, while still holding down another full time Job, dealing with the paperwork. It's not just filming new shows and that's the job done. I have to deal with complex tax codes, not just UK tax, but I have to make sure the business is compliant with tax regulations worldwide. For example, I have to record quarterly VAT Tax reports to EVERY European country. If I did not do this,  and I know for a fact that other sites DO NOT DO THIS, and trust me, there are currently some active campaigns being run by many countries to weed out non compliant clients which include jail time and unlimited fines, then we would breaking the law. I also have to deal with UK law which has some of the most complex digital tax laws in the world, model release forms and other such things. My time is mostly spent dealing with red tape and staying compliant to the laws and not time on actual shoots"

Wow, whats kept you going?

"What's kept me going, apart from the support? The fans. At every shoot they are alway at the forefront of my thoughts. This show has nearly killed me. Actually, thats wrong, the show hasn't nearly killed me, it's the whole package. I am not sure how long the show will show will stay in active production but I know I've given it my all.


Part two coming soon...

Monday, November 21, 2016

Jon: From Top Male Model To Gunge Star


What an exciting few years we have had with Jon! Jon is one of the most popular Splat! Show models ever, having first made his appearance on the show during season 8 before making a return on season 12 and then featured heavily on seasons 13 and 14.

So what is the history with Jon and the Splat! Show? How did this male fitness model turn out to be one of the most Gunged guys in world? Read on as we reveal how Jon went from male model to Gunge muse!

Let's start the beginning...

Can you see why he caught our eye?
We first came across Jon's profile on Model Mayhem and we were initially blown away by his portfolio. We have included some of the images below. If we could get Jon on the show, it would be a big win for us and our viewers. So we fired off a few emails to him and at first he declined the offer because someone had apparently emailed him claiming to be us saying we wanted him to do some naked work. We still don't know who this imposter was. Anyway, after explaining the situation and taking him through the concept of the show he agreed to come to a shoot. 





From Jon's original modelling portfolio 








This was the time Charlie was shooting our shows for us. During this time I did not have much control over the shoots that I would of liked. Charlie did his best as he always did but I felt like there was so much more we could do with Jon. The shoot was pretty hard for Jon, Charlie took a liking to spraying the models with a freezing water hose which Jon really hated. But overall Jon said he enjoyed the shoot which boded well for the future. 

With the Charlie shot shows released with Jon it was time to think about the future. The shows performed OK, but I was expecting more. This was about the time I was controlling the shows more while we continued to be based at Charlie's house. I contacted Jon to ask if he would be ok to do some more shoots. He said no. He feared he he would face the dreaded hose again. So I left it and wrapped up the shoots with Charlie a few years later.




This moment nearly destroyed Jon's future relationship with Splat!





Start of something BIG

Jon on season 12
Fast forward a few years and I had taken full control of the shoots. I was now about to start shooting season 12 at my own address and at this time I contacted Jon again to ask if he would want to come back and shoot with me. I made sure to mention there was no threat of shooting outside or the return of the dreaded hose pipe. He said yes.

I remember being incredibly nervous on the day of the season 12 shoot. I knew that this show, more than the other two I had already shot for season 12 was a make or break moment. The reaction from the fans that Jon was coming back was huge and it put me under a lot of pressure to deliver. So Jon turned up and I was a little star stuck! But I had a plan for the shoot and Jon was super and did everything, and more, that I asked of him! This show went on to be one of the biggest sellers of the year.

Jon's season 12 was one of the biggest sellers that season.
After the shoot and Jon's last shower we were talking in the kitchen. I was talking to him about the plans I had for the show. It was at this point he said something I was not expecting. Jon told he would like to be more involved in the shoots going forward. The reason? He really enjoyedthe shoot and he told me I made him feel at ease. As you can imagine, this was great to hear. So as Jon left I told him I would need to see how this show performed before getting him back on the show. The show was one of the top performers of the season.


Hitting a problem...

So with season 13 there was little doubt in mind that I wanted Jon to feature heavily on the season. Things started off well enough. Jon stared in some fantastic season 13 shows such as the Red Nose Day special and our Tenth anniversary special and even presented a show with Chris. Shortly after this Jon went off the radar. He was due to shoot a show over the summer of 2015 but he failed to show up at the station at the agreed time. This was really out of character for Jon, a guy who up to this point had been punctual and always kept me updated. I was confused, angry and worried.

Jon was secretly battling personal issues
Jon did not reply to my messages over the course of the rest of the year. It turns out that Jon was actually dealing a big family crisis at the time that I won't go into here but he had hit a rough time. Jon finally touched base with me towards the end of 2015 and updated on me on what he had been dealing with. We then spent the gap between season 13 and 14 talking and making plans for a season that would ultimately be his swan song. Season 14!





Season 14: Jon's Season...

A Happier Jon makes a return in the Gunge Tank
With the new tank ready to go, it was time to contact Jon about making his return to the show. The viewers where kept up to speed on the Jon saga via Twitter updates and there was a real anticipation surrounding Jon's return to the show and his debut in the Tank. So with Jon back on side and the tank ready, we shot his return show. Jon VS The Gunge Tank. 

The Jon VS The Gunge Tank shoot also featured a Gunge Tank vote between Jon and presenter Keiron. Voting went crazy and to this day remains one of the most popular Gunge Tank votes. I guess you could say it was the viewers getting their revenge on Jon for the year before. I was actually surprised how close it was between Jon and Keiron considering there was a heavy revenge element surrounding the vote. 

Jon gets Tanked in the viewer vote. Revenge?
Jon was a little nervous about the shoot at first as he knew many people where upset about his absence during the last season but he soon settled down and the shoot went smoothly. Jon VS The Gunge Tank is the third best selling show from season 14 to date.

After the successful return shoot, I set about setting up a shoot that we wanted to shoot for the last season. A Show between Andy and Jon. The show was the first show that was cancelled after Jon went off radar. This was a blessing looking back on it as we now had a Gunge Tank and it would be the first double model show we have shot with the Gunge Tank. It was also the first show we were able to pull of the wrestling game. Something that blew up our servers when it was released. With that show released it was time to move on. Andy VS Jon stand at number two on the best selling season 14 shows to date. 

Jon "Gets" What Viewers Want...

Ripped Jon. Hitting the gym for the viewers.
By this point Jon was heavily invested in the season and at shoots we started to discussing ideas for future shows. Jon was suggesting some great ideas and it was really refreshing for a model to be getting into the creative process and he was really thinking about what the viewers would like to see. Over the summer Jon did a number of shoots for us and he made sure his body was on top form by hitting the gym hard between shoots. It was pretty clear by this point that Jon knew what the viewers wanted from him.










The future

As I write this blog entry we have just released Jon's last ever "normal" solo Splat! Show, Jon's BIG One. The plan is for Jon to feature next season but we have talked about making format tweaks to his future shows. We have already done this for our Halloween and Christmas Specials. So while Jon was featured heavily in season 14 his appearances will be scaled back next season. Well that was the plan, but looking at the sales of Jon's BIG One so far it has beat my expectations having easily outsold Dave C's show that has really struggled. But we will continue down the plan I have set out and you will see Jon next season but in special formats and special shows.


Jon with Anthony having a laugh during our Christmas Special. Coming December. 



Monday, October 24, 2016

End of Production Clothes Sell Off

This past weekend we completed S14 production. Next season, which is currently aiming a January 2017 start, we hope to have a brand new wardrobe! We have already sold one of our Splat! T-shirts and it will be become clear when the first season 15 show is released why we are selling our branded shirts.

Over the next few weeks and maybe months, depending on how well they sell, we will be selling off most of our clothes. We will be using the funds raised to purchase new clothes for S15 and helping support production changes too.

Keep checking back as we add new clothes! They will be listed in batches of five items and then another five will be added. As always, unless otherwise stated there is one item of each. When they are gone, they are gone!

LAST CLOTHES NOW ADDED!






Thursday, October 13, 2016

A Personal Update

Hey guys,

Pete here, I just wanted to get a few things off my chest.

This year has been a great year for the show but sadly it has not been that great a year for myself personally. I have put myself under considerable stress.

If you are not aware, I run the site and the shoots now. In the past I just ran the site and the business side of things while someone else did the shoots. I took the decision to take over the shoots after I was not entirely happy with how certain shoots were turning out. So I decided to take complete control over the whole Splat! operation. Running Splat! while holding down a full time job is hard work. Yes, I have a full time job as well as running the site.

When I am not at work I work on the site. Sadly the business side of the operation is the most intensive. I have to keep detailed records of pretty much everything and make sure I am trading legally dealing with red tape from across the globe, it's no joke. The shoots are exhausting and the clean up is torture.  But I still love it.

Over the weekend I received and email from one of the few friends I have made during my time running the shoots. I won't get into the actual content of that email, but lets just say It was a wake up call.  It allowed me to correct a few issues that remained unsolved for far to long.

I love what I do, but it's clear that I need to manage my time more effectively if I am going to remain sane and healthy. During the course of this year I have made myself sick from working too hard and not having a good plan in place. Splat! has suffered, I have suffered and my personal life has suffered.

Yesterday for example I was up at 8.00am to work on a few Splat! orders I then had to be in for work at 11am till 8pm and I then worked on the Benji pre-order until midnight. I still had cleaning from the shoots to do too. Today, I feel exhausted  and sick. That cannot continue.

The good news is that going forward I am feel I am better prepared to deal with theses challenges. It is not going to be easy and mistakes will be made but this time they will be corrected in good time instead of waiting too long for them to be corrected.

I plan on taking a short break between season 14 (there are only a few bits left to shoot) and season 15 production. I don't know how long this will be, but it won't be that long and you should see new shows being released as there are a fair few waiting to be released that have already been shot.

I don't want to go on too long and dwell on the negatives. I just want you all to know that I I am ok and I will continue to produce the best shows possible for you all. My ultimate goal is to quit the day Job and work on Splat! Full time, but currently that is not possible. Until then I will continue but I will make sure I look after myself a little more. I am not sure how this will effect the number of shows I produce going forward, but we will see.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy the shows we have coming!

Thank you, I love you all.


Pete



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