AJAs 2017 Finalists


Date Aired or Published December 26, 2017
Media outlet where first aired or published: CBC Newfoundland & Labrador
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Location: Newfoundland (various locations)
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Running time (TV/Radio): 44:08

Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

“Still Some More To Go” is many things; a documentary, a concert film, a road movie. It’s a story about art, what it demands of us and how it defines us. But above all, it’s a love letter. A tribute to a band, a place and a people that are so entwined it is hard to imagine one without the other. In the spring of 2017, legendary music and comedy group Buddy Wasisname & the Other Fellers announced a fall tour of their home province, their 25th over 35 years. But CBC reporter Zach Goudie sensed that this tour would be different. With the band members’ advancing age, it could be their last. Goudie spent that summer corresponding with the band, researching their history, combing through archival material, and most importantly, making contact with the band’s biggest fans. By the time the tour was ready to begin, and the band revealed to the world that they were indeed retiring from the road, Goudie was ready a plan: to capture the band’s final tour, and to tell their story in a way that had never been done before. Goudie and videographer Mark Cumby hit the road with the band, recording performances by night and interviewing fans by day. They met people who have never missed a Buddy Wasisname tour in 35 years, people who have collected every scrap of music the band has released, people who have made Buddy Wasisname part of their interior lives, who not only celebrate the band but are themselves celebrated in the band’s music. Kevin Blackmore, Wayne Chaulk and Ray Johnson are among the most recognisable people in Newfoundland & Labrador, but the 3 men who appear on stage night after night, year after year are characters. For all their fame, the real people behind those characters remain virtually unknown, even to their biggest fans. “Still Some More To Go” pulls back the curtain on the celebrated comedians to reveal serious artists, who have honed the craft of writing and performing, and touched the soul of a province with their stories and songs. Buddy Wasisname & the Other Fellers may never again hit the road and bring their magic to the far-flung corners of Newfoundland. But “Still Some More To Go” captures that magic on screen, and brings the band and the road to you.

Resources of the newsroom (money and time) available to complete the story:

Through the summer of 2017, Reporter Zach Goudie used his spare time to research and plan this project. In October 2017, Goudie and videographer Mark Cumby spent 6 days on the road, shooting in several different towns around Newfoundland. In Corner Brook, they were helped during one performance by videographer Colleen Connors. In St. John’s, videographers Gary Quigley, Eddy Kennedy and Gary Quigley were brought in for the “key interview” and to record the St. John’s performance. Goudie then spent 4 weeks working exclusively on editing, mixing and packaging the film. From beginning to end, an estimated 250-300 person-hours were required.

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