Judge Dredd – It’s Judgement Time at LFCC 2014
Judge Dredd – It’s judgement time at LFCC 2014: Different day different job. Come to the London Film and Comic Con 2014, I was asked, we have a large gathering of the Brit Cit Judges with a few from mainland Europe … we’re going to try to break a Guinness World Record with the largest gathering of Judges ever. Hard to say no really!
Although I work commercially for the most part, creating and capturing moments that ensure stakeholders and organisers can showcase and promote, it’s nice to bring these skills to something a little different. I blogged late last year about attending the Birmingham NEC which allowed me to take stock shots of a few judges and create some digital art show pieces (clicky here..) and being a near life-long 2000AD and Judge Dredd fan, was like a giddy school kid meeting these guys for the first time then and to be honest being surrounded by 40+ this time round, I have to say I couldn’t stop smiling for the whole day.
All of these guys (and a few gals) do it resulting from their passion of the being ‘Dredd-Heads’. I’m told an average full proper Judge Uniform can cost between £1,000 to £1,500, with adjustments and personalisation taking up hours and hours. Also when they are on patrol (in full kit), it’s the equivalent of wearing full motorcycle leathers so you can imagine if the temperature is anything approaching warm they feel the heat a little. LFCC 2014 took place over a hot and muggy July weekend, with a venue that could do little to keep the ambient anywhere near comfortable. I was in jeans and a t-shirt and struggled at times with the heat, looking at the judges they ‘manned up’ coping admirably but they still had to take time to ensure they had a time out and kept hydrated. Hats off to these guys, they represent tough on screen/in comic characters and need to live it to represent them in the real world.
Daryl Burton (Class Photos and Burton Photography) and I were shooting together this day; we arranged the group photos (Daryl is the grandmaster on group shots!) to support the world record attempt with about 40 judges making it for the line-up. The Judges were disciplined as they should be getting in line quickly with Daryl and I acting as both photographer and crowd control, as all the judges in one place like this attracted a few (hundred) onlookers. We took three different location shots and show the final group shots below (courtesy of Burton Photography) and await the final response about the record attempt.
A big mention must go to Daz Wildman and Lee Fields who between them kept the judges organised and collectively ensured they looked after their own, regarding kit and welfare, especially considering the unusually high temperatures. Special credit to the two young rookie Judges who look like they are to pass with distinction from the Academy taking example form their performance on the day. Better disciplined than some of the full eagle judges if you ask me.
Please find a set of images from the day, including the group shots courtesy of Burton Photography.
Thanks for reading.