It really feels good to finally have everything in the can. We had three days of pick-ups last month and one small pick-up day on the 10th, thus officially wrapping all photography for the film. These pick-ups have enriched the story and now we have everything we need to lock picture at the end of this month.Working with Kyle Prince (shameless plug: www.kyleprince.com) in the edit room has been without a doubt one the greatest experiences I’ve had on this film. Kyle is good at what he does, has the patience of Job and really understands how to nurture the filmmaker. I’ve learned a ton about writing, directing and filmmaking in general from him.
My greatest lesson was that a film is a living, breathing organism. At times, editing can be like raising a child, diagnosing an illness, solving a rubix cube or even like performing surgery. What we were doing clicked for me when Kyle compared problems in a cut to an illness. When we feel like something doesn’t work, we’re experiencing a symptom rather than the actual problem itself. One scene, one cut or one line of dialogue could be setting an expectation that doesn’t pay off later. The solution may not be cutting the scene that doesn’t pay off but cutting the set-up. At first, I ruthlessly cut scenes that didn’t work from the film, dismissing the possibility that the problems might be elsewhere. Needless to say many scenes that we cut early on ended up back in the film.
We also had the leaky pipe syndrome, where we would fix one section and realize that our fix caused a problem elsewhere. Needless to say, we spent our first twelve cuts fixing problems and essentially “finding” our story. Finally we’re at the stage where we’re no longer fixing but making choices. That’s a really good place to be in. Most films don’t make it this far.
On another note, we had a booth at the UCF Art Gallery as a part of the “Out of The Life” event these past few days. We screened clips from the film and generated a lot of interest. This is getting us really excited to share our film once it is complete. We’d like to thank the UCF Art Gallery and the “Out of the Life” organization for allowing us to be a part of it.