Dear Lovely People
It's been a while, perhaps too long since I've written to you. First of all, Happy New Year! I hope you're already conquering some of your resolutions. I'm sure you can guess that my first and last resolution is to successfully finish this short film. When I started the project I declared that I would finish it in 3 months and well, since it's been over 4 months now, I'm realizing that it's more likely to be 5 to 6 months before it's all said and done. Sometimes a film happens quickly and other times it takes years. The most important thing to me is that this film gets the TLC it deserves before I share it with the world.
Before I delve into the goings-on of the project I want to thank you again for your continued support and interest in this movie. I also want to remind you that I need you to respond to our survey to get accurate information about the spelling of your names for the end credits, as well as the addresses where we can send your rewards. If we don't get this information in the next two weeks we might not be able to put your name correctly in the credits!! So I'll send out an email to those who haven't responded yet, thanks to those of you who have already responded.
Okay, so here's some news about where we are currently in the process. I'm very happy to say that we just hired a new editor who's seriously awesome! I worked last fall to edit a rough cut myself but it's always been my intention to have someone finish editing it with a fresh perspective, that is, someone who hasn't been working on this from the beginning. Our new editor, Robert Lee, has given me confidence through seeing his work and hearing his ideas that he's going to see that my vision for the story shines through and that ultimately we will make the best movie we can.
The editors are the unsung heroes of cinema. The variety of footage and multiple takes at the end of shooting rarely sync perfectly with the "blueprint" laid out by the screenplay, and it's in the art of editing that these two elements are resolved and synthesized. We are now looking at getting "Picture lock", (a final edit of the film,) in the next two weeks. After that we will be moving on to the last stages of post-production such as the music composition and sound edit. We generally wait to give the final cut to these folks so they don't create something for film that ends up on the "cutting room floor".
Nathan Gulick had originally signed on as producer of the film, he helped fine-tune the script and he and I worked very hard in the months leading up to the Kickstarter campaign, for which I'm grateful. Sadly, he realized that producing the project wasn't right for him. We work together at OTIS and he often checks in on the progress of the film. As nerve-wracking and disorienting as losing a producer was, the silver lining was Martine Keston. She hit the ground running as producer, impressing me with her crazy-good work ethic and excellent time management skills. She hired most of the crew for our film who were amazing and she continually pushes me to move forward. She's a tough cookie with a heart of gold!
Thanks for all your support and interest in this journey and we will do our best to deliver a great short film to you!