ARCADE is the first of the documentaries to enter the editing phase. I'm currently building the clip-library of the footage shot so far.
If you look carefully at that timeline, you'll see this initial drop/pass is currently at 28 hours long. Some of that is because I'm still synchronizing/sorting audio tracks, and the rest is likely because there are blocks of up to 15 minutes in between sets of interviews or shots. I only started this a day ago, so I bet it'll look radically different very soon.
Turns out, having it go over 24 hours kind of annoys the editing program, but since I'm getting it down to something manageable soon, that annoyance will hopefully go away.
Well, two main reasons.
First, ARCADE has come in as the front runner in terms of material. 6502 has a bunch of interviews done but has some vital ones left to do. TAPE is lagging mostly because I'm still working out the breadth and approach. So it's time to get cracking on ARCADE as a functioning show.
Second, I finally had a breakthrough in the direction and approach.
It came, as good ideas often do, over lunch. I was having a lunch and walk with my close friend Chris Orcutt, (who writes great novels, look him up) and we were discussion variant approaches to writing, from journeyman to the back-half slog of the over-successful author forced to go back to the well too many times.
I mentioned how I was working, internally, through where the ARCADE documentary, and then, right in a flash, I had the whole movie laid out and constructed in my mind. Poof.
So, I immediately cleared out the internal editing drive of my machine and I've begun editing ARCADE. I suspect a smattering of interviews and pick-up shots to complete it, but I think I know where it's going.
And that's how it happens. It's going to be quite a movie.