It’s so exciting and, at the same time, a little nerve-wracking.
Robert Swartz is editing this film and so far it’s pretty great. We’re working at a faster pace than I thought we would, at least it seems that way (only if what we’re doing is actually working), and my fears about the use of the dramatic elements are allayed, at least for now.
I’m only in town for a week, which is a little frustrating, but I’ll skype in and do some directing from afar. Adamm was in today and had a look at some stuff and agrees we’re heading in the right direction.
It’s amazing after working on a project for nearly two years and carefully collecting all the details and elements to see it coming to life.
Within the next month it is safe to say we should have a rough cut…I will be journey back in two weeks to help tighten and refine.
It’s amazing how quickly perspective is lost, how hard it is to figure out whether a cut is working or whether a sequence goes together, where the transitions happen and how. It seems important to simply rely on instinct: “too sappy”, “too melodramatic”, “too cheesy”, to trust the feeling of boredom or an emotional moment, to understand that if something makes me laugh every time, it’s likely funny…to know that, if after 2 years, I’m feeling the excitement or emotion of a particularly moment that it’s likely translating.
I’m a believer in doing test showings. We’re making this film for an audience so it’s so valuable to know whether what I’m seeing is what their seeing. If they like the characters and care about the story (and vice-versa).
I will have a sense of this in a few weeks and I can’t wait!