Wrapping Harold Blumenthal

Thank you for humoring me while I took some time off from everything. Although, I haven't been blogging or shooting anything in the past week, there has been plenty going on with wrapping Passing Harold Blumenthal. The team at Act Zero has been closing out all of the paperwork and payroll and nuts and bolts of the operation, while myself and my boy Ryan Young have been working to map out the post-production plan.

Post-production is something that is traditionally planned out and budgeted for ahead of time, along with everything else. My approach for this project, for better or worse, was always to throw as much money and production value onto the screen as possible during principal photography and worry about post later. I don't want to offend any post-production artists or technicians and undermine the importance of their work, but to quote Edward Burns, "When I have money, then I have respect." For now, whatever I can get for free is what will suffice.

Some might be critical of that approach but I believe that, although not ideal, it is the smartest way to capitalize on the current affordable technologies as well as the flexible timeline. In production, everything has to happen at the same time for the same consecutive period of time. Everything must be paid for up-front and together. In other words, I can't film a movie on location with a twenty-person crew with my laptop. I can, however, edit the movie with my laptop.

I'll go into the technical process of beginning the edit in our next post, but suffice it to say I am very glad to have taken some time away from the footage and filming experience to clear my head. Part of filming a movie feels like a step forward, but another part just feels like you've lost something. I though I knew what  I had in my screenplay. I could read it, imagine it, and romanticize its potential. Now, I have about 45 hours of footage that needs to be organized and re-purposed for the screen. In some ways, I feel like I dropped my screenplay on the ground and it broke into a million little pieces. Now I have to put those pieces back together from memory and based on what I can reclaim and re-imagine. Don't get me wrong. The footage looks gorgeous and I think we have a great movie on our hands, but there is much to relearn and rediscover as  I venture into the edit. Excited to see what we come up with!

Welcome back, everyone.