The past week has been busy with work, editing, syncing, and life in general. The hard work came to a head over the weekend when I powered through the last few scenes in my film and completed the first assembly. The hard part is over.
I sat down to watch the assembly after dinner last night. I initially thought I'd watch with a pen and paper and take thorough noted on any and all thoughts, but I quickly thought better of it. I knew it was a given that every scene would need to be revisited and re-edited, so why try and address the minutia this point? I decided to pay attention only to overall impressions. After all, that is really all that matters when someone asks a movie-goer, "What did you think of that movie?"
I was admittedly a little apprehensive, and wasn't really in the mood to watch a story I've already lived with for so many months. I felt like already knew the problems I had with this assembly and that I'd prefer to just jump in and shape it into a true rough cut. So I sat down, watched, and listened and was surprised at some of my reactions.
- The story moves fast. Maybe too fast. Need to give the characters (and us) time to breath and enjoy the world of it.
- We are still missing some of the biggest elements of the story (to be shot on our pickup day next month. Hard to judge certain things until that's in there.
- I love the moments of silence. Silence can be funnier that dialogue.
- Some characters need some shaping in the edit. SPecial consideration should be paid to what we learn about characters and when.
- Overall, the film looks pretty slick. We squeezed a tremendous amount of production value into this otherwise tiny package.