The first post I wrote for this blog was titled "Where to Begin?". Three and a half years and many blog posts later, I'm realizing it's far more difficult to answer: Where to End? There was a case to end the blog when the movie was completed. But then we got into Santa Barbara, and the journey continued. Next, I thought I'd end the blog once the film received distribution. But then distribution started to have multiple definitions (and release dates), so I continued to write about that experience as I continued to travel and promote the film. Now, while I continue to have new Blumenthal related obligations, they are diminishing in how much they consume both my work day and my overall headspace.
I'm thrilled with where we've ended up, and I hope to come back to Watch Me Make a Movie with another project down the road. With weekly queries for festival screenings and as people continue to buy the film on VOD, there is a case to continue with this blog. After all, we still have our Netflix and SVOD release ahead of us. I suppose I could think of things to share about this film forever, but the thought of that bores me... and would likely bore you more.
So, it's time to jump ship and abandon this film. Unlike a play, films are never finished. They exist forever. Every edit, word of dialogue, performance, sound error, everything. It's all there for people to judge until the end of time. Every time I watch it or speak to someone else who's watched it, new observations will surface. As I change as a filmmaker, so will my feelings about the film. In that regard, I suppose I will never be 'finished' with Blumenthal, so it seems more apt to just let it go. So with that, I leave you!
Thanks for watching.