THE FEAR OF THE CUT
Updated: Nov 26, 2018
It’s been a while since we wrapped picture on, currently titled, EVERY NIGHT AND EVERY DAY and about a week ago I received the first assembly for it. What a moment!
Aside from it taking me another day to muster up the courage to watch it, overall, I was pleasantly surprised! Given that certain moments absolutely have gone lost or simply don’t work, it was truly enjoyable to see the story unfold. Overall, I dare I say - it gave me hope.
That said, watching it the second time through, it truly gave me chills at some moments that just are awful. And this ranged from technical problems to performances, and definitely not least my staging! What a Tour de France of emotions every viewing was. At the end of the week, what began with hope turned slowly into depression and fear!
Regardless, I had a first meeting scheduled with our amazing editor, John Limoli and it was time to take some notes. I wanted to make sure to be prepared in every which way, having edited a feature film myself a few years back, I knew how frustrating the experience can be when it’s just about experimenting with a scene and moments.
So, I decided to prepare myself for every possible scenario - I had notes that were frame specific and I had notes that give a general direction to a scene. I was prepared to answer in any possible way that the session would go! I even compiled, based on my list, key sound effects, opening and closing title cards, and some key graphics. I felt good about it all and so I went.
The session was all in all, five hours long. It had a beginning, middle, and end, as everything worth while should have :)
The beginning was somewhat bumpy, we were still feeling each other out, trying to figure out how the other works or better what works best for the other. It was a slow inching forward.
As we approached the middle part of our collaboration, we settled on a nice mix between working on details in certain scenes and me giving general notes for heavier, character/performance driven scenes. It was truly enjoyable to create this mix and get a good sense for the film this way.
The ending part was more tinted by a general exhaustion of our brains - it takes A LOT of thinking to work coherently on a longer story, like a feature film!
The overall feeling I left with though, was hope. Again. It was fantastic to see my ideas and thoughts to scenes and moments be realized and be translated onto the screen. I’m proud of my intuition and brain to not have me wronged in this journey. So far.
But at the end of the day, it was a good reminder again, why these things take so much time. It’s a collaboration. A working together between people that first needs to be defined and established, before you can even begin to touch the material itself. And it’s become very clear that you must keep inching forward. It’s not about plowing through the process - my way, or the highway style. I think you’d lose a valuable perspective in it all - your collaborator’s!
Tonight is my next session. I’ll be back with more updates!
All my best,