After months of putting the many scenes together, the final rough assembly has been finished and all the final files are with the editor. What a feeling of a burden being lifted off the shoulders and the stress removed!
This is only one of the many steps still to be taken, but it is a big one. Taking all the scenes along with all the many versions and takes that were filmed – and then putting them back together into a cohesive story – while picking the best line readings and the best look for each scene – and finally seeing a “story” start to unfold before your eyes – is NOT an easy task.
A lot of the work reminds me of being in a optometrist’s office and having him ask you “Which looks better? A? or B?” But instead of two choices you are given about eight choices for every small moment and second of the film. “When this line is said – should we cut to the actor who is listening? or stay on the actor who is delivering the line?” – “When the action happens, who is giving the best reaction? or should we just stay on the action and not show any reaction?” and on and on. Every scene has its questions and questions and questions.
But I am “right proud” of how it has all been compiled. Now we just wait for the editor to send back the final rough copy. One step closer!!