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Last night from 9:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. my Producer and I transfered the 16 mm film "Respect" onto a "digi-beta" format for Off-line editing, to begin early next week.
I got to see the film as we shot it while the technician "color corrected" the scenes. Quite an education. Watching the scenes was "deja vu all over again", to quote Yogi.
Another step in the process. Now I get a 1/2" copy to do my own "paper edit" this weekend to string together all the major scenes and try and place the inserts and close-ups in the right order.
It's a good thing this is a lot of fun. It's a lot of hard work. That's ok.k. The harder I work, the luckier I get.
Stuttering after little sleep.
Gotta find the coffee pot...ah ha!
The second cup. Gimme another half hour. Sanity will return.
I remember long nights in the editing room during college. Lots of fun, the time seems to fly by. It's amazing how long the process can actually be. If you've never done it, you won't understand it. By the end of the night your brain is fried and your eyes are crossed. Like most endeavors in this business, it can be bitter sweet.
Keep chugging along Randy.
I spent the last two full days doing a "paper edit" for my editors since there was no script supervisor on the set and we needed the notes. I wrote 7 pages of the full number of shots with their time code designated, and then did a full "paper edit" in 6 pages getting the sequence of shots via the script. Wow. A lot of work.
Constantly using the VCR to look at the scenes, picking the best of the lot, and then in which order to place them. I'm sure the editors will make many adjustments to my paper edit, but it helps them understand how I perceive the film, and gives me a better understanding of the editing process.
I now consider the editing process to be another "re-write" in progress. I also have a very healthy respect for the editors.
when you're done and submit out your film to festivals make sure you take in the top 20. you research that. top festivals
sundance, toronto, tellirude, cannes, berlin, new york, ...
I bought a book called "The Ultimate Film Festival Guide" by Chris Gore, who has been to ALL of them and has a very comprehensive book about them. By the way, did you make your Sundance deadline? Good luck.
I'm going to submit to: Slamdance, Cinequest, SXSW, NAFATA (Native American Film and Television Alliance in L.A.), Taos Talking Pictures, American Short Shorts, Aspen Short Film Festival, and perhaps a few more. Next year may even include Hollywood Int'l. Film Festival, but who knows where I'll get accepted.
I get the rough cut tomorrow night. Can't wait to see it all in order and ready for the music (to be done on Sunday).
Good luck, Randy! We'll all be rooting for you!
Well............... it's finally finished. The final cut was finished early this morning, and I sent the frist two copies to Cinequest (San Jose) Film Festival and Slamdance. Tomorrow is The Native American Film and Television Alliance submittal, and then more next week.
The film "looks great", but I'm a bit subjective. I will say that this is the film (100%) I wanted to make. Well, maybe longer, but I ran out of money.
Have a look at Knoxville's Valleyfest and see what you think.
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