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Friday, November 12, 2010

Cutting Monsters: Week 6

So, I’m well past the half way point of my rough cut.

It became clear to me this week that I need to set some time frame goals or I could go back and forth forever on this cut. A good friend, and fantastic editor, once told me that you could edit any given project from now till the end of time and never be 100% satisfied. There’s always something you can change or think you can to make the project better. However, in my opinion at a certain point, you’re just making changes.

I found myself going back over the 1st section of my rough cut several times this week. When I’m not even sure at this point exactly what scenes will stay and which will go. I’ll have a better idea about that once the whole movie is laid out. When the rough cut is complete, I can look back over the piece as a whole and make an informed decision about what stays and what goes. Right now, cleaning up the entire 1st act of the movie is a waste of time.

I’ve set the end of the month as my end date for my semi polished rough cut. I’ll spend the rest of this week and all of the next laying out the movie. Then I’ll do a rough polish of the whole thing for a screening with the producers and myself around the 1st of December. Some basic sound design. Maybe some temp music. Basic color correction.

So, this week I finally moved on outta the 1st act and found footage sections of the movie and moved into the (harder to edit because there’s actual coverage) real movie sections. It’s moving faster than anticipated. I’m getting through 5 to 10 minutes of screen time per day. At this pace, I’ll easily finish by my deadline, however, I haven’t yet reached any of the difficult sequences. I’ll start on the 1st one today.

Many of the sequences to come where shot in different locations over time. Some were reshot more than once. It’ll be interesting to see how they come together.

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