Sunday, December 19, 2004

#5 is new. #1-#4 are still unresolved.

1. The ceiling at Monica's. One of our lights literally burned some paint off. She has probably fixed it by now.
2. The glass pane in Corey's room which we used for Mike's room was busted.
3. Finish all SAG paperwork and return it to SAG so I can receive my deposit back. This is one of those checklist items that
actually involves a bunch of smaller items to take care of, that I am too lazy to list. Ok, I'll try though.
a. Return 2 Incomplete Documents from initial paperwork with cover letter.
b. Principal performers paid.
c. Type up the final budget.
d. Fill out final documentation (Budget, Cast List, etc.) and return.
4. Pay all money owed to production team members for production costs (copies, books, etc.)
5. Get ALL releases together. That includes cast and location! If you are a cast member, and you know you still have your release form please let me know, and I will get it from you. Actually I will get it from you regardless. Don't you worry bout that.

Friday, December 17, 2004

The Other Post

This is a post journal. So I am going to use it to cover a few topics besides the actual editing of the film. which are still post items. I will cut and paste as I cross some of them off the list, and remember new ones.



1. The ceiling at Monica's. One of our lights literally burned some paint off. She has probably fixed it by now.
2. The glass pane in Corey's room which we used for Mike's room was busted.
3. Finish all SAG paperwork and return it to SAG so I can receive my deposit back. This is one of those checklist items that
actually involves a bunch of smaller items to take care of, that I am too lazy to list. Ok, I'll try though.
a. Return 2 Incomplete Documents from initial paperwork with cover letter.
b. Principal performers paid.
c. Type up the final budget.
d. Fill out final documentation (Budget, Cast List, etc.) and return.
4. Pay all money owed to production team members for production costs (copies, books, etc.)


If anyone reading this has an item they would like to remind me about, feel free to do so. Be gentle with me though.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

The Rough Cut

highly

It is unlikely that we will have a rough cut done by the end of December.

you know... natural disasters and such.


More

to come.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Rendering Themes

Andrew has had the laptop all day. He is near a stopping point with the scenes he has been cutting. There was a problem with the capture preset. Somehow when I was capturing in, it got set to 29.97 and the footage is 23.98 (that's Advanced 24P on the Panasonic Camera) and so he was having to render the clips when he put them on the timeline, because the timelines I created were also 23.98. To fix it, we simply create a new timeline that is 29.97 let him cut that footage on there. Then delete the raw media for those clips and use Batch Capture to bring it back in at 23.98. No problem. Right? We'll see.

RELATED TOPIC. Talking to Ron last night about The Man Who Loved Couch Dancing (his doc on Jeff Evans that I am editing) was very interesting. I found myself saying that the best filmmakers are capable of fulfilling the promise (a phrase he uses) of the themes they raise. In "The Man" the themes which are raised are age, sex, rock n' roll, memory, celebrity... and ideally the final film will reflect our understanding and connection to those themes. With Dollars & Signs it is identity, Memphis, social change, attraction (if we ever shoot the necessary scenes) and, to a lesser degree race and class. I think if we are aware of these themes as we go into the post process we are more likely to deal with them in an effective way. I am losing my inspiration for writing more about this idea. I want to say that my intention with Dollars & Signs is to deal with the themes I just mentioned, but to let them linger just above the character's heads, as they do in our real lives. Just out of reach, out of our control, but constantly influencing our actions.

Monday, December 06, 2004

progress nonetheless

More capturing than editing today, but progress nonetheless. It is really the capturing which is so tedious. My mind desires to organize efficiently, but ultimately I'm not so sure it works.

I will definitely need to purchase another firewire drive. I currently am working off of two (one LaCie and one Phantom).

By the end of the night the first 10 scenes will be in the computer. Three of them almost rough cuts.

Oh, and if you ask me how its (the post) going when I see you... henceforth the scripted answer is "You can decide for yourself in a month". Oftentimes my answers to that question feel irrelevant, so I am trying to make you understand everything is as it should be with it (post) unless otherwise noted by me. Or you can ask a more specific question.

Sunday, December 05, 2004

The Final Script

I hope none of you are terribly confused out there. I know there are scenes we did not shoot, and you may have been in some of them. But at this point I want to take stock of what we have. Perhaps the story is already in the scenes we have shot. Perhaps their is a piece of the story I will not understand until I see its basic infrastructure. If we had stayed 100% true to the script of course I wouldn't be looking at it this way, but there was much deviation and improvisation. So in a sense the final script is being written now. In the editing room.
Ok. Update. I've logged and captured 4 additional scenes and am, at this very moment, capturing a fifth - 3 for Andrew, 2 for me. I am trying to capture them all in clips, but a few of the shorter scenes (Danita's opening package, polar bear machine) I am capturing in an entire block breaking it up on the timeline and then using the media manager to eliminate the parts we are not using.

It's funny. I am sort of nervous to even cut some of the scenes for some reason. I can't quite say why. I feel like I might not be able to cut funny scenes. Thats why eventually feedback will be so important. We'll see.

Also I've written all the scenes we shot on index cards and we have a total of 66 scenes at this point. That is a minute and a half per scene, as an average. Of course some will end up being 15 sec and others will be 5 minutes. Yikes. It is going to take a lot to cut this you-know-what down to 90 minutes.

Cool. I'm going to check on the capturing.

Scene Info
Logged:7
Captured:6 1/4
Rough Cut:0

Saturday, December 04, 2004

No progress. I've been holding the whole thing up. In a transitional move I've been taking care of my Mother for a few days, and haven't been able to log and/or capture anything. I'm sure Andrew is chomping at the bit, losing sleep, etc. Hopefully today I'll get a few more scenes in, and we'll all be able to rest easier.

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Post-Production begins

I am trying to think of a way to write this that can be uniquely mine, but I don't know, I think this one is about content. So the form of Dollars & Signs (the content too) is entering the final shaping stage. It will not be a short stage, though with the help of another pair of editing hands (Andrew's) I hope we will be looking at a rough cut of the film no later than the end of December. Hope. Hope. Let's all of us do it. Ok? Hope that the goals we set for ourselves, we are moving closer too. I hope it for you. If you hope it for me. Ok. I'm done.

Too scenes are in very rough cut stages and I am capturing selections from other scenes to the firewire drives. At this point we are a little handicapped by our editing suite so if anyone knows where I can find a room with a futon and a G5 which I can have extensive access to please let me know. Or if you just want to buy a G5 and let me and Andrew move in with you for a month... that might work to. Don't worry Andrew has to go home to Kentucky for Christmas so it won't be too crowded during the holidays.

Hope everyone is doing well. Talk soon.