Locked in the Office 02/24/2012
It's crunch time. My fine cut is due on Tuesday and I still have a lot to do before I will be able to the lock the picture. I decided that the best way to give my film the attention it deserves I will need to lock myself in the office until Monday morning. Aside from sleeping and eating, I will spend the majority of my time editing this weekend. Of course, with the exception of the Oscars :)
This week I had to make some difficult, but necessary changes to the film. I removed sections and reordered a few scenes. Now that I've moved a lot of stuff around, I need to go back and clean up the transitions and make sure it still flows as a whole. Right now it just feels like a big, jumbled mess.... yuck. Three major sections that I need to work on this weekend include; the opening scene, the disjointed pre/post coma scenes and then the ending of the film.
A couple of days ago I revisited Joe's Caring Bridge journal to stay inspired. Its helped a ton to re-read the material so that the story remains fresh. I've noticed that the film has evolved a ton since the beginning. Originally, it was a story about Joe, then it became a story about Joe and his girlfriend Amy... and now its definitely still inspired by Joe and Amy, but along with my actors, I've also been able to make it a story of its own.
Week 6 02/14/2012
We just screened the rough cuts of our films last week. I felt I made some nice improvements, however I still have a LOOOOONG way to go before I'll feel like its where I want it to be. My next screening will be on February 28th (t - 15 days) and that cut needs to include every scene at the desired length as well as the music, sound effects, etc that I want to use in the film.
Right now I am having a difficult time with the music and sound design... In my head I have the perfect idea of what I want my film to sound like, but I just can't seem to find the right sound effects or music to give it that desired feel. For example, there is an early scene in the film where I want to use a sound effect that represents the ear ringing effect when a bomb has just gone off... I've had a really hard time finding it, but think I may have found something similar. Of course I will need to mix the sound effect with muffled conversation and ambients, but at least its a step in the right direction :) (You can check out the sound at the bottom of this post)
Since my last critique, I have been looking at each scene individually to fine tune and make changes. Because I have been doing that, I keep forgetting to look at the entire timeline as a whole. I'm hoping that once I get the right sounds mixed in, that I will feel my piece start to flow together as one.
The initial bed transfer in my film has seen significant improvements. My instructor mentioned during the screening that his mood wasn't coming off the way it was supposed to. He was supposed to be struggling to transfer on his own, but the dialogue between them makes him see "too chipper" for how he is supposed to be feeling. I decided to get rid of his response to Amy walking into the room. It immediately increased the tension between them and the situation, which will make for a better payoff at the end of the film.
I'm going to continue reviewing each individual scene and then see what types of improvements I can make... layering dialogue, removing dialogue, speeding up/slowing down the pacing, adding music, adding sound effects...etc. It continues to be a tedious process, however I can't wait to see it become a film that I am proud of! :)
Here is my journal where I can reflect on the creative process in the development and production of my senior film.