We finished filming the thing, I’m still settling into the new house, the editing process began–we finished the rough cut, and the colour grading has begun–and I’m not sure I’ve ever been so relieved and anxious, and excited, and happy all at the same time. Suffice to say, we’ve been busy these last couple of weeks.
It’s a special kind of wonderful to see all the pieces fit together when we’ve worked so hard to shape them. To find what isn’t working and reshoot or rethink. To have the story unfold in front of you (in chronological order, the preamble of ‘action’ calls, and tail-end ‘cuts’ neatly trimmed away). To discover things you never noticed before (for better or worse). It’s not perfect. I don’t think I’ll ever look at it and not see the cracks in the veneer. I’ll see them because I was there, I know where they are hiding. It’s not perfect, but nothing ever is.
Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves, though. I know that editing is a long and arduous process. More so when we have to export and send everything to my co-director for review each week–the perils of long-distance post-production (and the thank glob for the internet). I know that we won’t been done for a while yet, but we will be done. And for that at least I am so proud and so grateful.