Postproduction – Editing (Chapter 2)

Roughly 2 months ago, we wrapped production on Other Versions of You (for those of you keeping score at home). And now here we are, about to round the board again and hit a new year. What does 2017 look like for Other Versions of You? Great question.

I have no idea.

Well, I have some idea.

We’re on Edit 4 of the film. You’ll hear this a million times if you’re a filmmaker, but I’ll say it again just so we all understand the game: The film you write is different than the film you shoot, which is different than the film you edit.

Edit 4 is quite a bit different than what I wrote. Scenes have swapped places. Some scenes are a mere shell of what was on paper. Some scenes, when edited together, were five minutes long, and some of those scenes are now 3 minutes long, meaning, we cut a bunch. The length of Edit 1 was around an hour and 50 minutes long. Edit 4 is around an hour and 34 minutes long (give or take).

What dictates the changes? Well, the main factor is story. Some changes actually make the story more interesting or get us into the action sooner. Some scenes in the film slowed down the story, so we removed them. This leads me to the second factor: pacing. If your film’s pacing is off, it can kill the movie watching experience. You have to build the characters and understand their wants and needs, but if it takes an incredibly long time to get there, you will lose the audience.

So now, our editor is on a holiday break, and I’m working with our composer and music supervisor to get some songs into the film. Music can seriously make all the difference in the world for a scene.

Here’s what will happen in the new year:

  1. We may shoot a few more bits and pieces. This is the thing no one wants to do, but once you start seeing everything in place, sometimes you realize you’re missing something.
  2. We’ll lock the edit of the film. Once this is done, we’ll send the locked edit to the various post departments so they can fully immerse themselves into their processes. It’s very difficult for sound design and other departments to spend time on their portion when none of us know if a scene will grow or shrink or be gone all together.
  3. The locked edit goes to the music composer, the VFX team, the sound team, and the colorist. Everyone will dive into their respective duties.
  4. We will start doing some test screenings to make sure people are getting the film and the beats of the film are connecting.
  5. Once all of these things are in motion, our ultimate goal is to sell the film. Get distribution. Ultimately, we want you to be able to see the film and show it to friends and for your friends to show it to their friends and so on.

So there’s your update.

I hope to share more soon.

Side note: I saw La La Land today. It’s fantastic. I’d love to know how much they spent on that film.

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