As you all know, we finished the production phase of the movie in late June. And with this photo, the post-production phase begins:
That's the hard drive containing all the synced footage of the film as it arrived on the doorstep of editor Simon Tondeur
, in Los Angeles (thanks to Simon for taking the photo for me before grabbing the package and taking it inside).
For me, as a writer-director, postproduction is both a blessing and a curse. Part of me really enjoys the chance to let the film go for a bit and let someone else begin the process of putting it together. They say that a film is written three times: first, when the script is penned. Second, when that script is interpreted by the actors and director in the production process; and third, when the editor edits the film. And since the postproduction phase is the last phase, the editor in some ways has the final word. So while I am glad to have a break from the story and let someone else interpret it, I'm also hesitant and anxious about someone else taking charge of my story.
Fortunately, I have worked with Simon before. He edited my last film, Endings
, and he brought a sharp eye for storytelling to the project. He corrected some narrative 'errors' I made that were not caught by any of the people who read the script, and he helped make it work in a way that it wouldn't have otherwise worked.
So I have great confidence in his ability, and I'm looking forward to seeing what he comes up with!