Roughing the First Cut

Assembling a general story from the soundbites from the interview was exciting and a process of discovery. Assembling the piece into a full rough cut where the entire skeleton of the story is intact begins the process of fear. Once that rough cut begins to be assembled, everything in a way comes into question. What's working? What's not? Was I misguided from the beginning? Have I made a mistake? What am I missing? Have I chosen the right industry? Is this going to be an embarrasement? Am I a fraud?

While understandable concerns, the film truly begins to come alive once that rough cut is born. Yes, it still has a long way to go before it's ready for some public viewing but this is when you see your execution and plans come to fruition. Once of the big problems I ran into with the rough cut was b-roll. From my shoots I knew I had more than enough b-roll to have plenty of material so the issue was never going to be quantity. I was deliberate with my shooting too so it wasn't going to be about quality either. What the issue was was the difficulty of matching up the right b-roll at the right moments. The issue also quickly became the b-roll that I thought would be perfect somewhere, ended up being completely wrong.

After discouragement and discouragement mounted, I took the advice of seasoned filmmakers: take a break. I abandoned the project for at least 24 hours and tried not to think of anything. After returning with fresh eyes and feeling the emotion of the story again, some solutions became quite obvious. The difference was I was too close to the project to see what the film was trying to tell me. Not all problems have been solved yet but they will with patience.

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