The light at the end...
So, at around 5pm today, it hit me - The fine cut for the film is almost DONE.
For those of you not familiar with editor lingo, "fine cut" is the word used to describe a version of your film that is almost finished - it's more complete than a "rough cut", but less complete than the "final". It's missing the final touches, legal clearances, yada, yada. It's a version of the film that closely resembles the final product.
What does this mean for me? Well, it means a few weeks of walking away from the project... enjoying a little of what's left of the summer, getting my mind on other things besides rock posters, and then coming back in a week or two and taking a fresh look at the film, clearing the rest of the music and footage that still needs to be licensed, and then setting up a premiere for all of the fine folks that were part of the project.
I have to say, although it's going to be several months before all is "in the can" (another editor term - meaning everything has been finalized), I'm a little sad that most of the (creative) editing has come to a close.
One of the strange things about being a filmmaker, is that you sit in the edit for months with the subjects of your movie while you edit, listening to their footage, and they 'talk to you' every day. You hear about their life, work, inspirations, etc. Then suddenly the project ends, and it feels like suddenly your roommates have moved out...
I guess it could be compared to seeing the last episode of a TV show that you were really into, and knowing that there will be no more.
So, I guess I could sat that my "last episode of Seinfeld" was today.
That's not to say there's still a lot of other work to be done over the next few months, it's just that it won't involve sitting listening to the most amazing group of people I've ever had the fortune of creating a film about, every day. It's a bit sad, but at least it means we're looking at the light at the end of the tunnel, now.
To the right are a few more pictures. Video clips to follow soon.