September 22, 2005
Yesterday morning, the rough cut was around fourteen minutes from beginning to end. Then James came over and had a brilliant idea that chopped about three minutes off that. A few more cuts today and it's down to ten minutes. Just about where I want it to be.
Putting this film together has been enlightening in so many ways, especially as I figure out my approach for my next directorial outing. Things I need to do, to remember, to forget about. And I think I'm a little bit in love with it. I don't expect anyone else to share that sentiment, though; and I think I'll abstain from talking about it now until it's actually done. Here's one more frame for the time being, this one featuring the two leads from the film.
One of these fine thespians (seen here in one of the few shots in which he's actually visible) is Matt Zeske, who in about three hours will be hopping a red-eye to his new home in Chicago. Good luck with the move, pal, and don't forget about the aliens in the desert.
Speaking of Chicago, Joe has written a very astute rebuke to all those timid acquisition folks out there.
Posted by David Lowery at September 22, 2005 2:00 AM
Stylistically, is it all like Notes or Mark and Katrina, or am I merely being mislead by the nature of the still?
Posted by: Matt at September 22, 2005 5:13 AM
David, I like that still...and those dappling flakes of light...
Posted by: girish at September 22, 2005 8:23 AM
~ Thanks, Girish. It's those very flakes of light that are inciting me to stretch out the driving scene for minutes at a time! By the way, your wonderful post on Three Times (which I'm dying to see) and Hou Hsiao-Hsien made me anxious to show you this particular film, once it's done. I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.
~ Matt, it's only similar to that film in that it's 75% handheld. Comparatively, I'd say it's closer to Notes - although there are a quite a lot of (less distinct) formal differences there, too.
Posted by: Ghostboy at September 22, 2005 11:36 AM
congrats!....good stuff...i can't wait to see it...
Posted by: Frank Mosley at September 22, 2005 1:03 PM
David, I'd *love* to be able to see your film when it's done!
Posted by: girish at September 22, 2005 4:03 PM