Progress Report

My project is coming along very well.  So far.

I have been keeping pace with the class schedule all semester – developing my topic, performing research, scripting and storyboarding the ideas as they pour out of my brain.

But I’m still worried about getting it right.  I’m sure we’ve all had those moments were we stay up until 2-3AM writing something we think is brilliant but sounds horrible the next evening.  I hope that’s not the case with my film.  My goal is to finish a rough cut by April 8 so I can have an entire week to continue editing and refining.  I am already feeling very sensitive about shots lasting one second too long, or fading too quickly.  In a more broad way, I’m trying to stand back from my film and ask the “so what?” question.  Does my film successfully serve a larger purpose, or is it just a timeline?  I think I can make my film more succinct by recording my current voiceover script, then tightening up my central arguments at a later point and rerecording the narration.

So if I had a short, twitter-worth status update right now it would be, “coming along, nervous, think I have a game plan.”

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4 Responses
  1. tgoodwin says:

    These are all great questions to ask! I will remind myself to keep the “larger” picture i mind as I struggle with putting all the small bits together. It surely it a daunting task, but as I mentioned, I’m having a blast trying to get this put together. We will see if I am able to pull it off.

    Good luck!

  2. Andrea Odiorne says:

    You are right to try not to worry too much about individual shot lengths until you feel good about the overall thing. Two voiceover stages is a pretty good idea. Arranging visual elements will often change your idea a bit and it’s good to be open to change and flexible with materials. I would, however, warn against depending to heavily on inspiration through editing. Unless you are really into editing.

  3. rfachner says:

    I’m so impressed that you are planning to have a rough cut next week. I also think its a great question to ask: so what. When you get so involved in something it can be hard to step back and see the big picture, but its a great question to ask while using this new format: is this really going to accomplish/teach what I want it to.

    Good luck putting things together!

  4. jgiampa says:

    Love the game plan. My thoughts are the same. What I know to be true is that the process always takes you for a ride that you didn’t know you were going on. Have fun!