This week we entered one of the finalizing stages- color correction. Lead by the skilled hands of Gary Coats, we fixed red noses and over exposed shots- we toned down colors for broadcast and looked for scenes that didn’t match. Onwards towards completion- on! on! on!
Another update on the elongated finishing stages of a Symphony. Today, our esteemed editor Vivien Hillgrove, handed in the fine cut of Symphony of the film. This is the beginning of the end. All our crew are glowing at this idea. Five years in the making plus, we are one step closer to completion. Next… graphics, animation, music, color correction and….. you get the picture.
If we imagine the film making process as a family road trip- we are at that point in the trip where the kids in the back seat are pushing their feet into the back of their parents chairs- and constantly asking, “Are we there yet?”
Folks, after nearly 5 years in the making, the next few months till completion seem to stretch on before us ad-infinitum. There seem to be a an inordinate amount of tiny, precise processes that must be carried out in a specific order, lest we stall. Final cuts, graphics, color correction, music, sound mixing… the list goes on. I swear, one doesn’t realize, but for every credit on a film, there are a hundred phone calls, a thousand emails, and hours of racking ones brain.
So, for all of you fans-to-be who have emailed in the last month with questions like “when will it be done?” and “how close is it?”… We’ll give you a lolipop if you just chill for a bit, and take your feet of the back of our chairs- we’re almost there.
– By Jessy Beckett
Today at Lily Films, we are lining up one of the final steps in the film-making process, pre-screenings. At this point in the film making process, everyone on the film team has seen the cut so many times, it’s hard to distinguish what end is up and what end is down. Additionally, we’re so in love with the film as is, it’s hard to imagine it changing, even if the length continually ekes over our mentally set length limit.
So, we are calling in back up. Several teams of fellow directors, producers, editors, soil scientists, and aggies will be viewing the film over the next few weeks around the bay area, giving feedback on where to trim and what parts inspire them most.
We’re looking forward to this first round of formal feedback. Another leap closer to the finish line!
– By Jessy Beckett