Sunday, December 7, 2014

Notes on Editing

I'm 40 minutes into the cut of Mutual Assured Destruction(still a tentative title), and I finally feel like the film is revealing itself.  By that, I have this belief that through the process of writing and then filming, there is no way to really control what that film will turn out to be, how it will be textured, and the various ideas injected into the script will carry through onto screen; at a certain point, the film that is will reveal itself.  With a bit of luck, it will mostly(but not totally), be the film you had set out to make.  At that point, you need to throw all of your preconceived notions about the film and what you wanted it to be and to say, and cater entirely and devotedly to what that film now is.

40 minutes in, the tone of the film has clarified itself.  Sometimes on paper the film read very broadly comic.  Other times, it felt singularly dramatic.  I had hoped I'd have a better understanding of the tone while shooting, but since we ran the gamut of emotions take-by-take, I was left even a bit more hazy.  I can now safely say that this is a comedy.  A dark... very dark... one at that, with a sense of fractured emotional baggage always just off screen, dictating everything the characters say and do.  The best way I can accurately describe what we have, would be to say that this film resembles some sort of collaboration between the devil-may-care comic stylings of Judd Apatow, with the emotional rawness of a James Ponsoldt film.  I've laughed out loud quite a bit, and I've also felt like I was punched in the gut(in a good way).

Hopefully as the edit continues, I get to still have my cake and eat it too.

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