I finished the script and found to my horror that the deadline for the Seeds of Tolerance contest was, um, that night. In, um, 3 hours.
Ok, so I had a script for the Sac Ticket contest!
So we shot the thing on the Panasonic HVX in high def, yes we did. And I realized that there was no way to make it a 4 min film. Yes I did.
But I was wrong.
Originally, it landed at 5:42 after the edit. We trimmed it to a 5 minute version sans credits and I decided that this would be my entry for Spielberg's "On the Lot" thingamajiggy. Trimming it to 5 min was a great exercise, and I knew that I could take it back out in the Master for the festival circuit.
Then came the butchery: how to strip a story down to its basic elements and maintain its integrity.
Long story short, we did it, and I learned a great deal in the process. Every pause became a luxury, every beat a question: Does this further the story? This instant? This one? This?
I am happy with the 4 minute. I'm happier with the 5 minute which, now that we're done with the 4, we re-edited and came in at 4:55 and decided it would be the Festival copy as well, so the TRT will be about 5:20 with credits.
Anywho, thought I'd share. And if you're interested in seeing the chopped-down version, go here.
I'll mount the 5 min. version later this month on the Lot website. I still need to shoot my intro.
Edited by Jason Bortz, 06 November 2006 - 06:49 PM.