It’s been over a week now since we have returned from Alaska. For some reason, I had the idea in my mind that the majority of our work would be done once we were back in Omaha. Yet again, I was wrong. From the day we returned, we have been hard at work. Each day it seems that I’ve learned something new about the film making process. Here are some of the things that I’ve learned:
- Transcribing interviews is much harder and time-consuming than it should be
- It’s a good thing to get a lot of B-roll, but it takes a while to shift through all of it
- Watching interviews again allows you to pick up more wisdom that you’ve missed before
- Final Cut has a lot of buttons, but you only use about five
- Writing a story and a script takes many days
- That same story and script can be completely changed within a few hours
- A long sequence of B-roll can be cut at any time, even though it took half an hour to create
Even though we have been working hard each day, there is still so much work to do. This was made pretty clear when we watched our first very rough cut. At first, I had this sinking feeling that our film would not come together after all. The cut was beyond rough. But then I remembered that four weeks ago, there was no story at all. There was no film. We created a story in a few weeks out of almost nothing.
It’s been a long few weeks. At times, it seems like our project will never get done, but when I think about how much we have already accomplished; I know that our project will be a success.