It's been an entire year I've been editing this movie, and so much has happened in that time both in terms of my growth as an editor and storyteller, and in my personal life. For the rest of my life I will always associate everything that has happened in the past 12 months with editing this movie. However, it feels very good to say that, at long last, I am only days away from finishing post-production on this project.
Chris and I sent a copy to a couple of friends who have not seen anything from the movie, and received some very valuable feedback. From that, we determined that the first act of the movie was not living up to its potential, and found that it was necessary to give up on an idea that we had been very attached to, which effected the first 15 minutes of the movie. After restructuring these early scenes, it was clear that they were dramatically improved. This is the same issue we ran into on Bad is Bad. We lost all our objectivity after having our heads buried in the project for so long, and we were so attached to our original ideas that we didn't realize when they didn't work out as well as we'd hoped.
Now all that's left to do is put in the last 10-20 sound effects, create the end credits, and spend a day listening to the whole movie with good headphones to clean up any audio that's still a little dirty, and another day mixing the movie so that some parts aren't too loud while others are too quiet. Then on Thursday, we'll be submitting to AFI Film Festival, the first of 10 very big film festivals that are certainly long shots for no names like us to be accepted into, but hey, you miss 100% of the shots you don't take (according to a poster in my high school library).
In the meantime, I'll be sending the movie to a couple other people to get a little more last minute feedback. And next week, we'll finally get to start working on the Kickstarter rewards - DVD's, posters, and much more!