The picture above is something I threw together months ago while the screenplay for ISNT’ IT ROMANTIC? was still in development and before I brought in my writing partner to help me add depth to the script. It’s the Windsor font, the one Woody Allen uses. It was a fantasy, just a fun, little device to help motivate me. Seeing my name onscreen in a writing and directing credit was a dream. It’s now just about upon me.
The actual credit will be different. I would never use Woody’s trademark font (although I am planning simple, elegant white titles on a black screen). I want to develop my own unique style. I also can’t use the “written and directed by” credit, since I have a co-writer. It will actually be “story by” me, “screenplay by” me and my partner and then “directed by” me. No matter, it will be a thrill to see it.
My prior update was premature and I now have a whole new outlook on the quality of IIR. Until this week, I had only had a cursory look at the footage we shot. My editor is busy with other projects, so we have had phone conversations but haven’t sat down to look at the film yet. The only look I had was when my DP briefly showed me some of the raw footage. Based on that brief look, I was worried that I did not have enough coverage.
I now have all of the footage on my computer. I’ve seen everything and started putting some scenes together. This is going to be a good movie. There is one scene that has a few gaps, but my editor and I are confident we can work around them. I am feeling very good about this project.
I also now have a little distance and can judge my performance better. Many people have assured me that I did a good job. I will never be able to see myself the way others do, but I think I did a satisfactory job and my comedic timing is right on the money. (Honestly, there was never a doubt about that).
I’m looking forward to finishing the film and getting to show if off a bit. It will be thrilling to see that “directed by” credit on the screen.