As I related in my last post, Cooper and I sat with with our editor and DP, Matt to get his feedback on the script for MY SPIRITED SISTER. His comments proved helpful, but perhaps not in the way he anticipated. Through his critique, we were able to get Matt’s interpretation and see where it differed from what we were trying to say. He made some good suggestions but they did not all fit our story. However, in seeing where we failed to clearly get the point across, we are now able to fix those problems and clarify the story we want to tell.
We began the process yesterday. An excellent point that Matt made was that he felt the story peaked too soon and was kind of flat thereafter. That lead to a brainstorming session in which we added depth to the storyline. We are very excited by the direction in which we’ve taken it. This script is a considerable improvement over ISN’T IT ROMANTIC? which was very good.
Being able to utilize feedback to improve a script while staying true to one’s vision is tricky yet essential. Frankly, it is a strength I have always had and Cooper does it pretty well too. It comes down to confidence in one’s own ability. Having a partner helps greatly. Mutual support is a nice thing to have. I cannot wait to shoot this film. It will represent a big step forward in our development as filmmakers.
Yesterday, my partner, Cooper and I got together with our editor, Matt to discuss the script and our plans for MY SPIRITED SISTER. It was the first of what will become dozens of meetings as we make our second film. Matt also cut ISN’T IT ROMANTIC? and did a great job with it. He’s a terrific editor and the three of us are also good friends. We all met at the first meeting of our former screenwriting group in 2011. I honestly knew that day that I had met two extremely talented people and that I wanted to work with both of them. Mission accomplished in that regard. We already have one short under our belts and number two is on the way.
I find it very helpful to have my editor involved in the entire filmmaking process, not just in post production. It goes a long way toward ensuring that we get all the shots we need to put together a solid film. In this case, Matt is also going to shoot the film. He’s got a better camera than we used on ISN’T IT ROMANTIC?, along with a lens kit and solid experience. He’s very creative as well. I needed to make a change in the director of photography position. I am pleased with the visuals in ISN’T IT ROMANTIC? but it was not at all a good fit with the DP I used. The director/DP relationship is essential. That one adjustment will make a huge difference. Cooper, Matt and I have mutual respect and the ability to work together for the overall good of the project. That’s the main concern of all three of us: the quality of the finished film.
Matt liked the script we wrote and gave us just a few notes on things he thought would improve it. We’ll do some revising. In the meantime, the tasks of creating the schedule, budget, putting together the production team and fund raising are now upon us. The start of a new project. So exciting.