16 January, 2009

The Beast is finally seen...

A watershed moment.

Yesterday Craig, Mike, David and I gathered together to watch The Beast of Bottomless Lake for the first time front to back on one piece, properly edited.

There is still a lot of work left to be done, but the perspective has significantly shifted. We now have a 'whole' by which to compare against. It also means that I have been robbed of a stock answer. Almost every day I hear some variation on the declaration 'I can hardly wait to see the film!' to which I regularly quip "Yeah, me too!" Simple, but not without its own subtle wit.

But I have seen it now. It's not final, but there is a lot more clarity as to what this particular beast is.

We have a few weeks wherein we are each going to watch and re-watch and compile our own individual list of notes, wishes and thoughts on how to improve the edit; then we will make some high impact changes as time will allow and put that next version in front of a test audience or two... or three. What exactly we get from that remains to be seen, but we'll make our final fine-cut edits based on the ammunition and insight we get from those sessions.

Then we move on to sound, FX and colour correction...

Our intended goal: to be ready to submit to the Toronto Film Festival.


Rosehawk said...

Cool. Thanks for the update!

At least you guys are getting closer to getting everything put together to complete the movie!

Looking forward to seeing it when it is finally out. Just hope we get to see it in the States!

Alex said...

I really, really hope the best for you.
This is a project that I know is a labor of love that u (and others) have worked very,very hard on for a long time.