New Short

I had high hopes that after shooting my new short on Tuesday I would come home and write a “hot off the presses” blog entry.  Instead, I crawled into bed around 3:30, and then proceeded to toss and turn for about an hour and a half before I had to get up for work.

So here’s my latest, a couple of days late.

I have shot another film, another short.  And I have every intention of finishing it up by the middle of July and making my YouTube debut.  The only thing preventing me from completing it sooner is the fact that I’m off to Israel tomorrow for 3 weeks R&R.

I roped my friends Reed and Cynthia into being in the film.  They are both writers by trade, so I believe it to be a timely educational experience for them both, seeing what it’s like to have someone put words in their mouths for a change.  Cynthia also donated her house and was very gracious about letting us tear the place apart.

As usual, Lisa Wiegand shot it, although I think by this point I am so indebted to her that when she demands my firstborn child as payment I won’t have a leg to stand on.  Additional crew included 3 worthy students (Nick, Nick, and Gerald), John Orphan, and David Raines, just in case they feel left out.

I always enjoy being on set, finding myself so completely focused on the immediacy of the work that all else seems paltry by comparison.  I am not without a healthy dose of self-doubt, which always strikes me in between wrapping the shoot and completing the first rough cut.

Will the shots cut together?

Have I made the right choices?

Should I have approached things different visually?

Was there a better way to tell this story?

All of this and much much more.

I’m happy to report that I have completed my rough cut and I’m delighted with how the piece cuts together.  I can’t give anything away, but the “point of the exercise” seems to be working.

Maybe I’ll have the cut ready and out the door before I’m off to Israel.  It’s a short film after all, and I have no intention of dragging my heels.

That’s it for now.  Next stop, the Middle East.

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