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August 23, 2014
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Ups and downs


The wall of my office is covered with different colored note cards outlining the story, reading left to right from top to bottom. It’s the way that I organize my thoughts. The story is too big to keep everything in my head all at once. Working back and forth between reordering and changing the cards on the wall and doing the same with my Final Cut Timeline. (I also have a new organizational trick or two up my sleeve from Mr. Murch.)

My cut is currently four hours long, and growing more and more every day. Hopefully when finished, this first real cut of the film will clock in around five hours. Then we can start working on cutting it down to 90 minutes.

We are still experimenting with shooting b-roll. We did a day of b-roll yesterday. (After I finish this column I will start implementing it into the cut.)

It was nice to be shooting again. It’s been awhile since I’ve been on a set of any kind.

We ended our day up at the Katonah train station in Westchester. One of our characters may or may not have gotten onto a train from that station 30 years ago. It was the 10 p.m. and we were there shooting an actress get on a train and then not get on the train to show two conflicting version of the story. If it works, it will be a way for us to visually simplify a very confusing story.

The train pulled up and we got our shot, while waiting for the second train to pull in to get the variation. I took a moment; the night was cool and I sipped a hot coffee. The station was deserted. I felt the energy of this place and no matter how many times I have heard the scene described, there was something about being there that made me feel closer to this story.