I regret nothiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiingg!

I regret nothiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiingg!

So a few days ago I wrote about the Hardest Thing I ever Experienced and how it had to do with some bad work that I had to screen in class as part of my directing fundamentals workshop, and there was much wailing and angst about the whole thing.  Well I thought it would be good to follow up and tell the end of the story.

After that first unfortunate screening last Wednesday I went home and felt sorry for myself for a while.  The next day I went back to the post production lab and took the entire project back down to the studs and started over from scratch. There was really not much to be done about the sound except to try to even out the transitions and to pick the cuts that had the cleanest dialogue to begin with, which severely limited the editing options, but leant itself to forcing myself to keep the cut simple. The scene ran longer than five minutes (the typical goal for a for-class project) but they hadn’t been terribly strict about the time limit part so I just let it play out in the amount of time that the scene needed.

Today was the day of final screenings. The redemption round. The hardest part of having a screening go so wrong is that it causes you to doubt EVERYTHING that you do. Was the sound still going to be choppy? Was the edit going to look ok? Would the story come across more clearly? Would it just be differently bad? Sitting in class waiting for the big moment was like gingerly approaching an ornery horse who had just scraped me off it’s back into a mud puddle: I knew I had to get back on, but I was still trailing around a lot of mud.

The second cut was much better. The response was positive. I permitted myself to feel relief. It still wasn’t perfect, but then that was never the point: I certainly learned from it and hopefully will never have to happen again.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on October 16, 2013.

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