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Absolutely Not Your Monkey

Sep 30 2008


And…..four months later I’m still editing. The light at the end of the tunnel turned out to be an oncoming train, I’m afraid. Whenever I think I’m getting close to the end, something happens to make me realize that I have a lot more work to do.In tiny, incremental, eggshell-tiptoeing steps as I wait for Premiere’s inevitable missive that there is an error and it needs to close now, thank you very much.

Last night, a friend of mine was over, and I showed him part of the film. He said it was too slow and I should cut more out. I told him I’d already cut a third of the movie out, including several entire scenes. But watching your film while sitting next to someone else is an entirely different experience from watching it alone. I was hypersensitive to the slightest indication of discomfiture, confusion or disapproval. He recommended a showing to a small group of people before locking the edit.

I don’t know how I feel about that. While the effects are all done, the music and sound have yet to be included, and I’m afraid I would be getting input on a whole different animal. Have you ever tried watching, say, Star Wars with the sound off? Ideally a good movie should be exciting and interesting even without sound, but there’s no denying that sound and music make a great deal of our movie experience. However, once we have the music done, the movie will be locked in; no more editing will be possible, so we’re screwed either way.

In any case, I’d thought this would be the last major edit, but it seems I (surprise) have more work to do. It is as Lucas says, that movies are never finished, merely abandoned.

posted by Poagao at 5:39 am  


  1. Hey Poagao,
    just wanna say dont be discouraged 🙂
    me myself play with some video edit after work, alot of time i hear people say bad things tells me its too slow, i don’t feel good when i heard that either, i’m not a professional in any of these things, i heard your musics i saw your photo on flickr, every thing looked wonderful to me, do u enjoy it ? is your life just to please people ? i’m sorry i don’t even know you, but i just wanna say we all have our dreams, will i regraded it when i die if i didn’t do ??? you post it 5:39AM that’s pretty early when everything is just freshing and u know what you are talking about, you know you are describing your feelings, you know you don’t want to left behind, is that why u wrote that?

    Comment by Nash — October 5, 2008 @ 12:23 am

  2. Hey mate,

    I have to admire your dedication – I don’t think I could keep plugging away at the same project for as long as you have. So hang in there – I’m sure when you’re done, you’ll realize it was all worth the effort.

    Have you cut my scenes? 😉

    Comment by Graham — December 9, 2008 @ 8:42 am

  3. The only way out is through. Just the way it is. And I haven’t cut your scenes….much. Heh. You’ll see, I hope. I’ll be in Osaka for Christmas, if all goes to plan.

    Comment by poagao — December 9, 2008 @ 11:27 am

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