As some of you may know, I recently finished the offline edit of my indie documentary ‘Portrait of a Soldier’.
The “offline-edit” is a first edit where the story narrative is built and all the visual elements are put together.
There is still a lot of work left: Music composition / sound design and also the “Online-edit” – this includes color grading, effects and other bits that prepare the film to a technical broadcast standard.
But the “offline” is where the film first comes to life – and I am very pleased, as after months and months of sourcing archive material, I have managed to secure most of the footage I wished for – and the majority of it has been transferred to HD from a cleaned original negative!
This said, there are a moments in the film for which archive material does not exist or can not be found or is unsuitable for some reason – and over the last couple of weekends, I have been filming a few, very simple shots to help visualize the story.
When you are working with a crew on a more normal production, it goes without saying, things are much easier – but on your own, outdoors, unprotected from the curious judgements of passing by strangers, you are often, by normal “civilian” standards, perceived as…well, a bit… odd.
So – it was not without reason that my words fumbled when I bumped into my unsuspecting landlord, as I realized I’d better warn him about my plans…
This was our conversation:
Me: ‘This weekend… A friend is coming over and we need to… create a bit of a…. mess, in front of the house…we need to…. I’m making something… and we need to use some loose bricks… stone slates…’
(yes, that’s me, rambling in hesitation: I mean, who wants to hear I’m planning to make a mess outside of THEIR property?)
‘We need to make …a bit of a rubble… build something like a barricade…’
(All this said whilst manically waving my arms around trying to show just how messy it will get…)
‘We need to build…’
My landlord (in unsurprised, matter of fact, voice): ‘… A war zone.’
Me: ‘Yes!! Yes – That’s it!’
Ah. I do have a great landlord. I’d forgotten, that by now, he kind of knows this particular tenant, at least a little bit.
So, this blog post is really a shout-out, to those rare to come by, super nice landlords that help indie documentaries happen!
A “Method” director at work…. #WarsawRisingSelfie
Hmmm… Wonder if this may be a good time to mention I’ve always wanted to try and build an Anderson Shelter in the back garden…