Well, it has been a long time coming but at midnight on December 14th I released the final cut of Wait for the Drop. As of now (8:40pm) the film has over 500 hits on Vimeo. That’s an unreal number for me considering many of my videos don’t reach 60 in the first week and seem to peak around 400 after a year. So that might put how crazy this is in perspective.
The response to the documentary has been fantastic, and I would like to thank everyone who linked the video on there pages (there is no higher compliment). It’s nice to get wrapped up in the praise and the view count but any video always seems like a work in progress. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I set out to make the documentary but I couldn’t be happier with result. My goal is and will always be to tell good stories and go beyond simply “looking nice.” There’s definitely work to be done in process of storytelling and really constructing a strong narrative but time should effectively take care of that. Until then I’ll take some time to soak this one in but I’m sure in a few days I’ll be ready for the next project.
Three months into the production and we’re a mere four days away from the release of Wait for the Drop. Releasing a film is always an exciting time for me. It presents a good opportunity to gauge where I’m at as filmmaker. Have I improved? Is this one better than the last? All questions that I get to answer but the viewer gets to answer as well.
Documentary has been a really interesting genre for me to work in. The need for a strong central character and solid narrative direction have never been more clear to me since working on this project. Having said that I now see somethings I wish would have gone differently. Clean editing, music and some nice effects can’t fix character or lack of direction.
It has been a long three months to get to this point in the documentary process, but this week I began my favorite part of film making; editing. The beauty in this process is rediscovering shots from back in September and October and bringing them together to construct the narrative. To me, there is a great beauty in unfolding the vision I have in my head onto a blank timeline. A shot that works beautifully in my mind ends up looking terrible on the board but mistakes are going to be made. However, these missteps illustrate that decisions are being made and therefore progress is being made. I’m happy to have almost half of the film complete at this point and (bias ahead) I like what I see.
Post-production is also a great chance to begin thinking about the next film (although I have no idea what that is at the moment). Would I do things differently if I could shoot again? Yes. I have gained a great appreciation for the genre having spent so much of time engrossed in it. But, I don’t want to get too ahead of myself; there is still a lot of work to be done. Fortunately, that is where the excitement lives.