Journal 8: Slow Progress, Hard Choices and a Change of Idea

Editing continues. Slowly, painfully and slowly again. The little enthusiasm I had for editing last week as evaporated unceremoniously. We have about two minutes of solid footage stuck together right now, so it’s not all doom and gloom, but as it stand it looks like there are a fair few late nights, bleary eyes and insults hurled at Premiere in my immediate future.

Alan and Patricia have stood out in the editing process as the greatest resources we have and, that being, Astrid has fallen by the wayside. The almost designed similarities and differences between this 80 year old British lady and the mid twenties Congolese man have come to dominate the film so far, and we are seriously thinking of changing the entire makeup of the film to be more a study just of the two and their similarities rather than the grand, all encompassing idea that we began with. Not only is the new concept an easier one to actualise, but it is a more human, more relatable study.

Of course, with this comes the decision to completely disregard the Astrid interview and all the content it produced. It would be the abandonment of a days interviewing and a whole lot of editing effort, but I think it is the right decision to make.

In other news, the end of the semester draws near, and so does the deadline for the documentary. I’m not worried about making the deadline as such, more just nervous about what I will be producing. As much as I’ve learnt this semester, this is still the first time I’ve done this so I’m worried about it. That, I assume, will pass when I start getting the phone calls from the Academy Awards though.

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