Wrapping Up (sort of)
This morning we shot some last green-screen sequences with Ryan and Roxanne, and then, after a myriad of my own organizational messes (missing files etc.), I got everything, except the still MIA Benning shot, onto the time-line and roughly edited. Have now only a few shots to do – easy ones – with Kate, and once they all leave or in the next 10 days if time allows, some further shots of Walkerville and Butte, perhaps some archival photos, and it should be really done. While several of the folks have been forceful in suggesting the film have music I am pretty sure I don’t want any – somehow the topic and visual austerity wants silence or only ambient sound. Coming to Terms looks to run 80-90 mins. And frankly it is looking very good, despite being radically different from anything I ever saw. Essentially done in 14 days. Dramatically its structure is similarly rule-breaking but seems to emotionally work as I’d wanted. Happy camper.
In the other room the cast is looking at Last Chants for a Slow Dance, which I asked them to see as we prepare to use the next 9 days – Ryan leaves the 30th – to roll the dice on a quick next film. I want them to see it so they understand what “simple” means as when they start talking about “a story” they tend to quickly sketch out 10 scenes just to get things going. Last Chants has 7 scenes, most of them single shot ones, and that’s the whole film. That’s what we’ll have to do on this one. In preparation Ryan went and got a crew-cut, and next goes his mustache. He’ll be a new prison releasee, with revenge on his mind. The rest gets invented this week.