I’m currently working with Jack Maatman on Sonny, the short film I wrote and directed. Principal photography was in July and because my husband and I were moving across the country (from LA to NYC), we had to put the post-production process on hold until we could get settled enough to work.
Well, recently Jack and I dove back into the editing process and it’s been wonderful! I mean this in the best way possible: I love fighting with him! He definitely keeps me honest as a director. It’s a pleasure.
It’s fascinating to learn while creating. Even while I’m fighting forward for a scene to work, I’m present in two moments. I’m present in the moment where I’m editing with Jack and I’m present in the moment when I shot the scene and I’m learning what I did well and what I did poorly. I’m learning where I should have made an alternate decision. Where I got what I wanted and where I should have done just one more take.
So I’m absorbing all this pentimento-like experience, all while I’m trying to assemble the story, staying true to my original intent, but creating a compelling forward motion. Dizzying, but delightful!!