It has been a very busy few months, especially since I’ve been juggling the first year of my MA, as well as finishing up on HOSD, CLONE and GRID and then prepping for WILLEM as well (more on that in the enxt blog). So while this is all amazing and fun and just truly stressful, I’ve also been working on post-production for SUSTAIN too.
This has meant sitting down with the film’s fantastic editor Sam Woodhall (seriously, check out his Galatic Dog Website, absolutely stunning!), and starting to piece together our very complex narrative, and start to put this big jigsaw together. And that may sound easy, but I assure you, it is not. It requires that we look through hours upon hours of footage, looking at takes, and which ones are the particulars I want to then use within over a hundred different scenes!
This week we’ve been pushing through the edit at quite a good pace, and we’ve been seeing some fantastic stuff. All the Sustain cast and crew have given this project their complete 100% and it’s showing through on screen immensely. There are moments of drama, some speckles of humour as well as scenes that are disturbingly dark in tone and nature (from the synopsis, I’m sure you can guess of some scenes in particular). But what this edit allows us to do is make notes throughout, looking at shots, and deciding whether we need to refilm one or two because we want to enhance the lighting or tighten up some continuity.
In the edit with Sam looking over a scene with DI Bridge (Greg Yates) and DC Porter (Louise Hewitt)
All these can sound like a really bad thing, and make one think wow, that sounds awful, BUT it actually isn’t. In fact, it is the complete opposite and I love to do pick-ups, because it allows me, Sam, Troy and Keiran and the cast/crew to make things even better, and tighten up scenes, help characters develop that little bit more by the slightest of adjustments through mis-en-scene. And I always welcome that!
So, even though we’re taking our time, we’re doing it all to make sure what you eventually see at the end of this fabulous and exciting journey is the absolute best it can be. That it is exactly what was penned to paper in script form, and is exactly how I envisioned it on screen as a director through all stages of conception and progress.
Furthermore, another thing that excites me about this process, is that we proudly wear our indie filmmaker badges on our sleeves at all times with complete pride. We don’t have a couple of spare millions down the back of the sofa (or a couple of grand for that matter), so it makes all these challeneges more creative, and myself, Troy, Keiran and the rest of the team love tackling them with that frame of mind! Bring it all on!
And because I’m nice, below are a selection of stills taken from the edit suite, which should keep you going until the first trailer arrives! Enjoy!
The first official still released during production featuring Kieran Flank (Brett Dewsbury) and Kara Marshdale (Laura Evenson)
Kevin McKenzie (Richard Buck), spots Toby Flank (Joshua Sewell), at the New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Kara Marshdale (Laura Evenson), has a tense reunion with Roy McKenzie (Matthew Kinson).
Who is Kevin McKenzie (Richard Buck) chatting with?
A rare happy moment for the Flank Brothers (Brett Dewsbury & Joshua Sewell)
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