January 20, 2012 We have a new editor Keith Wilson who is going to take this film where it needs to go. I had asked Julie Wyman, who teaches film at UC Davis if she could recommend a professional film editer to help me polish the piece. I had held three film screenings at my house and everyone liked the film, but it became very clear to me that this film stil needed more polish. Film maker Amy Harrison suggested I get a professonal editor to simply work their magic. After screening the piece at UC Davis at the Performance as Social Practice Symposium and getting some very honest feedback from my colleagues there, I decided that I needed to go a step further in the editing. So I started searching. Julie had given me the name of Robert Arnold but when I contacted him he didn’t think that he was the right person for the job. So on December 19th he suggested his colleague Keith Wilson. I contacted Keith and finally met him on January 20th, 2012. Annie and I had watched some of his film work and we really liked it. Plus when we met Keith, we really liked him too. So we struck a deal at out kitchen table to work together and make this film “sing and dance.” Turns out Keith was going to move right up the street in March.
February 10, 2012 We finalized our contract and Keith worked with Julia all day today. It think he got a feel of the film and learned Julia’s organizational structures. They really hit it off although they are both so nice that I couldn’t imagine that they wouldn’t. I’ve been very lucky to have had many great people help me in the making of this film. Now I need to pull it together and finish. I’ve got a good team. Keith left with a drive of all of the film footage on it.
February 12, 2012 Realized that we didn’t have the two drives named the same thing so Final Cut wanted us to do a ton of unnecessary work. Will have to get the drive back from Keith.
March 8, 2012
Today we blocked out some times in our schedule to work over the break. I am going to be so glad to get a rough cut of this film. I’m ready to get this finished and into the world. I’m still a believer. This is going to work out nicely as I have to get my knee tuned up. Keith is sweet enough to agree to bring the film over while I recupperating. Hopefully I’ll be lucid enough to make good decisions. But maybe it would be fine if I’m in a little altered state as well. Wishful thinking. Anyhow we have three time segments for meeting and viewing the film. I’m hosting Appalachain Voices at UCSC April 10th and we thought that that might be a good time to screen the film as a “sneak preview.” I can’t wait. So we start working on the 21st. Meet again on the 27th and a final on Monday April 2. Right before school starts.