Filmmaking is defined by three stages:
Pre-Production: This was the "foreplay" stage. This is the stage of the film where all of the the planning and preparation takes place. Deciding when, where and who to film, acquiring funds, getting equipment..that is all pre-production.
Production: This is the stage where the raw footage is shot. This included shooting in the classroom, the comedy clubs, interviews and the Iowa adventure.
This is the stage that we have just finished as of 2:30 pm today. Which means we are moving on to the 3rd phase.
Post-Production: If pre-production is foreplay and production is "the deed", well then post-production is the baby that comes after. This stage is where raw footage becomes a movie. Images and sound are edited together to create a story. This is where to dozens of hours of footage get whittled down to one cohesive film, with characters you love and story you can follow. It is not a quick process, it is not an easy process, but in the end it's worth it. Just like a baby, right?
We are officially in the post-production phase. This means that the camera is no longer rolling. We have the pieces of the puzzle, now it's time to put them together. I am admittedly very nervous about this next step. It seems like a huge undertaking to re-visit hours upon hours of footage and scrubbing through equal amounts of audio. But I have a vision, and I have a plan. At the same time this is a process and it will take some time. (Hopefully, unlike growing a baby, this process will NOT take 9 months.)
The last 5 months since we started this movie have flown by. I have no doubt that the next 2 will pass just a quickly. Honestly I can't even imagine what the next 8 weeks without Teej around are going to be like, but after talking it through, we decided that this was the best avenue to take. This decision was made on a professional level, it is NOTHING personal between TJ and myself (I'm sure some of you were wondering...so there it is). I know you all are going to miss the hell out of TJ's posts, I will, too. Luckily for you, you can follow her on her personal blog ghettopolitan.blogspot.com. I have always been a follower of Ghettopolitan myself and am looking forward to catching back up with it! In her absence I will be sure to keep you all updated on the progress of the film as it starts to come together (and maybe just a general life update every once in a while!)
As always, I have unending gratitude for each and every one of you that is sitting on the other side of the internet reading our blog. I cannot believe we are coming up on 10, 000 views. Thank you so much for being patient with us as we make this transition, it will be worth it...I promise!
That's a wrap!