There is a crazedness that overtakes you when you're editing a movie that borders on the spiritual. I imagine the elation felt when a series of shots come together is something akin to taking that first sip of poisoned cool-aid. During that first sip you seem to have complete confidence in the "rightness" of your decisions. I have no way of really knowing, as I've only experienced the former.
The rough cut is coming together, I expect it to be completed by Sunday night at the latest. Then we tweak this one while filming the other (quickly). Mostly sound stuff. Bummer.
Editing aside, the main topic of discussion lately has been: "Are you moving? When? and Where to?" This line of question makes me uncomfortable when it comes from without. But it 's truly unbearable when I can hear this dialogue echoing from within. So here we are...talking about it as we do from time to time. Though the tone is different now. More...serious, as if we were talking unstoppable eventualities, like someone might speak of the oncoming summer heat.
The truth is, I don't know where we will be going. Each place I look at has it's ups and downs.
The place with the most cheerleading is Los Angeles. I have many friends there and some "ins". It would truly be a joy to work on projects with these friends again, but I must confess I have a mistrust of L.A. This mistrust may be unfounded, but it wispers to me nonetheless. I could go on about my gut reactions...but I'm not going to. Opportunities exist there I'm told and having contacts and people to rely on would be really nice.
The place(s) with (seemingly) the most ready made opportunity is any state with good filmmaker tax credits. Places Like Utah, Arizona, North Carolina, Louisiana and Georgia. I'm told that Colorado is trying to get on the bandwagon, but I'll beleive it when I see it. I have it on good authority that the SAG and DAG are rigged games and if I really want to get practical experience on larger productions, I must travel to these states. While here, I am told that I will have a better chance of getting on set than in Hollywood. The downside is, I don't know anyone in these places. Meaning I'd have to hustle a little harder than normal to find out what was going on, but the cost of living would be more reasonable.
What I really want is experience working on productions that are not my own. Something I can get paid for and put on my resume. I need to see how a larger production works and get some practical experience behind the scenes. I haven't yet been told to live in New York, London or anywhere else yet, but I'm open. Let the bidding begin! Tell me internet, if I want to be a director, to where should I move?