I’m pretty happy with the editing I’ve done so far on Treasure Hunt, having reached page 56 (out of 84). I haven’t rendered what I’ve done so far, but the editing software says it’s running a bit past 49 minutes. One minute per page isn’t working out terribly well. If this ratio keeps going I’ll wind up with 73 minutes (exclusive of any begin/end credits), but I don’t have any particular goal for length, just want something that flows easily. I feel even better about my self-imposed goal of having a rough-cut done by end of next weekend, though there are two scenes that, together, have over 60 takes, which will no doubt take a good bit of time to sort out.
I’ve decided to put off reworking the singing scene until I’ve got the whole rough cut done. I’ve already decided to rejigger a few of the earlier scenes anyway, given my increased experience. I recut the library scene I did earlier, going from 2:53 down to 2:22, without sacrificing anything, just as John said I could. No doubt he’d cut it still further, but then again, he’d do a completely different movie from the get-go.
I’m getting a lot more comfortable with the editing, but still don’t feel called to it at all. I do feel I’m learning about lost opportunities, though, and believe it’s just the thing to be sure I get more little shots on any future projects. But even if people judge I have some talent for editing, I don’t know that I’ll ever do it again. Besides, I feel having another set of eyes on the material, not to mention someone with more patience (and passion), will lead to a better product.
I finally managed to make the behind-the-scenes page I promised earlier (better late than never, eh?), you can find it here.
Back to work…