Well once again things ground to an almost halt with the film. We tightened a few edits tweaked a couple of things and replaced the last bits of temporary music then... Nowt, nada zip. There wasn't much more we could do, we still needed money for the grade and mix and we were still waiting for a couple of effects shots; as I've said before when people are doing stuff for nothing or for very little money then it tends to go to the back of the queue - behind things like oh money and life!
Anyway we finally caught a break a week or so ago and after what seems like forever I think the grade is finally booked in. And so my boring life as an assistant editor resumes. We bought a new hard drive to house the project (isn't it pretty?) and right now I am transferring the full quality version of the project across to its new home - G-Tech. There is soooo much footage and what not that I am transferring nearly 2 terabytes of data across; all I can say is thank goodness for firewire 800! This process is very slow and once it is done (in about 13 hours time) then the really really fun* stuff can happen - the conform.
*even more boring
I tested this process a few months back to make sure I knew what I was doing - and at that time everything seemed to work, it's just incredibly mind-numbingly tedious. Of course last time I also had to re transcode everything at full quality, whereas this time it's just a case of moving stuff over and then checking it all does what it is supposed to do. Anyway we should have a graded film by late January which will give the opportunity to have the first showings on Valentine's Day. That's the goal anyway - if you remember the original goal was to have it finished by the end of 2011! Then it became September 2012... hopefully third time lucky and we can be done in time for a nice romantic release date.
Will try our best to keep this busy during the shoot and post-production.