Just had a two hour conversation with our editor, David, and apart from a couple of places over all he's pretty happy with the footage. At times his choices in the edit are a little limited - as we knew they would be - because the coverage just isn't there... There's a reason most films don't shoot in eight days you know!
We have some pick ups to get - which we kind of always knew we would have to shoot and we'll probably have a couple of little reshoots but overall everything is as we expected. Well everything is as we (who put any amount of thought into it) expected. What I mean is this shoot was always going to be experimental - we were shooting a feature in 8 days, using non-professional actors, outdoors (against the elements) and in the dark - what could possibly go wrong? LOL. This is what has me most perplexed about some people's attitudes (both in the production and some looking in) - what did they expect? It is a universally accepted truth, that in filmmaking one always needs more time and more money - this is going to be especially true when you are shooting on less than £10,000 and in 8 days!
As with anything in life, sometimes you just have to go for it - CARPE DIEM is a phrase we have all heard and thought we understood. In May we (FNA Films) had a choice - wait *another* year for funding on Pissheads and/ or Get Cuthbert or we could run with "the little idea that could". Fortunately some of the earliest crew on board brought with them masses of enthusiasm and that enthusiasm and some sheer bloody-mindedness is what has got us this far. We aren't saving lives here - we're making films and in this case a very silly little film with a very specific audience... so getting bent out of shape that things aren't in place or that the footage isn't Roger Deakins-easque is just fucking stupid. I for one am really looking forward to watching the first cut.
Will try our best to keep this busy during the shoot and post-production.