Only kidding...we're talking final post (as in final post-production). By the way I'm going to the UK Screenwriters' Festival tomorrow in Cheltenham and I'll be talking about the making of Straightheads, the blood, script, tears, the agony and... well, the agony. The audience will be (I'm told) a couple of hundred new screenwriters. I didn't know we even had that many on this little island... So anyway - Straightheads' final post is going v well so far, but then as the man who jumped off the top of a building said as he plummeted past each floor on the way down - this is a rare quote from one of my favourite films (you Frenchies will know this) "Jusqu'ici tout va bien... Jusqu'ici tout va bien... mais c'est pas le vol qui compte, c'est l'atterrissage!" with apologies to the non-French speakers out there, just bear with me, after all it's my blog and I'll break into French si me da la gana, caramba. So we don't really know till July 15th - the date when Straightheads scream past the finishing line, whether final post really is final, whether our luck has held or whether... Well, stuff happens. I mean, you can never take anything for granted. The little room where they keep all the film might get contaminated with an unknown flesh-eating bacterium, twenty times as voracious as Marburg's, and... whatever, you get my drift, providence etc... Anyhow, the dialogue tracks are sounding superb, they've been cleaned up and the ADR dropped in where needed by our dialogue editor, the implacable and wonderful Michele. Howard the re-recording mixer began deftly pre-mixing them today, and will continue till the end of the week, when I will enter his dark palace (yeah, I'm a little tired, it's been a long day) and review reels 1 through 5. On Wednesday my fearsome DoP will go into a smallish, darkened room in West London and sit down with a man called Adam, and together over the course of many days they will individually colour and grade every single one of the hundreds of shots in the film - a bit like when you adjust colour and brightness on your TV set, but with a lot more control. I will join him there on Thursday to review reels 1 and perhaps some of reel 2... Is this too much detail? Oh what the hell, it's what's on my mind right now. Then there's the SCORE which sounds FANTASTIC (Ilan and Steve - if you read this before July 15th, ignore those caps and get back to work!), I heard reel 1 last Friday, I'll go in Friday after dialogue premix review to listen to some more cues... I try to be around whenever the post-production people need me, but actually most of the time they'd rather just get on with it and be left alone as they don't really have enough time to humour the director (which they do anyway, very nicely). The important thing for them is to know what I think of the work they've done, and to get that info clearly, in a short space of time, so they can make adjustments and then carry on as fast as possible, because we don't have enough money in the budget to do a whole lot of prep... Anyway, suddenly things are going very fast, and before I know it we'll be final-mxing and then... bang! Straightheads will be finished and complete. And I will be left with no purpose in life and... gaaah shut up! Pull yourself together for f..! Where was I? Oh, yeah, we did a photo shoot for the poster with G and D, that was a laugh, and it was poignant to see them both again, looking fit and well and back in character for the very last time... Dyer's new movie, Severance, directed by Chris Smith, might be heading to Toronto, rumour has it - great news for Danny, and there's a fantastic buzz around that film. As for Straightheads, we've had no news from Toronto yet, but the deadline is somewhere in August so I'm not holding my breath. Do skorovo, vedite sebya prilichno.