I know it's been a long time, and thanks for all those messages of encouragement... so many in fact that this morning I started feeling deeply guilty for not posting, and tonight instead of putting my head down before tomorrow's day-long ADR session with Gillian, I'm staying up to post, and I know I'm doing the right thing, although if I'm dopey tomorrow and not up to scratch on a crucial post-production day it'll be... well, my fault for not posting earlier I suppose.
Okay, now: Cannes - this went really well, according to Sam our glamorous sales agent. As you know I didn't go to Cannes because... well basically I couldn't afford to go, and more to the point until Straightheads is completed in all its finished glory there's no point my hanging around festivals being the director of a film no one has seen yet! Interestingly, three or four US theatrical distributors have indicated very strong interest in taking on Straightheads, but of course they won't buy until they see the finished movie at Toronto (the selectors now have a rough copy of the film - an AVID output with no visual effects and a temporary score) or wherever Straightheads gets its first major festival screening. Sam reports there has been strong interest from all territories but as I say she's waiting until we have the real thing, so we can get a really good buzz going. I hope all of you people, Gillian and Danny fans and just plain shameless Straightheads obsessives out there will help us any way you can.
Right now we're in the midst of some serious sound post-production sessions, adding in sound effects, foley, atmospheres and so on, and cleaning up the dialogue tracks. We're also inviting the cast back for ADR (Additional Dialogue Recording I believe that stands for) sessions to replace bits of dialogue that were badly recorded / glitched / drowned in aeroplane noise etc... and adding any additional bits we need. We've got a great sound post-production team who really like the movie, and know their stuff, so I feel very relaxed about that side of things. I haven't really tuned into the picture post-production yet, that's happening at a different post-production facility in London - and at the moment the negative is being scanned into a computer at some huge resolution, which has to be completed before we can start having ideas about brightness and colour etc... let alone making a 35 mm theatrical print for all you lucky people who will get to see Straightheads at a local cinema.
We've had some stunning front titles done by Matt Curtis, a very experienced London-based designer of movie titles - I couldn't believe how fast he came up with just the right concept, put it together and bang! suddenly we had titles that worked beautifully. Just like that. I think you'll love them, I certainly do. The score is also coming on nicely, though I think that Ilan and Steve, respectively the composer and the score producer, are discovering that the soul of Straightheads is strange and complex and tricky to set to music, so they've been experimenting for days and days locked up inside the small but perfectly-formed studio at the bottom of Steve's garden. I have to say they're starting to come up with some really exciting stuff and I'm looking forward to my next studio visit this Friday to hear what will probably by now be a full set of music cues.
OK I'm running out of steam now. It's a hot and humid night in London, thankfully summer has arrived at last, and I'm going to pass out and be fresh for tomorrow's all-day ADR session in a big dark room with a huge screen and a microphone with just Gillian, Michele (dialogue editor) and Gareth (recordist) for company. Viva Straightheads! Hasta la victoria siempre, but always via the scenic route.
Merci a tout le monde d'avoir patiente, et ne vous genez pas les francaises (y'a pas d'accents ni de cedilles sur mon clavier)! I'll leave you with a parting image of Alice and Adam, at the edge of the forest as Misha's party carries on in the distance. They're lit by the flames from a huge stone urn at the outer edge of Misha's gardens, and in front of them is the deep, dark forest, which they are about to step into... who can guess what will happen next? Anyone?
Till the next post, good night.