In the course of trying to fine tune Saddle Above and build a new rig and start filming Trim and Fade I may have became a bit too ambitious. So a bit of reservation is in play. Im going to focus on completing Saddle Above the Axle and making a crisp or near crisp build for my shoulder rig. Once done I will jump back into defining Trim and Fade and figuring out a good direction for it. Working on poster image for Saddle Above the Axle hope to have that done fairly soon to show off. i was going to doctor some stuff together but now I think i want to use actual images from the doc in the artwork and come up with something pretty slick. Keep an eye out and Ill talk to ya soon!
Film : Saddle Above the Axle
Well I heard back from the representation of Menahan Street Band and I can say I was surprised at the cost for the record I wanted which I think was a very fair price but also a price I don’t think I can manage but it was great to go through the process of getting a song cleared for use. I think that if you are going to make an attempt at doing anything go figure out the experiences of each piece so that you get an appreciation for the process and how needed these processes are or unneeded for that matter. alot of times we pass the buck because we cant be bothered. I am not that guy. One thing I can say is that as far as sequence goes with my re-cut “Saddle above…” is complete. There is still alot of fine tuning I want to do to the edit and I figured out a good was to make some of the darker scenes appear intentional and as least distracting as possible. There is still debate on cutting a few more seconds to the opening scene but its kind of its own act that I am not going to make a big to-do about it just yet since I am still deciding the music on that part. I am still leveling some of the sound out to make sure the clarity is perfect and the music is all at a sweet-spot. Nearing completion of my first short documentary feels great especially for all the work it takes! Directors get alot of credit for the work they do but the unsung hero is the editor. Editing can kick your tail but its well worth it when its the difference of success and failure of the message or intent of the scene. This film is no longer a “stunty” looking film but more of an experience driven film.
Film : Saddle Above the Axle
I have decided that with my first film experience I want to do the responsible thing and do things the right way. When I started working on Saddle Above all i wanted to do is work on my skills and master my tools. I wanted to go around the City of Wichita and film things and make it look like a legit movie opening sequence. so I took all these establishing shots and came home and cut it up with excitement. So with all this footage I am thinking ok I need music. At the time I had just discovered this band the Menahan Street Band and there was a song on their album that was just the right mood so I plugged it in. Well I came up with this bad ass intro and wanted to build on to it and thats how this thing really took off. Now i have documentary in progress and a song that I don’t have the rights too. So earlier today I contacted the publishing office of the Menahan Street Band for approval and use of the song in the opening sequence. I cant even imagine this film without the song in the begin but if not looks like I will be getting in the studio and producing a song that will work. The rest of the film contains songs clearances since I became aware that you don’t want to get your pants sued off all for 30 seconds of sound. So much little things need to be done or watched out for just so people can see your work with out the sweat of a lawyer writing a letter saying you messed up. Wish me luck!!! I have hit a stride with the Film and fairly close to wrapping it up. I have to start to thinking about how to close it out and what music to use for the credits .
Film : Saddle Above the Axle
So today more cut and edit, cut and edit, cut and edit , cut and edit , cuss and idiot… Today I may have gain a new respect for the editor. Im not surprised its alot of work but one thing people may not think about is that 2 minutes of film can add up to 4 hours of work. Maybe its the documentary work tho. Nothing is planned in this style of shooting so you can find yourself watching hours of footage all for 5 seconds of time. Looking for that one shot to fill a couple of frames to make one section have continuity. For “Saddle Above..” I am working on this one section where I have great shots but the lighting is bad. Well, maybe it isn’t bad but the way I have graded the doc some of the darker shots are DARK and some of the correcting is exposing the grain. Its pretty cool looking but if I am going to leave it I want to make sure its in a good taste and looks purposeful and not lazy. This film is my first film that I filmed so there is alot of things learned in the moment and after the moment. In this unpredictable genre you have to figure out how to be in front of the actions and for Christ SAKE keep the camera rolling….
I finally decided to change the name of “Ghost of Grind” to “Saddle Above the Axle”. I originally went with ghost of grind because it was intended to be a skateboard documentary and over the Wichita Skate Park but while filming things changed. Now Saddle Above the Axle is the official title. Now I need to complete the post production of the film. Easier said than done. I’m over the half way mark and decide to recut parts of it. Dealing with BMX as a sport there is a desire to just show stunts than tell a story. I was becoming guilty of making a stunt movie than a short film. To solve that issue I recut to make storytelling more concise and using tricks as the filling. If the crust is good the pie will take care of itself. This is my first film so I have to make sure I am giving effort in telling the story instead of filling the time.