It has now been one year since unveiling Love Bomb massively with our first Indiegogo fundraising campaign and WOW. We have come a long way! I was dutifully documenting the process via the blog up until the point where the actual workload of producing the film made it truly impossible to spare mental space to write an update. However, here I am, somewhat emerged, and ready to share with you.
Since the last entry in the Spring things geared UP and it was all I could do to keep up with our rapid fire editing pace.
The film is essentially made up of Peru story scenes mixed with interview expert scenes that were mapped out using a storyboard method. I love seeing how the storyboard started before it was honed way down in a very organic method of editing discovery. (I can’t show you a close of up of how it is now,…no ruining the surprise!)
Every moment from morning until night that I was not in my chiropractic office working with clients you could find me heading straight to the in-house Love Bomb office to transcribe every interview and then edit them all into workable scenes.
To give you an example, after transcribing the interviews I’d print and read through the 11-20 pages of transcripts in order to mark them by potential scene numbers.
The next step was to create gigantic files of potential scene material by batching all of the selected interview paragraphs. I would then read/meditate through these to find the flow of conversation between the various experts while honoring the integrity and intention of all of their words. These were then laid out by Gregg on a video timeline. Each scene started at roughly 20 minutes, which were then edited down until they were either cut entirely, or left tight at around 3-5 minutes.
The entire process has been one of great innate trust. It is an amazing process to transition from the feeling of brilliant inspiration at the interviews to then selecting what makes it in the film, and, what will at some point be placed into dvd “extras” to still be able to share with the world.
From this point then it was Gregg’s great work to find the b-roll that best told the story in all of the dialogue in our scenes, both Peruvian and experts. The b-roll is all of the great visuals that visually tell the story of what you are hearing being spoken.
Once our scenes were all roughly where I wanted them to be we went through the process of selecting music to start to see how they flowed together. Did the story work? Did the timeline work?
It is amazing how far along you have to get with the material before you can actually sit back, take a big brave breath, and see for yourself if the storyboard, and idea, works as whole!!
The great relief is that, yes, it does. Amazingly.
So where are we now?
At this point in the life of Love Bomb a few things are happening at once (oh wait, small internal laugh, it’s a film with two people working on it- things are always happening at once!).
Where we are,…
We are in an exciting time! The main things happening right now are:
1. Selective expert feedback
The film is being watched by a variety of experts in the film industry who are reviewing it and offering their feedback for ways we could tighten up the cut. This is following two test screens to a private invitation only audiences who gave tremendous feedback that allowed me to SEE where to trim from a 2 hour and 4 minute cut to a 1 hour and 38 minute cut.
It definitely takes a lot of trust to take those scenes out of the film and off of the storyboard but it is very rewarding to see it come together into a tight and beautiful film with a life of its own.
Now we are doing our final trimming of the film that will start back up in December when we plan to round up our work to have a completed cut by early January 2014. It’s ambitious, and its close,…and we are pretty sure we can do it!
2. Festival applications
There are many festival applications that are happening right now for an early 2014 premier of the film from January through April. So even though the film is in a “work in progress” format we are still applying for those that have deadlines right now since we know we are going for an early 2014 premier and the film is really close to complete. We want the film to premier at major festivals in order to give it a great opportunity to reach a mainstream audience. So all of your great prayers and images that we succeed are welcomed!
In looking back over a year ago I have a memory of me, holding these Love Bomb postcards fresh out of the mailbox and going to some chiropractors at events and saying, “would you help me with this project that I am making?” I might have sounded brave, but I was shaking.
I am in awe of how far we have come in a year, as the project truly has moved from an I to a We. From the troops who have rallied around us in fundraising, to the people who have contributed their time for interviews and now feedback- this film is packed with love and impact- and I am excited to imagine what I will be saying and feeling about the journey one year from now when the magic unfolds as we watch it take its first steps as a vehicle for inspiration.
Thank you for being a part of the ride!
Oh, and yes, one more thing- I got married. I had no idea when starting the filming of Love Bomb that it would end up being more than an unconditional love story- but it sure is!