Monday, February 16, 2009

The neo versions of Little Red Riding Hood and Dream House are done, visually.

Now, it's onto the sound.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Both Little Red Riding Hood and Dream House are in fine cut once more now. Little Red Riding Hood runs 15 minutes, Dream House runs 14 minutes (!).

Little Red Riding Hood has all the same scenes it did in the (still kind of self indulgent in my opinion now) 20 minute cut, everything still happens, it's just a bit tighter and happens quicker, which is seldom a bad thing.

Dream House has been cut by, as I said, about 12 minutes, everything's been tightened and slicked up, but several whole or partial scenes have been cut:
-The second half of the house arrival scene (with Kevin and Kate in the kitchen)
-The second car ride scene.
-The silly love interlude scene shot at Brant Rock. Bits of this scene have still been incorporated into the film in a different way, though. I gonna put it in the film because I liked how it looked but then I realized the story stood perfectly fine on its own without it.
-The second half of the "finding the diary" sequence. I didn't like Kevin's entrance into that scene, it makes it way too cartoony.
-The scene where Kevin confronts Craig. Though in the original script, the film works fine without it and there isn't enough lead in. I like the scene, but it just doesn't feel right in the context of the rest of the film.

Now onto filming some pick-ups, doing some redubbing for Dream House and doing all the foley for both films.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

So I just recut the visual aspect for Dream House. Except for the extensive post-sync sound work I'm gonna do and some pick up shots, the new cut is pretty much in "fine cut".

All I can say is, holy shit, I've cut a whopping 12 minutes out of the film to bring the run-time to around 15 minutes and the film is only all the better for it. With a less meandering pace, it's now as good a film as Little Red Riding Hood. In the immortal words of Tyrell from Blade Runner, it burns twice as brightly for half as long.

The funny thing is, Little Red Riding Hood in its new cut looks like it'll actually be a longer film, since a lot more of that film's raw footage is essential to the plot. It's crazy, I could have cut Dream House into a fantastic film two years ago but I was so arrogant I refused to make many cuts to it even after that's all people complained about because I was an "artiste" and I had to have a half hour film. Literally, 90% of the film's problems are from careless post production.