After such a long wait to meet since the festival, I could sense yesterday that it was somewhat disappointing for the crew not to be able to get stuck straight into the actual editing but I hope that with some solid decisions made now, the physical editing will be much more focused. We will be editing collaboratively; exactly what that involves will be decided together step by step.
Having drawn up a outline for the main documentary content, I am now setting up the project file and rough editing sections of video as proposed on our timeline. Its an enjoyable task, especially as there is so much funny, off the cuff material that they managed to capture. I will upload these sections over the next two days to Vimeo where the OutTakes members can view them securely and leave private comments. On Wednesday, we will convene over a short Skype conference call to critique the content, refine the sequence and design the narrative around the subjects. Between Thursday and Sunday, I will implement some of these suggestions. Then on Sunday, we will meet again, this time at TILT and the OutTakes members will review the progress, feedback on the developing format and collaborate on refining the rough cut further. this way, participants will have the benefit of focusing on developing their fine-editing skills with Final Cut Pro yet being fully involved in the entire process of decision-making that will make real impact on the final outcome. This way, we hope to turn around a near-to-fine edit of the main piece in just 8 days.
Any material left out of the main documentary will be considered for stand-alone works most likely in the vein of styles of documentary described by Nichols as poetic or observational.