I'm about 97% finished with the rough edit. Hurray for progress! This entails having cut and pasted the scenes and clips where I want them. I have a couple of small scenes to add to the mix but then I will begin serious work on titles, credits, transitions, voice overs, soundtrack, and serious adjustments on lighting and sound.
I messed around with some of the title stuff the other day. I'm glad I can exit the program without saving the changes. Somehow in all my messing I screwed up the first two scenes, but they are fine now. WHEW!
I have SO MUCH to learn about film making. Sound. Lighting. Better equipment. I'm a little aggravated in that I may have a dud in my Kodak Zi8 camera. On several shots it just got dark. I'll probably be having a conversation with the Kodak people soon.
One major thing I will need to work on is camera angles. I truly believe we could not have found a less-flattering angle for my scenes. (Loooooong story here. Let it suffice to say that from now on I will trust my instincts and be a little more insistent.) I mean, I knew my nose was not small, but did I really have to showcase it? It takes up a full half of the frame, and my hair takes up the other half.
Okay, so I'm exaggerating here. But not much.
This is part of the reason I didn't want to act in this film. Seeing myself (and hearing myself) on film is on my list of Least Favorite Things. But, all things considered, it's time for me to get over it and move on. It is what it is.
Some scenes play back much better on film than they did live, and vice verse. I was pleasantly surprised at some of the line readings, but some things I thought were terrific fell flat. Such is the job of the editor to fix all of that.
Oh. Wait. That's me.
(By the way, my title is in homage to Nora Ephron's book, "I Feel Bad About My Neck and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman.") :)