I just wanted to let you know how things are going. This past week was our first in post: we spend nearly 4 full days viewing all of the interview footage I’ve accumulated since late 2011. On Friday we started coming up with a story structure and began cutting some footage together (that will pretty much describe the next 2 months!).
We also met with Michael C. Donaldson, more or less the king of documentary filmmaking legal issues involving the concept of Fair Use (you can check out his very interesting website here: http://www.donaldsoncallif.com/ ). If a documentary at Sundance uses any outside photos, video clips, or music, Mr. Donaldson almost certainly represents the film. He gave us a real good feeling that we’re on the right track with our approach and should be able to proceed creatively in a way that fits within our budget.
I still have several fairly high-profile interviews to conduct in the coming weeks, but we’re rapidly approaching the point where we’ll have to stop gathering new material and focus exclusively on sifting through the huge volume we already have in front of us.
We can always use any additional support (both moral and financial) that we can possibly get, so please tell your friends who don’t know about us yet!
And now for today’s image: I guess it’s official when they give you reserved parking (our post-production facility).
I’m very happy to announce that we’re bringing Amy Glickman Brown (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3341035/) onboard to edit the picture, beginning on June 25. Amy brings 10 years of impressive experience, much of it in documentaries, to the table and learned her craft at the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. We’re still right on track to have a completed rough cut of the film by the end of August as I had originally hoped.
I’m still shooting interviews and will be hitting the road in three days to get a few more, with at least one or two additional trips planned in the coming weeks. I’m really hoping to have all the interviews wrapped up by the middle of July at the very latest, but we’ve still got queries out to a number of celebrities, and if one of them comes through later than that, I’ll do everything I possibly can to still fit them into the film.
We’re also beginning the process of legal consultations to make sure we stay on the right side of the law given all the footage of Susan’s fantastic acting and the many pictures of her that we want to use. I can’t imagine doing a documentary about this remarkable woman and not showing what an excellent actress she really was, as well as how popular and extensively-photographed she was in her day.
We’ve continued to receive donations via the PayPal link (see to the right) and I can’t thank our generous donors enough. It seems like there’s always something new coming up that costs us a little more, and every single donation helps make sure we deliver the best possible film with no creative or technical compromises!
And now for today’s image (my Christmas present to myself – kept under wraps until today): I call it “Green Girl Director George Pappy ‘Fully Commits’ to The Project” (There’s no turning back now!)
I just wanted to catch you up on the latest. June will be a month of many interviews (including some in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York and possibly Memphis and a few other places, as well as all over Los Angeles). I’ve been interviewing editors and I think I’ve just about narrowed it down to the ideal candidate. We should be able to begin the real work (i.e. actually creating the story in the editing room) by the end of the month.
I’ve got some people helping me beat the bushes for more celebrity interviews, so it’s possible I may get some further opportunities to shoot additional footage as we’re editing, making it a pretty interesting and dynamic (i.e. BUSY) summer! We’re still on course to have a rough cut pulled together before the end of August (although the final locked cut will still be some time after that). Also, we’ve gotten additional interest from the film festival circuit, which is always good news!
And here’s today’s pic (courtesy of our good friend Eli): Susan with American Film Institute Associate Dean Antonio Vellani in 1974 (note the caption)…