Well, it's been a while of radio silence in this blog, but work has been going on in-depth this whole time as the movie marches forward. We're into the exciting phase of editing. We still have one more shoot planned for the depths of winter, but the summer footage has been with the editor for a couple months now.
I spoke with Joshua of joshuasteven.media just recently. As editor for The Lumber Baron, he was able to give an inside peak into some of the process and perks of his current work.
The rough cut is finished! He's spent hours taking all the footage, the multiple shots/angles/takes and choosing and splicing to begin creating the story. Then, it was off to the producer, director, and production manager for their first round of comments. Next, some face-to-face work. A short time ago Barry Andersson (our excellent director) was in L.A., Joshua's home base, and stopped into his studio for two sessions of in-person collaboration. There's one more session scheduled for Barry to fly from Minnesota to California, and then this creative round is finished!
I asked Joshua what it was like to edit The Lumber Baron. It's a bit like putting together a glass puzzle to make a sparkling prism. Pieces need to fit together in good order to make the final result something that "works", but there's a lot of artistic leeway making a one-of-kind crystal for that blaze of beautiful light. The editor has a lot of creative input. Then, the director molds that further, and the final picture shifts further into focus. The director has the final say in the artistic outcome, and the editor contributes to the process. A good editor will harmonize with the director to complement and enhance the whole vision.