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Editor’s Journal – February 3, 2009

cobb-menuA scary thought as I date this entry, this journal is a year old.

I’m sorry I have been sucking in the journal update department. I’ve been sort of stuck lately. For a lack of a better analogy, I have gone miles upon miles with this story and I’m really close to the finish line, but it’s these last few feet that are really challenging me.

To keep pushing us towards that finish line, Zak and I brought in some fresh eyes with some fresh perspective. After much time, curiosity, and patience, Kevin has finally seen Heart Of Now.

I gotta say I was scared to get his notes, but it couldn’t have been a better experience. His notes consisted mainly of compliments. And the items that he did have ideas about he referred to as only suggestions.

The most rewarding part of his feedback was to hear which scenes really hit home for him. I had felt emotional towards a lot of the footage back when I originally saw it, which is not the case when I watch it currently. So to hear that all of these decisions that have been made were working, was really exciting for me.

So you are reading this thinking awesome, its done, when can I see this baby…not yet. The running time before finished credits is still 2 hours and 9 minutes. Ideally with credits we would love to have this movie at a nice programable 90 minutes. Realistically that is not going to happen. But Zak and I have been racking our brains on which scenes we could lose since we fixed the problems of V1. We couldn’t do it.

Luckily Kevin has been through all of this before with White Knuckles and he really had the best advice. As politely as he could, without calling us idiots, he informed us that there is no way we could pull anymore scenes. To shave minutes off of the running time he said that all we should be losing is beats, not entire scenes. And he also said to only shave those beats from the first half of the film and to leave the second half alone.

So that’s where I’m at. I cut a minute and 20 seconds worth of beats today and it felt pretty good. Just 10-15 more minutes worth to go…

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