I wanted to be able to write that the film was officially finished today, but a few minor issues have popped up just to make it exciting for everyone involved... Nothing to worry about really. Especially as there are so many people with real worries at the moment due to the horrific bush fires raging about a half hours drive from where I'm tapping. Everything gets put into perspective when tragic things like that happen for sure.
Today we had a screening of the complete film in a Gold Class cinema at the Jam Factory. Really nice to see it so big and lush up there on the big, big screen. It's a beautiful thing, but I must say it's very hard for me to watch. I'm so attached to it, and so aware of all the glue thats holding it together, but others who have been working on the film all the way through were definitely drawn in, the way an audience should be. Which is a very good thing.
I have spent the last few weeks putting the final tweaks to the grade. We were fortunate enough to have Olivier Fontenay do a final pass over the film. Olivier is french guy who graded the film Breaking The Waves by Lars Von Trier, a film that totally changed my life. It forever changed the way I see things, and how I would begin to approach every aspect of my work as a director. It was really cool talking to him about. I thought he might have thought it was daggy, me asking stories about it and all, but I was quite surprised when he told me that working on the film had also changed his life and work process in many ways as well.
But, I don't necessarily want to single out Olivier, because Ian Letcher and the whole team at Deluxe have been a pleasure to work with and have been very supportive of the film from the start.