Post-production: Almost to the finish line!
Stills from The Repeater (Grete Suarez/Mad Motif)
My debut short film The Repeater is almost at the finish line! Last week we met with Spanish Academy award-winning (Goya) Sound Editor Juan Ferro from Milciclos to fine-tune the final sound touches before heading out to Best Digital to do the final mix with Dolby Sound.
To see your labour of love on the big screen with surround sound, after bumping into Spanish pop star singer Bebe outside the studio is just an awesome feeling!
Sound extraordinaire Juan Ferro doing the final touches with Dolby surround sound. (Grete Suarez/Mad Motif)
Lessons on being a new director
As a new filmmaker I'm faced with a steep learning curve, but I'm surprised about how collaborative film is. Working with a first-class team and crew really helps, even though you're always finding yourself a little worried about your limited experience.
One of the best advice I've heard is that as the writer-director, you're the one who knows the story and your vision best so don't ever be afraid to make that known. Once I took charge of my fears, I realised that everybody just wants to make the film the best they can and their passion for the project is contagious (in a good way!).
"One of the best advice I've heard is that as the writer-director, you're the one who knows the story and your vision best, so don't ever be afraid to make that known."
And to give myself some credit, I didn't have to explain much, everyone understood the story and my vision very well. I'm actually amazed about that, because being an avid NoFilmSchool and IndieWire reader, I've convinced myself to be ready for everything that can go wrong, but didn't prepare myself for everything that goes right.
It blows my mind how each person furthered the narrative with their creativity, things I wouldn't have thought of. That's the beauty of The Repeater, it gives everyone license to bend the rules to do weird and wonderful things.
And don't underestimate sound - Juan's work is so impressive, he can easily change the tone of your film from a comedy to a horror with a couple of tweaks.