So, I think I've managed to conquer my mid-production hopeless desperation. We had several crises emerge on Monday, but fortunately it was our day off, so we were able to recover (for the moment, that is). We missed out on yesterday because of some bad luck, but we're still on track schedule-wise. Though our last day might be pushed to June 6th now, not the 5th.
That said, our editor Dave Lahn has been chopping away and all is looking strikingly well. Again, I don't want to jinx it, but I really think this blend of bleak realistic drama and absurd comedy might actually be working. Can't know for sure until it's all thrown together. Hoping to have a rough cut finished by the end of June, at which point a few chosen eyes will get to see it.
Like Dave said, Damian is pure gold on screen, and he's convinced audiences will be pulling for him every step of the way, even if he isn't the most redeemable guy. Having an outsider confirm my thoughts has only made me more inspired to get this motherfucker in the can. We're close, though there's still a ways to go.
Congrats to the Dardenne brothers. "The Son" is astoundingly good. Netflix that shit if you haven't seen it. And congrats to Lodge Kerrigan and "Keane," which supposedly created quite a stir over there as well. I am DYING to see that again. Hope I don't have to wait until the fall, though that might be the case.
And if anyone caught a glimpse of the promo reel for Lynch's "INLAND EMPIRE," post comments below. Has he really sworn off shooting on celluloid for video? How disappointing. Though if anyone can make that format work, I trust him.
(Oh, by the way, check out The Hold Steady's "Separation Sunday" and Edan's "Beauty and the Beat." Both records are fantastic.)