16 Mar 2009
Transition Movie Blog 6, and why we need your help naming the film!
It’s been a steep learning curve for Emma on the edit of the movie. Chris Watson has stepped back to work on another project that has come in leaving Emma to edit on her own. She’s never sat in the editor’s chair before and after being shown a few key buttons has started to put it together. “By the end of the day my brain is totally fried. I imagine it’s like playing a computer game all day long!” she saiys. It’s one thing to sit back and guide the whole process alongside an editor but it’s quite another to navigate a 7 track timeline and know all the shortcuts keys.
James Engwell, who donated some equipment and software to the Transition Network, has kindly been in to give her some one to one tuition. He brought in some coloured cards and stickers and wrote each story down and pinned it onto the board to create a mind map. Tackling it one sequence at a time is proving much quicker. We’ll worry about how it all fits together later.
Emma feels too close to the edit to comment on the film’s impact but whenever fresh eyes view it they’re moved in all the right places and also in entirely new ones she didn’t expect. Working out in what order it all fits together will be the real task. It’s a big project to put together with footage coming in from all over the world so it’s hard to create a flowing storyline from disjointed elements.
The key themes drawn out of the sequences so far are:
Galvanising community; one individual can make a difference; just start one yourself; it’s about making connections; positive visioning and of course resilience.
The deadline for any more footage is gone. There’s a lot of material and it won’t all make the final cut so no more footage please! The key challenge at the moment is coming up with a name for the film. Although it has been called ‘The Transition Movie’ as a working title, that’s not what we ultimately want to call it. We want a short, snappy title that communicates the essence of the film. Please bombard us witih suggestions. If you send in one we love and we end up using it, we’ll credit you in the film. Get your thinking hats on and let’s take the wiki nature of how this film was made and carry it through to its logical conclusion, throwing open the process of naming the film!
Thanks. Other needs we have if there are any volunteers out there, some help with online viral film marketing, and people with first hand experience of film distribution who can advise us on that.
PS from Rob. On Friday I saw some of the first roughly edited sequences of the film, and it was quite brilliant… you are in for a real treat.