I had entertained the thought of doing a video post but decided everyone was better off if I didn’t. I’m currently sitting here at my editing desk in my flannel cocktail PJs which is basically one step up from a snuggie while drinking hot chocolate. No one needs to see that, especially since I can’t seem to get yesterday’s eyeliner and mascara off of my face.
In my last entry I was feeling pretty optimistic about the documentary. Now, not so much. The more I’ve thought on it the more I know it is seriously lacking in *something*. I spent the weekend talking to friends and taking in some of their suggestions as far as documentaries as concerned. I watched three of them this afternoon back to back and slowly but surely things are beginning to sink in.
I truly believe that Junct can be this wonderfully eye-opening piece if executed properly. It’s all a matter of finding that one character that the audience can relate to. Right now it just feels so ‘Wah me!’ right now. The audience is NOT going to care about some teachers getting the shaft because honestly in this economy everyone that can be classified as middle America is taking it in the ass. Just last night a good friend was closing the doors to her coffee shop after 14 years of business.
My biggest fear right now...Hell I can’t even narrow it down to one. At this stage it feels like just about anything and everything can go wrong. I think what bothers me the most is that each tape has interesting stuff on it but I can’t see the big picture. I don’t know what Junct is going to be just yet. Is it a union movement film? A film focused on the complete failure that is higher education? Is it something that has yet to reveal itself?
I’m slowly buying a clue about the legalities in regards to filming a documentary and it doesn’t seem to be as strict as filming a narrative. I just am afraid that I’m not going to be able to walk that fine line. I’m either going to push the boundaries to the point where later on down the road I get bit in the ass over a legal technicality or I’m not going to push hard enough and not capture footage integral for telling the story because I’m afraid of getting sued.
In the meantime I’m in a holding pattern waiting for the next round of interviews.