I guess this is still technically the "middle". The end will be when I finish the film.
Last Saturday I stared at my computer for six hours and nothing happened. I went for a 6 mile walk to clear my head and hope that inspiration would strike. A week later I’m in the same predicament. About to go for a walk to clear my head and hope the pieces of the film magically fall together in my mind.
This story is big, and overwhelming. Where do I start it?
I’m stuck at how to begin the film. I need a strong open. One that grabs the viewers’ attention. Then I need to hold their attention for 60-90 minutes. And make sure they understand what is happening and why. Entertain them. Inform them. Make them want to save these camps.
I’m stuck at how to structure the middle. What to include. What to leave out. Who says what best. Should I do 5 to 10 minutes on one camp at a time or mix the different camp interviews up to drive the point’s home?
On the plus side I know how the film will end. I have a general idea how to edit the ending scenes. I could work backwards.
I should have just created a video blog full of short stories about each camp. Not a feature length film where I need to take all these interviews and create a cohesive, compelling story. I will though. It’s just a challenge I need to overcome.
Here is a scene from Kamp, with Jim Saur. I like it, I want to include it in the final film but at this point I have no idea if it will hit the cutting room floor or not. I put it together as an editing demo for my class. Note the various angles of the pink buck pole!
I’m going for a walk.