Production Update #1: Have We Given Up?

March 7, 2016 Michael Panik
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Okay folks, time to spill the guts and come clean a bit. I know a lot of you had your suspicions, but it’s time to come right out with it:

Making a movie is hard.

Yeah, I know. That’s gonna be hard to swallow for most of you, but it’s true. It takes a lot of time and persistence.

I think that’s what makes it so worthwhile, and rewarding.

When I started this project, I had no intentions of doing more that planning the trip, taking the trip, and making the music. Yet here I am, a hand in every pie. There have been a few conflicting interests, budgetary setbacks, and miscommunications that have admittedly put this project¬†well behind our original timeline, but what’s really important here is that progress is being made, and it’s really coming together quite nicely.

I’ve filled a personnel hole and am now editing a portion of the film myself. The purpose here is two-fold: with roughly ten minutes of the film cut, we can apply for finishing/post-production grants that will allow us to hire a real editor, and get back on schedule, should we qualify for grant money. It also gives that future editor a full view of my vision for TSS (which may not always be the clearest thing). Even if we are unable to secure some more funding, it lays a baseplate to build the rest of the film on, and gives more solidity to everyone involved.

Now of course, if it comes down to it, I’ll just add “documentary editor” to my resume. Necessity is the mother of job titles, after all, and 99% of them are made up.


Also in the world of TSS production, we’ve made positive head-way on filming some narrative hybrid segments of the film, but I’m gonna stay pretty hush-hush on that one.

Sometimes (read: nearly all of the time) things don’t go exactly like you planned. Those times tend to be blessings, I find. Those moments when the train gets derailed force you to look at it all a different way. Sometimes that is not easy. When you get through that, however, you’ll find that your original plan sucked royal and this is the only way it was ever going to work in the first place.

That’s about it for this production update. Mostly out of necessity (for many, MANY reasons) I’ll be blogging more often, with a plethora of entry styles (including production updates like this one, and thought catalog type musings as before.)

One thing we’ve done a decent enough job of is keeping up our social media, so if you don’t follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, well, you’re wrong and you should.

Have a good one, and look for a new update soon and very soon!

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