Where are we?
Been getting lots of questions like that so I thought I would pass along what update I can. Right now we’re in the long, somewhat tedious portion of movie-making known (with an almost universal groan) as POST. (And I put it that way for dramatic effect, not because I think people don’t know what “post” is.) What that means from my perspective is that, while Kevin and Paul Hirsch (our editor) lock themselves in a dark room in Burbank and go over every inch of footage of the film again and again and again, every few days myself and Gioy Demarco (our resident Dylan Dog expert) get a new cut of the movie with some scene tightened or some new shot inserted or, sometimes, with an entirely new scene that, two weeks ago, had been eliminated completely now put back in. I have to say that not since I went to see Star Wars 27 times when I was a wee lad have I seen a movie this many times in such close proximity. Effects shots are slowly being layered in with wires suddenly disappearing and sometimes also complete body parts disappearing. (Part of the fun of having zombies in your film!) In addition, every day Gioy pours through the shots coming in from our partners at Prana Studios who are doing the effects, approving them, providing notes or just generally enjoying watching the magic come together. It’s exciting, but it’s also slightly tedious, I have to admit. Makes me long for the days of getting thrown off balconies where you do it and it’s over and you move on to the next gag. This part is really about fine-tuning and tweaking all the great stuff you have to make it the best it can be. And Kevin, probably due to his background in animation, is really shining in this part of the process. Not that he’s becoming a “Lucas” and using technology to shape what is in his head, he’s just incredibly detail oriented and is willing to tweak and tweak and tweak until he has things exactly like he wants them. It’s actually been amazing to watch. I know I don’t have the patience for that sort of work.
Anyway, things are progressing nicely and the film just keeps getting better and better. Looking forward to our next test screening to see how the audience reacts. (And before you ask, we haven’t scheduled one! :-))
Development Exec/Former Stunt Guy/CIP (Chronically Impatient Person)