I have been mind-blowingly busy releasing this film- and having child number 2. But both are out now and the DVDs are almost built so things should slow down a bit. I had lunch yesterday with a friend and he was asking me what was next. He then reiterated how blown away he was at the quality of the images (we’d already discussed the story at this point)- he watched it on a 40ft-ish screen in HD. He said whatever I did, do it again.
Personally, I don’t think there’s anything particularly special about the images but here’s what I did:
1. Someone else shot it. It was Jon Mckee, he’s awesome.
2. I graded it using stuff I learned from the ICA.
3. I shot it to DNxHD at 220Mb/s in 10bit 4:2:2
Can any one of these take the credit for a great looking image? Not that I’m aware of. If Jon wasn’t there, the shots still might have looked as nice but nearly as well-composed. I learned to grade something professionally so that helps. I do know there was lots of color information and depth there and the Sony EX series really resolves nicely.
As far as the film goes, I’ve received lots of great feedback. Folks are walking away getting it, enjoying it and feeling it’s a very well done documentary. I’m quiet pleased. It was a monumental amount of effort but it’s out there.
So next time, I’ll do what I did this time: make the best film possible.