A film is made three times as the saying goes; as a script, on set, and in the cutting room.
In pre-production Writer/Director Theo re-wrote his short film "Voices from the Void" several times to fit the budget and to make it feasible to shoot under harsh desert conditions.
Even so, there are always things that don’t go according to plan: "The wind was so strong on our shoot days that we would have needed a grip & electric crew twice as large to hold down the flags and diffusion we brought to light our day for night scenes," Theo remembers. "On set it became clear that the value of our efforts in pre-pro, was not that we came up with the perfect shot list and schedule. It was that my collaborators and I understood the essence of the story well enough, that we could adapt it to any obstacle that came our way."
Perhaps the most enlightening part of the process for the filmmakers was when the cut was locked and Theo could compare it to his earliest sketches and storyboards. "What survived the many re-writes and edits were physical gestures such as Truman pulling the rip cord or Truman and Alice holding hands.", says Theo. "It’s not that these were crucial to the plot so much as they provided my cast and crew with clear and specific ways into the story. Every film is different of course, but I’ll certainly be paying much closer attention to those gestures going forward."
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