2018 Independent Spirit Awards: Ten Moviemakers Share the Lessons They Learned While Making Their Nominated Films

Michael O’Shea (Director, The Transfiguration)

I knew you are going to rediscover the movie in editing, but you don’t know how much until you’ve actually been through the process of making the film and then being in the editing room for three months and learning that every take you thought was the best take, was not the best take. You have to completely restructure the scenes in a way that you didn’t expect to do it. Now for next time I know it won’t be such a big deal. That first week when you are seeing the initial cut, the editor showing what she did while you were shooting, it’s just like, “Oh my God I made a terrible movie!” And it’s like, “No, no, no, you have another three months.” You find the movie in the editing. That was a big lesson.

Eric Ruffin in The Transfiguration. Photo Courtesy of Strand Releasing.

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1 Comment

  1. Nicette

    March 12, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Do you know of all the organizations that tried to push for a fighter union have there been, and how many still exist? Are they collaborating or competing with each other? Seems like these guys are farther along in the process than all other attempts. As an independent contractor myself, this is kind of interesting. I have no idea what the actual laws around independent contract work are, despite doing this for over 10 years 🙂

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