This isn’t a cry for your sympathy. Not at all. But rather, an explanation as to why I haven’t written about the film in so long. Basically, after struggling through production on a daily basis, the last thing I wanted to do was come home and write about the movie. If I did blog about Wait, then there were two options: maintain my lies in print, or complain about the production. Neither interested me, so I chose to remain silent. All told, it was a wise choice for me, and here’s why. Last week, I watched the fine cut of Wait, and when it ended, I felt great about what I had made. I’ve always been in love with the performances, the original score, and the film’s set pieces, but this was the first time I found myself appreciating the entire thing.
This might sound strange to some of you; you might think that someone who creates should always be proud of what they create. That’s never been the case for me. I’ve always been my harshest critic – in writing, filmmaking, everything. I have a great bullshit detector, especially when it comes to bullshit I’ve made. But when I watched that fine cut, I didn’t see bullshit. I didn’t see sleepless nights and production problems. I saw the film that I set out to make, and I couldn’t be happier.
|Catherine Warner in Wait|
“Alex, sorry for the late response. I’ve been trying to think of the best way to say this, but, you’re movie really fucked me up. I had no idea it would hit me on such a personal and emotional level. I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited to work on a film, I know I can do some great stuff with it.”
That was that last thing I expected him to say, but the best thing he possibly could’ve said. A great little boost to take into the final leg of post-production.
When you make a movie, no matter what phase of the process you’re in, the first question people ask is when will the film be released. A difficult question to answer, because when isn’t exactly up to me. I’m going to hit the festival circuit with Wait, but I’ve been involved with enough films to know that festivals are as much of a gamble as they are a game, so I’m planning on letting that aspect of distribution play out as the world sees fit. Either way, festival attention or not, I hope to have the film online in the next few months. Until then, I’m going to be writing about Wait much more often. The posts will mainly consistent of interesting and manageable filmmaking tips I’ve picked up along the way, and how I applied them to the production and post-production of this film.
To all of you who have asked about the film on this blog or via social media, your interest and support mean the world to me. I’m so eager to share Wait with the world as soon as I possibly can. Stay tuned.