since it took me some time to actually write this journal entry,
"Close to a Lock" became "Lock." The picture
editing phase of a film is all about choosing takes of the shots from
every scene and putting them together in the order and rhythms that
work best for the film. In the case of EvenHand, there was also
a considerable amount of shuffling around of the finished scenes (see
the File Cards journal entry). When this
process is finished, picture is locked, meaning that all of the
specific editorial choices are finalized. Once this happens, a whole
bunch of other events occur.
the purely creative side, the score begins to take shape. Joel
Goodman, our composer, has been working on themes and some
specific music cues over the past couple of months. But now that
picture is locked, he can begin to write much more specific music,
knowing that the internal timing of specific scenes and the scene
order won't be changing.
have also begun the process of finalizing deals for other music for
the film. When we were in San Antonio, Lovisa (my assistant) went out
almost every night to local clubs and listened to a huge amount of
music. She returned to New York with a giant stack of CDs. As a
result, almost all of the songs featured in EvenHand are from
relatively obscure Texas bands, many of which are San Antonio-based.
Without exception, all of the music is awesome. Check out our LINKS
PAGE for more information on the bands and their music.
have also commissioned a great songwriter and former lead
singer/songwriter from a legendary band (a friend of Bill
Dawes') to write five songs for EvenHand. He has surpassed my
expectations and delivered some incredible music. I will announce his
name soon, pending the crossing of T's and dotting of I's on his
also a bunch of technical stuff that happens once picture is locked -
EDL files are generated, DAT tapes are shipped, ADR spotting sessions
occur. I tend to get a fixed, unfocused and slightly drooly stare
going when it comes to the technical requirements. But, as long as I
have some competent people around who can make
sense out of it all, I'm okay. Thanks, Alex.
- Joseph Pierson