The Rainbow Valley Documentary
The Rainbow Valley project has been a huge undertaking, this blog post is my attempt at giving our Indiee-gogo funders and Facebook followers an insight to the hard work that happens behind the scenes.
Over the Summer Patrick and I shot 12 talking head interviews= roughly 10 hours of footage in total
We’ve collected 17 home videos of Rainbow Valley footage-roughly 6 hours of footage in total and dozens of photographs
F3 b-roll shot by us at three locations= roughly 5 hours of footage
Our first day of editing reduced roughly 10 hours of talking head footage into 3 hours and ten minutes. Our end goal is a finished film of no more than 50 minutes (which will mean reducing roughly 21 hours of raw footage into 50 minutes).
It took us 7 days (40.1 hours) to edit the body of talking heads down to a length where we felt ready to begin inserting b-roll.
Because we have so many photographs, home-videos and F3 b-roll to pick from, we had to re-watch all of that footage and create a detailed index to organize everything. Now we simply “ctrl f” to search keywords within our index to find specific footage easier and faster.
If you look at day 10 of the above table, you’ll see that an 8 hour day resulted in making our documentary only 2 seconds longer! Half that day was spent labouring over a 1 minute and 45 seconds sequence. But trust us, that sequence is lovely. Real Lovely.
We’ve edited for a total of 11 days (67.16 hours) so far. But we need a break so we’re taking the next 11 days off and going to New York with some friends! We’ll come back with fresh eyes and probably feeling very inspired to dive back in!