LOCK IT UP text over passionate man at computer locking the cut of a feature film

Locking the Cut (VIDEO)


It’s official – we’re locking the cut


Terrifying. Exciting. All of those great emotions are flitting and bouncing around in my warm fizzing heart. I shot a video today (it was raining – perfect activity to do stuck inside) about the process of locking the cut.


Basically we’ve cut the film into eight equal portions as better to work on. Critiquing a twelve minute sequence as opposed to a ninety minute film allows us to be a lot more discerning and meditative. It’s how I originally cut the film, splitting into twelve page segments. That way, I had a guideline for each reel. Each reel should edit to roughly twelve minutes, and if any reel went way over that, I knew the pacing was off seeing as each page should roughly translate to a minute of screen time.


This is the stage we’re at now. Signing off on the cuts. The colour grade, sound and music can’t really start until we’ve all agreed that the cuts are in the right place.


Check out this video about our process!



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While we love the place we’re staying, Santa Cruz, hiring a car opened up the whole island to adventures.

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Being here for five weeks meant we could go exploring more than most tourists can. We took a trip down the South West part of the island in search of rock pools. The town of Garachico is well known for having bad luck due to a volcano eruption demolishing the town, then earthquakes flattening the place once it was rebuilt. As a result, there are lot of old crumbling ruins, and Tenerifians have managed to make it into an attraction. The best part of all though: Nature’s Wave Pools.



Ah, the good times we had. Nearing the end of our month in Tenerife, we decided we’d do a day where we simply got into the hire car and drove. Any direction for any distance, and we hoped we’d come across a beach. Being an island, this was a hope easily fulfilled.


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And that concludes our trip to Tenerife. Next stop is a fourteen hour whirlwind trip of planes, trains and automobiles to Lecce, Italy.


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