The last few weeks of school were spent in a fever pace editing and doing as much ADR as possible. There was to be a film festival showcasing all of the films at the end of the year, and 'U&T' had a slot to show 10 minutes or less of the film (as it was a bit too long to show the entire thing during the show). Along with editing that segment to be as polished as possible, I also edited as many of the other dialogue scenes as possible as well so we could get as much ADR done as we could for the characters of Cole and Margot. Steve and Elizabeth, in their infinite patience, came in and did a great amount of post-pro sound work for us that'll definitely help in the editing process. And we edited the sequence we showed in the festival, which was a 7-minute segment from "part 2" of the film, featuring the characters of Cole and Margot along with Danny and Lauren.
The segment of the film got an amazing reception at the festival. It was simply introduced as being from the middle of a film about a teacher (the guy in it) who has a complicated friendship with his high school student (the girl in it). People seemed to be able to follow along pretty well, and what they didn't immediately understand seemed to intrigue them enough to want to watch the rest. Many people asked when and where they could see the full film, which got us thinking toward screenings and festivals in the future. If the film as a whole gets as great of a reception, or better, then very good things will happen for it. I really like to think it will.
Soon after 'Loomings', the college's literary and arts magazine, released its nominations for the 3rd Annual Loomings Film Awards, which have been held the past 3 years to honor achievement in Post film. 'Us & Them', awesomely, nabbed 6 nominations simply based on the 7 minutes we showed: Best Picture, Thesis; Best Director, Thesis (Carrie Ferrante), Best Actor, Thesis (Steve White), Best Actress, Thesis (Elizabeth Spano), Best Screenplay, Thesis (Carrie Ferrante), and Best Editing, Thesis (Carrie Ferrante). At the end of it, with votes being made by peers and the public, the film won 2, Best Actress and Best Screenplay. Considering the incredible amount of competition and the fact that it wasn't actually a full-form thesis, but just a small part of one, it was a pretty great signifier of what people already see in the film. And hey, the film's already award winning and it hasn't even been released yet, haha. So that's pretty cool.
Now as summer really begins, the editing process continues in earnest, along with working on trailers, IndieGoGo/Kickstarter promotions, and scoring. Crossing fingers this will be done by August!