Sometimes not knowing the facts is actually good. Because if knew how hard it is to make a film I might not have ever started. Maybe it’s better that I never studied film making or writing or anything of that sort. I’ve learned a lot over the past three years, about Long Island surfing, the people, the places and just how difficult it is to make a film. Especially when all you have is yourself and minimal resources to work with.
But I’m a fairly stubborn guy. When I say I’m gonna do something I feel obligated to do it. So sometimes I wish I had kept my mouth shut.
Making A Hundred Miles to the end has been physically and mentally difficult. Lugging a heavy back pack with camcorder, telephoto lens and other equipment and carrying a heavy tripod a mile down the beach or hiking 20 minutes through the woods/brush and then having to climb down a cliff was hard. Thank God that many times there was a friendly surfer or two who asked if they could carry something for me. Thank God that when editing was getting so tedious that someone who heard about the project would give me some encouragement.
I might of set out to do this alone but I never could have done it without others, especially other surfers who like me have that inexplicable love for Surfing that only we Surfers really understand.
I actually had the film completed one month ago. Then I showed it to a couple of people who’s opinions I respect. One person in particular who is a Surf Film guru said, John you really did a good job for your first film but (uh oh) it’s too long. (it was 1hr 26min) You have to cut it down to 45-55 minutes. Now this has been the really hard part. How do I cut down the length without gutting the content. It’s been a challenge and I’ve had to make some hard decisions. Cutting down interviews even cutting out a couple and cutting down surfing footage. Combining footage of the same spot shot on different days with different lighting and weather conditions and trying to make it blend and not look patched together. Cutting out entire segments that I thought were fun but well it has to be done. So here I am about to work on the last section of the film and get it done. I’ll do it because it’s my obligation to myself, my family and to all of you who have supported me in this endeavor. And because frankly I love anything that keeps me connected to my love for Surfing.
Next time I’m gonna have a professional editor do the editing and I’ll do all the fun stuff. :-)