It’s half 4 on Sunday and I’ve caught up with Lenny for a very quick chat.
So Lenny, it’s 4.30pm. You’re still at it; how’s it going?
I think we’re in good shape. I think – if we can solve a few of technical problems in the next couple of hours – that something of everyone’s work will be there. Big chunks of some and tiny flashes of others and overall a beautiful thing.
How long do you think the finished product will be?
We’ve got something under an hour which feels like the right length for the screening tonight.
Any stumbling blocks?
We’ve had to work so fast that I know there are better edits out there, just a day or two away. It’s pretty certain that there are things in the cut that should be out and things out of the cut that should be in.
I hope the film makers forgive me for both and especially those whose work only flickers through the cut. If anything is not there, it’s because in our state of exhaustion we couldn’t solve tech problems. The dictates of the cut always overshadow anything else.
And where from here?
This is not the end of the road, it’s just one pass at a single film impression of this huge range of work – all of which will be seen again online. I also think that lots of it will be seen at festivals too because there are really great pieces here.
Any words for the film makers?
Simply, the biggest, hugest most sincere thanks and respect to all of them. I’m blown away by the work that’s come in.
Also major thanks to producer Andrew McAvinchey and editor Declan Lynch for work way above and beyond and for Derek O’Connor and Darklight for having the idea to do this in the first place.