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Quick chat with Lenny: Almost there, but…

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.

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From the edit room – Lenny says

A note from Lenny to all the film makers:

So, we are right in the middle of it here at mission control. I’m blown away by the quality of the work and genuinely amazed at what you’ve produced in less than 48 hours. We have only now (10am) got everything into the machine, all working, all at the right res etc. All in all there are over 30 projects. Declan slept on the Budda bag in the Darklight office for the grand total of an hour. I went home and listened to my baby son crying before retiring to the spare room for the last shreds of the night. But it’s all worth it for the feeling of energy around the whole thing.

The timeline now (with 25 of the 30 projects in) is 3 hrs. There will have to be some casualties to make a 90min piece and that’s going to be hard … Some pieces lend themselves to cutting down, some don’t. I’ll keep you all posted.

Can you sense the stress? 😉