By: Andrew Seltz
Well, at least I’m working on it again! Elevation Due West is the independant feature film I directed and shot back in August 2001. I was deep in the throws of working on it when the Twin Towers fell and I lost my momentum. Once you’ve lost momentum, it’s hard to get going again – particularly when you are mostly working by yourself.
Now, I didn’t shut down after 9-11, I just worked on everything but my movie. I shot another movie, Under Surveillance, for director Dave Campfield, I’ve created a bunch of short promotional videos, traveled all around the country shooting interviews and covering events, I got married, I won a couple of awards, and even designed and built the set for a recent Off-Off Broadway play. But I’m not going to let this movie linger any more!
Today I re-digitized the footage from my camera tapes onto a hardrive in preparation for working with a sound designer. I’ve got a meeting scheduled for Saturday to go over the sound cues. I’ll spend the next few evenings reconstructing the timeline for the project (lost during a recent computer meltdown) and getting all of the sound files together.
I’ve accomplished a lot already toward finishing the movie, but you can read about all of that on the movie website. I plan to resume writing on the producer’s notebook there to get the story going again. But, when I take advantage of new technologies and techniques, I’ll be sure to post about them on this blog.
Wish me luck!