Are they going to like it?
From storytelling to colour grading, the last few months have been intensive, and very exciting. Filming for us is a joint venture between subject and crew. Before the start of filming, we discussed with the family why we wanted to make this film and the story we wanted to tell. 4 years on, after lots of time in the edit, the team decided it was finally time to show them a rough cut. However, we were nervous. ’Are they going to like it? What do we do, if they don’t?’ Luckily they did!
With their feedback in mind, we carried on our journey, and had the privilege to spend a day in the sound studio with Chris Watson, one of the world’s leading sound recordists. Engaging the viewer through sound, taking out rather than filling out, was one of the main pointers we took away. Read more on our blog.
After many weeks of editing and watching Addicted to Sheep on computer screens, we decided it was time to see it on a big screen. The thoughts going through our minds were: ‘woo, beautiful, powerful, very intense, so sweet, out of focus, too dark, too light….’ and it goes on. But watching it on a big screen is a very different experience and we realised we had to strike the right balance between making the pace of the film engaging but not too fast and not too slow. So we went back in the edit!
After working with the composer James Burrell and doing the final adjustments, it was time for colour grading. After a week of precise work and watching it countless times, we checked our 85 minutes cut of Addicted to Sheep on broadcast monitors to make sure it's top notch for cinema, TV and online viewing. We passed the test! Read more here.
Finally, being happy with the story, the sound mix, the music and the colour grading, we did our very last test and watched it on a cinema screen. It felt like the first time we could really sit back and relax, and enjoy taking in the scenery, appreciate the sounds and music. Secretly, we all had a little tear in our eyes!