The Director’s Cut of Corporate FM is Here.

Kevin McKinney, Director Corporate FM, The Film

Kevin McK­in­ney in edit bay.

When Cor­po­rate FM won the AMC Doc­u­men­tary fea­ture award, I was very proud and shocked at the same time.  I didn’t feel like the film was com­plete­ly done.  One of the judges (Rudd Sim­mons, The Life Aquat­ic, High Fideli­ty) gave me this advice:  “Tour with this film for a year,” he said, “and sit with every audi­ence who sees your film. Then you can edit it.”  I did that and it end­ed up being a very grat­i­fy­ing expe­ri­ence.  After the tour, I took a year off.  Then I rent­ed an edit suite and took the entire film apart, rebuild­ing it from the begin­ning.  I added some char­ac­ters and sub­tract­ed some.  Entire scenes fell to the cut­ting room floor (you can see them in the DVD extras) and even a song by the Cap­sules made it in.  Dur­ing this time I fell in love all over again with film-mak­ing.  If I felt like I need­ed film footage of a radio tow­er above a sleep­ing city from a high-up per­spec­tive, I’d go to the moun­tains and shoot it.

Radio blankets the city at night.

Film­mak­er watch­es as radio blan­kets the wak­ing city.

With my 2 cork boards of note cards show­ing plot points (Wal­ter Munch style), I cut the film we have today.

Walter Munch style plotting with Kevin McKinney

Sort­ing.

A nice thing about feel­ing “done” is that I can now pur­sue things like TV and VOD (Video on Demand). It’s been a long road to get here, but I find that the film and I are bet­ter for it. -KM

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