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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