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