When Ian and I sat down to watch what was practically the final edit, it was a relief, although I knew that wouldn’t be able to get any distance and objectivity for some time. I’d watched it so many times in different forms over the previous year.
The final task was to get Laura Howard and Gresby Nash back in for half a day to re-record some dialogue. There was also some Foley / sound design to be done before the final mix. We were very fortunate to have this all handled by Steve Browell, who has worked on projects as wide ranging as Alice in Wonderland, Fantastic Mr Fox, Generation Kill, ????Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix, and Children of Men.
Steve’s final mix was very interesting to listen to – he had added everything from ambient street noise outside the house, to the noise of an individual bubble of blood erupting through a severed artery. He had also complimented some of the more jarring edits with ugly digital noise – but also added some very subtle touches, (including some ‘sweeping’ noises as a gigantic eyeball in close up moves left and right, that really remind me of some of the sound design on Psoriatic Scott Walker’s The Drift).
The final stage was festival submissions. I’ve recently been working through a long list of festivals on Withoutabox, which is an online festival delivery tool that is linked into roughly 6000 festivals. The difficulty here, of course, is how to discriminate. Apart from the obvious large festivals, it’s sometimes hard to tell which of the festivals are highly regarded, and which are run using a data projector in somebody’s garage. The process is aided by the online qualification process – once the film’s details are added in minute detail, Withoutaboxthen checks it automatically against all the entry criteria; an excellent time saving tool.
So there we have it – festival submissions now underway. All that’s left to do is figure out some screenings as well, so if you haven’t already, please join the Get Well Soon Facebook Group, where you can get updates of screening dates and locations.
This blog is also updated on the Punchdrunk in Matalan blog.