…she ends up with a film that looks awesome.
That's right. The film is finished.
I just spent two weeks at Rev 13 Films with our rather amazing colourist Tony Manolikakis, throwing in my two cents as he created the last piece of the beautiful puzzle that’s consumed my life for three years. We screened the final version last Friday, and I’m over-the-moon happy.
The colour enhances everything. It takes us on the emotional journey through the film. It defines the story in all its stages. It is integral and stunning. It isn’t just about Tony’s technical skill, it’s about his understanding of the film, his creativity and his collaboration with me and our DOP, Michal Wisniowksi.
I’m so pleased with the whole experience, I made a dorky little journal of what my those lazy crazy colour-grading days in Montreal looked like:
• DOP weighs in. He’s in Poland, but his ideas carry weight all the way across the wide Sargasso Sea.
• VFX guy Nick Fodor does a cool thing for a scene with Sophie and Liam that makes us want to stand up and cheer.
• DOP says “hey, about the final scene! Do this!”
• We do. It is good. No, great.
• Screen final version. High five Tony.
• Take exactly four seconds to think “wow, we did it!”
• Go back to House of Rosé and sprawl on the couch, too overwhelmingly exhausted from this journey to move, speak or comprehend the enormity of what we’ve done, let alone drink wine.
• Get over it. Drink wine.
I'm the writer-director and more or less the mother of this film.