The Making of "Second Impressions"

Actually Reading the Terms & Conditions and Other Lessons I Learned

I'm going to make fun of myself before anyone else can. 

I'm going to make fun of myself before anyone else can. 

You know that line your parents (or grandparents) always give you? The one where they're like, "Hey sonny! One of these days not reading the fine print or the entirety of the terms and conditions will come back to bite you in the patootie!" And then they wag their cane dramatically while you just roll your eyes. Yeah. Turns out, they're much smarter than they look! 

Let's talk about Kickstarter, shall we? I'm willing to take 95% of the blame for not fully reading the terms and conditions, but STILL this is America after all, and I will complain when I feel like it. We still have not received our funds from the Kickstarter campaign that we finished...oh... 6 weeks ago. They said that it takes "up to 14 days" to process the funds but noo take your sweet time, Kickstarter. No one will notice if it takes way longer. 

So blatant negligence is definitely a challenge that we ran into. Aside from that, I'm happy to say that the documentary has been going very well! We wrapped up production this week, and now I have all of April to edit. That sounds like a lot of time, but in the editing world there's this notorious black hole that sucks away all the daylight. It's definitely a phenomenon that I'll have to ask the Physics department about sometime (any ideas, Mr. Lee?) 

I received a good piece of advice to challenge myself to dig deeper into the interviews with people. When they tell me that they'd rather not answer the question or share that particular story, I leave it at that rather than dancing around it to find something that they'd be willing to tell me. It's truly a subtle art to draw that information from people, and that differs throughout each interview. I think back to that scene in The Breakfast Club a lot lately where they all share with each other their secrets and their fears and everything that makes them weaker in their eyes. That line (photo attached) is so accurate. Every single person we've spoken to is so inherently unique and yeah, a little bizarre. But the underlying commonality is that everyone we've spoken to is different. There's an irony in that the thing that connects us all is how different we are. 

Pancho (who is a real person, by the way. There's been a lot of speculation on that. I promise. He's real.) and I drove to Bisbee for the day and interviewed some seriously cool people! I'd love to share more about the interviews but I feel like I'd spoil them. I've been posting snipets on the Facebook page, but I really can't wait to share them in their entirety with you all.