New Jersey Stage Issue 75 - Page 123

Over a decade , I ’ ve been working professionally as an editor on both documentary and narrative projects , so I have been working on feature length films as an editor - which is still a storyteller . I think that has been preparing me very well for this . I think the biggest challenge besides just getting the financing off the ground was everything that happened after the shoot . Because afterwards I went back to full-time editing for work and was editing my movie on weekends . There was a year and a half of just editing it and trying to submit it to festivals . Getting rejection after rejection is an incredibly lonely process because everybody that you worked with ( the actors and crew ) have moved on to other projects . And you ’ re still sitting here with this thing . It ’ s kind of like your husband left you in a lurch and he ’ s remarried ! Meanwhile , you ’ re not going out on dates ; you ’ re just sitting at home and crying . That ’ s what it felt like . I was the editor as well and was working full time , so it was loneliness and rejection for about a year . That part was hard and I wasn ’ t expecting it . I guess I knew it was coming , but it was harder than I expected .
I know you said you didn ’ t like the film ’ s name , but when I first saw it the name reminded me of the play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike , which won the Tony Award . So it worked out well for Christopher Durang . One thing I do like about the name - and it was a coincidence - is that the acronym is IDK , which stands for “ I don ’ t know ” online . It kind of makes sense because Doug is on a search to figure out why Inez killed herself , and that ’ s something no one can truly understand or know . So , it kind of works .

Over a decade , I ’ ve been working professionally as an editor on both documentary and narrative projects , so I have been working on feature length films as an editor - which is still a storyteller . I think that has been preparing me very well for this . I think the biggest challenge besides just getting the financing off the ground was everything that happened after the shoot . Because afterwards I went back to full-time editing for work and was editing my movie on weekends . There was a year and a half of just editing it and trying to submit it to festivals . Getting rejection after rejection is an incredibly lonely process because everybody that you worked with ( the actors and crew ) have moved on to other projects . And you ’ re still sitting here with this thing . It ’ s kind of like your husband left you in a lurch and he ’ s remarried ! Meanwhile , you ’ re not going out on dates ; you ’ re just sitting at home and crying . That ’ s what it felt like . I was the editor as well and was working full time , so it was loneliness and rejection for about a year . That part was hard and I wasn ’ t expecting it . I guess I knew it was coming , but it was harder than I expected .

I know you said you didn ’ t like the film ’ s name , but when I first saw it the name reminded me of the play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike , which won the Tony Award . So it worked out well for Christopher Durang . One thing I do like about the name - and it was a coincidence - is that the acronym is IDK , which stands for “ I don ’ t know ” online . It kind of makes sense because Doug is on a search to figure out why Inez killed herself , and that ’ s something no one can truly understand or know . So , it kind of works .

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