Academic journal article Millennium Film Journal

It Takes Two, Baby. ...Me and You

Academic journal article Millennium Film Journal

It Takes Two, Baby. ...Me and You

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Maker and viewer-you can't have one without the other. My films won't live if you don't see them, and you wouldn't see them if I didn't make them, and round and round it goes. And the first viewers? That fluctuating group of generous friends who have spent, collectively, hundreds of hours over the years reading texts and sitting in editing rooms telling me what they're hearing and seeing. I learned right away, with my first film, that I don't see or hear very well on my own. Or rather, I only see what I think (and hope) is there. So they let me know what's actually there. I think it's funny? Ha. Poignant? Maudlin. Logical? Confusing. Revealing? Guarded. Complex? Clicked. Imaginative? In your dreams! And after they leave? Oh, poor me, I've worked so hard...So I'm back to the grindstone and feeling very sorry for myself until I stop whining and start to implement their suggestions. …

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