by Isadora Gabrielle Leidenfrost, the filmmaker of “Things We Don’t Talk About”
I have spent most of the month of January in the early stages of editing the film and having meetings with my advisers to get feedback. In late December, I completed what is known as a rough cut of the film. A rough cut is an outline of the film, where all of the interviews and sound bits are organized to create a visible story line. My rough cut was 4 hours long. Obviously too long! I then cut the film down to 2 hours by deleting scenes and condensing interviews that did not support the things we don’t talk about stories. Once I got the film down to 2hrs, I contacted my advisers and close friends to watch the film and give feedback on the direction that I was going. This took about 2 weeks. Each meeting lasted around 4 to 5 hours and there were 7 meetings in total. In between meetings, I made major structural and organizational changes to the narrative based on the feedback. Now that all of these meetings are over, the film is around 1 hour and 18 minutes, not including credits, which I have yet to make. All in all, I am very excited by the direction of the film and am amazed by how much the film has improved because of the feedback. I have always been a great advocate that getting advice and feedback, even sometimes negative feedback serves a purpose in my filmmaking and creative process. Over the years, I have developed some thick skin!