Docs, housekeeping & the long haul

Organising my research material in Scrivener, a writers programThe big plan for the summer was to get my research 100% completely organised.  All this information is floating around in my head  and it is making a little crazy, to be perfectly honest.

I’m about 80% behind schedule.

Documentary film making is about as opposite to the finance world as you can get.  I’m adjusting to the time frames.

There is progress, but I’ve given up on the predicting side of things.  When will this end?   I don’t know.   And, yes,  I do feel a slight panic when I think about it.   I will, however, eventually figure out how to finish what I’ve started.  It’s a matter of pride.

What you see in the photo above is my new hope.  Scrivener is a writing program a thoughtful Array Jedi Knight passed to me. It’s WORKING!  After spending 2 1/2 years trying to figure out how the hell am I going to keep track of this… this… mess! Scrivener and the filing cabinet I got for Valentines day may do it.  What a huge relief.

These tools are driving a more introspective phase of the project. I’m sifting, evaluating and thinking.  And journaling with more commitment now that I have a way to integrate my daily thoughts with the volumes of material I’m wading through.

On the networking front, I met some people at Hot Docs this year who have already catapulted me light years forward, and they don’t even know it. Howard Fraiberg, for example, insisted that I join Docs, which I did do.  This gives me access to people across Canada who have been slugging it out in the documentary film business for decades.  And I’m privy to their conversations. Awesome.  There’s evidence I’ll live to tell the tale!  And the work! An endless stream of inspiration. This week, I fell in love with A Work in Progress, Frederic Bohbot’s new project. Look!



4 Responses to “Docs, housekeeping & the long haul”

  • Glad to hear the tools are working for you Catherine.

    Have you looked at Celtx? It’s a Canadian, open source, film production/pre-production tool that can be a big help in organizing and tracking shooting schedules, scripts and general production coordination.

    If you haven’t seen it, take a look. The only criticism I have heard is that Hollywood doesn’t think scripts submitted in this format could be by serious filmakers. Not sure myself that that is entirely a negative! 🙂

    Cheers, bob

  • aprogramminglanguage aprogramminglanguage

    Thanks Bob, I’ll take a look.

    One the great challenges of documentary film making is keeping all the background information organised. It’s staggering in this case. 50 years of computer history. It’s crazy. I really had no idea when I started out. Now, I know a little better, how little I know.

  • …Umm, you got a filing cabinet for Valentines Day? …Is it celebrated differently in Canada?

  • aprogramminglanguage aprogramminglanguage

    A filing cabinet, is the perfect gift for Intellectual Bad Ass girlfriend with too many papers (To quote Manuel Simoni).

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