I’m finally working on the second episode of the White Shoulders silent movie series.
I forgot how challenging these shorts can be. The style is very specific; the rhythm pretty tricky. Everything has several filters on it, so any infinitesimal change requires several minutes of rendering time. The White Shoulder shorts are probably the most difficult editing work I’ve done – which is weird because they end up feeling light and maybe effortless.
Evelyn Avenue regulars Savannah Bearden and April Novak return for episode two, and the tone is slightly different than the first. I have no idea how long the series will run. I try to keep it as open and flexible as possible. However hard the editing is, the filming itself is meant to be casual. I come up with the story the week before we shoot and draw out preliminary storyboards. Coming up with the dialogue is one of the last things I do, usually during the edit. I do have some idea where the series is headed – I know it will have a few breaks in style and story – but I keep myself in the dark from episode to episode.
Episode 2 was shot by Erik Morrison, with some additional footage by me.
If you haven’t watched episode 1, or need a refresher: