"Dharma Road"

A Documentary Written, Directed, and Produced by June Inuzuka

Dharma Road Blog


Posted on June 1, 2012 at 9:50 AM

When I was studying for the bar exam, I used to play the song"Maniac" from "Flashdance" over and over to pump me up to study.  I was terrified and it seemed my fear might paralyze me.  These last few weeks, to help me get psyched to go down into my girl cave studio and spend hours and hours editing the last sequences of the documentary,  I made a special list of songs to play. The first song  is "It's A Long Way To The Top," by Lucinda Williams (originally ACDC) .  It's kinda like my "Rocky" theme. http://lucindawilliams.com/records.php

If you want to imagine something really ridiculous it's a sixty year old woman dancing in the kitchen to heavy metal. Lucinda has an incredible, rough voice that sounds like she's been through the Hank Williams school of hard knocks. She sounds like I feel-- like someone waking up with a hangover. Somehow it shakes me loose and gets me downstairs to face the lions waiting to devour me.


When I finally slip into an editing groove it is like having my consciousness taken over by a zombie. I sit for hours staring into a screen working on the same segment over and over until I've got it the way I want. Often I don't get up for hours at a time which is really bad for you. I've been spending several nights working until 4 am. The submission date for the Denver Film Festival is June 30th so I'm laying the pedal to the metal these days and living the life of a crazed mole... there have been days I have not gone outside and woken to the news the next day we had a terrible wind storm.  What wind storm?

Now that I'm nearing the end I finally understand a little better what I should have been doing all along.  Word to the wise:  Never leave your music and photo releases until the end. And remember all those admonitions by your editing instructor to "organize, organize, organize?"  It's so true but I didn't know how to organize all those gigabites of video clips, project files, photos, etc. scattered over five different hard drives and backups until this week.  Slow learner, fast finisher.

The goal now is to get it done as well as I can.  I realize my visionary product of perfection is just an illusion to block me from going forward.  It's my first big feature product (even it it's a short?) I think it's going to end up under 40 minutes.  Andrea and Sam are helping me with my press packet and poster. I will be posting new segments, especially trailers.

Thanks to all my friends and relatives who have supported me the last four years of this project, especially my husband, Steve.  I couldn't have done it without you, sweetie (I've always wanted to be able to say that to someone).  The next time you hear from me, it will be about the results of the Denver Festival selection committee (August).  Even if I don't get in, I will probably arrange a showing somewhere, even if it's just in my livingroom.  Again, thanks everybody!  I will now exit to the next song on my list of butt kicking music, "Rough Road" by Mean Mary.  http://meanmary.com/store.html


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Reply Steve
12:10 AM on June 13, 2012 
Keep it up kiddo!


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