“KICKING IT” writer-director, Susan Koch
My first thought was I wished I had an additional 10 percent of everything! As an independent filmmaker, I don’t think you ever feel like there’s enough time or money or resources. You always feel like you need just a little more. In the end it’s about finding creative ways to make what you do have go that extra 10 percent… and it’s about making choices and compromises that hopefully don’t hurt the film.
As we traveled around the world filming I never felt ready to leave one location and go on to the next. You can’t help but wonder what’s going to happen once you leave. With a vérité documentary, if you’re not there to capture it on film, then you’re out of luck.
The same goes for the editing. You always wish you had more time. And for this film, which interweaves the stories of six characters, what I really wanted was more minutes to tell each of their stories. But I also knew the film couldn’t be three hours long or no one would go see it. As I agonized over every cut, I had to keep reminding myself that no one else knows what’s ended up on the cutting-room floor. They’ll never know that scene I loved so much is missing because they’ll never know it existed.
As I write this, we’re in the middle of our final postproduction. We’ve got 10 days to finish the film and all I can think about is how I wish I had another two weeks.
[PREMIERE SCREENING: Saturday, Jan. 19, 8:30 pm — Library Center Theatre, Park City]