From Inside has been in production for about 1.5 years now. This week we are nearing what we call the Assembly Edit stage. This is when all completed shots are put together in rough form. It is basically a first look at the film. Our assembly edit includes roughed-in sound effects, temp dialog and temp music. From here we identify strengths and weaknesses in the story and in the animation.
Most of the time directors find the assembly edit to be one of the more depressing stages of making a movie - probably due to looking at a 4 hour cut and wondering how it will shrink to 90 mins. Not true with From Inside. We are looking at 80+ minutes of completed animation. With animation every second counts... because it takes hours and hours to create a second of animation. Careful planning and sticking to the plan has brought us to an assembly edit that is pretty close to the next stage: Director's Edit.