Today we did our first run through with all the actors. It was the first time that I got to hear the entire script acted out loud. It was quite a roller coaster. There were parts that I really loved and others where I felt they were just crap and need to be reworked. But there is only so much time in a day you have to rework and rework. Dimitri Shostakovitch, a famous composer used to say: Never rewrite, do your changes in your next piece. There is something to it because where do you stop improving? When do you stop improving?
There is a tipping point where you are not objective (if ever) anymore. It starts disrupting, it begins to work backward for the project. I am not sure if this is the point yet but I’m very aware of that.
In music when I studied viola at some point my teacher would just say: Ok, now we let it go. We won’t touch the piece anymore. So I wouldn’t rehearse it for a week or so right before the big competition and then just a few days before the grand day I would rehearse it in super-super slow tempo. Maybe a tenth of its original tempo. In slow motion. Note-for-note, awfully slow. And then he would let me go let loose on stage. This helped me to win most important competitions. My wife tells me marathoners & triathletes taper off their exercise a week or two before the race too. We’ll see if this helps in a scenario like making a film as well.
I have to thank all the people who have worked on this tirelessly and have helped to open doors and advise me on this crazy journey.
May this be a pride to Hashem and to the all of us.