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The Cutting Room

The Cutting Room

Yesterday was a long day, the kind you need time to recover from. After a busy day at work, I cut out early to make it to Beef & Pie Productions and oversee how some of the post-production is going for our TV series, SXSW Presents. Beef & Pie’s studio is a converted house West of the University of Texas, and it’s great.

The editing room is located underground, something very unique, considering that Austin houses don’t really come with basements. What this means is that the “cutting room floor” is actually under the real floor. So, underground, Beef & Pie’s talented Mike and Cate previewed some of the SXSW Presents material for me. It’s really hard to watch yourself onscreen, so the experience was a biased one for me. But, despite me, the material has come together well. I have to hand it to Mike and Cate for making me not look too ridiculous. As I expected, my on-camera stuff gets better as you go from episode to episode (thanks, Amstel Light!).

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Afterwards, Mike and Cate discussed some of their other projects. Both are really cool. Mike’s working on a pilot for a live music show, kind of like Austin City Limits, but more of an in-depth look at the motivation of the musicians. Cate’s working on a feature doc about Ultimate Fighting Championship. Awesome.

Immediately after leaving Beef & Pie, I headed to the Dobie theater for our special screening of Donnie Darko: The Director’s Cut. The line was already wrapped around the theater a good hour before the screening. We easily sold the place out. Richard Kelly, the man behind the film, was in attendance and was practially worshipped by the audience as a god among filmmakers. It’s intense to see how this film has resonated with some people. The Q&A was great, especially when Rich would poke fun at the whole mythology of the movie and respond to people’s own interpretations with things like, “I’m just the guy who thought it all up, so what do I know?”

We grabbed dinner at Stubb’s BBQ, which was cool and chill, a nice indication of what a friendly and laid-back guy Richard Kelly is. He’s in the middle of getting off the ground with Southland Tales, which has been on the verge of beginning production for some time. If anything, it seems like Rich is ready to move on from Donnie Darko and on to the next step of what will be a fun career.

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