The film is now in the final edit phase. For those who may not know, what does this entail?
We started the edit in October 2022, and have been in post-production since then, with footage continuing to come in from the sailing team during that time. At the beginning it felt like we had a lot of time - but suffice it to say we’ve been incredibly busy. With this kind of film, the initial edit is not dissimilar to having a massive puzzle that you need to both create and then put together. It’s the most daunting part of the process, and it’s also where a lot of the storytelling happens. Right now, we’re finishing off all the final visual effects, graphics, and sound design.
We recently spoke to Todd Hannigan, who composed the score. How exciting was this collaboration?
It was great working with Todd, and quite fortuitous how it came about. We were throwing around some ideas in the early stages of the edit, and the music in the surf film “Thicker than Water” was brought up, which was composed by Todd. A few weeks later I found myself connecting with Todd over Zoom, shortly after that, Todd sent across his first idea, which grew into the opening of the film. It was incredibly valuable in the editing process to have that creative bounce back between music and picture. Often Todd would send something which would help me to see how to move through the film in a new way. There’s no doubt in my mind that it’s a stronger and more powerful film because of Todd.
Were there any unexpected discoveries or themes that emerged during the editing process?
Absolutely. I have a love-hate relationship with the edit suite. Being holed away in a dark room for months on end is not anyone’s idea of fun, but it’s definitely the heart and soul of the process. After two decades of filmmaking, it’s still daunting, but the complexity of the process brings a singular focus to the work, much like riding a wave. There’s a kind of beauty in the misery, and this film was also both challenging and unique. We wanted to convey experience over opinions, without any dialogue or narration. It was simple but complex, much like our connection with the ocean.