We’ve got a strange situation with the upcoming documentary short. One of our operators Lelde, who has contributed a lot to the project, wished to use the film for her bachelor’s work at the Latvian Academy of Culture, which I of course agreed to. At the final stages of editing the film she decided that it would be best for her if she edited the final version for herself. Apparently the Academy has certain expectations that differ from my editing techniques.
So currently we’re already editing two different versions of the film, because I am no student of the Academy and therefore not burdened by their expectations. Film making is my hobby not a profession exactly because I have certain expectations of artistic freedom.
I have given all the tapes and material to Lelde and am very eager to see what she’ll come up with and how her version of the film will differ from mine. Needless to say that this has given me added motivation to make lots of improvements to my version, and I hope that she feels the same way and that we’ll both benefit from this.
I think this beautifully illustrates the benefits of the Creative Commons way of doing things. There will be not one film, but two, and, hopefully, both will be better films than if just one was made with no friendly competition.
As I mentioned previously our film will be released under the Creative Commons BY-SA license. Release date: June 7, 2012 (the date after Lelde’s version shall be presented to the Academy).