In a recent interview Woody Allen said that once his films are out he never watches them again and doesn’t care what anyone thinks of them. By then, he’s more interested in the next project.
Maybe it’s because when you’ve been involved with the production of a film it can be such an immersive experience you can reach saturation point. To preserve your sanity you tell yourself you must have absorbed every lesson that could possibly be learnt from that particular experience. And in the case of No Evil, I’ve had nothing like the amount of exposure to it that Steve has had during the editing process.
But you might also want to move on because you long for that shiver of excitement when the next idea starts to immerge. You want the small rush of adrenalin when you realise that what’s in your head might become a reality. Or even because you know that you don’t really know what it will be. Anything is possible.
So far, No Evil has met, surpassed and fallen below my expectations in almost equal measure. And what’s annoying is that my reaction to it won’t settle – I’m never sure what I will think when I see the latest edit. It’s as if the film has developed a personality of its own – which I suppose might be a natural thing for a film to do.
So perhaps that’s another reason why you want to move on – otherwise your creation will torment you. You have to let it go and let it fend for itself. And by contrast the next film seems a tame beast. That is, for as long as it’s safely in your head…