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I Had a Dream

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I thought the film was there, even though there was something that was not working, but I could not say what it was. I came to RCS with the idea to do some make up but it turned out that there was much more than a bit of make up to do. The beginning of the film was inintelligibile for the international audience and the urge for my protagonists' fight was not there. I had given many things for granted. That is the problem when there is not enough distance with respect to the footage. Working with Iikka and Menno allowed me and the editor to watch our film from an International perspective and discover weaknesses and strengths. By going once again through the footage (10 years of footage!) in order to provide answers made us discover a treasure hidden because of decisions made long ago. The film has incredibly improved, the protagonists have become tridimensional, the storyline is at the service of the protagonists. There is no doubt I will ask RCS' help also in the future. Thanks!

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Emails and a skype call worked very well to understand each other and discuss solutions. It could be interesting if, during the process, there would be the chance to talk to each other while attending a co-pro market or a festival. However, the workflow worked very well for us, so I have no complaints at all.

EXIT

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I think the RCS is fantastic, and important.

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Of some reason we did no do SKYPE meetings, and that was a mistake I think, it ended up being a lot of the same written, and a few things lost in translation, so also for our editor I think having had one or more SKYPE session would have worked magic. But also the very in depth scripts around the editing of the different sequences was also really good, and of course the big questions about where the film was going. So just the WAY we communicated I would change. More verbal communication in addition to the written.

Laila at the Bridge

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I only answered #1 because I don't feel anything needs to be changed. It's fine to put on your website. Joelle and Ikka were immensely helpful. When we sent them the rough cut, we knew that the film was in there but it wasn't coming through the way we wanted. Their constructive notes and specific suggestions helped us to continue to carve the footage, like a sculpture, to reveal the film. We would absolutely work with Rough Cut Service again.

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I only answered #1 because I don't feel anything needs to be changed.

Nowhere to Hide

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Working with Iikka and Jean from a rough cut stage lifted the project. Their invaluable feedback and input made us rethink some difficult choices, and their dedication till the end, through several rounds, helped us immensely in reaching where the film needed to go. It was worth it - as the film has done very well all over the world! Jean and Iikka are great to work with, and I hope we get the chance to use this rough cut service for future projects as well. Thank you!

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Devoti Tutti

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Iika and Jakob were both amazing in how they worked with us delicately and wisely on carving out the main story-lines of the film. They made me and our team feel super safe and at ease during every review session. I loved how differently they coached us in their writings (straight forward advice) and the personal skype meetings (like a good therapy session with many open ears). We are now making the necessary changes so film's main character, an animated Saint from 251 AD, can finally come to life! I will definitely work with Roughcutservices again on finishing this and my next films.

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Olympic Pride, American Prejudice

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I am tremendously grateful to Iikka Vehkalahti and Jean Tsien for their valuable, input and thoughtful and skillful feedback and suggestions. The film improved vastly based on additional story structure discussions as well. The film enjoyed a sold-out world premiere at the LA Film Festival in 2016 and earned an 2017 NAACP Image nomination for outstanding documentary as well as countless screenings and festivals around the world before theatrical and VOD release. www.1936olympicsmovie.com

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Silas

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We worked with Joelle Alexis and Iikka on the documentary at a very critical stage in the edit. I can say with absolute certainty they contributed significantly to turning the film around. Their proposed solutions, big and small, brought clarity to the storytelling. We had got to a point in the edit where we had run out of ideas on how to improve the film. With their input, the edit gained momentum and the storytelling leaped forward. They are film rescuers! I am a big fan!

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Would love to have had more time with them and to have the opportunity to continue until picture lock. I suggest they develop a deluxe package.

The Mountain Pact

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I met Joelle in a training session about how to do good teasers and when she looked at the teaser of the Mountain Pact she simply said: "nothing to say... perfect, professional". Now I'm back to Rough Cut Service and I hope the film will impact equally good, but I know your full support and help will make the difference!

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Iron Woman

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Rough Cut Service was one of the most important pieces of our puzzle during the editing process. We mean it because after many years shooting one story, we become kind of “blind” to really see some aspects of it. Iikka and Erez were very sensitive and accurate in terms of defining the boundaries between what we have lived during filming and what is within our images. They were exceptional in understanding our view as an auteurs and working from this aspect, exploring the potentials that we had within it. We had a very intense work filled up with many ideas and suggestions that we deeply discussed. It is an important tool in documentary world that gives the opportunity for young directors to connect with very talented and experienced editors throughout the world for brining up what we all have in common: love for documentaries! ☺

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We wouldn’t change anything; we are very pleased with the work.