OK folks. The time is coming. The week is nigh. The decision has been made. Last week Philip and I came to the conclusion, with continued good luck, we will have a Montgomery County Movie to show you THE WEEK BEFORE THIS HALLOWEEN.

Other than the fact the showing will take place in the Vanity Theatre few other details have been worked out yet, even the movie hasn’t been worked out yet. But so many people have been asking us “When will I be able to see your movie?” (Including all members of the cast and crew) we felt obligated to press, press, and press on to have something to show by Halloween. (You’ll know why once you see the movie.)

It will take several weeks to work out the many details that remain to be addressed prior to that exciting week. But we thought we should let you know at least the dates so you will have time to cancel your trip to Hawaii, re-schedule your wedding, postpone your funeral or take care of anything else with lesser importance.

 Keep watching for this column with further updates.


Meanwhile with the space left today let me answer a question some of you asked in regards to a statement made in this column last June.

I was asked what I meant when I said during the editing process Philip “eliminated world’s fastest service.” In answer to that question let me give you some incite as to how he and I work together.

First you must remember Philip wrote the story, the screen-play, directed the filming, operated the camera, personally filmed every single scene and is editing all that “footage” down to about 2 hours long.

You could say Philip knows this picture . . . pretty well.

Perhaps too well.

He knows what each scene, word and camera angle is supposed to depict. But the true question should be does the AUDIENCE “get it?”

What we need is someone to play the part of the movie audience.

But where do we find such a person?

Most people have been programmed to encourage, not negatively criticize a person’s efforts. It’s like telling a mother her new baby has an ugly nose. Nobody wants to say it (and in that case probably shouldn’t).

But if you spend all that time and effort making a movie and after two hours of sitting there the audience doesn’t “get it” . . .  someone making the movie, if they noticed something questionable, should have said something.

Enter . . . me.

Ever since day two Philip and I have worked on making my movie title and his story into an entertaining full-length motion picture. The two of us have worked so closely on this project I know almost as much about it as he does. I’ve suggested so many ideas and scripts Philip has accepted and incorporated into the film that frequently even we get confused about who wrote or thought up what.

But “who” isn’t important.

Early on we decided, in the event of a disagreement, the final decision would be made, not on “who won,” but on “what” would make the better picture.


So now, Mr. and Mrs. Audience, I represent you. And that makes me the “somebody” that tells the mother (Writer / Director / Cameraman / Editor and 50 percent Partner) her new born baby has schnozz problems.   

Uncharacteristically I’m usually a little more subtle than that. I make “suggestions” and with surprising frequency Philip accepts most of them. Because he understands I’m not at all interested in counting noses. I’m just trying to make this a better picture.

But it’s his baby. And it’s his nose.


Now what has all that to do with eliminating "the world’s fastest service?” Well, in reviewing the movie as it stood then I knew what was supposed to happen, but as an audience member I DIDN’T know. What I saw was Character #1 coming into a café and asking Waitress #1 for a “baloney sandwich.” Then I saw Waitress #2 approach Customer #2 and ask, “May I help you, sir?” IMMEDIATELY the camera cut to Waitress #1 bringing the baloney sandwich to Customer #1.

It all happened so quickly I (mistakenly) thought it was Waitress #2 who had delivered the sandwich within one second of asking, “May I help you, sir?” (On my notes I called it “The world’s fastest service.”)

But I was wrong. I had conditioned myself into looking for mistakes and in this case talked myself into one that wasn’t there (a lesson for us all). Fearing the audience may make the same mistake Philip cleverly changed the order of cuts by inserting three gossiping women who originally appeared earlier in the same scene. (Unless you remember this column, as an audience member, you’ll never know the difference.) (In fact neither will the three gossiping women.)

For today . . . that’s a wrap. 

(Now tell me . . . when and where will the movie be shown?)

Dick Munro is the executive producer of the Montgomery County movie.