Dispatch from the Producer/Editor’s Desk
Updated: Aug 30
Filmmaker J. Matthew Jacob: 'We’re still in the sweet spot for documentaries'
A behind-the-scenes look at the film editor's bay during post-production of the Moe Norman documentary
It’s been a while since we’ve updated everyone of the Moe Norman feature-length documentary. If you’re new to this, we’re several years into production and post-production on this project—which is shaping up to be the ultimate film about Moe's incredible personal life and career in golf.
If you are familiar with the project and wondering what’s taking us so long, well, we’re still here, working away—sculpting 45+ hours of interviews, 100+ hours of archival videos and more photos than we can count into a tight, entertaining story about the 'Rain Man of Golf.'
Director Nathan Edwards (left) shows Producer Barry Morrow (right) the progress being made on animations for the Moe Norman documentary by Animator Ryan Scott (middle)
While it may seem like it’s taking us forever, we’re still in the sweet spot for documentaries, which is 3-6 years—though I’ve worked with directors on films that easily took twice that long. But we know everyone is anxious to hear and see the fruits of our labor. So, moving forward, we’ll attempt to give you some stories, quotes, facts and occasional videos from the film as we move closer to 'picture lock' and a film festival run next year.
Director Nathan Edwards (left), Animator Ryan Scott (middle) and Producer Barry Morrow (right) tour the studio space where 3D animations are constructed to create reenactments for the Moe Norman documentary
And as we approach the finish line, we’ll need more donations to afford crafting a great musical score and mix, animations, and purchasing copyrighted archival footage. So if you like what we’re doing and wish to support this film, head over to the donation page. And while you're there, be sure to check out our latest teaser trailer featuring a short and funny anecdote about Moe's famous 'Swedish meatballs' incident. Click the link to watch https://www.thefeelingofgreatness.com/donate.
Enjoy and don’t forget to donate so we can keep up the momentum.
Producer/Editor J. Matthew Jacob is a New York City-based commercial editor and filmmaker with an extensive documentary background, J. Matthew Jacob's post-production experience includes films such as Actor/Director Ethan Hawke's Seymour: An Introduction (2014), Murderball (2005), Favela Rising (2005), The Trials of Darryl Hunt (2006) and the ESPN 30 for 30 films, The Two Escobars (2010) and Youngstown Boys (2013). As an editor for the documentary exhibition Darfur/Darfur, his work has exhibited in more than 30 cities and museums worldwide.