When I first started the process of cutting this film, it was very hard to get Zak to consider leaving anything out of the cut. Eventually, if I made a good enough argument as to why the story would be stronger without something he would go with it. So you can believe the shock I felt today when he suggested cutting some major scenes from the film.
Let me assure you that his suggestion was not just to get Heart of Now down to a certain length. After watching the cut today it was clear that a few scenes were not as strong as others. And you know if you cut one scene it is going to domino effect a few others. So it is/was terrifying to delete them from the timeline. But after we watched it down, the story really began to move and it also became more focused. It also presented the idea that a few scenes could now be approached in different ways.
The down side is that there are 3 great scenes that were sacrificed because they make no sense without these other scenes to connect them. This may not be a permanent change, but it is something we have to try and consider to tell the best story possible. But man, it really is tough.