On October 1, 2005, I officially released the DVD for my independent film Babysitting Wihout a Net.
However, before then, I had a raw edit version of the first half of the film. Back when we completed principle photography in New York, we still had to shoot out the final classroom scene in Los Angeles later that May. While I was there for the final production wrap, I was also able to spend time with the editing facility. They were already working on the first part of the film and I took home a copy of their progress up to that point.
The significance of this copy is that it contains many lines and frames from existing scenes, which did not make it into the finished DVD. I once reviewed to make a record of the changes, but there are probably dozens to count. These were mostly cut to improve the pacing as it extends the opening vignette quite a bit in comparison with the subsequent chapters. So rather than string together these isolated bits, I am for the first time making the raw edit available for download.
To be clear, this is still considered a rough cut of the film, before the finishing color correction and with limited sound design. It goes from the start of the film up until the outside scene with Amy and Louise plotting to concoct a drink for Laura-Ann. Omitted in this version is the musical interlude with Laura-Ann cleaning up the house in the nude, and the moments afterward when the girls are picked up for their ride home. This does end with a fun second cheerleader routine Louise performs, which was unfortunately cut from the final film.
These videos represent the closest thing to “outtakes” from Babysitting Without a Net. Again, it is not so much flubbed lines or other behind the scenes moments, but rather a collection of dialogue that simply wasn’t used.
I have divided the video into two parts. The first video runs about 10 and a half minutes, all part of the opening scenario. The second video is a little over 12 minutes, and does include Laura-Ann being undressed, the cookie-baking scene, and the portion just before the doctors and patient game.
So to mark this memorable occasion, both files can be download at the links below:
Babysitting Without a Net – Rough Cut part 1
Babysitting Without a Net – Rough Cut part 2