Postproduction
Film Sound - Video and Film Editing Comparison

Film Sound – Video and Film Editing Comparison

To get an idea of the time and effort needed to follow these possibly new and complex processes, it will help you to compare the differences between video and film editing. Reviewing the video aspect first, the period of time between the shoot and logging processes should be about seven days or less, even with...
Film Sound - Searching For The Mix

Film Sound – Searching For The Mix

When you get down to the basics, you must ask yourself what exactly you are looking to gain from a mix. Without going into a volume of detail, it could be that you want to achieve an enhanced and audience-appealing balance with all the sounds created for your film. You want to make your film...
About Film Sound & Mixing Tracks

About Film Sound & Mixing Tracks

“Audience appeal” is attracting viewers’ attention and getting them involved in your film, visually and emotionally engaged with the plot. You can have the best script ever written, but without visual and sound impact, it will fall flat! To combine the various factors, or tracks, into a dynamic package that will capture an audience, you...
Postproduction -  Where The Magic Happens

Postproduction – Where The Magic Happens

The long days and retakes are over, but you are now about to enter a whole new world — the world of postproduction. Working with an editor (or teams of editors and assistant editors), you will begin to bring your film to life. Cutting the takes together, deciding on which angles work best and adding...
Postproduction - Working With An Editor

Postproduction – Working With An Editor

How much influence you have over the editing process does, of course, depend on your role within the production company. This article will assume that you have the right to supervise the cut of your film. Just as a writer specializes in writing the screenplay and a director specializes in directing the making of a...
The Fine Art of Editing

The Fine Art of Editing

So, you finally completed the filming process. Although you may have seen this as the hard part- it wasn’t. That was, in fact, the easy part. The hard part comes afterward, when you have to break out the editing program. While it may be difficult, editing is a necessary evil. It has to be done...
Picture & Sound Posting On Digital

Picture & Sound Posting On Digital

Posting on digital is divided into two separate categories: picture post and sound post. Two editing teams are involved, each with different costs and processes. Picture Posting on Digital Several years ago, pictures were posted only on film. However, posting on film is now rarely, if ever, used. Instead, posting on digital has become the...
Postproduction And Wrap Party

Postproduction And Wrap Party

The principal photography phase is finally complete. Everyone is excited and discussing their next big project. However, production is not yet complete. A lot of work remains, not the least of which is organizing an amazing celebratory party. This is the time when the Production Manager and Production Coordinator are the busiest. Working together, they...
Shooting On Digital vs. Shooting On Film

Shooting On Digital vs. Shooting On Film

In film production, the postproduction process officially starts after the principle wrap is complete. However, the Editor and Editor Assistant have started the process much sooner. Many aspects of postproduction differ from the production process. For instance, postproduction lasts much longer than production, often twice as long, and requires a significantly smaller crew . The...
Film Editing: Expecting Editing

Film Editing: Expecting Editing

Planning shots while filming can reduce the stress during editing. Understanding how you might transition from one shot to the next before you even get to the editing stages helps the overall process to go much more smoothly. Here are some other issues to think about during shooting to help with editing: Edits should be...
Film Editing: Skills In Directing And Editing

Film Editing: Skills In Directing And Editing

If editing is done skilfully the audience doesn’t notice it, but rather understands and absorbs the effects of the production. There are certain practices that are very common in video editing; like all rules, they can be broken to fit a particular situation, but are generally regarded as sound practices. Avoid cutting between shots of significantly different sizes. Do...
Film Editing: Video or Sound?

Film Editing: Video or Sound?

Editing includes work on both the visual and audio aspects of a production; one of these will have to take priority during any editing session. For instance, the sound has priority when filming important dialogue. The camera would need to mainly focus on the speaker, but would need to do cutaway shots to film reactions...
Film Editing: The Length of Shots

Film Editing: The Length of Shots

If a shot is too short, the viewer won’t have enough time to consume the information. If the shot is too long, the viewer’s attention might wander. The time limit for a shot, depending how complex it is, is about 15 seconds before a viewer is likely to lose interest. The ideal length of a...
Film Editing: Choosing Transitions

Film Editing: Choosing Transitions

An In-Depth Look at Editing Editing involves choices that break down a recording and artistically arranges it to communicate meaning to the audience. This is done in a number of ways: Choosing Transitions A transition is a way to move from scene to scene and indicate to the audience the movement of the action. A...
Film Editing: Establishing and Keeping Continuity

Film Editing: Establishing and Keeping Continuity

Viewers expect continuity. If they see a radical change in a scene that is supposed to be depicting the same action, they are confused and distracted. If a character has been in a rainstorm, but walks into a house completely dry in the next scene, there is a serious continuity problem. The cuts in editing...

Film Editing: Using the Best Transitions

Transitions help cue the audience to what is happening in a scene, or bring them from one scene to the next. Several different transitions are used in production to create the desired effect. The cut is the most common transition. It is an instant switch from one shot to another. The dissolve is produced by...
Film Editing: Deciding on Shots and Transitions

Film Editing: Deciding on Shots and Transitions

Deciding exactly when to make a transition in a shot is an important part of editing. Most directors usually transition during one of the following times: At the end of a sentence or thought When the actor or actress takes a breath About a third of the way into any action While it is the...
Film Editing: Choosing and Removing Shots

Film Editing: Choosing and Removing Shots

It’s a common practice to shoot more than can be used on video. In post-production  the footage is analysed  checked for quality, and reviewed to see what can and should be used for the production. Review will often reveal the following types of shots: Good shots that can be used Shots that cannot be used because of...