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Five Phases of Film: Post-production

After around 60-90 days of filming, you can edit your footage to make a full blown movie. Editing is where the magic happens; be it cutting, synchronizing sound, special effects, opening titles, closing credits, adding music, or adding narratives, post-production holds just as much weight as production. To get a glimpse of editing techniques and equipment, check out Shank FX’s step by step process of editing Interstellar’s black hole. Editing takes a lot of work and time from skilled professionals.

Meanwhile, the producer continues to work behind the scenes as the editing process forms the final product, which involves regularly making visits to the editing suite. When absent from the suite, producers expect updates through this journey and may be sent glimpses of the final product to ensure that progress is maintained. The Producer then keep investors or affiliates informed about the post-production process. Hence, having an experienced editing team is key to satisfying those closer to the top of the chain of film. Reliability is huge in each step of the process. In other words, the spotlight does not always fall on the actors; you must be ready to shine when it comes your way.

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Five Phases of Film: Production

Lights, camera, action!

Finally filming begins. It’s the beginning of a shift of responsibility from producer to director. Each scene is filmed as the director deems fit.  This could involve paying great attention to detail, motivating actors to do their best, or painting the picture that the script describes. Specific locations, lights and camera angles may be necessary to bring a shot to life on screen.

Almost always, a shot involves numerous takes to get it “right”. Pre-production really pays off in this phase. Techniques such as blocking, lighting, rehearsing, tweaking and shooting are used to get a desired shot. Blocking involves Peter Marshall, film director for over 40 years, goes into detail of each step of the shooting process on his website (http://actioncutprint.com/filmmaking-articles/filmmakingarticle-05/). Once a shot is right, the Director yells, “print!” in which signifies that the final shot was achieved. The reel is taken to a dark room to be printed and developed, as well as saved in various locations and hard drives. Damage to reels is very common so it is crucial to get shots printed as soon as possible for fear of being tampered with in the future.  Having developed shots also can help motivate staff by allowing them to see a glimpse of the whole movie and recognizing that their work is paying off.

Even through this hectic process, things can still get out of control. Whether it is unexpected weather, an actor falling sick, or new ideas, the film is never static until the end. Producers manage any unforeseen changes, which could involve increasing the budget, hiring new talent or making executive decisions in order for the film to continue.  The Producer acts as a liaison between filmmakers and investors to ensure that budgetary and scheduling dilemmas are kept under control.  In essence, the Producer works behind the scenes of the scenes, and extinguishes any heated complications that may jeopardize the filmmaking process.

One week until post-production!