So, the script you love wants to be made. Well, don’t wait – get started well before the film is funded, when the producer and post HODs (editor, sound designer, composer, VFX, graphics, etc.) are casting their teams and identifying their needs: who is in their team, what equipment, what consumables and most importantly – how long will this film take at each phase of post?
Start talking – to everyone who will impact post because they hold the information you will need. It all runs on relationships and those run on mutual respect for the function for which each of you is responsible. This is the most important time to begin building that respect. Professionalism, courtesy and respect are not budget dependent.
Talk digital technology – you’ll need to know specifics in order to set up a robust workflow, and the editor is the critical centre of the workflow, receiving all footage into one platform, and distributing to many platforms. Editorial is the skinny bit of a Victorian corset and it can get very uncomfortable in there if it hasn’t been fitted well.
Talk schedule – you’ll need to know when media comes in and when it goes out and what you need in order to make that happen.
Poor relationships, ignorance of technology and unrealistic delivery schedules impact on budget and creativity, and post houses then have to clean up the mess.
So those are the General Principles to look after – Relationships, Technology, Schedule, Budget & Creativity.
And it all rests on Talking.
Keep talking in pre-production
A Workflow meeting and test is essential. Don’t skip it – it’ll cost the budget big time later if you do.
Keep talking during the shoot
Editorial has responsibilities to crew, director and producer.
Keep talking in post production
As the film shapes up, post houses need information and Editorial holds that.
Page last updated on 8 September 2022
Header: The Ways to See camera department (Credit: Jen Raoult)