About the Guide
The Workflow Best Practice Guide for Editors and Producers is an online resource by the Directors and Editors Guild of Aotearoa New Zealand. It covers the full production Workflow, from before budgeting and seeking funding, through pre-production to DCP delivery. Once you have a script, where you want to finish up is where you start.
Both Avid and Premiere Pro are covered.
The online resource includes examples, downloadable templates, timeline charts, screenshots, a glossary, useful contacts and some of the main post house Handover Specifications. You’ll find these under the relevant sections and listed in Resources.
For general queries about the Guide, email email@example.com or call us on 09 360 2102.
For specific questions, talk to your post house.
Why have we developed this resource?
Have you been in the situation of receiving media which is at the wrong frame rate, format, missing essential metadata, timecode that doesn’t match, file names that don’t link, sound files you can’t figure out what they refer to? When you handed over to Sound Post or Picture Conform, did it take much of your post house budget just to get your sequence loaded because nothing linked properly and you didn’t know what on earth could have happened?
It’s an awful situation for everyone involved, stressful with frayed tempers, but the worst thing is that it blocks creativity and time, and wastes budget and energy that could have been spent on creative progress.
Sound familiar? Well, it doesn’t need to be that way. That’s why we’ve developed this Workflow Best Practice Guide as a living document, changing as our industry changes.
Who are ‘we’?
A group of senior editors, 1st assistant editors, sound designers, online editors, VFX artists, post production supervisors, post houses and producers working together on this Directors & Editors Guild of NZ initiative. You’ll find us listed below.
With sincere and heartfelt thanks to the following for their valuable contributions to this resource, for their advice, their support and the generous sharing of their skills and experience:
Alastair Tye Samson – The Finishing Suite
Amanda Heatley – Park Road Post
Alex Boyd – Editor
Annie Collins – Editor, Moa Films
Ben Sinclair – Sound Design, Images & Sound
Catherine Fitzgerald – Producer, Blueskin Films
Dan Best – Editorial Manager
Dan Kircher – Editor, dankircher.com
Dean Watkins – Park Road Post
Dick Reade – Reade Audio
Dione Chard – Editor & 1st Assistant Editor
Francis Glenday – Editor, Digital Scissors
Greg Junovich – Native Audio
Howard Taylor – Director
James Brookes – Department of Post
John McKay – POW Studios
John Strang – Dusk NZ
Jon Baxter – Perceptual Engineering
Margot Francis – Editor
Nick Burridge – Halcyon Digital
Onehou Strickland – Editor
Paul Klement-Smith – Images & Sound
Peter Skarratt – Editorial Manager
Phil Burton – Underground Sound
Ray Beentjes – Dialogue Editor
Sharon Lark – VFX Producer
Tema Pua – DEGNZ
Toby Donald – National Park
Tony Pratt – Park Road Post
Tui Ruwhiu – DEGNZ
Tweedie Waititi – Producer, Kokko Media
Vedat Kiyici – Envy Studios
Wattana Moeung – Park Road Post
Thank you to editor and DEGANZ board member Annie Collins for compiling this work.
Page last updated on 8 September 2022
Top Header: Cast and crew filming a stunt on Daddy’s Girl (Kōtiro) (Credit: Amanda Aitken Photography)