Post-Production

Whether you’re an editor, sound editor, Foley artist, compositor, VFX specialist or work in any profession related to the post-production process, this is the place to discuss, share content and offer tips and advice on your chosen craft of the business in general

Karen "Kay" Ross
Sound Mixing a Podcast

Creating high-quality audio content is no easy feat! Even with a BFA in Film & Video Production, Adobe Premiere Pro (although when recording in person, I still use Audacity - still learning Audition), good quality podcast mics, and relatively good knowledge of how to sound mix, it still takes time a...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Working on my next episode and all I can think is - this coffee talk is hard to edit! Conversational does better for live-stream and interview-style does better for pre-recorded. Thoughts?

Jodi Rath

I'm currently working with a team of screenwriters on a psych thriller based partially on true events from my life and got two beat boards made by hand (first--next will be putting them in the softwar...

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Sam Chambliss

Something I heard recently is that audio is just like vfx. You spend your time making a lot of fine adjustments to make everything fit well with each other, so why not do the same for audio? Treat it...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Thanks so much, Jodi Rath and @Sam !

Michal Moc
Digital VFX

Hi I work with Nuke (from The Foundry) and I am available for your movies. Nuke is composting software for special effects. For a paid job I can assemble a small team of experienced people. My specialty is stereoscopy (S3D or 3D as people sometimes call it).

Ben Tobin

I hear you can remove compression artifacts like moire with Nuke sometimes. Do you do that at all?

Nathanael Gabel

I find its quicker to do things in A.E. as far as animating with key frames, render it out to take into Nuke for the high end compositing!

Ben Tobin

I have this dragon project I'm trying to accomplish. Have the dragon as a model [not rigged] and the shots.

Jose Rodriguez

Hey Michal, do you have an online portfolio I may view?

Michal Moc

not yet- I am too busy with projects. But hope to finish my showreel soon.

Amy Balcomb
When DO you start thinking about music in your project?

Is it an imperceivable moment early on when writing the screenplay? Is it when typing the script or fleshing out a character’s motives? When DOES a musical element appear in the consciousness of those creatively involved in a project whose role ISN’T the composer? Does it happen? For me, as a compos...

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Joe Compton

I usually have an idea of what direction or at least the genre or mood I want to convey right from the process of writing the script. If I am producing or directing other materials I am thinking about it as I create a shot list or stroryboard. At least where I think music might be important.

Joe Compton
Female Film Editors for an interview

I am looking for a Female or someone who identifies as she/her, who is a Film Editor to take part in a show I produce wherein you will have a conversation with another female book editor. It will be on video and the conversation will be about an hour and a half. If interested please message me here....

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Joe! Even if this isn't a paid position, you may find a better response by posting this as a Job Listing: https://www.stage32.com/find-jobs/add

Joe Compton

Thanks Kay. I didn't post it there because I thought that was what job listings were for, paid positions but I will give it a shot.

Karen "Kay" Ross

Yeah, it would be considered "hiring on-air talent" even though it's a "Subject Matter Expert", and you just define that as a podcast guest there is no monetary compensation (because it's promotional for them).

Krystal Alexandria

I’m interested! Curious to know more information. Here’s my email info@krystalclearmedia.com

Alexa Vallejo
Apple M1 chips vs PC Intel - mobile workstation

Hello everyone. New here to Stage 32 but so grateful to have found this community. I am a freelance video editor and am in need of some insights. Last year, due to the pandemic, I ended up building my first PC desktop. I've been an apple fan for years but with the quick turn around to have a remote...

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Vital Butinar

Joey Morelli yeah I have floppies too. I remember how psyched I was when I got my first zip drive.

Those US robotics 56k Modems were great! I remember how much I hated connecting myself, so I stuck a...

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Damon Claussen

@vital points for bringing up Amiga and C64. I'd imagine the Atari you're speaking of is the ST. I had a Coleco Adam, C64 (best game computer ever... Fask hack'em and Nibble Copy ruled), and still hav...

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Alexa Vallejo

Hey Damon. Appreciate the input. I ended up going with the mac mini. Feels like the best fit for my current situation. I still have a PC workstation at home but for mobile, the mac min it is. Thank you!

Joey Morelli

Alexa Vallejo ...keep the eGPU in mind with that Mac Mini...would turn it into a beast. I use the Sonnet 650 with an AMD wx9100 (16GB VRAM) and they just released a 750ex with a built-in USB hub & eth...

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Alexa Vallejo

Hey Joey Morelli. Yes, will most definitely keep the eGPU in mind. Thank you for the update on the 750ex. Appreciate it!

JT Rieder
When the post audio studio meets the director

Introduction stages are probably the most difficult and tense period for anyone in the industry. I have found the experience does mater greatly. Having a solid resume, samples of past work, references. Can all add up to a good first start.

I continually remind myself when discussing a director's proj...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

What a fantastic reflection, thank you for sharing, JT! Dude... communicating workflow is everything LOL! Yeah, planning for post in pre is so crucial. Do you ever review scripts in Pre-production in...

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JT Rieder

Thanks Kay..

I believe that only a very small handful of projects I've done, afforded me the pleasure of sitting in on pre-production meetings and scheduling. On some occasions, I have had the luxury o...

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Diego Silva Acevedo

Audio is very very important, filmmakers should have a budget for it. but sometimes you have no budget even for production. I always try to have budget for post production, if I need some more money i...

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Rob Trombino
What will they “see”??

WHAT WILL THEY “SEE”??

There is no better way to sell your idea and vision to a potential investor/producer/studio than with a “proof of concept” short film.

I’m not talking about trying to cram what would be an entire series or a two hour film into a ten minute short.

It’s about taking the best piec...

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Rob Trombino
Pro Tip . . .

Part of the process in bringing your vision to life, is in collaborating with the filmmaker and their crew in pre-production. By working with everyone during shot planning and design, this collaboration becomes advantageous to see where and how to maximize the time, resources and budget to get the s...

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Mike Gasaway

Hey. Check out my preproduction platform. www.filmatick.com

Christopher Dyer
Audio and Video Strangely Out of Sync?

I’ve ran across an interesting issue and I’m curious if anyone knows why and how it happened… and maybe ways to prevent it in the future. I filmed a short interview on Sunday, about 18 minutes long. I just did one continuous take, stationary camera—just about as uncomplicated as you can get. For aud...

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Kevin D. Wilson

It sounds like your sample rate of the audio and what the timeline is set too may be different. Sample rate (SR) is the audio equivalent of videos frame rate, and if it's recorded one way and played b...

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Samuel Estes

Most likely Kevin is right on the nose - but if that's not the case, make sure your framerate is set properly on the wav file coming in, it is stored on the wave header (meta data) information (This i...

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Nick Tann
Music

I compose music for films and use MusicXray and a couple of other sites. As a film maker, how do YOU go about choosing the right music?

Nick Tann

Wasn't loaded and thanks for your comment. I was wondering where exactly you find the music? A website you use or do you use a music supervisor?

Devin Connelly

Ok well, that's not what your question stated, but in any case I personally go to a number of source. The two most common (simply due to their low prices) are iTunes and AudioJungle.net

Jeff Jordan

Devin, you use iTunes as a source to gather music for your project? I am assuming as a reference, correct?

Jeff Jordan

Nick, what other places do you use? For a lot of my projects I use shockwave-sound.com. There are a couple of composers that are great at providing options on each track. ie.. 30 sec, 60 sec, full and...

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.O.L Green-Bush

@jeff are the tracks royalty free? .O.

Michael Connolly
Colour grading...

Hey everybody, Had a question regarding Colour grading... we just finished a documentary and its a really mess... we graded it colour in Davince Resolve but the new version is not out yes so we had to use the Beta and its just not good enough yet. so we where wondering what other colour programs are good to use? we edited the film in FCPX.

Tony Elwood

Michael, what is your machine setup, ram, drive space? I know if you're using plugins or correcting within final cut pro x, it requires a ton of ram and hardrive space. Question...is the color finale...

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Michael Kang

Are you using the free DaVinci Resolve? The full version should be able to handle ANY color grading jobs you have. Perhaps it would be useful if you detailed what problems you are currently trying to solve?

Michael Connolly

We did the film in Resolve but when we bring it back it jumbles the film.... and becomes to much work to fix... the pay version for 15 needs to come out because. 14 does not work with FCPX...

Stephen Van Vuuren

The paid of version of 14 gets you the paid version of 15 - running it here now although it's a bit buggy. Alternative would be Red Giant Color Suite in After Effects

Ashley Lynch

The Resolve beta is just fine for grading, or if you’re have compatibility issues, you can always go back a version. Most NLEs have basic colour grading functions. Where they’ll start to fall short is...

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Karen "Kay" Ross
Post-People, I'm Curious - What Do Y'ALL Want to Know About the State of TV?

Who's joining me and RB for the Roundtable Discussion? What are YOUR burning questions for the industry executives? Comment below!

Also, do your friend a squar...

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Tasha Lewis

Can you obtain a list of cancelled shows so we can see how to assist in some way?

Karen "Kay" Ross

SO many lists, Tasha Lewis - this is the one from 2020 https://www.tvinsider.com/849738/canceled-tv-shows-2020/

There are also lists of shows canceled after one season.

Tasha Lewis

Thank you for the information Karen. I wanted to review the information to analyze the reasons behind the actions taken. I'm making my lists of questions. Many of the answers are in the webinairs or S...

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