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

Stage 32 Staff - Julie
Color Grading in Affter Effects
How to colour grade in After Effects
How to colour grade in After Effects
I've always loved this line from the film 'What About Bob?': "Baby steps, Bob. Baby steps." Colour correction and grading is best approached the same way - one step at a time. We've always done some k…
Amanda Toney

Editors - any advice on this?

Lisa Yimm

I've done a lot of color grading in AfterEffects, including a 2hr feature that I graded in AECS4. I used to use Color Finesse along with the built in color tools, and still do occasionally. I prefer t...

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Karen "Kay" Ross
Game-Changing Private Screenings

I saw this fun article celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Donnie Darko and I thought it was so amazing that such a powerful note could come into play as late as the private screening!

https://www.indiewire....

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'Donnie Darko' Director Reveals How One Christopher Nolan Tip Made the Film Easier to Follow
'Donnie Darko' Director Reveals How One Christopher Nolan Tip Made the Film Easier to Follow
Without Nolan, the timeline of "Donnie Darko" would've been less clear. " Donnie Darko" director Richard Kelly marked the 20th anniversary of the film's Sundance world premiere by participating in The…
Karen "Kay" Ross
Writing Lessons Learned From Editing

We had a fantastic Executive Hour yesterday with Shane Stanley in the Writer's Room (https://www.stage32.com/writersroom - you can DM me if you want a link for your first month free)!

One of the questions that came up during this Q&A is: how did your experience editing inform your screenwriting? I wo...

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Kacee Diehl DeMasi

You are speaking only about writing correct?. Or are you speaking of editing a film in post-production after it has been fully filmed?

Karen "Kay" Ross

The second - sorry, I should have said "film editing". I see the confusion now! It would be editing a previous film, how does it inform your current writing.

Doug Nelson

Always write with editing in mind. The same goes for directing.

Kacee Diehl DeMasi

Karen "Kay" Ross Thank you for the clarification I do not agree with Doug Nelson wholeheartedly. If I am writing something for someone else I do not take the editing in mind as I have no control over...

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Vital Butinar

For me it's always interesting how things come together in the edit and most of the time some parts really surprise me how well they come together even though they might have been changed in the edit....

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Karen "Kay" Ross
Color Grading Plugins?

Is anyone else discovering how much they DON'T know about color grading? LOL!

What say you about plugins? Live by them or not a chance?

I'm digging this review/tutorial by Sidney Baker-Green about DaVinci Resolve 16: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYTxT1OMuBo&feature=youtu.be...

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Monica Mansy

OOOOHHHH, Karen "Kay" Ross, I love this!!! The more I learn, the more I realize there's so much I don't know!! Thank you for sharing!

Karen "Kay" Ross

You are most welcome, Monica Mansy! I'm on that learning journey myself!

Doug Nelson

The more I learn, the less I seem to know. It keeps me quite busy trying to keep my learnin' even up with what I know. Then I forget most of it anyway.

William 'JPop' Schumpert

Haven’t applied film grain too much for my covers. It can help give a realistic presentation but with horror I like to use the melting wax approach from Tales From the Crypt covers. But film grain can work really good for backgrounds and clothing.

Leya Marincic

Well my partner and I bought the Pocket 4K a couple of years back and for most of our stuff that's what we use, so usually whenever I edit and grade anything that we shot I apply a slight film grain o...

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Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

Vashi is solid. A tremendous number of things to be learned from him.

Karen "Kay" Ross

Ooo, YASS! Such a great find, thank you for sharing! Also, I may have snagged a 4k Webcam for the use of my upcoming Member Spotlights, so I'll have to use this, too!

Jaye Adams
Legalities of Audio Description Tracks for films

I’m wondering if anyone can help enlighten me on this? Are there any copyright or legal issues with someone creating their own description script of a film and creating and recording an audio description track that can be used for blind and visually impaired people to listen to alongside the film?

To...

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Beth Fox Heisinger

Yes, there could be because you are basically making a boot-leg copy of a protected work and adding your own audio commentary. Closed captions and/or an audio track for the blind is typically required...

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Jaye Adams

Thanks for the info and will definitely reach out to an entertainment lawyer then. I wouldn’t be putting this over the film and offering the film as well, just the audio track that an app would sync w...

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Karen "Kay" Ross
Directing Lab?

Hey, Stage32 Editors!

I'm sure you all know more than most that editing is the final stage of directing - and often under-appreciated. BUT, what if filmmakers are coached through the editing phase? What if editors learned about directing? What have you learned about post-production collaborations? Sh...

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Brent Forrest

The most important thing I've learned about editing is never to trust anyone else to do it.

Christopher Xavier Lozano

WARD ^_^" .... I had to learn how to finish my LAFS THESIS.

Karen "Kay" Ross

That is the saddest lesson I've ever heard! I wonder if some part of that lesson is learning how to coordinate post-production as effectively as we do production. I've always thought it was such a rip-off that the production crew gets free meals/crafty with their day rate and editors do not.

Brent Forrest

The two best editors I've ever worked with were both drummers.

Neal Howard

I had the chance to work with a fantastic editor on my movie this past year. Jeffrey Wolf, A.C.E./A.M.P.A.S. Can't say enough good things. One of the highlights of my career. The movie is being releas...

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Vi Angeli Zarco Lanot
Simple Matte Painting In Premiere Pro

Good morning! :) I don't know if this interest you but I'm making a new musical and decided to share this matte painting I did purely on Premiere Pro. Still lots of things to be improved but Id love to hear your thoughts :)

https://youtu.be/x25q4fbAPB4...

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Vi Angeli Zarco Lanot

Thank you!

Tasha Lewis

Beautiful. A great portrait for any project.

Karen "Kay" Ross

What screen capture software are you using? I'm always looking for good screen capture stuff!

Leya Marincic

It came out really nice.

But what you could do is use a compositing software to make a layered parallax and make it even more convincing.

Since you're already used to the Adobe pipeline you could cut...

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Vi Angeli Zarco Lanot

Thanks everyone! Thank you for the suggestion @Leya! Will get into that:)

I used OBS for screen recording @Karen :)

Karen "Kay" Ross
What are Your Cheapest Noise-Makers?

OMG, y'all! I may or may not have had WAY too much fun with an empty paper towel roll LOL! I'm going to do a sound test with my voice over booth later today - and yes, I could have posted this in the Acting Lounge BUT... the tool would be used in the recording booth by sound recordists, so I'm wonde...

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Leya Marincic

Well when my partner and I were learning about how to produce stuff we used our first project, a dance video, to learn about all the stuff that goes into production.

One of the things was creating the...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Ooo, newspaper hitting a pillow? That's cool! Was it a drop or a hit? I imagine that would change the sound a bit. Love how you really went the extra mile for your sound mix! Is that film finished as well?

Leya Marincic

Karen "Kay" Ross it was a hit because in the footage I was hitting him with a bunch of flowers over the chest, as if I was angry at him. The newspaper hitting against the pillow made the right sound....

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Brian Graf
Filmmaker audio/film Editor and Compositor, Photographer

Hello fellow creative people. I messed up my last post. Oops. Sorry to everyone.

My question is this: I want to know how to get into the motion graphics industry, but specifically the reverse masking or inverted masking for cable or streaming industry.

Allow me to elaborate. If you watch Nat Geo Wild...

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Christopher Phillips

Just go onto any job site. It's fairly standard position on TV and Cable channels.

Thiago R Desouza

I do work for networks and it isn't easy to get in specialized. Today you literally have to come in multiskilled and create a network that leads to those opportunities.

Brian Graf

Thank you both for your information

Pierré Steven Buys
Missing something

I've read that stage32 has helped others in their career, So I need to post something useful to the community here, and then with patience, I can broaden my network and maybe get work from using Stage32? Many thanks in advance guys

Shawn Speake

Happy New Year! Welcome... I’m Shawn, how can help? What are your goals?

Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Pierré Steven Buys! Also, as a Motion Graphic Designer, you should check out the Animation Lounge (https://www.stage32.com/lounge/animation) and as a Director, you can post and comment in the Fil...

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Malcolm Dwain Carter
Question for Video Editor’s

Good morning, I have a question. Let’s say you have nearly 7 years of experience as a video editor. A Talk Show project has come across your desk with the duration to be 28:30 along with the following: 

•Color correction needed

•Lower thirds to be added such as social media, topic points, names of the...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Malcolm Dwain Carter! This is absolutely a worthwhile question, thanks for asking! I usually refer to Fiverr or Upwork for what others are charging to gauge what I should charge. Besure to have a...

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Leya Marincic

It's a tough one to estimate directly because you have a lot of variables and not enough information.

A couple of things I would need to know would be is it a multicamera shoot, are the lower thirds g...

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