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

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Johnny Zito
Never too late

I recently edited and released a short film from footage shot 3 years ago. My intention in shooting was to get some experience using editing software. On my previous shorts I had always sat with my editor on all sessions but never hands-on with the software. I shot the film without a script, intendi...

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Johnny Zito

K. M. Joshi it was all random. Shot in one day. If I began to see some pattern or shape emerge I followed. There wasn't a lot of intellectualizing. I just went with it

Karen "Kay" Ross

Great question, K. M. Joshi! And stock footage storytelling sounds like a phenomenal challenge for documentary filmmakers, doesn't it?

K. M. Joshi

That sounds fun, Johnny Zito! I have seen quite a few projects like that that turned out to be a very unique piece of work, but I'm betting it needed quite a lot of brainstorming to find patterns....

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K. M. Joshi

And yes, it definitely is, Karen "Kay" Ross! The most difficult part must be in finding a way to link everything together. I recently watched a stock footage story on one of the lounge pages here; it...

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Johnny Zito

K. M. Joshi , yes it was a lot of fun. No preconceived notions just allowing things to emerge. I had a great opportunity to learn a little from one of my fave filmmakers, Philippe Garrel, and a lot of...

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William 'JPop' Schumpert
Production vs Publisher

I sent in a manga I created using Comic Draw software to a publisher last week. They stated that my panels and captions were excellent but noted that they didn’t want to publish my work. Saying that I should go back to learn how to draw. Even as this was my first time creating a manga (Japanese comi...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Aww, thanks for the reminder, William 'JPop' Schumpert! Glad you're keeping at it!

Karen "Kay" Ross
GumRoad?

Have y'all heard of GumRoad? Or do any of y'all use it to sell your templates? I came across this one creator who was selling color grades: https://gumroad.com/movieluts

Where else have you seen this? I'm familiar with Fiverr and Thumbtack as well, but I get the feeling there are so many more.

Dave Yowell
Anyone here use ready-made production music in the PP process?

I'm a multi instrumental musician and composer with a lot of music placements in countless main stream film and TV productions. I was just wondering how many of you use production music libraries? Would it be the PP engineer / VT editor or who, that decides? I would imagine the final say would be th...

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Samuel Estes

APM Music, Extreme, and a handful of others are the good ones. But I know quite a few video editors that use Pond5, and musicbed.

Dave Yowell

Hi Samuel, thanks for your comment. Yes, I have quite a few of my tracks with Extreme exclusively and they get a lot of placements for me. I do also have tracks on Pond5 non-exclusively and sales are...

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Vital Butinar
Is dialog sound always done with ADR in features?

Hi guys.

Here's something I've been thinking about recently after shooting a TV series pilote episode.

We absolutely tried everything to get the best production sound possible.

This means that we had a sound guy who recorded all the talents sound with lav mics and also used a boom mic. He also shot am...

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Amer Darwich

Well only option you have to fix audio files that has unwanted sounds, using restoration tools. You can find them for free using davinci resolve video editing software. These audio plug in tools are included in software for free...

Carl Welden

I’m a production sound mixer.

Generally, filmmakers strive to AVOID using ADR as much as possible! Firstly, it can be prohibitively expensive to call talent back, book studio time and...

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Vital Butinar

Thank you Amer Darwich . Actually all the post is being done in Resolve anyway because everything was also shot in BRAW on the Pocket 4K with Rokinon and Canon lenses. The sound was actually shot on a...

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Carl Welden

Countless postproduction sound problems can be solved during pre-production, or on set if given proper consideration. I urge you and other filmmakers to always bear in mind that the #1 r...

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Vital Butinar

Carl Welden I agree with you completely and thank you.

I was really happy with our situation for this TV series pilot since we shot at really secluded locations and had them all to ourselves. The bigg...

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Martina Cook
Looking for books/resources on colour grading recommendations

Hi, any colourist in here? Any good colour grading book to recommend for a beginner? Or even online websites where I could learn? Thanks!

Alessandro Machi

Not only do you need color bars on your screen, you have to verify they are displaying correctly by using a Waveform and a Vectorscope. Plus you need color bars that have pluge. So many projects end up crushing the black levels its somewhat surprising to me.

Rakesh Malik

Alexis von Hurkman's book includes a section on how to do color calibration correctly. There's more to it than just buying a probe, and if you get a bad probe you won't get reliable results. And witho...

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Nick Savides

Have been meaning to pick up Alexis von Hurkman's book, Rakesh Malik. Thanks for the recommendation.

Nick Savides

Martina Cook, I once did a podcast interview with a colorist who worked on films like 12 Year a Slave, Iceman, Percy Jackson, and the conversation helped me get a better sense of a colorist's workflow...

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Martina Cook

Thank you all, great stuff :)

Karen "Kay" Ross
How 186min Edit is Better Than a 150min Edit

This was a fascinating comparison between a studio edit and a director's cut. Especially since the longer cut also has shorter edits sometimes. Also, look how many people were in this film!!! How did it do so poorly?!

What do you think? SOUND OFF BELOW!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6Cci_6rhw0...

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Scott S Meyer

This is pretty interesting comparison. I am a fan of the studio version, so I'd be curious to get a hold of the directors version.

Karen "Kay" Ross
Make a Goal for Nov. and Let Us Encourage You!

Nov. Write Club is NOT just for screenwriters! What are you trying to accomplish before the end of 2020? I also added suggestions for post-production, but I'd love to hear what you have in mind.

Let us help you by posting your goals on the blog post (link below) and checking in with your progress in...

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Karen "Kay" Ross
EDITORS: Are You Attending AFM 2020?

Also, consider how this could help you with your November Write Club Challenge! It's super simple to participate...

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Tony Byrd
Looking for additional editors

I'm working on Revenge of the Cat Robots.. It's an anthology film with four segments. I need three more editors to join. Anyone interested?

Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Tony Byrd! Definitely post a job listing for a quicker response: https://www.stage32.com/find-jobs/add Also, I would suggest mentioning what specs are required (including necessary software), if...

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Tony Byrd

iMovie or Final Cut Pro. They can do some. It'll take 45 days. Idk.

Amy Balcomb

Hi Tony. If you find yourself looking for a diverse & exciting new composer to join you on future projects please do consider me. Happy to send more information.

Karen "Kay" Ross
Generating Ideas for Editing GOALS

Hey, Stage-32-ers!

As you may know, next month is typically known as National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), but here on Stage 32, we do a "November Write Club" where YOU set a goal for the month and then check in each week with your progress. Keep your eyes out for Jason's blog post launching th...

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Karen "Kay" Ross
Share Your Adobe Max 2020 Highlights!

Since it is nearly impossible to attend ALL of Adobe Max (https://max.adobe.com/), drop in and share what you've learned or resources you've discovered as part of your experience! There are some incredible guests and panels lined up, too.

What are you looking forward to?...

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Adobe MAX 2020 Creativity Conference | Review on demand
Adobe MAX 2020 Creativity Conference | Review on demand
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Karen "Kay" Ross

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