Stephen van Vuuren is an independent filmmaker whose day job is running SV2 Post, a full service post-production from the Edit to VFX/MIX to Final Mastering. With over 25 released projects serving in all key post-production positions including the IMAX documentary IN SATURN’S RING narrated by LeVar Burton, Stephen brings both breadth and depth to his understanding of post-production for independent filmmakers. Full Bio »
Learn how to maximize the quality and efficiency of your post-production process from Stephen van Vuuren, a post-production expert at leading full-service production facility SV2!
PLUS! You'll receive The Ten Technical Commandments of Independent Filmmaking document to help guide you in your post-production process!
Most low-budget film projects can’t afford to hire a seasoned Post-Production Supervisor, which is one of the most important crew positions of all. All the key decisions that will determine if your film has a seamless post-production process, including delivering for distribution, are made before the camera ever rolls. Unfortunately, the vast majority of low-budget and microbudget projects can’t afford to hire and retain a post-production supervisor from the first day to the last day of project. This is especially true for features where the time from pre-production through finishing post-production can often be a year or longer. This role ends up being dumped on an overworked editor, director, or producer late in the post-production process which often results in long post delays, considerable budget overruns, painful compromises in the final quality of your film and mistakes on the final deliverables for distribution.
This problem arises because most editors, directors, and producers don’t have an understanding of the essential technical elements that your film needs for post-production and distribution. However, this doesn’t need to be the case. You just need to know the tools you need to ensure a smooth post-production workflow. That’s where this course comes in.
In this exclusive Stage 32 webinar, you will learn everything you need to know to nail the post-production of your feature film or short film, even on a tight budget. You will learn how to master the key decisions that are made early in pre-production about cameras, lenses, frame rate, aspect ratios, color formats, sound, VFX and more to ensure your film is of the highest quality possible when it's finally finished.
Teaching you the essentials to post-production is filmmaker and post-production expert Stephen van Vuuren. Stephen runs SV2 Post, a full-service post-production house that routinely takes films through the process from Edit to VFX/MIX to Final Mastering. As part of his turn-key post-production business, Stephen has made over 200 DCPs (the digital cinema packages that are what theaters use to screen films today). SV2 has worked with independent filmmakers on their projects with budgets from zero dollars to the low millions that have screened at Cannes, TIFF, Tribeca, Berlin and many other major festivals as well as international commercial theatrical releases including on IMAX. Over 75% of the films submitted to Stephen have suffered from at least one major post-production problem and required costly, time-consuming fixes. And about 10% of the films have suffered from showstopper, unfixable problems that have resulted in distribution rejections and non-releases. Stephen will teach you how to avoid the mistakes that these filmmakers made to ensure your project is of the highest quality at the finish line and is ready to be shared with the world.
Avoid the mistakes of many low-budget independent directors and producers by learning to “think backwards” as big studios do to plan your post-production before you even start pre-production!
PLUS! You’ll receive the “The Ten Technical Commandments of Independent Filmmaking” PDF that will help you check your productions for every possible distribution outlet at the very highest levels of quality.
“I’m stoked to be able share with Stage 32 all the pitfalls and hard-lessons I’ve learned in my own journey and while helping hundreds of filmmakers post their films. We don’t have to be Christopher Nolan to present our films to audiences at the very highest quality levels. I look forward to contributing to raising the standard of post-production excellence for Stage 32 filmmakers.” – Stephen van Vuuren
Stephen van Vuuren
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We are well into the digital revolution in filmmaking. The least known and least understood aspect, but arguably the most important, of the digital revolution is the digital master of your film via a Digital Cinema Package. More than cameras or editing or access to great equipment, the one factor that allows the indie filmmaker to truly be on a level playing field is the ability to screen your film at festivals and any theater in the world via DCP. In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, experienced filmmaker, Stephen van Vuuren, will teach you all secrets, tips, and best practices that everyone involved in film productions must know to end up with a quality digital master of your film. The information in this webinar is not available all together in one place anywhere on the internet until now! Many film festivals, large and small, now require DCP screeners and nearly all theaters in the world require your film on DCP. A DCP is the single most important master of your film that you will ever make. However, many indie filmmakers have limited experience and understanding of how they must plan from the very beginning stages of a film to insure their film – short, feature, documentary – is ready for DCP. You only have one chance with your audiences to make a great impression – and today that chance depends on your DCP.