Monday, May 16, 2011

How to Edit a Feature in 19 Days: Put a Ring on it – Day 10

So I really caught my 2nd wind this weekend. Maybe it’s the thrill from shooting pu’s or the just the influx of new footage. But I feel rejuvenated and ready to go this morning. So let’s get to it.

The new footage is organized and converted.

  1. Sync new footage. This might take me most of the day. We shot A LOT of footage. We shot almost 15% more than our daily average during the shoot.
  2. Cut scene 50 and 51.
  3. Cut in new shots and coverage.

This is my plan for today. I may or may not get all the way done. It is a shit-ton of footage. But I have the rest of the week off from my day job, so for the next 4 days I’m going to immerse myself 100%.
I’ll have a fineish cut by Friday. I’ll mail a dvd of that to the producers to check out. I don’t want to send them anything in its current form. Not without some sound design and basic color correction. No matter how much any producer says they know how to view a rough cut, their initial suggestions are almost always 90% about fine cut stuff. The color doesn’t look good here,  I can't hear the actor say this or that, or it needs sound or music there…no shit, it’s a rough cut. At least that’s been my experience in the past, maybe these producer are different. But hey, it’ll only take me 48 hrs to get most of the stuff in place, so why take the risk?

Alright, on to it…


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