Tuesday, May 17, 2011

How to Edit a Feature in 19 Days: Put a Ring on it – Day 11 (or when reshoots go bad!)

They didn’t really go bad. It just seemed like a catchy title for a blog. 

No, in actuality they went pretty damn good. We got 90% of our intended shots, only they came out a bit better than I had even hoped. I was a bit worried going in. It’s been over a week since we shot. I had no idea what state the house would be in. I knew the family was just moving and the walls could’ve been painted, furniture moved, ect…But, surprise, surprise, it was pretty much the same. We were minus several props and production design decorations.  Our Production Designer is in Malibu and several of his things are with the head PA who lives somewhere else (somewhere far, it slips my mind now. I’m getting old ya see and can’t remember shit).

Anyway, the plan was to shoot the big scene in close ups, using a shallow depth of field so that the background would be indistinguishable from the normal one. Well it worked, pretty much. Of course there will be die hard continuity hounds that catch this and that, but for the most part everything worked really well. Most folk will not be able to tell what was shot in and out of reshoots.

I don’t know if any of the actors ever read this, but I do want to take a second to really thank them for coming back out and bringing their A+ game with them. They performed really well under some very difficult conditions.

So, oh yeah, editing. Right. So today I cut in the new material and editing in some coverage from the initial shoot that I haven’t add yet. The movie is really starting to shape up. I’ll continue to fine tune until the wee hrs of the night. Then tomorrow I’ll go over the entire piece. Thursday I’ll add some sfx and music, do a little more tightening and prep for a dvd export on Friday. I’ve got to get a rough cut in the mail Friday morning.

Anywho, that’s my day. How’s yours?


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