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Monday, August 29, 2011

Delivering Monsters in the Woods Day 2: The State of Things


I really should have started day 1 with this, but hey…

Like I said yesterday, deliverable requirements vary from distributor to distributor, and once a deal is signed you usually have anywhere from 30 to 60 days to complete the deliverable list.

There are few things that are always the same. So these items should be done before the deal is even signed.

  1. Screenplay and the movie should be registered with the library of congress. Check.
  2. Movie should be checked for both video and audio broadcast quality. That way when you do get the final QC report, you will pass it and not have to spend more cash.
  3. Audio should have the music and effects already separated. Every distributor I’ve ever dealt with has always required M&E on a separate track for delivery. Check.
  4. Paperwork and contracts are all in order. It’s a good idea to scan them all into PDF’s for easy delivery. Check.
  5. Money should be set-aside for Errors and Omissions insurance and all the paperwork to get it.
I'm sure there's more, but I want to get into the issue at hand.

Don't forget to pick up your copy of Trap.

Today, I’m going to talk A little bit about where things stand now. The movie is currently still broken up into 3 reels. There are few things I need to do before combining.

  1. Today and tomorrow I’m finishing a quadruple check on my M&E in order to make sure it’s fully formed. When you’re taking on all of post yourself, it’s easy to miss little things. Especially in M&E. When I did quality control on Edges of Darkness, it took me three passed before I finally licked it. There were some video problems as well, but the majority of issues were with the M&E.
  2. I’ll do a final audio mix on all the reels.
3. Then combine.

Once the reels are merged I’ll finish up my tech deliverables. Most of these things I had to wait on until the reels where combined. Or at least it makes completing them easier.
  1. Music Cue sheet.
  2. Record Audio commentary.
  3. Export full movie uncompressed. (Distributor prefers Pro rez (HQ)
  4. Get the QuickTime file QC’d. Hopefully pass 1st time.
  5. Make digi beta and HD dupes from QC’d file.
  6. Put all deliverables on a hard drive and put them into the distributor’s hands.
Easy enough, right?

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