After film production ends, then the phase of filmmaking called post production begins. Post-production typically begins with the editing of the movie. During this process, film editors will start by making a rough edit of the film - often called a rough cut - and then show the film to the movie director. The editor and director will then fine tune the edit until achieving picture lock.
- In this chapter, we're going to look at the role…of the director in post production.…This whole chapter is going to be less like tutorials…and more like reminders and rules of thumb,…things to be aware of.…When production ends, post production begins,…and that is the last chance to refine your story.…In the first part of that process,…you'll start working with the editor.…The general workflow, from my experience,…is that you give the editor some time…to put together a rough edit.…This is usually called a rough cut.…This consists of a lot of cataloging,…renaming, ordering, syncing,…and other monotonous tasks.…
So they'll usually do that stuff on their own.…After that, they'll usually show a cut to the director.…I prefer to do this by sending files digitally…using a service like Frame.io, Dropbox, Google Drive,…maybe a private link on YouTube or Vimeo.…The director will then review this and make notes,…typically big picture notes about overall stuff:…structure, chronology of the scenes,…tone, pacing, that kinda thing.…
Watch and learn how to shoot a script, using visual motifs, atmospherics, framing, and different types of shots to tell the film's story. Find out how to give direction to your crew and be a good leader, while staying on budget and on schedule. Plus, get tips to improve shots during retakes or in post, and to become a better director, storyteller, and communicator.
Note: Like the rest of the Creating a Short Film series, this course was shot during the production of The Assurance. It offers a unique window into the actual struggles and challenges filmmakers have to overcome to get films made. Find the rest of the courses in the series on Chad's author page.
- What a director does
- Interpreting the script
- Scouting locations
- Choosing the tone and theme of the film
- Using motifs
- Shaping the story through visuals
- Being a good leader on set
- Respecting budgets and schedules
- Planning shots
- Moving the camera: on a tripod or dolly or in handheld shots
- Using rolling takes
- Framing shots
- Adding atmospherics
- Directing in post-production
- Becoming a better director
Skill Level Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 01 Producingwith Chad Perkins1h 6m Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 02 Writingwith Chad Perkins3h 17m Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 04 Working with Actorswith Chad Perkins1h 49m Intermediate
1. Preparing for Production
2. Themes and Tone
3. Shaping the Story
4. Running the Set
5. Planning Shots in a Scene
6. Getting the Shot
7. Improving the Shot
8. Directing in Post-Production
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