We'll fix it in post is an expression commonly heard by filmmakers on film sets. This means that shortcuts can be taken in production and then the resulting problems will be addressed in post production. This often creates many problems in post production that cannot be fixed, or fixed well, and can also be expensive.
- During production when things aren't working correctly,…directors will often tell the crew,…"eh, we'll fix it in post."…Meaning that they'll make the problem go away…in post production.…This phrase has been uttered so frequently…and carelessly that it's kind of like a running joke now.…It's a joke because not everything can be fixed in post,…and also very few directors seem to understand…what can and can't be fixed in post.…In this series of training courses we're going to have…two courses on visual effects as well as courses on…editing, color correction, and sound.…I hope that you'll watch those as it's a tremendous…benefit to your storytelling skills to understand…what's easy to fix well and what isn't.…
When things aren't easy to fix in post,…they can be really time consuming and expensive to fix,…and even then after all that time and money,…it could still end up looking terrible.…It's not always intuitive which effects would be easy,…and which ones wouldn't.…This shot of Cordea climbing took me well over a week…
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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