Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the documentary postproduction process, part of Documentary Editing with Avid Media Composer.
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Before diving straight in, let's take a step back and look at a high-level view of the …entire documentary post-production process. …Early in the process you as the editor may get a chance to communicate with producers, …directors, and other stakeholders about how the film is planned and shot. …I highly recommend you do this if you can. Before editing, do as much research as you can. …Try to familiarize yourself with the content, style, and workflow of your documentary. …Additionally, become familiar with formats, deliverable requirements, and other technical …considerations for the post-production workflow.…
Once you get the footage it's time to log and annotate. …You'll need to sort through your raw source materials and all notes pertaining to the documentary. …Develop a system for organization here. Then it's time to bring it all in. …Name your clips intelligently, group the materials into bins, and organize the bins appropriately, …in order to achieve quick access to all footage. …You can also link your source clips to imported digital transcripts. …
This course is part of a series that looks at Documentary Editing from the point of view of 3 different editors in 3 different editing applications. For more insight on editing documentary projects, take a look at Documentary Editing with Premiere Pro and Documentary Editing with Final Cut Pro X.
- Interpreting a creative brief
- Exploring the documentary postproduction process
- Organizing footage and using searching techniques
- Setting up and using digital transcripts
- Building sequences and scenes to form the rough cut
- Adding effects to repair and enhance footage
- Fine-tuning the sequence to reach picture lock
- Receiving feedback
- Finishing the film with titles, color correction, and professional audio