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Tip 10 – A Director perfects his or her postproduction.

February 23, 2017 by · Comments Off on Tip 10 – A Director perfects his or her postproduction. 

Postproduction is a detailed process and the more detail and quality that is put into the post process, the better the film will be. In the last tip we focused on picture cut which is a very important and major first part of postproduction. Once you have a fine cut of the film, the director is now ready for the  further detail in the postproduction.

Colouring: There is so much latitude with the cameras we use these days. For example the Ursa 4.6 k camera shoots wonderful native raw 4.6K files. This means that the ability to colour and manipulate the visual look of the image, is significant these days. You can make your film look like a Hollywood blockbuster provided you have shot on a professional camera in raw format.   I always hire a really good colourist and direct them to get what I want, for the look of the film. The film genre will determine what the look of the film will be. Is it dramatic or an action film or a supernatural film. Colouring will be  different for different genres.

VFX  ( Visual Effects )
CGI (Computer generated images) has come very common these days. If you are on a budget, it is much better to shoot your practical SFX ( Practical Special Effects) on set. This means creating the magic for real on set. This is fun and it is amazing what you can achieve with practical on set special effects.

Sometimes you will have no choice but to use VFX. Hire the best VFX Artist that your budget will allow. Make sure that you have a VFX supervisor on set. He or she will set up the best Green Screen shots for you.

You need constant advise if you are shooting green screen. Budget will be needed so only use VFX if you absolutely need it. We shot for 14 hours on green screen with Tabernacle 101. We limited our VFX to one long day of Green Screen at studio in Sydney. We  did everything else practical SFX (Special Effects on Set)

Titles ( Credits and other titles on your movie) Self Explanatory. Just like typing in on a Word Document. There is some software options to use. Makes sure you spell everyones names right and get everyone credited.

Sound Design and Sound mixing:
We spend one whole day of the 3 month film course on Sound Design and Sound Mixing with our experience sound designer John Hresc.  It is so important to take this all important step and complete your film professionally. Sound is so important and if you want to make your films look and sound Hollywood, you really need to spend time on Sound Post.

Sound Design involves ADR, Foley, Sound Effects, Atmospheres music and a mix of all the above elements. This area requires a trained professional and when film makers skip this area, generally speaking, the film seems amateur.

My advise is hire someone really good and your film will benefit from their work. Obviously, anyone who enrols on the 3 Month Film Course will learn how to make a film professionally and will also have contacts with Sound Designers that we recommend.  Once again the Director always works closely with an expert sound designer to get the best possible sound for the film.

very low budget films, many directors will use Stock Music sites such a   There is an amazing selection of tracks for movies at $40 per track. This is great if your budget is micro.

With a bigger budget, it is more advisable to hire an experienced film composer who can compose music for your film. This way, you will have the original music for your film that is composed directly for your film.

All you would have to do is watch your favourite movie without music to realise how important music is for you film. Learn this process on our 3 Month Film Course.

Deliverables:  If you are working on a short film, all you have to worry about is your master file which will be at as a high a resolution that you can manage, A DCP ( Digital Cinema Print) if your film is screening at A+ or B+ film festivals and promotional materials about your short film.  This will not cost too much but will be needed if you are serious about your film attracting the best audience.

If you are making a feature film and have a Distributor attached, you will have  list of deliverables that a distributor will require. This can cost $5 -10K depending on this list.

To summarise, a filmmaker needs to put extraordinary effort into Postproduction. Your film will benefit from this and become the movie that you want your audience to see.

The Three Month Film Course is the best way to learn how to make a film professionally. Check out our film courses here and feel free to talk to us anytime about our film courses and services.

Colm O’Murchu Director Australian and International Film Base.

Tip 9 A Director Post Produces

February 13, 2017 by · Comments Off on Tip 9 A Director Post Produces 

A Director needs to make their very best effort in the season of Post Production.

Postproduction on your film is broken down into the following areas.

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  1. The Picture Edit.
  2. Colouring
  3. VFX
  4. Titles
  5. Sound Design
  6. Music
  7. Sound Mix
  8. Deliverables

The Picture Edit is the area that most people are familiar with. Many people have basic editing software on their computers and they may have dabbled with picture editing before. They may have completed some very basic effects and coloured the film. Sound Post tends to get ignored totally in this situation meaning that the film feels and comes across as amateurish.

On our film courses, we always use Adobe Premiere Pro software. This is my personal favourite and is what I am using currently as I edit Tabernacle 101.  There are two parts to learning how to edit.

Part One: Learning the software. This part is generally not a huge challenge to learn. You can use the tutorials supplied with the Help section of Adobe Premiere Pro. Or you could have a one on one tutorial with our edit coaches. Often people will learn and come conversant with the software within a matter of weeks.

Part Two: Learning how to edit a film.  It takes time to come a master editor. Some people take to editing very swiftly and learn to edit a film quickly. Other people really struggle to learn how to edit. It really depends on the talent of the person.

Editing goes back to the very first movies in the early twentieth century. It is a skill that was there long before computers. For example, when I first learnt to edit, I learnt on a steenback edit machine which had rolls of work print and magnetic sound tape. It was a cumbersome affair and nothing like the effective non linear editing systems we have now.

Editing takes a special skill. It is like composing music and a good edit is a feel thing that you either have or do not have.  It does not matter how good the film shoot was, if the edit is poor, the film will feel like a poor movie. Pace and choice of edits plays a huge bearing in how the film will turn out.   A great edit will help a movie reach its full potential.

You can do what most people do and hire an editor to cut the film under your direction. If you have the budget, this is a great option, provided you pick an experienced editor who has cut great work in the past. It is also important that the editor is passionate about your film.

Then once the picture edit is complete, you are still only half way to a professional film. Yes there is more. Next Tip 10 covers the next phases of Post Production.

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