Fixing It In Post
by: Amber Benning
Sometimes a really playful project hits my desk. For Tim (our other full time Editor) and I, this usually means we get to let the creative juices flow. Sometimes this even allows space for some shenanigans, like in this case ;).
Even though our involvement is normally the END of what Fili does to create a beautiful piece of media, I am here to take you through our start to finish process on a project through the lens and scope of an editor. Today we break down the KKOA Leadsled Spectacular parade.
The first thing we do, after we contact the client and set shoot dates, is work through pre-production planning. As editors, one of us is normally included in pre-production so we can fully understand the purpose of the media we are producing. For this meeting we discussed getting allowances for drone flight, we mapped the parade route, requested permissions to be on top of down town Salina buildings, decided what equipment was needed to shoot, and created a shot list of important sights to capture!
“The joking phrase “we can fix it in post” rings truer than we’d all like to admit sometimes.”
This is normally where the editor sits back and lets the production crew take over! This is also where the post-production (editors) wait on bated breath that everything goes the way it was supposed to for the production team. From the time their team picks up a media pack (SD cards for recording on), to the time they return to my desk full of media, the editors do not know how a shoot went, or how hard an edit is going to be. The joking phrase “we can fix it in post” rings truer than we’d all like to admit sometimes. Some shoots can happen over many days, but thankfully in this case it was only a few hours and one overnight wait before I could really tear into the raw footage they had captured.
This is really where the project trades hands, and from here on out, it’s up to the editor to finalize the project. I will spare you the nitty-gritty micro processes like moving files, watching hours of footage, and building a project in an editing program, and jump right into the best part of editing a creative project!
The KKOA parade was an exciting event; it created some beautiful footage and didn’t have any major restraining requirements for their media. Thus, I was allowed to be creative with the process, find the shots I loved the most, add effects and color the way I liked, choose the best soundtrack, and overall be creative! This is also where I realized that I had a rare glimpse into what the production team was doing at a shoot! Let the shenanigans begin…
Normally, when the editor receives footage, we aren’t seeing Fili Crew members in the clips! They do their best to stay out of the shots on a normal day, but in this instance, there were so many angles to cover, and four cameras to stay out from in front of. I got to see goofy clips of them trying to dodge each other’s camera angle, them blending in with the crowds, or even being painfully unaware that they were in another crew members shot.
After I cut together an amazing final project with all of their best footage, I deviously went back and knew that I needed to cut together a video of our production team doing what they do best… filming.
A Behind-The-Scenes Look
This video shows what each crew member was filming while another crew member filmed them! Its an enjoyable amount of “filmception” or “watching a film of a film within a film and you don’t know what layer of the film your in” according to Urban Dictionary.
In some shots you will see Gus being caught on film, while he is shooting something else. The video will show you the accidental filming of Gus as a reference point, and then will cut away to what Gus was currently filming. As an editor, the only clip that REALLY matters to a project is the clip Gus (or the accidentally caught crew member) is capturing. I chose to leave those clips in a RAW state so you can see what I see when I watch back the footage! Sometimes the shots are shaky, sometimes they are over exposed, sometimes the clip isn’t useable at all, and sometimes the shots are beautiful without any editing.
I hope you enjoy playing “Where’s Waldo” with the Fili Crew as much as I did! See if you can pick them out in the crowd before I point them out on screen! Keep in mind what the RAW footage looks like that they capture, and then watch back the final project (here) so you can compare and see the magic of great shooting and how editing, or “fixing it in post,” takes clips that were once shaky, dull, or too bright and turns them into something visually amazing.