I had about 25 shots planned out for the feature. We planned them out ahead of time, so we did as much as we could to make it simple to deal with in post. [Don’t move the camera or change lighting; shoot clean plate shots, etc.] So Ben shot the scenes with the VFX in mind. I think I dropped two shots from the list because the editor didn’t think they were needed for the story, and he was right.
I came up with another 10 shots that I thought would help add something, and weren’t difficult to do (adding digital blood to a stabbing).
We had another 15 or so shots that Vickie Lazos (our VFX artist), Verne Mattson (colorist) or I had to deal with to fix some mistakes in production (hiding a cable, reframing a shot slightly to avoid a boom dip, or cleaning up some gaak in the frame).
It can be hard to do on a budget, but if you’re willing to be patient (don’t rush the VFX artist), do some of the elementary work yourself (I was able to mask out a couple of boom dips with a garbage matte), and plan as much out ahead of time it’s not impossible.