We’re the creators of the web series Out of It. This is our new weekly column to share with you all the things we learnt along the way.
5. Lessons Learnt – In Post
Besides being ecstatic that we’d managed to actually film our pilot, as it turns out we also had a decent number of takes of each scene too. Of course, this means when we sat down to edit we had a ton of footage to go through. Even though it can feel like you’ve finished all the hard work, as we soon realised, editing takes a long time and sometimes more effort than being on set. Here are some examples of what you may need to think about in post:
Sound of… What?
As can often be the case when it comes to editing, we found we needed extra sound recordings that hadn’t been picked up in filming. Luckily, we didn’t need any ADR sessions but we did need Foley to maximise particular sound effects that were key to the script. When we needed to recreate the sound of one character, David, as he disgustingly chomps on chicken, we actually recorded our Director loudly eating his dinner, mouth open, in a soundproof room.
Timing is Key
We found timing was particularly important with Out of It, as it is a comedy. For example, we have an awkward reveal that the character Lucy has been cheating (this sounds a lot less funny out of context…) We were surprised when any test audiences (friends and family) didn’t laugh. We realised we had to invest in the moment more, so we edited in several reaction shots – a couple from different pieces of dialogue entirely. This immediately had the desired outcome and made the moment a lot funnier. Make sure your edit is timed to emphasise the tone of each scene.
Keeping Up with the Continuity
Filming a dinner scene with five people drinking was a bit of a nightmare for keeping continuity. There were some takes we simply couldn’t use as it was obvious to us that it would look out of place to have an empty bottle of wine and then suddenly a full one. Although it’s something we did keep an eye on in filming, it’s natural that mistakes can be made. This could have been avoided by looking at the footage before the end of filming but we realised not all footage can be usable and unfortunately we just had to deal with it. Alternatively, if you’re able to get a dedicated script supervisor, they will cover continuity for you.
Be kind to yourself and don’t put unachievable deadlines for editing. Although it’s a tricky process, taking our time in the editing room made all the difference for the professionalism of the pilot.
We would love to hear any lessons you’ve learnt in post too – what tips have you taken on board in filming that help you when it comes to post production for your series?
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