A Film is made or broken in this part of the filmmaking process. You could have had the very best shoot with an amazing script and awesome cast and still destroy your film, with lousy postproduction.
I worked out recently how much time I or one of my team spent on postproduction on Tabernacle 101, our one hour 45 minute movie set for worldwide release later this year.
- 1200 hours on Editing 14o hours of footage to the final version.
- 8 Weeks Sound Postproduction – ADR – Sound Design and Final Mix
- 8 Weeks Music for the film.
- 10 Weeks VFX (Visual Effects
- 4 Weeks Colouring.
I have chosen purposely to place time and effort into postproduction. It is so important to do so as this will give you the best return on your movie.
Tabernacle 101 is big project and is a Supernatural Film that requires great craft in postproduction to make the one hour forty five minute movie. On a ten minute short film, postproduction will be so much quicker.
For a possible 10 minute short film, postproduction could take the following.
- 40 hours editing.
- 1 Day colouring
- 3 Days Sound Postproduction
- 2 Days Music.
So here is the Filmmaking 101 Must Do Tip.
You need to learn the postproduction process in detail. Too many beginner or emerging filmmakers think that post production is several hours of editing and spew out a result. This is inviting failure
One of the most important reasons to enrol on the 3 Month Film Course in Sydney or Melbourne is to learn specifically about postproduction.
You will learn how to edit a ten minute short film using Adobe Premiere Pro. Learning this invaluable skill is truly worthwhile. You will also learn about Sound Design and Mixing from one of the best Sound Designers John Hresc.
Postproduction makes your film into a movie, like you see in the cinema. Learn everything you can about the process.