A day in the life


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A day in the life

  1. 1. An Assistant Film Editor….. Put the kettle on……
  2. 2.  Power up all the Avids 6 in total on Johnny English 10 on Chronicles of Narnia Each machine is managed by the editor with a team of editorial staff. The first assistant editor leads the team, overseeing additional assistants and trainees, along with VFX editors.
  3. 3.  Emails are checked for lab/telecine reports Lab/telecine reports will flag any potential problems with negative scratches/focus issues/fogging etc Digital technology bypasses a lot of the issues with the above, which are dealt with on set/location by the D.I.T. (Digital Imaging Technician)
  4. 4.  The rushes, which constitute the raw footage filmed on location, will generally arrive in the cutting room at some point during the morning. These are delivered by the studio’s lab van/courier. Once the rushes arrive the assistant editor will ingest (capture) all the picture and sound rushes into the Avid.
  5. 5.  The assistant editor will then sync the picture and sound and create a viewing reel for the editor to watch the sync rushes while the editor is watching the sync rushes the assistants will sort the footage into ‘scene bins’, as per the script i.e. scene 1 scene 2 etc…aided by continuity notes
  6. 6.  The above process can last for up to 5 weeks on a low budget movie and up to a 10 weeks for a medium budget movie. A film like Harry Potter can last almost forever! Up to a full year………!
  7. 7. The fine cut From the end of principal photography, editorial will take up to two weeks to prepare the first assembly for the director to view During this time the editorial assistants will help the editor in soundtrack laying, sound effects and a temporary score
  8. 8. Picture lock….. After around 12 weeks, (variable) the director needs to present their cut to the producers, at which point the process can extend by any number of weeks, dependent on producers’ notes When the producers are relatively happy with the cut, it is fairly standard to prepare the film for a test audience preview. At this point the editorial assistants will turn the cut over to sound editors, composer and the VFX department.
  9. 9. Final stages Editorial will output the cut to D.I. (Digital Intermediate) whereby the film will be temporarily graded for preview (not final) to the test audience Meanwhile as the rough grade is in progress, the sound department will produce a temporary mix of the sound Once the temp grade and temp sound mix are complete the team would drop in temp VFX, titles etc…..ahead of playing out to the preview master tape (usually HD Cam SR)
  10. 10.  After the preview, the editorial department will receive feedback from the audience who will have been asked to complete a short questionnaire The film will be recut and possibly retested on a new test audience (of course this can go on forever!) Eventually, the editorial team arrives at ‘Picture Lock’. And this is the version we see at the cinema or on DVD!
  11. 11. Steve’s Films………………….. Hot Fuzz http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3_7BSkDK6A Johnny English http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_883cRmOZXs&feature= related Chronicles of Narnia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxfb1L-hMxU
  12. 12.  He is also not particularly proud of…….. Sex Lives of the Potato Men http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZI4B9TtMFo Please don’t talk to him about it!
  13. 13.  And one he isn’t particularly embarrassed by…… Red Road http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSfy6UpAXKQ