1. Preproduction v
vp1-1. Five skills
vp1-3. Keeping track
vp1-4. First impression
vp1-5. Successful scouting
vp1-6. Words of wisdom
vp2-1. Five production skills
vp2-2. Pep talk
vp2-6. Words of wisdom
vp3-1. Five skills
vp3-3. Grading and graphics
vp3-6. Words of wisdom
These five production job skills will help you to complete your project. We’ll be going over the details of each job. However, they’re all mixed with production and preproduction.
What you will learn
You will learn about the different jobs that go into polishing a movie: editor, colorist, graphic artist, sound engineer, and voice talent.
Six postproduction skills
These postproduction job skills will help you to complete your project.
We will be going over the details of each job. But as mentioned, they are all mixed with production and preproduction.
Did I say six production skills? It should be five postproduction skills. See, this is why you need to double-check everything. Now, I have to fix it in post. And I was going to watch a movie tonight.
While the director supervises the overall story concept, the editor manages the parts. The editor in postproduction and the cameraman in production work back and forth.
As the cameraman, you will need ‘pickup shots,’ a polite term for shots you missed. Remember that b-roll lesson? If you did not shoot it, now you can not edit it.
Editor: “Where is the establishing shot? Where is the close-up?”
Cameraman: “Oh, did you need those too?”
The colorist sounds like an artsy title. It is. As colorist, you can change, add or remove color. And objects, too.
This skill is a specialty, but simplified software has many of the editor’s jobs. Learning even the basics will improve the color of every shot.
The sound engineer adjusts the different sounds so that they work together. That includes interviews, narration, natural sound, sound effects, and music.
The sound engineer is like a music conductor. You will use sound not to make music but to make stories.
The graphic artist animates titles and visuals. Today, video editing software includes drag-and-drop transitions and title templates.
You can easily change color, text, and timing—virtually everything. And fancy graphics like you see on TV are primarily store-bought ready-made templates.
The skill is picking the right ones to enhance your story.
You can most definitely narrate your productions. You can do an excellent job with some practice in front of the camera or microphone.
Who knows? Maybe you are even a natural. I certainly was not. You will want to set up a proper recording environment to do this. We will be covering the setup, narrating, and recording.
These different postproduction job skills become more blended together each year. In fact, with some editing software, they already are. And they now even come with plenty of ready-made templates to get you started without any expertise.