EDITING! Yes! My second most favorite thing when it comes to making movies.
I love the fact that I can make our movie into 10 different movies in the editing suites. I could simply change the order, and the story would be completely different. In this film we are sticking with the script, but there are still a lot of playing to be done. Here’s the notes from this weeks lecture. I’ve got a million excuses for being late, but none that will be considered valid.
Audio and colour correction is definitely going to improve your film.
My boss at the local tv station in Norway went to sound school (directly translated from Norwegian. I know it probably has another name, but you get the idea), and although he started working with TV, audio has always been closest to his heart. “Good sound can fix bad footage, good footage can’t save bad audio” is something I’ve heard him say numerous times. And oh what a pain it was. I had to be extremely picky with everything I made, and he would always find something that wasn’t right, and I would have to fix it.
Such a pain. But what a valuable lesson! Now I’m starting to realise the importance, and I’m not looking forward to making the soundscape in our film; it’s going to be a big job.
A useful trick! Just as it is helpful to look at how the visual edit works by turning the sound of and just looking, try listening to your edit with eyes closed. I bet 50 dollars that you’ll hear “bad” sounds that you didn’t notice before.
Important to look at the film as it is shown infront of an audience. You get technically nervous, hyperconscious of everything.
Screening is a preview. Then go to the edit suites, recut it after getting comments, then try to submit it to a festival.
Reflection is key to your work, informing and improving your work as a filmmaker.
Yihaa. I guess that is what I’m supposed to do now. I’ll do it soon. After I finished this. I promise.
Choose a scene:
- whose listening
- whose talking
- analyse the rhythm
- the space
- the pauses
- the talking over (interrupting)
- the atmos
- sound fx
- the music
AHA! Here’s a free layout on HOW to do a reflection. Gah we’re so spoiled.
Look at other work an see how the audio is put together.
Here’s something I didn’t know: If you want to elongate on time – don’t cut in action. A wide shot would take less time than a lof of close ups.
Complex sound scape that you don’t notice. Atmos, foley, cars, fridge noises.
Audio needs to peak at -6 to -10.
Use Audio Mixer in Final Cut to change the different sounds separately
Look at all your shots, and make sure they match. Of course, light changes from different location, but unless it is the purpose of the film, you don’t want the light and the colours to change dramatically.
Second level is make the image more punchy, larger than life, filmic, less video.
Yes. Yep. Ja. Jepp. That’s exactly what our film has been missing. It is a cool story, well shot and well lit, but it is very.. normal. If we want the footage to match the dark, dramatic story, we have to do some changes.
Many ways to do this: blacken the blacks. Saturate the colours or de saturare. Make it cooler, warmer.
Do it in small bursts. Don’t spend too much time on it.
Set up a separate sequence.
Don’t apply to all till the end.
Use vignette to spot out actors? Contradicts the resistance of use of shallow depth of field
Eight Point Garbage Matte… Click on the points and drag them where you want them.
Copy clip that has the setttings you want. Then go into next sequence, mark the clips you want to ass the attributes to. Then go Edit, then Paste attributes, and choose the attributes you want.