Post production on film sets is becoming more and more common, and that's no different to working on a short film.
We've been working closely with fellow director and producer, Richard Binnington of BeFilm, to help produce his latest film, 'Mamoosh', a short psychological thriller set in the 1990s. Our job was to provide on set dailies and edits for review during the shoot.
We had to be able to keep track of every shot. Working live with the director, 1st AC, and sound recordist to be able to provide accurate shot notes and data that we could take through into the edit.
We'd be keeping notes on circle takes (the favourites of the director), as well as issues with sound such as interference, aircraft, or even someone's stomach rumbling. We'd also keep track of the quality of shot using star ratings, these are a combined rating of picture, sound and performance.
We built a custom Google Docs sheet, with drop down menus and lists of pre-selected situations, that could be edited live from someone on an iPad on the shoot, hooked up to the local Wi-Fi. This gave a direct line of communication between the edit and the production elsewhere. These notes would be fused together later on upon import through XML.
We were shooting with the Canon C500 and shooting 4K in Apple Pro Res 422 through the Odyssey recorder. The process was smooth, as the footage played seamlessly.
Audio was recorded on the Zoom H6 with a lapel and condenser microphone. Giving us two channels of audio at one time. Due to how the H6 works, we had to merge the channels into a single polyphonic file, to be able to have them sync as multichannel audio.
We began the editing in Premiere Pro CC 2015, and moved the project to the director once filming had been completed. Our job was to get the dailies for each day synced and an assembly started. We were also able to get our data from the CSV file into an application called Shot Notes X, which allows you to rename your clips based on scene and take metadata that we were recording on set as mentioned above.
All the clips came through renamed as an XML into Shot Notes, and all the video clips were renamed based on the metadata collected on set. Each day had it's own project for simplicity, and then the media was copied over into a new "master" project that would contain all the days, with audio and the master editing sequences.
With that our project was handed over to Richard to begin editing. We'll be acting as post production supervisor as well as giving feedback and edit reviews.
Working with a fantastic cast and crew is always a joy, and this is no different. The crew working on the film were professional and speedy, as well as the casts' performance was always to the best quality. We look forward to working with them all again.
Also, the views weren't that bad!
We hope you enjoyed reading, we'll be bringing more write ups of the projects we're going to be involved with in the future.
Photos by Corrina Brodie