Good news, ladies and gentlemen, today is going to be a double-post day! I’m not going to elaborate for now; hopefully they will explain themselves.
With the footage in the can (or, in our case, on the hard drives), we began the post process. The first stage was the offline edit – assembling all of the shots into a single timeline. As the film is essentially a music video montage, it is more comprised of shots than scenes, which meant a faster turnaround – much more a case of picking the best take for the intended shot than building a scene organically from the prep and the rushes.
Once the offline edit was complete, the locked-picture version of the film could then be passed out to the rest of the team, so that everyone could start working on their sections as soon as possible. As our head of post, Martyn oversaw the entire process, ensuring that all sections were constantly moving and everyone was communicating.
As I mentioned in the previous post, we had some trickier camera moves in the film, and, in order for them to work as intended, they required compositing from parts of other shots. Fortunately, the preparation and testing of the shots before hand paid off, as the footage we achieved worked, and the shots fitted together smoothly.
A key aspect of the film is obviously its sound, so a lot of work went into ensuring that the sound was properly handled. The balance that needed to be found was between supporting Mark’s performance of the poem, and creating a world through the Foley sound – there’s a balance to be found with Foley in and of itself, as you can get to the stage of trying to apply sounds to everything, and in fact rendering a very artificial sounding world. The end result, I feel, hit the balance exactly.
One of the last additions to the film was the 8mm shots, which took a much longer time to process as they need to be converted into a digital format. As such, the majority of the post process took place without knowing whether or not the shots would be ready. Once they were incorporated, the last stages of the colouring could be completed, and the whole thing was put together for review.
The post team did a fantastic job, and I hope they’re proud of the end results, because we truly are. And you guys will get to see very soon the work they did.