Editing and Post Production

The edit actually begins in the planning and filming stages of production.

A rule-of-thumb on the film set is: “Shoot to edit”. This means what you’re filming is what you actually need in the edit - no more, no less.

Apart from the main shots, a director will always ask for cut-aways. These are b-roll shots that will support the main shot in telling the story. An Editor will also use these cut-aways to hide awkward transitions in the edit.

The first task in the edit is to organise the footage. This has to be done inside the editing software, but footage can also be organised before being ingested into the software project.

It’s often an exercise in controlled chaos for an editor who faces down a mountain of footage with only a script and list of production notes in hand.

As unforgiving as the task ahead might seem, following a simple plan can make quick work of the edit that lies ahead. All it takes is a simple step-by-step plan that breaks the edit into manageable tasks.

Once the chosen clips are moved into a timeline, the story will begin to take shape as you place the shots into a basic sequence and structure.

At this point you want to add the music track since the shots will be cut to the mood and the beat.

Any voiceovers or dialogue will also be added at this stage.

You’ll now have a 1st Draft, ready to be reviewed by the client and their team.

After the structure of the story gets final approval, the editor will work on the finishing aspects of post-production, such as tweaking audio levels, perfecting visual effects, colour grading, and titling.

The video is now ready for distribution.