You may be wondering why I haven’t posted for a while. Well, even though I personally am finished with the editing, the last couple of months have been a flurry of activity as the final post-production processes of completing the film come together.
Let me give you some insight into what’s been going on behind-the-scenes.
Usually, a film is edited using temp music, ie: music from CD’s, online libraries and other sources, anything that has the right pace and tone so that the scene can be edited to feel right. Then, once the scene is finished, the composer will write the final music and replace all the temp tracks with something much better, more appropriate and written specifically for that scene.
It’s a lot of work, and composer Jonas Friedman, (who also composed the music for my last film Class Dismissed) is adding a whole new level of emotion to the film, connecting the stories, bridging the gaps and creating an incredible aural landscape. Music is essential to any film, it brings dimension and emotional tone to a film in a way that nothing else can, and if done well the score becomes an integral part of the storytelling. I’m thrilled with what Jonas has done with this score.
Simultaneously, color grading has also been underway. Color grading is the art of fixing any shots that are slightly over or under-exposed to make them look better, but more importantly, it’s all about giving the film a cohesive look and therefore a visual feeling and tone. Shooting conditions change all the time, so even with footage shot in the same location, there are changes in the light or colors that need enhancing or muting and a skilled colorist will balance it all and make the film look amazing. I’m thrilled with the way this has been going too. The film looks great!
Once the music scoring is complete and the new tracks have been edited into the final picture, the last step is to mix the whole film. The sound mixer’s job is to take all the audio elements of the film, the interviews, the natural sounds, the dialogue, music, and any sound design and expertly mix them all together so that everything can be heard well and no sound overpowers another. This last step will be happening over the next few weeks.
After that, it’s review time. I’ll be watching the whole film many times over to check that nothing is missing and I’m happy with every aspect of it.
I’m really looking forward to that day!
In the meantime, be on the lookout for an announcement about the trailer. It should be released very soon now.
Thanks for your support and patience, I’m really excited to be able to share the finished film with you all soon!