For my senior project, I produced a short film called Foreclosed. For the past three days, I have been doing non-stop post work. I had an editor… but one thing about film school is, eventually you end up doing everything yourself. It just happens that way.
This is what the past few days have looked like:
Final Cut Pro — Sonic Fire Pro — Final Cut Pro — LiveType — Final Cut Pro — Pro Tools 8 HD — Final Cut Pro — Sonic Fire Pro
Tomorrow it will consist of:
Sonic Fire Pro — Final Cut Pro — LiveType — Final Cut Pro — Color — Final Cut Pro — DVD Studio Pro
Hopefully, I will be about to wrap this project up by then. Oh, wait. Then I have to send a time-coded version out to the person doing music. When I get the music back, I think I’m going to have to go back into ProTools and Final Cut… and then get a copy to send out to festivals. Fml.
Basically, post-production is a giant pain in the ass — literally. I have been sitting in a chair looking at a computer screen for 12 hours a day since Monday. Right now my brain feels like it’s running out of my ears. My eyes feel like they are on fire. My throat is scratchy. I just feel like shit. Not to add I have real finals next week. Tests I can’t study for because my film is due. My director made a good point the other day when he said his falling GPA has a direct correlation to how many films he makes. …or something like that. Basically, we are film majors… we make movies and get shitty grades… It’s how it works.
But hey, at the end of the day I have a finished film. All the shit I went through to get it is worth it.
To sum it up.
- Post is a pain in the ass.
- Film school is run very inefficiently.
- The work might be hard and make you want to stab your eyes out, but in the end, you get a finished product with your name on it… hopefully.
sounds like scratch’n