Sure Fire Post-Production Hit

Every rookie filmmaker should create a brief but substantial check list to help guide them around the usual filmmaking problems for a successful post-production process.

First and foremost; you should not cut back any funds from your post budget during your preparation. You may feel the need to secure a fixed budget or commence funding from sponsors as it may be easier than cutting back on shooting days or reworking costly scenes but unforeseen circumstances might creep up during production therefore you will need to set a post budget from the get-go.

It is also important to know your director and cater to his/her needs as every director has a different work flow. This will then play an important role for allocating editing time, crew selection as well as getting the best out of their abilities.

You will need to procure a competent post supervisor and have them on board as soon as you can so that they can provide consultation on various post-production measures and also help with the creation of your budget.

You must budget well in lieu with securing your movie in the hands of domestic and foreign distributors. Your post budget should include standard delivery schedules and make sure you are able to pay for production.

You would do well to remember that communication is key; so communicate well with the financing partners of your movie. You will need to share as much information with them as possible such as potential problems and keep them informed of your progress at all times as it will help them understand your demands and requests better.

If possible, screen a rough cut of your product to those close to you; family, friends and people you trust so you can gauge their reactions and apply changes or makes adjustments. Use their feedback as information to further help in identifying potential problems with the end product.

Please do not leave music/soundtrack selection at the end as it plays an important part in building ideas and a theme to work around. Testing this out during the rough cut screening will be helpful and don’t forget to secure the licensing rights to use these songs/music for your movie.

Lastly never give out your rough cuts to anyone as piracy is rampant and you don’t want your unfinished film to be leaked. This should actually be the number one priority since there are many malicious parties out there who do not care about your hard work and whether or not they sabotage your effort.

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