In any documentary film you’re making, it is not just the pre-production nor the production itself that you need to think about. These two aren’t the only steps involved in the process. You also need to think about post-production: what happens when you’re done producing? What do you do next?
One of the most important things you need to keep in mind when it comes to post-production is keeping a very detailed log of your footage. This log is basically your detailed record of every single shot that has been made. You take notes of problems, did all of the shots work, what do you think was good for one, and what was bad with the other. By asking and answering these questions and noting them down in your log, you’re actually saving yourself a lot of time and effort.
Another important aspect of post-production is editing your film. The same way anyone who wants to build a website well wants to make sure that the layout is good enough for any website visitors, filmmakers must make sure that the final product of the film is ‘good enough’ for the target audience. any cameras edit in limited ways and some have special effects. Learn how to “cut” pieces of your footage together and put music or speech over your video. Check your camera’s manual or use a software package like iMovie to make your final cuts.
Also, be sure that you take care of your team still. Don’t just give them some lame expression or congratulatory remark right after production. This certainly won’t be enough, especially if you want everyone to be happy with what has been accomplished.
In the end, while good post-production certainly won’t be an absolute assurance that you’ll be successful in your documentary, it’s certainly a huge step towards it. What you need to do, then, as aspiring filmmaker, is to make sure that you are involved in every single step of the process, ridding your film of the unnecessary kinks. That way, you get to have more power and control over the way your film plays out, literally and figuratively speaking.
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