Written by guest blogger Helen Clark
A pro videographer’s take on common pre-production challenges and how those can be easily handled during the post-production edits.
The Challenges in Film Pre-Production That Can Be Tackled in Post-Production
Making a short story video, a movie, or even shooting a wedding requires not only “how-to” knowledge, but also creativity, time, and effort. It is an energy consuming process which has to be laid upon the firm foundations of pre-production.
Pre-production is a phase in which everything has to be decided and prepared, ranging from scripts and storyboard, to cast members, cinematographers, and directors. But, sometimes during this process, some of the steps get unintentionally neglected, and certain errors tend to occur.
This is where post-production comes to save the day. Here are some examples of how the challenges in film pre-production can be tackled in post-production.
The storyboard is a really important part of pre-production and, when done properly, it makes video editing in the post-production phase a very easy task. It is used to plan an entire video. Graphic illustrations are used to visualize the content of each shot and, if there is some dialogue in the scene, a short description of it is written and attached to the relevant illustration.
If one messes up the sequence of shots, it will make it much harder for the post-production guy or crew, since their job will involve cropping the video and insertion of new sequences; and this is always one time-consuming task.
Weather, Location, and Gear
Sometimes, weather conditions can mess up the colors. In most cases, it is because there was not enough lighting during the take. When you factor in the weather, the location, and the gear used to capture the scene, the colors may vary.
While it may look just fine when watched on the camera’s screen during the shoot, the colors on the screen may not look good after all. This is when producers have to use professional video editing services to correct the colors and fix the lighting to the best of their abilities.
Animations and Special Effects
Animations and special effects are planned during the pre-production process and actors are always informed if certain effects will be used in the scene or if an animated object will be added. They have to know how to position themselves to make the entire scene look as realistic as possible.
Without video editing in post-production, these types of scenes would be impossible. Modern solutions for video editing allow even major corrections of the entire scene. For instance, the entire scene can be re-edited to place the actor exactly where the director needs him or her. Since there are many easily obtainable video editing software tools, special effects, and animations, manipulation is commonly used in both amateur and professional videos.
As you can see, post-production can tackle some serious challenges in film pre-production, especially now when professional videographers have access to the latest technologies and software, to help them with this important task. If you want to expand your knowledge of post-production, feel free to read relevant online articles that cover this topic in-depth.
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