Filmmaking 101 – Must Do 2 – Exceptional Postproduction

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Postproduction is one of the most important areas of filmmaking. So many emerging filmmakers rush or place very little importance on postproduction.

A Film is made or broken in this part of the filmmaking process. You could have had the very best shoot with an amazing script and awesome cast and still destroy your film, with lousy postproduction.

I worked out recently how much time I or one of my team spent on postproduction on Tabernacle 101, our one hour 45 minute movie set for worldwide release later this year.

  • 1200 hours on Editing 14o hours of footage to the final version.
  • 8 Weeks Sound Postproduction – ADR – Sound Design and Final Mix
  • 8 Weeks Music for the film.
  • 10 Weeks VFX (Visual Effects
  • 4 Weeks Colouring.

I have chosen purposely to place time and effort into postproduction. It is so important to do so as this will give you the best return on your movie.

Tabernacle 101 is  big project and is a Supernatural Film that requires great craft in postproduction to make the one hour forty five minute movie. On a ten minute short film, postproduction will be so much quicker.

For a possible 10 minute short film, postproduction could take the following.

  • 40 hours editing.
  • 1 Day colouring
  • 3 Days Sound Postproduction
  • 2 Days Music.

So here is the Filmmaking 101 Must Do Tip.

You need to learn the postproduction process in detail. Too many beginner or emerging filmmakers think that post production is several hours of editing and spew out a result.  This is inviting failure

One of the most important reasons to enrol on the 3 Month Film Course in Sydney or Melbourne  is to learn specifically about postproduction.

You will learn how to edit a ten minute short film using Adobe Premiere Pro. Learning this invaluable skill is truly worthwhile. You will also learn about Sound Design and Mixing from one of the best Sound Designers John Hresc.

Postproduction makes your film into a movie, like you see in the cinema.  Learn everything you can about the process.

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Colm O'Murchu - Host

Colm O’Murchu is a passionate Indie Filmmaker and owner of the production company, International Film Base. He has directed and produced three successfully released feature films worldwide and one documentary.  

His most recent film Tabernacle 101 has been released in 2019 in the US and will be released in Australia in late 2020 premiering at the Sci Fi Film Festival. He is currently in development on his next feature film Absolute Freedom, an action adventure film set in the outback.

He has spoken at Indie Film Seminars all over the world and created online and offline film courses 

 He lives in the Blue Mountains NSW Australia and loves the outdoors and the mountains.

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