Hello. We are back from a wonderful holiday and are in full post production with several projects. One of those are the follow-up on "Sumpen and Erik's" adventures in Falu Energi & Vatten advertising/information films about myths in todays society from there perspective.
It's been a large project spanning over 5 months from first meeting to lunching. Right now we've just finished editing and I thought I might give you a little insight in the workflow after the shooting has ended. In total, we filmed for two weeks, witch resulted in 7.5 hours of material about 1000GigaByte or 1TerraByte.
Recording Format - UHD
We filmed with Sony FS7, in 3840x2160 25fps, a format that is also called UltraHD. UltraHD is the sequel to FullHD (1920x1080pixlar that came almost ten years ago now.) Although many TVs and cell phones still only show in FullHD today, it is not long before the UltraHD is going to be standard. There are already UltraHD TVs to buy and many providers, such as Netflix and YouTube already plays in that format.
So we chose that format partly because its more future proof, but mostly because these movies are supposed to be seen on YouTube/Internet, and in many cases a computer screen- And computer screens today, even laptops, usually have a resolution higher than 1920x1080. All movies will also be screened as cinema commercials witch also show in UltraHD. Enough about that.
The editing process
How long will it take to edit? Yeah, it is a good question. Generally speaking, the more you prepare, the faster the process will be. Then the word EDITING is about hard to define. It includes a lot of steps. Everything from sorting out material, select takes, edit a story on a timeline, add sound effects, visual effects, etc. This project witch will results in 4 movies took about a month in total to edit.
After shooting is finished, we compile all the material in a fancy folder structure so we can work in peace in our editing application, Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
The first thing we do when editing is to look through the material and make sure we got everything we need. We wont be totally safe until the editing is completed, but we will check a little extra for scenes we know from the shoot could be problematic. Like, if we had to wrap a shoot earlier because of the weather. And if we're missing a take we will usually go and do a reshoot, and that's easier to do as soon as possible after the principal shootings to get the same look on the surroundings etc. In this project all went smooth and the only scenes we were missing where from the Horse Race Track.
Then we start to make a first cut from the script. That we had a script to work from makes editing faster, we know what's supposed to happen and why. While we check for the best takes you can see if there are opportunities to cut different. Maybe an improvised take at the shooting can help tell the story in a better way than scripted. It is really a puzzling and one can be as creative as you want here. But to be creative and try different solutions also means more time. It's a fine balance between the budget and result.
A total of 450 minutes of film was cut down to ~4x6 minutes. We knew from the beginning that the films where going to be that long. First it's a good length for YouTube and social media. But shorter films also makes for shorter and cheaper pre-production, recording, editing and so on. Since there is already a prequel "Sumpen and Erik" from last year, the style of the editing, humor, characters, environments, graphics, music and more is already done and decided. That shortens the editing a lot too. While we edit we also adds music. Sound effects and visual effects that most people will never notice.
After X number of test screenings and editing-versions we decide to finish to the cutting session. It means no more changes can be made, and we move forward to online post production, witch include sound mix, sound design and color grade and visual effects. It's done by sound designer, VFX artists and a colourist. It's a process that takes a week or two, and I wont go any further inot that in this blog-post.
All in all, the editing work takes about 20 days. This week we had a test screening at the cinema with the client, Falu Energi & Vatten, before bit lunches later this month in both cinemas and on YouTube/Social Media. We're super proud of the films and really exited to show you guys soon four new stories with Sumpen and Erik.