DON’T FIX IT IN POST, GET IT RIGHT IN PRODUCTION
If you’re new to filmmaking there’s a term you want to become familiar with, but you’ll want to avoid using as much as possible. That term is: WE’LL FIX IT IN POST.
If it doesn’t ring a bell, allow us to elaborate. Basically, in many, if not most cases, it’s a cheap excuse used by a filmmaker to not thoroughly execute his/her filmmaking capacity on set. That is, the filmmaker channels his/her on set responsibility to post production (editing).
We’ll fix it in post is considerably overrated!
Most of the time, the person yelling we’ll fix it in post doesn’t even know if It can be fixed in post, let alone how.
Unarguably, the person who hates hearing we’ll fix it in post the most has to be the editor. On most sets, usually only the editor knows whether it can be fixed in post or not. And if it can be fixed in post, he/she is probably thinking: Why not just get it right in production. It’s not as time consuming.
HOW ABOUT WHEN CORRECTING COLOR AND AUDIO?
Color correcting in post production is not meant to be the all saving software for the color scheme of your film. The color correcting tools in the software are there to enhance your film, not make your film.
Audio correcting/editing software has come very far and has become incredibly reliant and super useful for filmmakers. However, you still have to record your original audio/sound at a set quality level. Again, audio editing software is there to enhance your film, not to make your film. Check out our 6 Essential Must Have Equipment For The Independent Filmmaker, audio included.
Don’t forget, there are things that absolutely can’t be fixed in post production, unless you just cut them completely out of the movie…which at times is advisable. And again, there are things that can be fixed in post, but why? It’s just too time consuming.
CORRECTLY USE WE’LL FIX IT IN POST
We’re not advocating not ever using “We’ll fix it in post.” Hey, we’re filmmakers and we have…and there are occasions when we’ll continue to. All we’re saying is, don’t over do it. Especially when a retake will do.
It’s been said, with great power comes great responsibility. Well, you have the power to yell “we’ll fix it in post,” but do so responsibly…and you should first consult your editor, if he/she is on set.
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