Lock it up

It’s official: Today I declared Catching Up picture locked.

What does this mean?  Basically when you’re finishing a film, there are three main things that need to be done to it.  You have to edit the piece, color correct it to make it look as beautiful as possible, and edit the sound to make it sound as beautiful as possible.

The last two things are entirely dependent on finishing the first one.  Color correcting and sound editing are tough processes, and the only things that you do them on are the shots and sound that are actually making it into the film.  There’s no use fixing up a take you’re not going to use.

Because of the way it works, you have to finish editing the piece first, and decide that the film is “picture locked.”  This means you’re not touching any of the edits any more.  Time’s up, hands up, utensils down.

This is a huge step, and quite an accomplishment.  I could not have achieved it without the help of my editor, Banu Debre, who has been absolutely wonderful.  She made the absolute best of everything that I gave her.

The colorist and sound editor are going to have all the footage by the end of the day on Monday, and we’re going to work tirelessly to get this film done in time for the Student Academy Awards deadline on April 1st.

We got this.

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One Response to Lock it up

  1. Great, great, great news! Knock it out! I know you’ll get it done. Can’t wait ’till I get to experience what you are right now. I’m a little ways off, but I’ll get there.

    Congrats on your achievement!

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