The Finish Line Published in Broadcast Tech Magazine
For many producers, the post-production stage can be a confusing and stressful experience. But here at The Finish Line, we know things don’t have to be that way. That’s why our Founder, Zeb Chadfield, recently spoke to the team at Broadcast Tech about how producers can overcome common post-production hurdles while maintaining quality results.
Read an excerpt of the article on his advice, which is now published in the Autumn issue, below:
How to Get the Most out of Post-Production
You’ve put together your team, got the green light on the budget, and set a production schedule. You’ve even started shooting. There’s only one step left to consider: post-production.
For many producers, this is the stage when their project can hit a stumbling block,which is the last thing you need when your deadline is looming closer and closer. But post-production doesn’t have to be a confusing, stressful or tedious process.
I founded my post-production company, The Finish Line, on the idea that quality work and tight deadlines are not mutually exclusive for any project. These are my recommendations for how producers can work better with the postproduction team, no matter what the timeline or budget of the project.
Before the start of the production, engage in open discussions with your post-production team about the project – ideally, this should take place at the budgeting stage so that appropriate time, talent and tools can be taken into consideration.
Make sure you ask questions like: What should I expect from the post-production process? How far will my budget go and what will it realistically accomplish? What do you need from me to get the job done well? And how else can I best support your creativity on the project?
It’s also crucial to make sure your team has contact information for mental health support, should they need it. The Film and TV Charity is a good place to start for this type of information. Ensure everyone knows who to go to regarding issues that involve bullying, bigotry and harassment. It’s especially important to stress that the person reporting these problems will not face negative repercussions for speaking out.