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Post Production: The Edit
Your script was the best thing ever written. There’s an absolutely amazing cast and crew involved. The locations are incredible and everything went brilliantly whilst shooting. Some of the shots your cinematographer and camera operators filmed are outstanding. This is it! You’ve just wrapped on the film of the decade!
But wait… it’s not over yet. In fact you’re not even half way through. The next stage in the production of this incredible film is one of the most important. Post-production. The edit!
Editing a film is a bit like decorating a cake. You’ve made the mixture, baked the cake, but now you’ve got the mammoth task of making it look really, really good! Fail and you could end up with… well… a complete mess! All that hard work by everyone could be destroyed in an instant. And a bad edit, or an editor who does not get the directors feel of the film, could change the entire tone of the production.
We edit on Adobe Premiere Pro and, to try and speed up our post-production, we began the edit as soon as we’d finished our first days shoot. The first task is like sorting your sock drawer. Going through everything you’ve filmed and finding all that works, all that you want in the final film, and everything that you don’t. We also have to do tedious tasks like syncing audio to the visuals etc.
Finally beginning the actual edit is a very creative process. You have to be able to visualise the final film, from a large number of clips that were shot by the filmmakers on set. As independent filmmakers working on a zero budget, inevitably we end up doing everything ourselves. This can be both a blessing and a curse.
The blessing: Myself (Joe) and my co-director Callum plan every shot meticulously. We shoot for the edit, meaning that when we film a scene, we already have in mind exactly what we want the edit to be and therefore know exactly what shots we need to capture. It makes our job as editors that much easier, rather than trawling through hours of footage.
The curse: Because we shoot for the edit, we sometimes find that things don’t always work exactly the way we envisioned them to. If this happens, we have to try and ‘fix’ the scene in the edit suite. Not a great idea as more than often you’re just trying to cover up mistakes. Editing your own footage is also very hard because, inevitably, there will be some shots that are absolutely amazing and you have great memories connected to it, that you have to throw away and not use. Giving up one of your favourite things can be very hard.
Luckily, whilst editing Wonderful, we haven’t stumbled upon too many problems. Because we planned so well in the initial stages, our shoot for the edit technique really worked. Our major setback (that always seems to happen) is that we have overrun on the length of the film. What was intended to be a 20 minutes short, is now just under 30. We’re hoping that our film won’t suffer because of this when it comes to entering it into festivals.
Overall, editing Wonderful has been fun as it’s great seeing the film slowly coming together. We’re really proud of everything that everyone has put into it. As perfectionists of our own work, there will always be little bits to tidy up and tweak. But that could go on forever. At some point you’ve got to step back and say, “Right, that’s the edit locked down. Time to move on to the next step of post-production.
Sound effects, music, colour correcting… colour grading… visual effects… What? You thought that once the edit was done the film was completed?
Promotional posters and artwork for Wonderful.
Mr Wonderful, Donald Wilfull, and Dr Deranged feature in these three official posters!
These Mr Wonderful comic book covers are actually used within the film itself, but also make brilliant posters for the film!
Stills from the film made for great teaser posters…
The original poster we used to sell the idea for the film and get the cast and crew on board!
At Berry Productions we have an amazing group of people, both in front and behind the camera. For our new film ‘Wonderful’, that group has expanded even further!
David Aston as Donald Willful
An old man who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, who believes he was once the great superhero – Mr Wonderful!
Taking the lead role in ‘Wonderful’, David plays both the fragile yet frustrated elderly Donald, and the strong and determined Mr Wonderful to perfection!
Joanne Gallagher as Elizabeth
Looking after her elderly father is a constant struggle for Elizabeth, especially when she must constantly remind him that he is not a superhero.
Joanne plays the role brilliantly, showing both the love she feels for her father, and the frustration of being his carer.
Richie Donaldson as Dr Range
An obnoxious doctor who Donald Willful deeply mistrusts. Dr Range has no time for the elderly and treats Donald like a child.
Playing the (possible) villain of a film is always fun and Richie has a lot of fun with this character! He gives a great performance as the untrustworthy doctor!
Chance Monahan as Charlie
Donald’s young grandson is a huge fan of superheroes. Will he believe that his grandfather is Mr Wonderful, his favourite of all the heroes?
This is eight year old Chance’s first serious acting role and he plays the character brilliantly!
Directed by: Joseph Monahan and Callum Smith
Written by: Joseph Monahan
Produced by: Joseph Monahan and Callum Smith
Music Composer and Performer: Callum Smith
Sound Recorders: Ben Wade, Neil Watling and Joseph Monahan
Camera Operators: Callum Smith and Joseph Monahan
Additional Camera Operators: Carl Greene and Neil Watling
Still Photography: Ben Wade
Costume Designer: Joseph Monahan
Costumes: Elli Noble
Hair and Make-Up: Joseph Monahan, Andy Train and Joanne Gallagher
Edited, SFX and Visual Effects: Callum Smith and Joseph Monahan
Production Assistants: Carl Greene, Neil Watling, Joanne Gallagher, Katy D’Arcy, Lewis Antcliff
Mr Wonderful Comic Art: Joseph Monahan
This year we are entering our newest short film, ‘The New Family Corporation’, into the Reed Film Competition 2014! When I say short I mean short – it’s 3 minutes long!
I won’t bang on about the film itself as we are releasing it in the next couple of days to watch online and you can judge it for yourselves! In the meantime, here are a couple of character posters from the film! Take a goosey gander and let us know what you think!
The New Family Corporation… here for all your family needs!
£114.12 down and an eternal wait of 6 months. It’s festival submission time again! Hooray!
We have just submitted our latest film ‘The Field’ to three film festivals, one in the UK and two in the States.
In the UK we have submitted to the British Independent Film Festival which takes place in Leicester Square in London. The great thing about this festival, and what attracted us to it, is that there are a number of awards presented – not just best film or best director(s) as is usually the case. This festival also has best actor and actress and best young actor and actress. As we have had some pretty amazing performances from both our young and… ahem… ‘older’ actors we thought we’d give it a shot, giving the people who gave us their time for free to work with us a chance for some glory! It also focuses on British, independent talent. There is huge press coverage and, being in the UK, we could easily attend!
In the US we submitted to The San Francisco International Film Festival and the Seattle International Film Festival. The winner of best short film at the San Francisco Festival get’s considered for an Academy Award nomination – far reaching I know, but it would be great to say we were even in this category would be amazing! The Seattle Festival considers our film a feature and has a number of great awards and even cash prizes. Both publicize the hell out of the films involved and both gain a lot of interest from industry specialists and distributors. Our man Ben Wade is in America too, so potentially could get his arse there to represent us!
Of course we are not guaranteed to get into any of these festivals. We could get a big fat rejection and be out of pocket with nothing to show from it. And these are only the first three festivals we’ve gone for – there are a lot more we’ll be submitting to in the next few months so potentially our pockets could be not only empty, but end up sucking us into a black abyss of no return. On the other hand our film could do brilliantly in one or more festivals and pave the way for that feature we’re planning!
Only time will tell. 6 months in fact, as we don’t know if we’ll even get in to the festivals until April next year. So watching this space is a must!