Its been a couple of weeks since we finished shooting but we are only getting into the editing now. Reason is, it took a very long time for my almost five year old computer to transcode the footage from the raw RED files to offline editable files I can work with, as well as converting all the 5D files into prores too. This has been thus far a learning experience for me, and something I am not used to, since usually I am the tech on shoots and know exactly how everything works – from camera capture through all of post production. On this shoot, I only learnt how to turn on the RED (I should say boot the camera) halfway through the shoot.
Thankfully, the RED workflow isn’t hugely different on FCP to the P2 workflow that I am very familiar with. But the process did make me think about how much technical information I have picked up over the years simply because I was making my own films. This time though I liked not knowing it all on set because if there was a problem other people were there to solve it, rather than me taking up the time I should have been thinking about directing. On the set of my previous short, Useless Things, we shot on my own HVX200 (along with a Cinevate Brevis 35mm adaptor) and I knew more about how that all worked than anyone on set. Consequently, when we had more serious technical issues I was pulled away. That was definitely distracting, especially considering I was acting in the film too…
Speaking of Useless Things, it will be playing at a screening at the Cinema du Parc this Saturday the 21st of August at 1pm. The screening was set up by Rail City Media to showcase the newly completed Dog Sitter by director Adam Reider, and produced by me. We’re showing a number of great shorts at the screening, including Eva Cvijanovic’s Play (winner of the 2008 Air Canada enRoute Achievement in Animation award). Eva also did the animation for Useless Things – and I can’t wait to start showing people her stop motion work in Mr. Crab. So, back to editing then!