We have been blessed to live in an age where many mistakes can be fixed or avoided thanks to technology, but as a creative, it can become a problem when we begin to rely on the creative shortcuts. A term commonly used on set of some commercials and short films I’ve been on is “we’ll just fix it in post.” To put it in terms more commonly understood, this is referring to the actual editing of the final video.
I personally do not subscribe to this theory. In other words, I try and get as close to the look I want while I film, instead of deciding to change it up in the editor. Not only does this make your final product look better, it makes your post production way easier.
So what does this matter to the client?
While it’s great to have people that can help fix film in post, it can really reflect the skill level of the Filmer if they don’t rely on post. So much of filming is about composing, getting the right exposure, understanding what lenses to use at what time, and how the overall shot is supposed to look like. If a Filmer understands this they can make the whole project run smoother. For example, while filming a short film earlier this year, I wanted to create a sequence where our main character was daydreaming. To achieve a dreamy-like look I took a plastic bag and wrapped it around the front of the lens then cut a small hole in the middle. This not only allowed me to draw the audiences’ attention to the center of the frame where the subject was, it also gave a glowing halo effect around the frame without having to add a cheesy effect in post.
Feel free to leave a comment and tell me what your techniques are as a Filmer!
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