Post-Production | 09.01.2018

Describe the most important post-production decisions you made for your different media productions and explain why these decisions were significant. Refer to a range of examples in your answer to show how your skills in post-production developed over time.


Review Footage

Reviewing footage is the first move after filming, selecting best takes. Along with audio that matches.

Rough Cut

A rough cut of the footage creates a general idea of how long the film is, its pace, rhythm and flow, and also weather there is a clear narrative. A rough cut creates an idea of your film and a collection of the best takes which can gain feedback and then determine a potential re-shoot.


Editing of the film is all on Final Cut Pro X (and idents (AS &A2) on Motion 5). In the programme, have to decide on the length of shots, the cuts and transitions, how to manage parallel editing, matching the diegetic sound and lip sync. Also, colour gradient which changes the atmosphere and mood of the film making it look more like a film.
Also, for the film, deciding where to put the titles is crucial, as they don’t want to drown out the film, the questions that want to be asked are Where? How? The Colour? Font? What names to include? Furthermore, the font scheme chosen and way the tittle is written must create a consistent theme throughout the poster and review.


Diegetic sound matched with visual moving image, and not to be drowned by a  non-diegetic soundtrack. Royalty free score from Audio Blocks at the start of the short film, film edited with the beats and transitions, feedback- does the music work?

Ancillary Tasks

Poster: What photo(s) best portray my film, how to take that photo, match genre, theme and toning similar
Review: What stills should I use? What are the ‘interesting facts’ about the film, going back and researching, the text, what to write, and the verdict rating.


Essential at every point of post production, is the film understandable, enjoyable, does it need changing, if so change and re-gain feedback, use target audience as it suits them and they are not going to just be nice. This leads to the final screening where by all the given feedback is met and changed.

The Essay

After going out and filming any film production, it is essential to review the footage, finding the best takes and if any footage is ruined and then if  a re-shoot is required. For example, at the start if A2, when I was initially working as a pair for a short comedy film whereby I was the main actor, after reviewing the footage, I identified a Steadicam being visible within the frame, which meant that the exert was un-useable which lead to the decision of a re-shoot. If we had not of decided to re-film the clip, then our film would have looked unprofessional. During AS, when reviewing the Steadicam footage, we realised that the footage was too shakey, we then decided to borrow an Osmo DJ Steadicam for our re-film. This, once again, was a good choice as it lead to a professional and clean looking film.

After reviewing the footage and sorting out any possible issues with it, in A2 a rough cut was then made. However, for my AS 2 minute opening, we never made a rough cut and in fact just went straight to creating our film opening. Whilst from A2, I have learnt that making a rough cut is a good decision, as for my short 5 minute film a rough cut of the footage created a general idea of how long the film is, its pace, rhythm and flow, and also weather there is a clear narrative. My rough gave a collection of the best takes and if the quality is consistent, which if not, lead to the decision of a re-take. After making a rough version of my film introduction of a film-montage, I went back and filmed more fillers so the intro was of fast pace and could match the beats of the compiled score that played over it.

After having made my A2 rough cut, and in fact through every step of post-production, I gained feedback on my film and its progress. I used both my class peers, but also my target audience and people who have dealt with Mental Health, so that the feedback I got was relevant. And from this, I could find is it is understandable and enjoyable, and if anything needs changing, and if so deciding when and how to change it. However from AS I have learnt to get feedback, as the only feedback on our 2 minute film opening was from out final screening, by which point was too late; which is an example of a poor post-production decision, which I have learnt from.

The editing of film through out my Advanced and Foundation Portfolio has all been on the Apple Macs, mainly using Final Cut Pro X, but also Motion 5 for idents and my A2 Film title. In final cut, I had to decide on a practical yet good length for shots and when to cut or transit between scenes. In AS, i worked as a pair, which meant the decisions were a joint decision, and sometimes we would disagree, which made the process more difficult. Whilst in A2, we started as a pair but ended up working individually, which meant all the decisions became my own. Particularly in post production, I could work on the project myself and I understood what needed changing and what has already been done. For example, an important aspect within the editing of my film was using my upbeat Royalty Free non-diegetic score and matching the footage to the beats and transitions, but also colour grading it to give my warm aesthetic affect and to make the footage like like a real film.

Furthermore, deciding where to put the titles is crucial, as  I had to decide not only where to put them and which ones to include, but the font and colours. The colour had to be one that stands out, but yet with the font, must be consistent with the ancillary tasks of the poster and review. A decision that I am happy I made in the post production of my A2 Short Film, was using Motion 5 to create a moving title, my film title was ‘Disturbed Mind’, a film about Schizophrenia, and in motion I made a title the split in half and it was placed in-between by opening happy film montage and the story of the isolated schizophrenic patient- which acted as a clever juxtaposition. However for AS, the due to all our decisions to re-shoot, the post-production stage was very rushed, which meant that we did not think of how the title is to be presented, which to me, made a negative difference to the film.

Another thing to consider is the other tasks we have to do, this is a relevant film poster and a two page review spread. For the film poster had to take a picture that would represent my film, is there films about schizophrenia I chose a picture with a slow shutter speed that made a blurryface. Is already mentioned I was consistent with the fonts throughout and the movie title was written the same with a split in it. In order to be consistent, the names that feature on the film poster have to match with the names that appear in the film in order of importance .Therefore across the top of my film poster was my main actors’ name. For the two page review I had to insert images/screen grabs from my film which shows the Iconic scenes and what my review is about. Furthermore because the template I used for my review was from Empire Magazine I had a 5 piece section titled look closer, this contained 5 facts relevant to my short film comma this meant doing research after post production which was relevant to my location and actors. 

The final decision to make during post production is the essential decision on when to do a final screening. The final screening is done after replying to all the feedback you received. However in my case for my advanced portfolio was that during my final screening I had noticed things wrong with the sound which meant I went back and edited it more. This contrasts with my AS film opening as we just handed it in and upon reflection I was not very happy with that film. But this meant the outcome for A2 was something that I could be happier with and something I knew I had tried my hardest with and was of the aesthetic that I desired.





  1. You cover all the right areas, but are too short on specifics to earn a Level 4 mark. What exactly did your audience feedback reveal? How did you use this in your next production? What was the result of this revised way of working? Be *specific*.


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