Post-production is the part of the production process that I was most excited about. I had mixed reactions when I found out we were working on Avid; I’d worked on it before in Film Lab 1, so it was familiar, but because it needs a fair amount of precision it was going to take some time to re-learn. At times Avid was a bit frustrating for my group (Emma, Julie and I), but we asked others in the class for help when needed and once we got the hang of Avid we made quick work of the edit.
We had a practical approach; we began by playing back the edits to see which shots we wanted to use. We also talked about specific moments we remembered from the shoot that we thought would be effective in the edit.
We started by working on the dialogue scene, being careful of continuity; there were some takes where either Stef or Matt would be sitting back or leaning forward, and we had to do a couple of sneaky cuts to make this natural. We made sure to make the intro funny and to establish Andy for later.
We chose four shots of the band playing and spliced them in as separate layers of video. We would then play back each shot and choose which to cut to in the edit. We made sure to sync the clips to the track as we went, making sure the lip-sync and playing were in time. Once we had the lip-sync matched up, we started to splice in shots of Andy in drag and clips of the band in drag in the final chorus.
Overall, the post-production process was smooth; my group had equal say on the cut and we were all happy with the end result.