In the past few months, we've been a little quiet on the blog and pretty dry on original content. We've been a little caught up in few things, such as Jessica and I getting engaged (but that's for another article). We apologize and hopefully can make up for in the near future with some great content, useful tips, and ideally, some behind the scenes fun. Its also because we've been helping on some very cool projects with some talented artists like those from That Studio, which we worked on color correction and grading for several projects (some which you can find below). Seriously, take a look at some of their content, workflows, and methodologies for post-production, as they are a prime example of a next generation, modular post production studios in this crazy world that seems to change daily. Let me explain why:
I'd seen a few of their teaser videos and heard the ThatPostShow podcast but it was not until I was already knee deep into color grading the "1820: Script to Screen BTS" video, that I realized the pure genius of it all. That Studios is a completely international "virtual" post house, with everyone communicating, reviewing, and transferring work completely over the internet, using services like Dropbox and BitTorrrent Sync. It only furthered the irony that the video I was color correcting happened to be completely about the workflow used on their latest film, 18:20, so that may have helped my moment of clarity. Once I had adjusted to not being in the same room with a client\co-worker(s) reviewing a cut, I realized it was a very cool style of working that I quite enjoyed. Okay, you've mastered the YouTube tutorial, you've been having a blast making your own films\graphics\vfx , and you're finally ready to start collaborating professionally with others. Let me just proceed by stating that having 15 or so artist throwing opinions like Harry Potter spells can be slightly overwhelming (especially when they all appear as little bubbles over that screen shot in your remote review software (such as Wipster), but you will survive! Here are few tips I picked up when adjusting to collaborating with other artists:
- -Go in with an open mind. You may be used to working in one way, but you may (and likely will) need to adjust to another style (especially if you are taking over an existing project).
- -Try and be as flexible as your skill set will allow. The words "I can't do that" should be the LAST thing you ever want to say.
- -Communication is absolutely critical, especially if your team is "virtual". I cannot stress this enough.
- -Never be afraid to ask questions. It's far better to be slightly annoying with additional questions than to deliver something incorrectly\not deliver when working on a professional project with a deadline.
- -Figure out who you "report" to & identify the artist "chain of command" you need to address if any problems arise. When it comes time to review your work and 15 people have an opinion, your "report" and the "chain of command" should be the first comments you address. Should you have time in the deadline to review the others, go back in another pass.
- -Have fun and enjoy the comradery! Its always fun to work with a team. Filmmaking is a massive team effort, and post production is no exception.
These are just a few tips I picked up on my most recent projects, but I hope you can put them to good use. Please check out the work we did with That Studios below on 18:20, and we'll see you on the next blog post!
The Making of 18:20... from Script to Screen from That Studio
18:20 TEASER from That Studio on Vimeo.
Ethics Disclaimer: While I occasionally freelance on various projects for That Studio, these opinions are completely my own and are just that, an opinion. Please do not assume these are "official" ThatStudio sponsored posts in any way, shape or form, as they are not. This is simply an opinion article. Thanks!