Post production film crew involves many people with different skills. It refers to the tasks that must be completed after the filming or shooting ends and includes tasks such as the editing of raw footage, insertion of transition effects, working with voice and sound actors and including special effects. The post production crew consists of many staff members and all are just as important as each other.
Post production film crew – who is involved?
Film editor: A film editor is the skilled expert who removes the unwanted sections of the film and then fits the pieces of film together to make a finished movie. They work with the Cinematographers and Sound Editors to bring sight and sound together and works to capture the director’s vision to tell a compelling story. Being a film editor requires hours of looking through footage and then assembling a film a half-second at a time and working swiftly to meet the filmmakers’ deadline.
Online Editor: When the offline edit is complete, the Online Editor adds visual effects, titles and manages the color correction.
Colorist: Is responsible for adjusting the color of the film to achieve greater consistency. A good colorist is capable of making your footage match perfectly from shot to shot, and are often a great second set of eyes to give you a new viewpoint on what your project is about and how it can look its best.
Visual Effects Supervisor: The visual effects supervisor is the creative and technical manager, overseeing the work of the staff dedicated to the art and science of special effects.
Compositor: Compositors work in most areas of animation and post production. A compositor is a visual effects specialist responsible for compositing images from different sources such as video, film, computer generated 3-D imagery, 2-D animations and text.
Paint Artist: The Paint Artist manually creates mattes for use in compositing. They also paint out items that are not wanted in a scene, such as removing wires and rigs, logos and scratches.
SOUND AND MUSIC
Sound Designer: Is responsible for providing the sound for screen action. Their main task is to identify the three types of sound effects required for the film which may include gunshots, clocks, doors closing, dog barking (spot effects) or rain, wind, traffic or ocean (atmosphere effects). There are also specialist sound design effects such as dinosaurs, aliens, spaceships or computers. Sound Designers source these different sounds and often create and record original material.
Dialogue Editor: They are responsible for assembling and editing all dialogue in the soundtrack which means taking the audio tracks recorded on set and cleaning them up with audio equipment to balance and equalize the sounds to make each word as clear and crisp as possible.
Sound Editor: This person makes sure all audio streams for a film/video production are clear and high quality. They are responsible for assembling and editing all sound effects in the soundtrack.
Music Supervisor: They work with the composer, mixers and editors to produce and incorporate the film’s music. They also negotiate licensing of rights for all source music used in the film production.
Composer: The Composer is the person that writes the original musical score for the film.
Foley Artist: The Foley Artist creates audio effects for a film using physical props and is responsible for very specific sounds. They work directly with the Sound Designer and create natural sounds not artificial sounds required for special effects such as spaceships or aliens.