Finally finished filming. Now just completing the rough cut edit, which has to be finalised as soon as possible to be ready for MIDEM, The Music Industry Festival in Cannes on the last week of January.
On one hand having a lot of footage is good as you have a greater choice of shots, but converting from AVCHD to Apple Pro res 422 take ages, then there’s logging and sorting. Several of the locations I had planned to use ..football grounds.. proved impossible to get access to at this time of the year. Managers were (perhaps understandably) more interested in going for promotion or avoiding relegation than allowing a bunch of dancers, singers and actors onto their pitches.
And a well known educational establishment that promotes itself as industry friendly and keen to hire its facilities, still hasn’t replied to my urgent email and phone requests from well before Christmas. (No ..it’s not an educational establishment I’ve worked at ..if you’re wondering..
So what with one thing and another, a lot of my carefully considered plans had to be changed. But that’s the name of the game really. Plan as much as you can, but be prepared with backup plans B and C. Try to stick to your original ideas, but be flexible, take advantage of luck, happy accidents and the unexpected.
However this does mean that you can be left with a lot more footage than if things had gone to plan.
I’ve just realised that the term footage is very dated now. I suppose I mean Gigabytes …doesn’t quite have the same ring to it though.
I digress. I ended up with over 300 files. I think.. I can’t be bothered to count.
So having to sync up most of them to the music track I again tried out Final Cut Pro Multiclip. I ought to get on well with it as it mimics the process of live vision mixing , but somehow it doesn’t work for me and I’ve ended up using about 30 video tracks. I’ve been told that it not good working on that many tracks, but it works for me.
over 350 cuts in a 4 minute video. Phew!
It’s finished exporting now ..so back to work