Contributed By Glen Berry
Post is (relatively) Predictable
Shot Selection and Order
Picture Lock is a major milestone
Make it Play without Music
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Post Production is much more predictable and less stressful than production. Managing a post production schedule is much easier than production.
The rough cut is about shot selection and shot order. Do not worry about timing. Your efforts will be wasted when you are instructed to rebuild sequences after the first viewing.
When the producer or director has signed off on picture lock, there will be no more changes to the edit. Get signatures on paper. Any changes to the edit after this point will be painful and expensive.
Your fine cut has to play and be watchable without music. Do not rely on music to rescue a scene. Music will make it better but the scene needs to play without it.