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< Back to Articles Post production is a part of the process of creating a film. It occurs after the film has been shot. Post production jobs include editing, soundtrack creation, special effects, sound design, and film transfer. Editing the film is a very important part of the making of a film. It involves combining the footage shot in production in such a way that it presents a clear, understandable story to the audience. Different shots are combined and the scenes are put in the order that best tells the story or is most effective. Many times during watching a film the viewer doesn't notice the editing (if the editing is good it shouldn't be noticeable), but a good editor is necessary to the make a good film. Film editors used to manually cut film and paste it in a different sequence to edit it, but now editing computer programs are used to edit. Common editing programs include Final Cut and Avid. These allow the editor to work with multiple layers of digitized film, audio, film effects, and transitions all at once on the computer. Typically, the first thing that an editor does is create a rough cut out of the footage. This cut encompasses a sort of rough draft of the film, without any transitions or effects added. The second step is creating a director's cut. For this cut, the director usually works with the editor to ensure the film is cut the way he or she wants. Shots and scenes are often moved around or taken out completely until the director is satisfied with the cut. The final cut of a film is one that has not only been reviewed by the director, but by the producers and often the movie company as well. Another job associated with post production is soundtrack creation. The soundtrack can include musical tracks (for musicals), scores, or normal music, depending on the film. Special effects are another job that takes place during post production. Special effects are usually divided into optical and mechanical effects. Optical effects are effects in which frames or images are created photographically, either in-camera (during shooting) or in post production using an optical printer. Mechanical effects are usually done during live shooting and use mechanized props or sets. Mechanical effects include creating weather, explosions, and makeup. A third special effect process is computer generated imagery (CGI). This is a newer form of special effects and is at the forefront of special effects technology. These special effects are created solely using computers and can produce a more convincing special effect that is safer and more cost-effective than the other two methods. Sound designers are responsible for the sound of the film. They are responsible ultimately for all of the sound in the film, including dialogue, sound effects, and re-recording of any bad-quality audio. The film transferrer is responsible for converting the video or data. They are responsible for the color grading of the film, enhancing the film's colors. < Back to Articles