'RETURN TO PEARL' POST-PRODUCTION
BEHIND-THE-SCENES OF RETURN TO PEARL
It is one thing to tell a story, but completely different to show a story.
For the last few weeks, I’ve watched over editing sessions for the making of Mountain Time Media’s upcoming documentary short film Return to Pearl. Although I wasn’t part of the team as an intern for the on-location production of the film, I’ve reallly enjoyed watching the piece come together.
While I’ve had to produce short videos for my journalism classes back at Mizzou, I’ve never witnessed anything to this degree. I never really understood how much work is involved with short films and post-production until I sat back and observed. I watched editor Doug Hanes work and tweak just one subtitle graphic for at least an hour – to make sure it was perfect. That’s what I love about this industry – you don’t stop until it’s perfect. Every subtitle, transition and scene must fit perfect to the music, interview and picture. It’s an endless puzzle that must be solved.
There is so much research, fact checking and effort put into making any film. No matter the obstacle, the film has to be completed. Many times, Doug would explain to me what each click meant on the AVID editing system, and helped me learn more about the post-production stage of a film.
I loved seeing the behind-the-scenes versions of Return To Pearl and learned how the journalism world works. After many frustrations, I watched this film come together, literally by the click of (a few) buttons.
Have a good weekend!
2017 Summer Intern
Mountain Time Media