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Day Zero: A Short Film – Update #2 – Preparing the Edit

If you have no idea what this is about, I recommend checking out my first post: Day Zero: A Short Film – Update #1.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get into it. We wrapped our shoot last weekend and you’re all probably wondering when the hell this thing is gonna drop, right? Well you’re gonna have to wait a while. I’ll take you through some of the things we need to do now that we’ve completed the shoot.

Before we get there, the best way to really follow play-by-play updates is to follow our official Day Zero Film accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. You can find all the links below:

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I’ve spent the week reviewing the footage organising all of it for the edit. This is a tedious task, but a necessary one in order to improve the effeciency in the edit – so I’ll be putting in the time now to make things smoother later on (we sometimes call this indexing).

More to Shoot

Yup! While we’ve wrapped all of the principal photography with our lead actors, we still have a bunch of stuff to shoot. There’s some b-roll I need, and there’s a montage that forms an important part of the narrative that doesn’t include our lead actors.

We’re planning this out on a more granular level right now, and will be heading out to shoot it over the next week or 2.

Foley & Score

I’m really excited that we have a very talented local producer on board doing the score for this film, who will possibly assist with some Foley as well. While we shot the sound separately, as anyone who’s made a film will know, you can add some extra flavour by recreating sounds as part of the post production process; and it’s pretty much the standard anyway.

I’m selecting samples for the score for our composer, and will be discussing and planning this in more detail once we have a base edit in place. I’ll send you more details on who the mystery person is once we get the ball rolling!

The Finishing Touches

Once we have the sound sorted and the base edit, that’s where the fun stuff starts – I’ll likely be colour correcting and grading and myself – something I’ve been testing out over the last year or so. I’ll screen the film with some critics I know and will get initial feedback to see if there’s any minor updates we need to make before we show it to the world.

The Circuit

I’m not going to go into this too much because I want to do a more comprehensive update on where I’m going with this, but essentially we’d really like to send our film out into the independent film festival world and see what happens. Many of the festivals worth entering usually have a clause stating that a film entered can’t be publicly released.

We’ll make sure we have a screening for the awesome cast and crew involved in the project, but regular peeps may have to wait a bit longer as we take our shot on the indie film festival circuit first!

That’s it from me. Thanks for reading, and feel free to give me a shout on Twitter @thesnagel, or send us a message via BTG lifestyle.

Watch some of our previous projects here:

Frozen Yoghurt: A BTG Short Film

DETOUR: A BTG Short Film

RELENTLESS: A BTG Short Film – 60 Hour Film Challenge

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