Took on a feature editing job for good paybut there is a major hurdle. No scripty notes, No named files, just a script. I have about 500gb of un named files and a script. The director and producer are very cooperative and nice but they are on PCs and say they cant open the files. How would you guys do this job?
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10-11-2009 08:35 PM
10-12-2009 01:02 AM
Does the video have scene markers at the start of each take? Or is it otherwise clear what scene goes with the script (ie: shot in order?)
If so, then you can start organizing the footage into scenes, and toss the bad takes so all you have to work with is the good footage. This should cut out a lot of the fluff and make it more manageable.
Also, the director should be sitting with you. It's boring for him, but it's his movie and he should know best what goes where.
10-12-2009 07:09 AM
Well their is an action, cut but no slate.
10-12-2009 08:23 AM
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10-12-2009 09:02 AM
Well I am doing it for a flat rate which sucks. They do have names but to me they are giberish.
10-12-2009 09:30 AM
what format was it shot on? Is there any metadata on the footage?
10-12-2009 10:58 AM
Its P2 I dont think there is any metadata. At least no metadata I can translate.
10-12-2009 11:07 AM
You could view the files by date, which might help you sort them in terms of the shooting schedule, or at least group them together where multiple takes and setups of a given scene are concerned. Assuming it was scripted you could also enter a few words of dialog from the beginning of a scene into a search field on the script.
It has never ceased to amaze me how frequently people attempt complex work like this without proper documentation, slates, scene numbers, etc. The resulting 'junkpile' effect that you now find yourself having to wade through is the inevitable result. The price paid later for that foolish expedience initially is always many, many multiples of what it would have 'cost' to do it right in the first place. It's nothing less than idiotic, but it's also amazingly commonplace..."Behind the shelter in the middle of a roundabout
A pretty nurse is selling poppies from a tray
And though she feels as if she's in a play
She is anyway"
From "Penny Lane" by Lennon/McCartney
10-12-2009 11:21 AM
If this helps at all; maybe deciphering the p2 names might at least give you a start.
Without slates or notes (thats what 2nd AC and SSup is for) it is very tough.
Here is what I would do:
Sit them down in front of your system have the organize the bins/takes for you while you sit and sip coffee. Explain to them this way you get to watch the clips and intrepid what they need. Takes notes on the script yourself as well.
If they disagree either propose a hourly rate or bite the bullet.
PS: I got this situation recently where I was handed 4 hours of footage, completely random (it was meant for a 30 sec PSA) with no script, just a verbal "guide" of what it should sound and look like. I had no problem doing it as I watched the footage and logged it on a hourly rate. After all, somebody has to make my boat payments
10-12-2009 12:56 PM
Even if you agreed to a flat rate, this should definitely be considered above the call of the contract, and thus open to an hourly rate until you can begin editing.