Poetry is defined as the careful choice and placement of words. In the same way, we can define editing as the careful choice and placement of sounds and images. The post-production process is a complex phase of filmmaking; this is the point in the filmmaking process that the actual film that the audience will get to see begins to come together. Filmmaking is an ongoing process of storytelling – it starts with a screenwriter who tells a story with words. A director then takes the script and breathes life into it, retelling the same overall story with a camera and various performances. Finally, the footage is passed along to an editor who then is in some sort of control of telling this story yet again, but now with images, sounds and corresponding juxtapositions.
Editing is an art form that unfortunately is commonly overlooked. People tend to take the editing process for granted; not realizing how much time and effort goes into each shot, scene, sequence, and act of any given film. However, editing is definitely not for all filmmakers. Like screenwriting, editing is often an independent effort which will likely keep the editor alone in dark room throughout the majority of post-production. This statement is not to diminish the role of editing; rather, it reinforces the vitality of the role of an editor in the overall making of a film.
Editing a film is like putting together the pieces of a gigantic puzzle. The process is indeed tedious, but ultimately rewarding. The process is all about rhythm: a film’s rhythm will likely determine the impact of the images and sounds displayed on the screen. We also have to keep in mind that en editor makes choices based on the material provided and notes from the director. Basically, how the finished product will look to the viewing audience depends solely on the editor.
Filmmakers that shoot in the greater Philadelphia area have the benefit of some amazing, state-of-the-art post-production & visual effects facilities, such as ShootersINC, DIVE, Your World Productions, Center City Film & Video, Philadelphia Post, and Monogram – just to highlight a few. Not only do these facilities host post-production and tech services, but they also have their own highly trained editors ready to help filmmakers polish their films and produce final cuts.
Center City Film & Video
Center City Film & Video is an Emmy winning full service production house located right here in Philly with clients like the NBC, Sochi Olympics, Sprout, Philly Daily News, Bio Channel, History Channel, and many others. They boast their client-centric collaborative style as they work with ad agencies to art museums, Fortune 500 companies to TV networks, from NYC to LA. They offer services in production, post-production, motion graphics, audio & sound design, character animation, and interactive web design. They stay ahead of the quickly changing industry as they house $10 million worth of state-of-the-art equipment, sound stages, edit suites, audio rooms, graphics and animation tools, cameras, and everything in between.
DIVE is the visual effects and picture finishing division of ShootersINC specializing in feature films, television shows and commercials. As one of the East Coast’s premier post-production facilities for finishing services, DIVE works in collaboration with content creators to produce Visual Effects, Digital Intermediates and Main Titles by coupling creative expertise with cutting edge pipeline and workflow.
Monogram has a client list that is sure to impress. They are a production house located in Philly that offers services like production, animation, post-production, color grading, media management, and on set editing and post-production. They house millions of dollars of ultramodern and advanced equipment and employ a team of directors, photographers, producers, editors, engineers, and business developers to help in every single step of your production and post production needs.
Philadelphia Post has some of the most experienced and knowledgeable engineers in the biz. They are a full service production house that offers services in a big variety of industries, from TV and film, to radio and music, and even web video. They facility houses Philly’s premier ADR (Automated Dialogue Replacement or Additional Dialogue Recording) stage. Additionally, they offer services in HD shooting and editing, motion graphics, color grade and finishing, 51. Film mixing, recording and shooting of tv/web/radio spots, ISDN & source connection, voice casting, sound design, music tracking & mixing, mastering, and recording of original music.
ShootersINC has various capabilities, which include Lustre, da Vinci 2k Plus w/Colorist Toolbox; Resolve Digital Cinema Suite, six Inferno/Smoke-2k suites, nine Avid non-linear edit, four final cut suites, CGI and graphic design, Flame, three surround sound audio suites, audio recording studio, film, HD and video crews and studio. Additionally, Shooters offers these services in SD, HD, 2K, 4k, RED and Viper.
Your World Productions
Your World Productions offers a wide array of services in addition to merely editing the video, including: 2D and 3D motion graphics, animation, color grading, audio sweetening, digitizing, titling, DVD authoring, and transcoding to streaming video on the web.
As noted, post-production is an intense part of the filmmaking process. Post-production suites like those listed above enable local filmmakers to have options in terms of how they want to finish telling their story in the editing room. At the end of the day, the story is the most important thing. As long as there is a story written on the page and a story conveyed by cinematography and performances, there will most likely be a story to tell when an editor sits alone in that dark editing room, splicing away, one image at a time.