The term, Post-production, is a broad term and includes several processes grouped together under the name "Post-Production". These processes include:
- Editing the picture using an edit decision list (EDL)
- Writing, recording, and editing the soundtrack
- Adding visual special effects
- Re-shooting certain scenes if required ("pick-up" shots)
- Sound design
- Sound effects including: ADR (Automated Dialog Replacement), foley, and music
- Color correction
- Color grading
When making a feature film, the post-production phase usually takes longer than the actual filming process itself, and can take several months to complete. The process includes the complete editing, color correction and the addition of music and sound. The process of editing a movie is also seen as the second directing because through post-production it is possible to change the intention of the movie.
Furthermore, through the use of color grading tools and the addition of music and sound, the atmosphere of the movie can be heavily influenced. For example, a "blue-tinted" movie is associated with a cold atmosphere. Additionally, the choices of music and sound have a significant impact - after all what would 'Friday the 13th' be without the spine-chilling, "cha, cha, cha" music, scaring us out of our pants?
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What is Pre-Production and Why Does It Matter?
What is the Production Phase?