Introduction to Footage Review
We're not gonna move the slide just yet because I think when we throw the word out, footage review, I think there's a bit of anxiety. And I can always, I can sense it right now in the room, how much anxiety there is about the concept of reviewing footage, right? It's just all of a sudden I said reviewing footage and I felt the room just tense up. So, let's actually meet it head on. What are some of the fears that you guys have when it comes to reviewing footage? And I'm asking here in the room and I'm asking also on the web. What is something? Right here?
Sometimes I'm worried that maybe, 'cause I've had my audios off, or if it's not in focus on the right spot, 'cause if I'm watching it from the back of my camera and then I watch it big, maybe I like, my focal point isn't as good.
So, yeah. Just focus and like, audio being bad, and maybe cutting on the wrong time.
Okay. Let's keep getting these in. I wanna hear all of them and then we're gonna address them all.
m worried they will just take too long. (Victor laughs) Sometimes I just have hours and hours of footage.
It's just so painful to go through it and to watch everything and then to remember what I saw.
Just being overwhelmed with the sheer volume.
And not taking a break to actually be able to recognize when those kinda golden nuggets pop out of things that you may want to actually incorporate.
Because I'm also the person in front of the camera, having to watch myself over and over and over again like a terrible answering machine on steroids. (laughs)
Yeah, for sure, for sure. I got another one over here?
Just that I won't be able to find the right music to go with the piece.
Oh, wow, that's actually a really good one. Anyone else?
Organizing, gettin' all that footage and being able to properly label it and understand so I can look at it and go, oh, that's that clip, or that sorta thing.
Yeah, for sure, for sure. Those are all legitimate fears, everyone. And I think that what we have to do is you gotta check those fears at the door. The purpose of reviewing footage isn't to stoke your own ego. It isn't to make yourself feel bad about what you didn't accomplish. The purpose of footage is to grab out the things that are gonna push you into your edit. So, it starts different for everybody. I don't, initially when I review my footage, I just scrub through it. A lot of the times, I just wanna scrub through it to kinda see what content I'm getting, ya know? So, what scrubbing means is I'll load it into Premiere and there's a little play head, right? And you can pull it back and forth, and you pull it back and forth really, really quickly just to see what's on that clip, alright? And then I'll just kinda keep going through and I'll just keep scrubbing through, and the thing is, is that the most important thing about this is it is time-consuming. You can't just not spend time to do it. So that's the one thing that we're gonna have to realize, is that it's gonna be time-consuming, and that all of those fears that we have will be allayed because here's the reality, remember with yesterday we looked at all that B-Roll? We looked at five or six clips of B-Roll that ran like 20 or 30 seconds a piece, and most of it was ugly. We only pick out a couple seconds of that. So, even if you're worried about it being out of focus, or mis-framed or something, there's always gonna be a few seconds in that clip that's probably usable. Even if the audio isn't as great as you want it to be, you could always cut the audio and do something else with it, right? Especially if we're not using the audio synced up with the voice. There's always a second, there's always a ripcord. We as photographers are so good at just ripcord mentality, right? We get onto a shoot, we realize we forgot something. We don't go home to get it 'cause we're missing the shoot then, right? We just go forward. So we gotta take that kind of go-get-it attitude and take that same type of personality and that same type of mindset, and take it into footage review. 'Cause footage review is just another thing that we can leverage all of our skills in to do well. And, here's the thing, we might not do it like how Hollywood does it, and we might not do it how editors, and people who are in the space do it. But we're gonna do it the way we're gonna do it because it's gonna get us to an end result. Now, everything that I'm saying from now until the end of this session, until the end of the class, is gonna be a photographer's mentality towards editing. It's not gonna be, oh, I learned this from a filmmaker. It's gonna be, no, I didn't have anyone to learn from. I had to deliver on something, so I jumped in and just started teaching myself. And the things that I taught myself, I was like, oh my god, I'm thinking like this because I'm a photographer and this is the way photographers think. And once you guys get into color grading, you're gonna start to see, oh, it's kinda just like Photoshop. It's just a little bit different. And once you guys get into Audition, it's gonna be like, oh, it's just kinda like Photoshop. It's just a little bit different. So, anyway, what's this lesson gonna cover? We're gonna cover asset management, we're gonna cover setting up for the edit, and we're gonna cover reviewing dailies. So parts of this will get mind-numbingly boring but the purpose of that is to drill into us that some of this stuff is boring. Filmmaking and making videos, and all this stuff, not everything in our production is gonna be exciting. There will be days, there will be moments where you're just gonna be bored outta your mind. But you have to push through it. And I think the purpose of doing the class in this way is just to impress upon all of us that we get through the boring stuff to get to the exciting stuff. And then you're gonna find little things inside of your post-production workflow that are gonna really excite you because you're gonna be like, oh my god, I love technology, right? Or oh my god, I can't believe I learned this already. This is great.