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POST FOR SAVING TIME IN POST BEFORE YOU GET THERE. Max McGonigal IT’S CHEAPER TO RUN INTO OVERTIME ON A SHOOT REDUCE TIME SPENT SEARCHING FOR THE RIGHT SHOT Whether you’re working on a shoestring or with feature film budgets, every production is under pressure to save money. And while cutting back on crew and downgrading your gearlist are effective ways of reducing costs, they invariably also reduce production value. But you can make big savings simply by being organised. Time really is money in the edit suite and I’m always surprised at how much of it is wasted. My top tip for saving time (and money) in post is to make sure that you plan well beforehand, so that all you do in the edit suite…is edit. Here’s how to make that happen. 1. GET ADVICE – IT’S FREE! Getting input from the right people, early on helps ensure that you can deliver what you pitch. Everyone, regardless of experience, needs a bit of advice now and again, particularly when considering the speed of technology changes and the effect this has on our industry. The technical operators, post-production supervisors and creative talent that you plan to work with are undoubtedly experienced professionals and they have a vested interest in making sure that your production runs smoothly – let them help you! REVIEW YOUR FOOTAGE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE 52 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 114 JUNE 2016 2. IGNORE DELIVERY SPECS AT YOUR PERIL Your broadcaster’s spec can have a big impact on your budget and schedule - don’t just expect your post house or internal facility to take care of it. Make sure that you understand what you need to deliver before production starts - discovering that you’re expected to provide multiple masters, each with different technical specs and rights clearances, on the last day of post can be devastating. 3. THINK “CONTINGENCY” On average, post-production accounts for around 20 percent of initial production budgets. But this is often whittled down to as little as 10 percent after overspends during the production phase. Include contingency time and money in your planning to make sure you don’t run out before the edit – and to cover the inevitable issues that you’ll decide to “fix in post.” 4. DON’T FORGET THE TWO F’S Inconsistent frame rates and formats can derail your post-production. Discuss and agree on the format and frame rate you want to work with, and make sure that the camera team and data wrangler are informed before you start shooting. MAKE SURE YOUR POST HOUSE KNOWS HOW YOU WANT YOUR MEDIA ORGANISED