Hello All, I am Karenjit the trainee in the Editing Dept, and adding to Billy’s Post production diary. Although working in the cutting rooms now, I started off working on the production in the Video dept.
For those that aren’t familiar with the concept of Video Assist, in short it means I helped get a video picture to all the monitors on set and provided playback to various crew and cast. Playback is increasingly an essential requirement for many departments regularly called upon by continuity, make-up, camera, producers, stunts and FX to name a few. To give an example of its use, there is a highly choreographed battle sequence in the film that involves fire, explosions and complex stunt work. Shots like this require lots of preparation, communication across departments and money. Had we not been able to refer to monitors when setting up and watch rehearsals and takes back then room for error is high and lack of playback is potentially very costly.
Monitors also help keep crew informed of what’s currently going on on-set. Keeping the flow of information on set is important both practically and emotionally, as people need to feel involved.
Since we finished shooting in July I’ve been the trainee to Jill and Billy in the Cutting Rooms. Mainly assisting Billy with the work he does with our VFX company MPC and general office duties. But I have had the chance to observe Jill and Shekhar mould the footage into shape. As this is my first time in the cutting rooms discounting personal and low budget projects this has been the most exciting experience so far. On set due to the nature of filming it can be difficult to connect scenes and the thread of story and watching the edit evolve. So I look forward to observing Shekhar and Jill work their magic over the coming months.