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Avid Education: Trailblazing a New Reality With Wake Forest University Documentary Filmmakers
Today’s ever-changing landscape of television documentaries to series to reality TV production requires one to be nimble, but precise. With the constant changes in camera codecs, ratios and the challenge of how much footage is too much for one scene, editors and producers are left weighing the costs of production with the reality of tightening budgets.
Recently Trailblazer Studios, VP of post production Scott Roy and three members of his staff provided students at the Wrought Iron Production arm of Wake Forest University of Documentary Film Program a presentation on the beginning a production with post in mind. Trailblazer Studios has been in business for close to 15 years and started out doing documentaries for client Figure * Films like Kate Plus 8 and The Duggars – 19 Kids and Counting that eventually turned into long-running reality series on TLC Network. While many similar productions are considered to be done in N.Y.C. or Hollywood, Scott and his team have built a solid foundation in Raleigh, N.C.
Kevin Shattuck and Abby Mann helped with the presentation discussing all aspects of the pre-production process all the way through distribution, as well as how Trailblazer is able to use 42 local staff members and another 18 to 20 remote Media Composer freelancers and four to five Pro Tool freelancers to get their projects in on time and on budget. While they allow their editors to have some freedom to tell the story as they edit, they are very strict on the set-up and delivery back to Trailblazer Studios.
Through the use of a proxy workflow, Abby will create multiple folders inside of a super bin detailing where things are kept, where the editor can keep their files and what elements are required for the show from a music, sound FX or graphical look. These are sent to the freelancers with a direction the producers are looking to go with this particular story. Once the editor is done, they then send back the proxy edited story for an online clean up and color correction. Audio is then picked up by several different groups within the Trailblazer Sound Department for final mix down. This is all then recompiled by an online editor for delivery to the network based on that networks requirement, which could be DNxHD, PRoRes, LTO Tape, BluRay, Electronic or something else. [Continue Reading...]