The Perfect Storm

Posted on April 14, 2008

The storm has calmed. Last week really was the perfect storm, as my friend Justin and I described it ((I wanted to post the clip from The Office when Pam needs Michael to sign three forms that fall on the same day every few months, thus creating her perfect storm. Apparently this was not worthy enough for YouTube)). I had always heard stories of film schoolers getting loaded with a ton of work and scrambling to meet deadlines. I thought that was a myth. I was proven wrong.

As usual, a new draft of my thesis script was due.

And I sound mixed, the last step of my film. This meant finalizing the music, record some sound effects, and throw it all into the project before I went to the mixing room.

Then the delivery books for both of the films I produced were due. These are thick binders (as you can see above) that have all the releases, scripts, publicity material, backups, and any other paperwork relating to the production. It was a bit of a last minute scramble to find papers that were stored away for months.

And, for a little extra fun, Editor’s Notebooks were due for the film I edited. Plus some side projects like telling someone I can make a logo when I have no Illustrator experience and running two TV channels (I should probably write about that).

But this is all over now. F3s are done, thesis is nearly here and can finally get my full the majority of my attention ((As well as this blog, with some Full Frame reviews to come.)).

Written by Joey Daoud

Joey Daoud is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. His past films have appeared on Netflix, The New York Times, and National Geographic. He is also a YouTube creator across multiple channels with videos garnering millions of views. In his free time, he likes to climb mountains, scuba dive, and brew unique coffees.

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  1. Judith

    What goes into an editors notebook? I’ve never had to hand in anything like that (though obviously I’ve kept my own notes according to my own systems)

  2. C47

    We have two cut screenings before we lock picture – an editor’s and director’s cut, which we show to the class and get notes. So we’re supposed to keep those notes, put them in a book, along with timing logs of each scene, copies of the script sup paperwork, and a copy of the call sheet from each day (this one confuses me). With the film locked, I really don’t know why much of this stuff needs to be kept.

    What’s your system?

  3. Judith

    Well we’ll sometimes get continuity sheets if we fight for them (and there ‘was time’ on set), sound sheets of varying quality – although if they manage to label the files correctly so that we can actually sync with the telecine then that’s more than usual… but the only thing you can really rely on is a stack of tapes and sound on a DVD (or on tape if filmed digitally)

    I then have a big notebook to make my notes on the rushes as well as noting down any other important information such as deadlines, meetings, phone numbers, where media’s kept/ is going when someone removes it from the edit suite… all that stuff.

    Reviews at the NFTS are held whenever we think we need one, and I keep my notes from those in a smaller flip notebook (along with notes whenever I’m watching the film and spot something I’d like to change). We have one after an editors cut, a picture lock review, several inbetween those, and then one once the soundmix and grade has been done. We can also grab the tutors at any point if we have specific questions or just want to have a chat – there are only 6 directors, 6 editors, 6 sound designers, 6 producers etc etc – makes for a fairly close and informal atmosphere.

  4. Judith

    All of that’s just me. We’ve had tutorials etc on marking up scripts from rushes – which I’ll only ever really do for a major dialogue scene with big overlaps. Everyone seems to have developed their own system/ means of winging it…. though people do seem to adapt parts of mine that they think aren’t excessively anal!

  5. C47

    That sounds a lot more practical/useful than our system. You can never be too anal!

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