Thursday, November 08, 2007

Picture Lock

I've locked picture on CLEAN FREAK, which -- for those of you unfamiliar with the term -- means that I will not be making any more edits to the film. You have to lock picture before you do the sound mix, so that's what we're doing now.

Take this with a grain of salt, though. We locked picture on AMERICAN MESSIAH more times than I can remember, only to unlock it again when I decided to make a change.

Still, it feels like a good thing.


Blogger Jonathan said...

Well, regardless of any future changes, congrats on reaching this major milestone.

Out of curiosity, how usual is it, in the industry, to keep locking and unlocking during post. And is it more common in independent vs. studio films?

11/08/2007 9:53 AM  
Blogger Chris Hansen said...

Not only is it not usual, it's not recommended, and it normally costs a lot of money. The benefit I had was my use of students in key roles. The editor and sound editor was a student, so when I unlocked to make a change, I didn't have to hire someone to do that, pay for studio time and manpower to re-record/re-mix, etc.

I'm sure it happens in some cases, but it's rare and runs into huge costs. The reason we did it is that we were rushing the cut to get it out to fests, and as a result, I kept tweaking things as we determined they didn't work as well as they could have or should have.

11/08/2007 9:56 AM  
Blogger Jonathan said...


I'm glad you were fortunate enough to do that.

11/09/2007 7:37 AM  

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