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Anatomy of a Media Arts Lesson: Elements of Post-Production

Anatomy of a Media Arts Lesson: Elements of Post-Production

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Post-production is the process by which raw footage becomes a film. Some students like post-production and others hate it, but all of them will benefit from learning about the meticulous process of creating a final work. Below is a step-by-step overview of the post-production process.

  • Logging & Transcription: Students review footage and take detailed notes of what is contained within it. These notes are crucial to the editors who work to assemble the footage into a final film.
  • Editing (analog): Students refer back to their original outline and, using transcriptions, create a paper outline of their final version. This is a good way to give students a sense of the editing process if you don’t want to get into the technical mire of working with an editing software.
  • Editing (digital): Students refer back to their original outline and, using editing software, select and sequence footage appropriately. For more information on this complex and exciting process, see the Classroom Editing Series.
  • Graphics: Students create title sequences, intertitles (as needed), and credits. For more information on working with text in a nonlinear editing program, see the Text in Films tutorial.
  • Sound: Students record necessary voiceover, dialogue, and sound effects. Consult the Recording Sound and Editing Audio tutorials for technical instructions, and see the Sound Lessons for the Classroom article for lesson planning strategies.
  • Music: Students create or select music to add to their films.
  • Promotion: Students create promotional materials, such as posters or DVD covers, to advertise their project.
  • Presentation: Students plan and conduct a screening or showcase of their work. See the Video Exhibition tutorial for more information.
  • Distribution: Students locate opportunities to share their work (e.g., festivals or online platforms) and submit their work. See the Youth Media Exhibition Opportunities page for ideas.

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