Final tweaking this weekend! We’re on track for a December 2015 release. Details to follow.
One of the challenges in The Babysitter is creating two worlds — the “real world” and the world of the fairy tale being told by two of the characters. Two fictional universes that co-exist in this fashion create a tremendous opportunity for separate sonic and visual styles, and that’s what we’re going after. First up is just getting the color palettes defined for each, and then made consistent. Then, we’ll turn to visual style beyond mere color, but without getting hokey or over the top.
Basic color correction in Final Cut Pro X requires exposure adjustment, saturation adjustment, and color adjustment. In a future blog post, I’ll walk through the process in a bit more detail, but I’m including the basic screen set up for each simply because it’s very cool!
It may be counterintuitive, but sound may be the most important part of a film. Bad sound destroys a film, no matter how otherwise carefully it may be wrought. What is bad sound? It can be anything from ambient noise that keeps you from understanding dialogue; it can be inconsistent “background” sound; it can be muddiness or buzzing; it can arise from either the environment or the equipment, or both. This weekend, we carefully undertook the first stage in sound improvement: taking each clip of dialogue and narration and applying noise reduction in judicious ways and amounts to make the words sound clear and fresh. At the same time, we prepped the film for color correction and effects, removing (temporarily) transitions and credits. The Babysitter may or may not get any awards, but we’re sure as hell going to do our best to make it sound and look great, in that order!
The Babysitter is now going through a final review for editing lockdown — it’s all there, including credits, transitions, cropping, etc. Once we’re all comfortable (by Sunday), it moves on to color correction, visual effects, and sound work. We’ve secured permission to use songs from two well-known artists, one of King Crimson fame and one of Wall of Voodoo fame, and we’re completely in awe of that. (Thank you, Internet!) We never did get around to doing a trailer given that we just dove right into putting the entire film together (which clocks in at just over 12 minutes).
More treats to come!