This is what it looks like when editorial and visual effects teams look through sections of a film’s assembly edit to survey the tasks ahead, and come face to face with a number of lingering placeholders for visual effects shots that will need to be completed. At right is one such placeholder, a frame featuring the text,”CGI Missing: will match audio description”. The clip was very long. It was of such duration that I had time to snap the 14 photos required to stitch this1 panorama with my iPhone, and its impact was of such gravity that nobody paid me any attention.
If our VFX team were less seasoned and capable, they’d see that placeholder clip in their sleep for the next few nights. But not this crowd –they merely laughed and then burst into song. It was amazing.
Post-production’s motto is “work hard, work hard”.
- rather technically imperfect [↩]