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Not nearly as big a deal


Oct 8 2010, 3:01am

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Not nearly as big a deal [In reply to] Can't Post

Efficiently, we should have had everything written... in a perfect world, we would have everything prepped... ready to go and we would just record, edit, mix until weíre done with all the music. But Howard hasnít even seen the final version of the locked picture. (pause) Itís gets a little hairy.

In response to the question, "Could you personally relate to any aspect of this section?" the above put me in mind of my experience as a photo editor at a university paper.

Now this was in the days before desktop publishing. We were still pasting up pages using wax and light-boards and stat cameras. I was new on the job and my predecessor used to just develop his pictures, make a guesstimate of a size the layout people would need and leave it to them to fit the picture into whatever hole was left after the text was pasted up. Resizing a photo could be done while making the screen print, but cropping, which affects composition, was dependant on the shape of the hole.

Like most photographers, I would carefully frame my shots and then adjust the composition via cropping during the enlargement (printing) stage. For the first edition I worked on, I left the requested prints, all composed just so, with the layout people and went home. When the paper came back the next day, I was horrified to find that most of my shots were cropped further (even where reducing the image size would have been possible) destroying the fine compositions I had submitted. I was livid but more frustrated than anything. The solution was a process change where I would print the pictures only after the text layout was finished. As the writers were notoriously late with their submissions, and the text editors just as picky as I was, this resulted in me having to work late into early morning hours before our deadline.

I can totally relate to Howard wanting to compose to the footage rather than just submitting finished pieces for others to fit in all willy-nilly. As well I can appreciate that this meant longer hours and more waiting than is desirable. In the end though, it was worth it, I'm sure.

(This post was edited by SirDennisC on Oct 8 2010, 3:07am)

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**TTT-EE Appendices Discussion -- Music for Middle-earth -- Postproduction *** Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Oct 7 2010, 1:12am
    it's been fun to revisit these... weaver Send a private message to weaver Oct 8 2010, 12:18am
    Not nearly as big a deal SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Oct 8 2010, 3:01am
        ah, the price of the quest for perfection. :-) Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Oct 8 2010, 3:08am
            Don't get me started SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Oct 8 2010, 3:22am
                I haven't seen the movie Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Oct 8 2010, 3:42am


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