Can you give us an insight into your post workflow, such as the software used, mastering format, and editing process? What worked well, and what were challenges that you either solved or learned from?
We used Adobe Premiere for editing and various proprietary tools with Nuke as a hub for stitching and compositing. Our stereo masters are at 5K resolution.
The filming of Traveling While Black was the first time we used our most recent camera, the Gen4, in production, which means it was the first time we’d received footage from it. Almost half of the shoot was done with this camera, and because it was our first time with it we had to redefine the steps of the workflow and design a few new tools for it. This process was not easy and it did take us quite some time to master, but the end result was amazing.
One of the key challenges we had to overcome during this process was figuring out how the intimate settings with objects and people could be set up close to the camera. However, by working hard and using the right tools our team was able to succeed.
How long did post production take?
From the reception of the footage to the final delivery the process was about 10 months.
Did you have to fix something in post? What was it?
It was not really something we had to fix but rather something we decided to do in post even though it could have been shot on location: the projections that appear on the walls were indeed added into the work during post-production. They could have been captured during the shoot, but instead the team decided to add them afterwards. That allowed us a lot of last minute changes in timing and treatment of that footage. It was a bit of a challenge but it turned out well.