Got off the plane yesterday morning from Chicago and came back to LA for 2 days so that I can finish up editing our first episode. We are two weeks away from our premiere on August 16th.
This is a really slamming time frame for us and as promised, I wanted to take all of you through the entire process from day one of filming to the day you see these episode air.
Within the next 2 days we will have what’s called a “locked” cut- which means that any edit changes to the episode are all done. What you guys may or may not know is that we shoot over 80 hours worth of footage from all of our cameras in order to make a show that’s about 42 minutes long- so lot’s of decision have to be made as to exactly what footage you guys are going to see- in a show like this, we have tons of stuff that you we will not be able to get into the episode due to timing- so I’m thinking that it might be cool to post some of the footage either on the show’s web page on the CW network- or on our Facebook page.
There will be lots of great things that we’ll try and get online as the series airs.
Anyway- once we have a locked cut, we then move on to do something that’s called “Online” edit- and that’s where we do an overall audio mix and adjust all levels so that all of the audio is clean and the same. We also do what’s called an “up-Rez” output- which basically means that up until now, we edit the footage in low-resolution- actually 20-1 of what the actual show will look like at 1-1. Another way of saying this is that we edit at 1/20th the final picture quality.
Then reason why we do this is purely the size of the media files- it’s no different than what you guys have to deal with when you edit your homemade videos- sometimes those files get too big and you can’t do anything with them. The same here- we don’t convert the video footage into full 1-1 HD until the verity end- and that’s the up-rez (or up resolution) process.
While we do that we also do what’s called a “Color Correction”- again- this is a process where we look at everything we shot and fix any of the colors that are out of whack- due to either weird lighting conditions- too much sun, not enough sun, etc…
Once all of that is done, we do a “Layback”, where we roll off the final episode ready to be delivered to the CW fore them to air it.
Lot’s of quality checks need to get down once we deliver the episode to make sure that it’s up to the specific requirements from the network in order for it to air.
This entire process will be taking place over the next 10 days or so- just in time for us to air two weeks from now.
And we do this entire process for EVERY episode EVERY week.
And if you guys don’t already know this- starting in our 7th episode, we are going LIVE- that’s where America will get to vote every week until we crown a winner- so I’m very excited to be producing live television for the CW- something they have rarely done.
I leave to go to Dallas this Saturday morning- our next stop for our 5th episode.
Look for a lot more pictures and videos to be posted tomorrow morning.
Hope you guys are enjoying!