The Post-Production Process

It’s becoming popular for women in Hollywood to produce their own work. More women in Hollywood are taking ownership of their own production companies. The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco, launched Yes, Norman Productions in 2017. Cuoco secured an exclusive multi-year production deal with The Big Bang Theory studio Warner Bros. Television. She is set to star in the first production for the company, The Flight Attendant.

While not implying that just any old Joe or Jane can just get up and launch their own production company, its empowering to see women in Hollywood taking control. Showing that they can produce their own work as well, stars like Kaley Cuoco and Kerry Washington are showcasing their talents behind the screen. Watch this Cosmo interview with Kaley Cuoco, produced by Waterproof Pictures.

Production is long and tedious process and there are usually three steps: pre-production, production and post production. So whether you are interested in becoming the next Shonda Rhimes or just curious about what these women actually do when they’re not on screen, here’s a brief overview about the post-production and what happens after everybody goes home.

Pre-production is the lengthiest and undoubtedly most stressful part in the development of a project. Subsequently there’s the production process where you’re in the heat of things and dealing with multiple personalities, long days and tedious work activity. Then finally, there’s post-production, often referred to as the easiest part of the procedure, that involves paying attention to the details. It normally takes much longer than shooting the film and can make or break a project. Here are the different steps involved, some easier than others.

Post-production is the most vital part of the method because it sets the tone of the film. It is sometimes referred to as “second directing.” Coloring, music and the editing determine the aesthetic.

Before technological advances, one editor did all of the film editing. It’s half audio and half visual.


The first step is choosing an editing format where using older editing equipment usually consists of just one person doing the majority of the work; since the more modern editing format is digital editing, most editors use Final Cut Pro. The digital format is going to require a team of people using video editing software. Nowadays, a team of people are responsible for materializing the visuals as anticipated. There is one person responsible for color correction, or a colorist, and then a special-effects team followed by audio and assistant editors.

Video Editing

Editing is the initial step that involves the joining of all video clips. A video editor is usually hired to complete editing. It takes about 8-10 weeks for the first draft to be completed, this is referred to as the rough cut. The final cut is usually called the answer point.  


After picture editing is complete, then you will need a sound editor. Being one of the most important factors, it is always recommended that original music should be used. There will also be audio and dialogue that may be needed to be re-recorded. When selling to international buyers, it is important that you only have music and effect sans dialogue.


Credits are what you sometimes view at the end of a film, but getting them done is not necessarily the last step of production.

Digital Cinema Package

DCP is how you’d deliver your film to cinemas. This is the final edit of your film and hard drive.

The editing process is going to vary in length, cost and procedure, depending on what you’re producing. However, for the most part, these same steps are usually involved. Some productions require more, some less. Check out the visual effects in “Girls Talk Boys” by 5 Seconds of Summer, a Waterproof Pictures project.

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