Once principle photography is completed and production wraps, all content goes to the studio for post production. This is the most meticulous and time consuming stage in the process. Although each stage of the filmmaking process is just as important, it is in post-production that the story takes shape.
Editors are responsible for pulling all the footage and content together into one succinct piece. Depending on the scale of the project, the editing team will start logging the footage for editing during production, or will start laying down the content after production has wrapped. The editing team takes direction from the director on how the structure and vision for the story will be laid out and cut. Many times this will be in to form of a director's cut which is a rough edit the director does him/herself.
The sound designer is responsible for all aspects of the auditory experience. Many times viewers of a film or video are unaware that the picture has many sound effects and overlays intertwined with the story. Although audio and dialogue are captured on set with the production sound team, the cadence and flow of the film is done in the editing suite. It is there additional effects are created, sound is added, and the entire film is mastered. For proper sound design to be implemented, the sound designer is part of the process from pre-production to post-production.
Color grading is one of the final steps in the post production process. Once the picture has been locked, the color grader goes in and adds the color “style” to the entire film or video. It is this final step that tweaks and refines all the work that has gone into the production to make sure the audience is blown away by the visual aesthetics.