Today’s magic word is work-flow.
As in “post work-flow”.
As in, up until three days ago, I had no post work-flow. We had a camera, but I hadn’t an inkling what to do with it. (Which is the DOP’s job, of course, but… oh you know what I mean.) Well, I knew that it was one of those flash new jobbies that, instead of recording to magnetic tape, recorded onto solid state memory or some such malarkey. (For those techies out there: we’re shooting on a Sony PMW EX-1.)
Had it been tape, I would only have needed to worry about storing the days’ tapes In A Very Safe Place until I got them to a post-production house to convert into something for me to play with.
But with the solid-state stuff, I need a laptop on-set. And an external hard-drive. And someone who knows what they’re doing.
That’s right: another bleeding mouth to feed. And pay.
Hm. Time to consult with my friendly neighbourhood post-production consultant.