Documentary filmmaking is part craft and part art. Post-production is where we match all of the planning in pre-production to the reality of what we captured during production. Although we plan each and every aspect of production including and most importantly the interview content we don’t always know exactly the verbatim narration from our interviews until we shoot them. That is why we transcribe each one of our interviews and use those transcriptions to write our script. This is where the Corduroy Media team and Google are able to craft the exact message that will be narrating our story. Once we lock a paper script with the client we create an A-Roll assembly, which only includes our narrative content. This provided Google with an opportunity to give feedback on the story arch before we spend time and resources on building out the rest of the imagery. Once they approved the A-Roll we moved forward with adding our b-roll scenes, music and color timing. Once that was complete we turn back to the client for feedback. Google was provided two revisions and once the final revision is locked we mix and master the entire project with color, sound and any final touches.
Our partnership with Google on this project has allowed our team to continue to refine our craft of documentary filmmaking. Working with a large team, such as Google, provided a great atmosphere of collaboration allowing room for many of our ideas and suggestions to rise to the top. We look forward to our continued collaboration.