‘The Post’ Trailer: Steven Spielberg Goes to Bat for a Free Press

The Post Trailer

There aren’t many filmmakers who could attach themselves to a movie in March, lock down a cast headlined by the likes of Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, start shooting in May, and have the film locked and ready for awards season that very same year. But Steven Spielberg isn’t your average director, and that’s exactly what he did with The Post, his new film about the controversial publication of the Pentagon Papers back in the 1970s. Hot on the heels of the first images from the movie, the first trailer has arrived and you can check it out below.

The Post Trailer

In addition to power players like Streep and Hanks, The Post has a jaw-dropping cast comprised of excellent actors like Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Zach Woods, Alison Brie, David Cross, Carrie Coon, Bruce Greenwood, Jesse Plemons, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford, and Tracy Letts. The film tells the story of a group of journalists from The Washington Post and The New York Times who published The Pentagon Papers in the 1970s, which had a huge effect on the national perception of the Vietnam War. Liz Hannah wrote the screenplay, which marks her feature writing debut. (What a collection of talent to work with right out the gate!)

It’s no accident that Spielberg made this movie this year. Susan Lacy, the director of the recent HBO documentary Spielberg, explained to Metro:

“[The film] is absolutely Steven’s statement about the importance of vigorous and free press in America. Because we have a President that keeps attacking the press…it’s the reason he is making [the film], I mean it is a true story and a historic story, but the reason he chose to make it now is because he feels like it is a message that needs to be out there. I don’t want to speak for him, but I think that’s why he is clearly making this film now.”

And though the president is one of the worst offenders, this isn’t limited to him: Disney banned the Los Angeles Times from covering its films or interviewing talent from its movies because they didn’t like a story the Times published about the company’s business dealings in Anaheim (though they finally pulled back on that ban yesterday). The press in this country is still under siege right now, and they need all the help they can get. Expect this to be a heavy hitter during awards season.

The Post arrives in theaters on December 22, 2017.

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The Importance of Transcription in Post Production

Media and entertainment are the two biggest global industries today, that’s a fact, and technology in film is forever evolving with the likes of streaming sites (think Netflix) making it easier than ever to watch your new favourite series from the comfort of your own home.

Even if revenue has declined in the movie industry, consumer demand is greater than ever before. 2015 was known as “peak year” where the UK boasted a turnover of around £4.15 billion.

But that’s not all, Box Office revenue for films produced in the UK also spiked in the same year, producing around $ 9.4 billion worldwide, dropping to $ 6.5 billion the following year.

Did you know that over the past 10 years independent UK film makers have created over 2,500 productions between 2007 and 2015 alone?

It’s easy to see that the demand for movies will always be present, whether it is a full length feature of a short film, a horror or a love story, the need for reliable post-production transcription is also growing at expediential rates.

Transcription services are mainly used by TV and film production teams, more than any other industry in fact. Besides the obvious reasons to pursue a professional, transcriptions benefit a number of procedures during post-production including video editing, focus group recordings and depositions.

We had the chance to catch up with Louise Tapia, CEO of transcription specialists Take 1 TV, who explains the ins and outs of a post-production transcript, how they benefit the production team and why it’s always important to consider working with professionals.

A post-production transcript in a nutshell

So, what is a post-production transcript? It’s essentially a 100% accurate word-for-word account of a movie, documentary or online video and is a crucial element to the smooth running of the post-production process.

Transcripts are usually only ever produced after the production process is complete, in order to maintain the post-production budget and to save precious time.

Some question why transcription isn’t a scene by scene process, but this would actually be a pretty pointless exercise. For example, what if a specific piece of dialogue is cut from the final production, what if certain pieces of dialogue change during editing?

That’s why seeking the advice and expertise of a professional is recommended. Many post production teams decided to cut out the middle man and manage the task in house by producing the transcription themselves, but mistakes are often made and more time has to go into the process than you’d expect necessary. Quite simply, less experience = less quality.

Having a script written is one thing, but a post-production transcript covers many elements, including:

  • Onscreen captions
  • Music cue titles
  • Specific scene-by-scene details
  • Timecodes & timestamps

Imagine trying to manually identify a specific scene within a full feature movie, this couldn’t be easier thanks to the trusty duo of timecodes and timestamps.

What are timecodes and timestamps?

Timecodes are a series of numbers in a sequence via a timing system. They are added into the post-production process to facilitate note logging, organising files and searching for specific scenes or dialogue.

Timestamps are a little different. They are used predominantly to sync transcription text with specific scenes or frames. This makes the job 10x easier for the editors to locate segments that they need to edit during the post-production process.

How crucial are transcripts during post-production?

Transcripts offer a number of benefits for the whole production team during post-production.

Picture this. Your independent film is to be shown at three festivals in three different countries all speaking different languages. With a transcript in place, you simply send it to a reliable translator making the process quick and simple.

Transcription also makes the subtitling process easier than ever. Whether they’re being added within the movies primary language or any other, the subtitles benefit an audience that who may experience hearing impairments.

Therefore, outsourcing to a professional to create the transcript is often recognised as the sensible choice and contributes to the overall smooth running of the production process.

Is hiring a professional essential?

Sourcing a professional transcription service is wise. They’re qualified, fully trained and therefore reliable. Transcription is usually just one of the services on offer, others include:

  • Translation
  • Captioning
  • Subtitling
  • Meta Data lists

We’ve personally had past issues whereby production companies with minimal budget understand the benefits of transcription, but would rather keep the task in-house. Somewhere along the line they needed to edit an online video that wasn’t compatible with the device/browser where the short was to be viewed.

Professionals with the right knowledge are able to take files of all formats and encode them, which saves the editor and production team a lot of time. Encoding essentially means converting one format to another, also ideal for web applications with closed captions.

In many cases the encoding process is also used to compress large files that may not be suitable in their original form, this helps to reduce how long the video takes to load meaning the viewer gets the most out of the experience. Imagine how handy this would be when working towards a strict deadline.

Transcription: An Editors Dream?

Editors are under a lot of pressure, no matter how big or small the production, the final cut is in their hands. Many obstacles are thrown at them during including adding special affects, imagery, colour correction and music – each of which are essential to the life of the feature.

Once all processes are complete and it’s time to distribute, video editors often provide both as-produced and as-shot scripts (along with the complete production of course).

An as-produced script is inclusive of all scene breakdowns which include detailed descriptions, act breaks, speaker identifications and 100% accurate dialogue.

Therefore, it doesn’t matter if you’re part of a huge production for a blockbuster movie or a small local documentary on a tiny budget, accurate transcription is a task that requires concentration, skill and precision.

Is it an editor’s dream? We think so.

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Documentary Workflow: How a Walter Murch Spreadsheet Can Save You in Post

When first-time director Rain Perry got to post with her docThe Shopkeeper, she quickly realized she needed a way to edit without actually editing.

Going through post-production on an independent film can be tough: editors are expensive and the process can drag on for months or even years, especially for documentaries. After reading that Particle Fever director Mark Levinson essentially made himself legendary editor Walter Murch’s assistant on his own film’s post-production, director Rain Perry decided to the same for her documentary The Shopkeeper, about a music producer in Texas.

“It’s super time-consuming but it makes a lot of sense because, as the director, I need to have seen every moment of footage and, as the producer, I want to save time and money.”

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Chris Pratt and Kurt Russell are Adorable in New Guardians Instagram Post

Chris Pratt and Kurt Russell Are Adorable in Guardians Instagram Post

Chris Pratt and Kurt Russell try not to laugh in new Guardians Instagram post

Chris Pratt and Kurt Russell are about to appear on the big screen as son and pop in the upcoming film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. They’re already showing their family dynamic in an Instagram post from Pratt today. In it, we see Star-Lord and Ego, the Living Planet trying to pose for a photo and adorably trying not to laugh. Earlier today, tickets for the film went on sale, along with the release of an extended clip, which you can see here.

RELATED: Interview – Kurt Russell Joins the Guardians of the Galaxy

Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel Studios production, the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 cast includes the return of Pratt (Jurassic World, Parks and Recreation) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Star Trek) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (SPECTRE) as Drax, Vin Diesel (xXx, Furious 7) as the voice of Groot, Bradley Cooper (Joy, American Sniper) as the voice of Rocket, Michael Rooker (Slither, Jumper) as Yondu, Karen Gillan (Doctor Who, The Big Short) as Nebula, and Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Gilmore Girls) as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff (Oldboy), who plays Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, Everest), Chris Sullivan (The KnickThe Drop) and Russell (The Hateful Eight, Furious 7) as Ego, the Living Planet. Chris Pratt and Kurt Russell do their best not to crack up in the post, but it’s a lost cause.

Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.

So, are you guys excited for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2? Do you love Chris Pratt and Kurt Russell as family? Let us know in the comments.

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This one hack lets you post Live Photos on Instagram

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One of the coolest additions to the iPhone 6S was Live Photos. The moving pictures inhabit the space between GIF and video but act more like something out of the wizarding world of Harry Potter, giving iPhone users even more of an excuse to take album upon album of pics.

While social networks like Facebook, Tumblr and Google Photos supported the animated snapshots shortly after launch, photo-centric Instagram still hasn’t added direct functionality well over a year afterward. We’ve been given plenty of new features in the meantime – some good like Snapchat-cloned Stories, some bad like photo albums – but we still can’t share Live Photos.  Read more…

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