June 30, 2016 at 1:56PM, Edited June 30, 2:05PM


Need advice desperately

hey guys -

Just had a huge freakout about a job and really need some of your advice -

I was e-mailing a small production group about editing their short film.
I applied via a website they got back to me and we were discussing story, pacing etc and what creative freedom I'd have to edit + colour.

A few strange things -
The director wouldn't be with me whilst I edited
It was stated there was 100 gig of unlogged footage which was also not clapped (same with audio)

I had asked about file format but nothing was said to me, only they'd get back to me ASAP with it.

Then today, the day before collecting the footage and a brief meeting, they let me know that it is actually 300gb worth of footage in 2.5 k raw cinema dng format which I have 0 experience with.

Rapidly I download some cinema DNG footage and Davinci resolve and am already clueless.

I've been editing for a couple of years or so now, and haven't still dealt with cinema dng files.
had they told me earlier the format I would've pulled out.

I e-mailed the guy politely and sad that I wouldn't be able to edit due to lack of experience with cinema dng.

Do you think I did the right thing? Would really love your opinion on this as I feel like the worst person in the world. It's the only job I've ever pulled out on.

to reiterate they didn't give me a format on the job application and hadn't given me one (even after asking) until literally an hour ago. Should it have been an easier format to deal with I would've done it, but for fear of messing it up and not dealing with the .dng correctly I felt I had to turn it down due to lack of experience with the footage.



June 30, 2016 at 4:49PM


Haha sounds like you did what was best. It could have been so much worse if you would've tried to edit and failed. They messed up by not letting you know.

June 30, 2016 at 7:27PM

Clark McCauley

Yeah, thanks Mark.

I contacted a few of my contacts who work within TV and Film and explain the situation and they basically agreed.

it was their fault from the get go for not mentioning, or rather lying, that it was just 100gb worth of footage, then upping it to 300gb of raw 2.5k DNG files.
if i had known it was that from the get go I wouldn't have applied.

David Dearlove

July 1, 2016 at 8:57AM

I would have learned how to do, I never turn down a job because I don't know a very small part of the job. This is part of being a professional, you are constantly learning new techniques.

Most of this information can be found online or through Lynda. Lynda is my bible and I learn all my new techniques through it.

Basically you could have turned dragged the files into premiere and edited. I think it's import image sequence, something like that. Or you could transcode the DNG files into prores files and edited those, then have the colorist relink to the original DNG files if they want. You just want to keep all file numbers the same, or you'll have to relink each file one by one.

Good luck.

June 30, 2016 at 9:47PM


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