Making a Short Film: Best Practices in Post Production

It is not uncommon to hear narratives from filmmakers who shared their struggle in putting together the film once the movie wrapped. When starting out, it is easy to forget that production has three main phases. Some factors ought to be accounted for before, during and after the creation of a film. It is therefore likely that most people forget to give priority when it comes to time and budgeting to this final phase. The magic of putting the film together happens in the editing room.


Finding the right editor

In the same way that you took time to put together a cast and crew, interview editors to get the right fit for the job. In as much as your budget will dictate who you approach, go with some who are experienced in shorts and as a bonus, music. They also ought to work together with the director to ensure that the latter person’s vision gets executed.


Editing the movie

Once you have selected an editor, have then read the script and come up with a rough cut. A good editor is one who’s capable of working with the footage available and making the best out of it. It requires being creative in piecing only the best parts of the story, that is, where the acting was strong, and the angles are superb while leaving out parts that drag and don’t add to the story. They also need to be able to carry the color temperature throughout the film.



Editing and mixing sounds are essential. Some voices ought to be higher than others depending on the scene, and this needs to be accounted for to guide the audience attention. Other sounds such as distant voices in the street below, the noise of an elevator or sirens in the background are all sounds that get incorporated during the editing part of the production. Aim to be realistic as possible as you consider everyday noises that capture the environment you’ve set.



The film score and soundtrack are essential aspects in short films unless otherwise intended. The film score runs in the background and enhances a story. The soundtrack refers to the music used as part of the narrative. It’s not merely about putting songs you like together; they ought to be catchy but at the same time fit the storyline or enhance it. There is royalty free music like from this site with a wide selection to choose from. Listen to a wide range of music to help you find the feel you’re hoping to capture in your film as part of your research.
Tip: If you’re writing a musical, it is essential that you enlist the services of a music producer to help you compose the music that best reflects the story and your characters. You can do it during the production process but not when you’ve already finished production.



Creating your movie seems ominous at first, but once you get into the rhythm of things, it offers a world of excitement. Becoming a filmmaker and making it requires resistance as many other creatives are hoping to make their big break. Though this is not the end-all-be-all of becoming a filmmaker, it gives you a great start. That is especially the case if it’s a hobby or you don’t have the luxury of going to a film school. Keep at it and use as many available free resources there are to get you started.