What does a DIT do?
I save production time and money and am a form of metaphorical insurance.
At a fundamental level, I transfer data—but I use specific methods and hardware to ensure data integrity and redundancy.
At a broader level, I bridge the gap between production and postproduction. I can take on look and LUT management, string outs, rough cuts and sound syncing. Ultimately, I want postproduction to be able to hit the ground running when they receive the media from me.
What ANALOGIES help me understand a dit?
Think about a DIT like a catalyst in a chemical reaction. I help production speed along faster with my services.
I also consider myself a form of insurance. Many people don't want to (and sometimes don't) pay for car insurance, for example. Yet, when an accident happens—your car gets totaled, or the equivelant happens when your hard drive gets smashed—you want a backup plan. That's where I come in.
Why do I need a DIT?
As the DIT, I will save postproduction time and, likewise, money from the producer’s budget. I work with the camera and continuity teams on set to ensure accurate data cataloging. I prepare footage before it touches the AE or Editor’s desks. Thus, the line producer is not paying for postproduction to waste time searching for footage, syncing sound or exploring basic color grades after-the-fact; all these things can be accomplished on-set by me instead.
How does a DIT save production costs?
I take on some Assistant Editor tasks and organize footage so post can start their work that much faster. Having me on set seeing footage being captured allows me to catalog faster than an Assistant Editor with no context of shoot day.
What about 2nd AC’s who DIT?
This is a swing role that sometimes exists on low budget productions. In the end, neither role gets the love it deserves. The 2nd AC ends up running over to a computer in a corner between takes and you put the most important component of your shoot—the footage—at risk of being compromised due to lack of supervision.
Who does a DIT work with?
My role as DIT falls under the camera department, reporting to the DP. In addition to working closely with the DP, I stay in contact with the AC’s and Script Supervisor to ensure accurate slating and media cataloging. To be most effective, I should also know my postproduction team to understand the project's full image pipeline.
When does a DIT get involved?
I get involved as early as possible. If you want me to really help you out, give me the contact info of your post house or postproduction team. Even a five minute phone call between the editor and me can save hours of work down the road.
Why do I need anything beyond your basic LOLZ package?
You get what you pay for. For example, if I bring my cart and UPS with me, that minimizes downtime of moving around set; I can offer you more efficient and robust services when I bring better equipment. Simple as that.
Check out my services page to see which package is right for you.
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