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Guide to Postproduction for TV and Film, 2nd Edition by Susan Spohr, Barbara Clark

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5   Dailies

“If I’d wanted them at the end of the day, I’d have renamed them nightlies!” stormed the producer frustrated by the fact that it was nearly 9 A.M. and he had yet to see a minute of the previous day’s film.

In a film shoot, “dailies,” as the name implies, is the footage that is shot each day and rushed to the lab for processing, then on to telecine or printing so you and your crew can view them, usually the next morning. Heaven help the facility with technical difficulties that delay the completion of “dailies.” The dailies from a tape shoot are still the footage that is shot each day; it just does not require processing.

It is good to remember that no amount of preparation and preplanning can guarantee trouble-free dailies every single ...

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