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The Visual Effects Producer by Susan Zwerman, Charles Finance

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CHANGES AND APPROVALS

“The three scariest words in visual effects: ‘Can’t you just…’”

—Charles Finance

You don’t have to be a cynic to recognize that, in spite of everyone’s best-declared intentions, changes are inevitable in the visual effects line up as postproduction progresses. Everyone secretly understands that from the very beginning, although it is the rare producer who will acknowledge it at the outset. In fact, it’s not unusual for the number of visual effects shots to double or triple.1

The most common reason for this is that, as the film takes shape, directors and editors realize that they need additional shots—or have to revise existing ones—to tell the story properly, to make it more exciting, or to clarify a story point that ...

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