Reading a couple of restoration based threads, I noticed that I probably STILL don’t 100% understand the process. How EXACTLY do you get from shooting a scene to a finished film print? This is something what I “assume”
- Original camera negatives - basically the film which is inside the camera while shooting the scene
- Interpositive - basically a negative of the negative from 1)
Now here goes my question - what is used for editing? Are edits done directly on the negatives or on the IPs? I googled a lot and some sources use the term “negative cutter” which would IMHO mean the cuts are done on the negatives itself, however some sources say that the cutting is done on a positive. What is the truth?
- Internegatives - so if I got it correct, this is again a negative of version 2), correct
- Positive - release print made out of 3)
Is that correct? In which point is the actual editing being done? I assume it’s either after step 1 or step 2, correct?
And now let’s go even more complicated - what about shots which include optical effects and/or composites? Since this is a Star Wars site, let’s say a Star Wars example - the shot where our heroes look through the window on the cockpit of the Millenium Falcon and see the flying fighter and the Death Star. I remember that this specific scene was explained in some of the documentaries, not sure which one, but from what I remember they combined them using the optical printer, in other words magic. But what did go inside the optical printer? The original negative? The internegative? The interpositive? The “answer positive”? In other words - how many generations away from the negative can we get in such a complex shot as the one I mentioned from Star Wars 77?
And another question 😃 From what I though, original negatives are the film reels which came out of the camera equipment, correct? But many people all over the internet (I think even here on ot.com) use the term to describe a finished shot with integrated optical effects, or is it just me?
And the last question, I promise - what would be the correct term to describe the finished film, properly edited, with all effects and the finished sound track, which would be the “master” for creating duplicates? At least I hope that they’re just doing one “master” from which are theatrical release prints being made.
Sorry for so many questions all at once, I think I have a vague understanding of this topic but I’d really love to be 100% sure I correctly understand what are other people talking about 😃