Post-production on the third season of Star Trek: Discovery continues remotely, with a couple of the editors giving an update on progress today.
Editors give an update on season three
Production on the third season of Star Trek: Discovery wrapped up in Canada in February, coming in just a few weeks before film and television production was shut down in Canada and Hollywood. Post-production, which was already underway, moved to remote work, including editing.
After working as an assistant editor and then moving up to edit a couple of Short Treks, Chad Rubel has joined the editing team of Star Trek: Discovery for season three. This afternoon Rubel posted an update on Twitter saying today was his last day of work on the season, and adding “What an amazing experience it was.”
— Chad Rubel (@ChadRubel) June 18, 2020
Some fans may have taken this to mean that editing for the third season was complete; however, Chad later confirmed he was speaking specifically for his own work. Editors Jon Dudkowski, ACE, and Scott Gamzon, ACE, have been editing for Discovery on all three seasons. Today in reply to Chad’s tweet, Gamzon indicated that work continues for the rest of the editing team, telling Rubel he will be missed at the Friday editors meetings on Zoom.
It’s been a pleasure @ChadRubel. Will miss seeing you at our Friday Zoom Editors gatherings.
And always great to see someone you first met as an assistant absolutely excel when they make it to the chair in front of the console. https://t.co/tXAwoxcPJW
— Scott Gamzon, ACE (@ScottGamzon) June 18, 2020
Gamzon and other Discovery editors began working remotely back in March.
Post-production team working as fast as they can
We still don’t know when we will see the new season. Just yesterday in response to a fan inquiry on Twitter, Gamazon said the date is yet to be determined. Gamzon said the post-production team was “working as best and as fast as we can,” adding that working remotely has “slowed down” progress.
Yet to be determined. Working as best and as fast as we can – but working from home presents numerous challenges that have slowed down our process.
— Scott Gamzon, ACE (@ScottGamzon) June 17, 2020
Editing isn’t the only area of post-production that had to move to remote work. This also includes visual effects, sound, and music—and some elements of remote work are harder than others. For example, ADR (automated dialog replacement) may need to be recorded by actors from their own homes, requiring special setups. And it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that composer Jeff Russo found a workaround for recording the score, but having each musician record their parts from their own homes has created added complexity, which takes longer. Recently restrictions in both Canada and California have begun to be lifted for film and television production work, so it’s possible some of this work can return to something closer to regular operation (albeit with new safety protocols) in the coming months.
But as of now, post-production for Discovery season three is still a work in progress, and a release date is still TBA.
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