Okay, I was being slightly sarcastic in my title here, so bear with me. As some or all of you know, while I was in Seattle, my boyfriend(Sean) and I, made a web series "Puppet People" with some amazingly talented people. It was a great experience and I am so thankful for it.
Now! That being said... The filming was a blast, getting all the stuff together and seeing it come to life while people are acting it out was incredible, however some things lead to us having to modify the show a bit.
What ended up happening was:
We needed to do an Episode 1, which we had but I wanted to create a whole new beginning, that way the story made more sense and due to that, all the episodes at the beginning were jumbled up, making some footage from the Alpha Episode 1 now Beta Episode 2 and so on. This lead to the episodes being mixed up. Episode 5 footage is now Episode 6 footage. Episode's 8-11 fortunately are the same since the decision to create a new Episode 1 was brought forth before the filming of 8-11 but still, you see where the frustration and dilemma is.
In addition, half of the audio files that were recorded didn't break up into the individual shots, so now I am in the process of sifting through to find the right audio takes.
lol... Its a great project and its coming along splendidly just taking a bit longer due to these complications.
Why am I telling you all of this?
Because I am learning from this experience and I hope to pass along this knowledge to those who are creating their own projects.
MY ADVICE ON THIS SUBJECT
1. Label everything correctly
2. Double check before editing that everything is labeled correctly
3. We had people helping out on set doing audio or lighting or holding a puppet because this was volunteer show. We were extremely lucky to have people so dedicated to working on this show. So, If you are in the same boat and don't have a designated audio person who knows the in's and out's of how to break down the audio clips, be as detailed as you can be, especially about stopping the recorder after the director says "cut"...lol...
4. Double check that the stand in audio tech knows to stop the recorder after the director says "Cut"
5. Mistakes will happen and that is what learning is all about. And by proxy, what art is all about, just roll with the punches and never give up!