mfunk9786 wrote: ↑
Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:32 pm
There is just no way they will be aired without major edits. No way at all. This will have the opposite effect.
Regarding the editing of the awards--and lets be honest, this is going to be for three awards, the three shorts, so how will this work.
they will still have a package options queued up in the EVS, because they pre-edit three packages for every category (a complete package and a fast package and a superfast package (basically just a graphic)) and this will all be done in the EVS, they won't be round tripping to a NLE.
So what gets edited out. First of all, you pre-record at dress rehearsal the host doing a short throw for each of the categories, so Jimmy Kimmel has a one liner about the category, and introduces the category (because even this intro may be reduced if the time is needed, no celebrities will be booked to introduce the categories, the category duties will be assigned to the host instead)
So this is the first big time savings, because a flexible host bite replaces this entire sequence: jib-shot, audience shots, host shots, audience shots, host introducing celebrity, celebrity walk out, celebrity banter, celebrity intro the category. This can save between 40 seconds and 2 minutes for each category.
the second big time savings is the walk to the stage. You are still going to keep the five-split shot of the nominees, and you're going to keep their reaction. You're going to cut from them hitting the aisle, to a reaction shot of meryl streep clapping, to a shot of them ascending the stage. the entire walk up is gone.
You run their entire speech, which are usually short anyway. Cutting out the walk to the stage saves about 20 to 40 seconds per category.
Why do you run the entire speech? Because you're likely not doing this with an actual editor, you're doing this with an EVS operator sitting in the truck, with a dedicated producer next to him. And neither of those two people are not going to want to make any decisions that will have any potential political blowback.
Additionally, the limitations of the EVS are such that you can't make edits to lift out stuttering or stammering and repetitions of the usual person's live circuitous speech patterns that can be pulled up to save time. This is technology that can do fairly complicated instant replays, but it isn't technology that gives you full nonlinear separated audio and video editing opportunities.
This means, the EVS operator will assemble nine pieces before the show. for each category:
host intro + full package
host intro + reduced package
host intro + "graphic" package
Then once the EVS operator has assembled the shortened piece of the awarding of the category and speech, they assign that piece to the tail of each of the three above options.
They then prep this for the director, and based on how much they are on time or over-time, the producers/director in the truck will make an on the fly decision about which of the three options to be aired. (this is how all the packages for all the categories work, 24 times a show, every decision about which package duration to use is live and based on how much they're on time or over time).
Ideally, most viewers don't even notice the difference.
And most commercial breaks are 3.5 to 6.5 minutes long. so you have your operator doing all of this within a very short time frame, there literally is no time to shorten the speeches, but I mean, it's not like they have a lot of time to do instant replays for sports either, they're used to the time crunch.