At the end of the picture edit cycle, the Editor and Director will be assigned a time to formally lock picture. This means that the Lock Sequence must be completed by that time and the appropriate fields must be filled out in Motion.
Once picture locking is complete, the Editor and Director will work with the Post Staff to prep the film for the next phases of the post-production chain, which includes turn over for sound, color correction, and (if relevant) visual effects.
Create the Locked sequence
In Premiere Pro, correctly identify your locked sequence and save it in the Lock bin as Show#_Lock. For example, the locked sequence for 01F3 would be named 01F3_Lock.
Double-check the sequence settings by clicking on the Sequence drop-down menu and selecting “Sequence Settings.”
Your locked sequence settings should be as follows:
Build the front sequence
All locked sequences must have a “front sequence” at the start of the timeline that is formatted to Academy standards. This involves setting the sequence timecode to begin at 00:59:00:00 and building a front sequence that includes 30 seconds of bars-and-tone, 30 seconds of slate, the Academy leader (i.e., the countdown), and the FSU leader.
To begin, locate the front sequence materials (bars-and-tone, countdown, and FSU leaders).
Import these into your Premiere Project in the Front Sequence bin. Their are two different FSU Leaders. One runs “Forward” and one runs in “Reverse”. Choose one.
Set your sequence to begin at timecode 00:59:00:00. To do this, click on the Sequence drop-down menu and select “Start Time…”
Then enter “00:59:00:00” in the pop up window.
At 00:59:00:00 on the timeline, insert the 30-second bars-and-tone clip from the Front Sequence bin.
At 00:59:30:00 on the timeline, insert a 30-second slate. You’ll need to create the slate yourself, using the title tool in Premiere Pro. Please keep it professional and include all the pertinent info:
At 01:00:00:00, insert the 8-second countdown from the Front Sequence bin. If everything is put together correctly, the “two-pop” on the countdown leader will fall exactly on 01:00:06:00. (This is very important!)
At 01:00:08:00, insert one of the 8-second FSU leaders from the Front Sequence bin.
At 01:00:16:00, line up the first frame of content to start there.
Your completed front sequence should now look like this:
Add titles and credits
The College has strict requirements for how titles and credits need to be formatted. Before building your titles, read the requirements here.
Any credits that are finished by picture lock should be inserted into your Lock sequence. For credits that are outstanding (such as those that will be generated in After Effects later) you should slug the time in your sequence with a “Temp Credits” title card. It is possible to insert and change credits after picture lock but your running time cannot change. For this reason it is important that any unfinished credits be slugged in.
The second-to-last thing in the end credits should be a 2-second logo card. The post staff will let you know which logo card to use.
The last thing in the end credits should be a 2-second copyright card. Double-check that the card has the correct copyright year.
Condense tracks for color grading
Regardless of whether you are color grading your film in Davinci Resolve or in Premiere Pro, it is important to prep your timeline for coloring. For this reason, your video needs to be condensed onto as few video tracks as possible. It’s understood that, due to the nature of how some video dissolves are built, more than one track is sometimes necessary. The idea is to reduce the amount of tracks and media as much as possible and the end result should look something like this.
QC the locked sequence
The Director/Editor pair should watch the Final Format video looking for black frames or any other problems. Once your picture is locked it is locked!
Save the project
Lastly, once you are confident that you’re locked sequence is formatted correctly and ready for conforming and turnover, save a new version in your projects finishing folder, but add “Locked” to the file name.