From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Post-production occurs in the making of audio recordings, films/movies, photography and digital art, videos and television programs. It is the general term for all stages of production occurring after the actual recording and ending with the completed work.
Post-production is in fact many different processes grouped under one name. These typically include:
- Editing the picture / TV program
- Editing the soundtrack.
- Writing and recording the soundtrack music.
- Adding visual special effects - mainly computer generated imagery (CGI) and digital copy from which release prints will be made (although this may be made obsolete by digital cinema technologies).
- Transfer of film to Video or Data with a telecine and color corrector.
Typically, the post-production phase of creating a film takes longer than the actual shooting of the film, and can take several months to complete.