"The Cheat, what happened? You told me this was gonna look like kind of giant T. rex with tentacle arms and laser beam eyes!
"Fix it in post? This IS post!
"Post", short for "post-production", is the part of a film's production process after principal photography and during which all the editing, sound-looping
, Special Effects
"Fix it in Post" is said when you goof, but decide you don't want to re-shoot. "Forget it, we'll fix it in post" they say and move on with their lives. In post-production they will edit out the mistake, loop dialog to cover it or digitally re-master the image so the mistake never happened.
These are the four worst words to hear on any shoot—not only are the actors and crew tipped off that something bad is happening, but the editor
knows that their job has just gotten 200% harder.
If the remark "we'll fix it in post" makes it through post itself, it's a case of Left It In
- Spoofed in the "Wormhole X-Treme" episode of Stargate SG-1. A real alien spaceship comes down to pick up some stranded alien beings in the middle of a show within a show written by another alien, based upon hazy memories of the SGC. While two of the show's production crew (who actually are real production crew on Stargate SG-1) are talking about it, they say that the special effects were a little weak, and that "We'll fix it in post." Then they go to play some golf.
- An out-take from the fourth series of Red Dwarf: Cat (Danny John-Jules) and Lister (Craig Charles) are in a tight spot — when Lister pulls out his lighter, they find themselves in what appears to be a small cave. Craig Charles says "Stone," and taps the wall, which makes a very obviously hollow wooden sound. The audience immediately cracks up. Danny starts laughing as well, and Craig shouts at the audience: "They were gonna sort that out in the dub!"
- In Home Movies, Jason once complains that Brendan is always saying this, even though Brendan never actually fixes anything in post. It's likely that Brendan doesn't actually know what this term means and that this is just one of the terms he throws around to sound like a real director (such as "print!" even though he's shooting on video).
- This was supposed to happen with "Manos" The Hands of Fate, but it never did.
- Parodied in Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People episode 4 "Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective", when Strong Bad complains about the Cheat forgetting to add a CGI monster over Strong Sad in the movie-within-a-game.
- In Disgaea 2, recurring foe and fallen TV star Axel once blows off the idea that he'll probably lose to the party again with this line.
- In Planet Terror, a zombie ruins an otherwise perfect take by grabbing for Rose McGowan too soon, so Robert Rodriguez just fixed it by blowing his head off.
- Linkara says this in one video review after he attempts to use one of his Running Gags, only to get an entirely different one.
- A Running Gag in Total Drama Island Fan Fic Total Drama Chris is Chris's failed attempts to invoke Manipulative Editing by claiming they'll cut out anything that's too revealing/implicating/unflattering in post. Obviously, this didn't happen.
- Played straight near the beginning of Hannah Montana: The Movie, where the director shooting Hannah's music video invokes the trope word for word.
- Seen often on game and panel shows filmed live, wherein, after a failed or very dirty joke, the teller says aloud that they'll take it out in post. Of course, they leave it in...
- From the Rifftrax of Birdemic:
Mike: We're going to make this look good in post, right?
- A group of Drexel 3D animation students called their team We'll Fix It In Post productions, poking fun at the phrase. Their animation was featured on Drexel's site for some years, but has since been removed in favor of newer works.
- Played for Laughs in Magic: The Gathering with a particular card in the joke set, Unhinged. The card in question, Granny's Payback, has artwork depicting an elderly woman slaughtering people despite the actual effect of the card being life-gaining. The flavor text is as follows:
BB [Brandon Bozzi]: Why does a life-gaining card show an old lady killing people?
MR [Mark Rosewater]: We'll fix it in the flavor text.
- Invoked during a Star Wars Q&A with George Lucas. A fan had asked Lucas what would happen to his body when he dies. Specifically whether his corpse would become one with The Force or just be a normal death. George Lucas replied to the awkward question by saying when he died he'd probably stay a dead body. Then Rick Mc Callum (who was sitting next to Lucas) made everyone laugh by stating they would fix it in post.
- FoxTrot used this in a story arc where Jason and Marcus imagine themselves cast in the roles of Frodo and Sam for the then-upcoming The Lord of the Rings films. They react with awe to the armies of orcs and the balrog, then react with horror to Lady Galadriel. Director Peter Jackson facepalms at this, and the assistant director assures him that the editors can swap those reactions in post-production.
- On The Colbert Report, Stephen occasionally jokes that he'll edit out a guest's statements to make himself look better. At least once the show actually makes good on Colbert's promise, though the guest's statements were actually edited for time.
- A very common rescue joke in stand-up comedians' recorded shows is to claim that they will edit out unfunny sequences or add artificial laughs over unsuccessful jokes in post-production.