Editing at the Oscars – The Plan

February 24, 2007 | By Guin Smith | Entertainment

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Hollywood, CA , United States: A painter works on an Oscar statue on Hollywood Boulevard, at the entrance of the Kodak Theatre, February 23, 2007. The 79th Academy Awards Ceremony will be presented on February 25, 2007 in Hollywood, California.

With less than 24 hours to go until the big event, celebrities are not the only ones resting up for the crazy night. Here is a look at how we (editors at Getty Images) will be getting the thousands of images that will come through our desks onto the site within minutes:

Our day begins at 2 PM – meaning, we are in our places ready to go at 2 PM sharp. Arrivals begin at 2:30ish and will go until 5 PM. Show starts at 5pm, ending time my best guestimages (learned over the years) 8:27 pm. Viewing parties begin around 4:30 PM and will go all night, the last run for images I estimate to be around 1 AM.

The team of editors is divided into several teams. Main editors for deadlines sit on floor (onsite) and we are backed by the hotel room team. The floor selects images and moves deadline images, the hotel room team handles backing of deadline, second assignments and additional content. We also have a team in our LA office handling all off-site work.

All of the imagery captured at the Oscars – including tethered out-of-camera – comes to an editor. All of the images are selected by the editing team. Every image that you see on the Getty Images site has been passed through an editors hands. Our job as editors is to look at all of the images and select the most relevant and appropriate for feed and site clients on deadline.

This is a very high level description of the plan, the detail would be too much to write about. Overall, the plan works without fail, allowing us to provide our customers images from the event within minutes.

I am hoping for trouble-free, exciting night full of Hollywood glamour, we’ll see how it goes…

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