On a feature film at what point is the footage logged so that the AE can organize the project and dump the clips into the scene bins for the editor? I seem to get a lot of different answers to this question and surely it varies from project to project.
I know that a lot of big features backup the footage then send the drive to the lab and the lab does the log and transfer; but what is the best practice for logging clips (and transcoding) if we wanted to do it ourselves and use the lab only to finish. I consulted Red on this, but wanted to get some feedback from someone who has been in the trenches (especially any pitfalls or garbage in, garbage out experiences).
I know that an AE can log and transcode, but I was wondering what the difference is in workflow between a low budget and medium/large budget feature. Is this the responsibility of the AE or does the data wrangler or ninja handle this? And what is a ninja and why does he make so much money? ;) If the data wrangler (or ninja - forgive me for my ignorance) does the transcode to Pro Res on set for the offline edit, and the pro res is delivered to the editing room what is the best way to log the clips?
I guess the question also comes down to - how does one man the cutting room?
Thanks for helping me wrap my head around this new workflow!