This seems like the perfect thread to re-iterate my call for the DIT position to become an extension of post rather than part of the production head count.
My concept is simple: as soon as the mag comes off the camera it is the responsibility of the post vendor and the their field agent - commonly called the DIT. How many copies are made, where they are made, where and how dailies are made, how color will be handled for dailies/creative editorial and eventually final color, etc is all managed by the post vendor fulfilling their contract.
What all too often happens, particularly in the TVC genre the I work in most frequently, is that the UPM fills the DIT slot with the cheapest person they can find. Sometimes that turns out just fine, sometimes it goes badly, in either case production generally just kicks any issues down the road to post. Because post is ultimately responsible for managing all the original media, it is post that has the most "skin in the game" in terms of getting things right.
I believe that if the DIT is trained, equipped and managed by the post vendor then a comprehensive workflow structure can be developed and executed that most efficiently gets a project to the finish line. Engineers from the post house can set up the field systems (carts in many cases) using compatible protocols to their internal networks and sporting high speed interfaces. Post houses rather than individual freelancers are much more capable of financing and maintaining mobile systems.
I could go on, but I think I've made my point. Forward thinking post gurus like Michael Cioni have already started down this path as evidenced by their Outpost carts and free training programs. If adaptation is the key to survival then I advocate that the DIT be a field agent of post - though it would be nice if production could include us at lunchtime ;-)
Cheers - #19