Please see below some tips and a grading guide to help you when providing feedback and grading work. We know that grading is mostly subjective, but use this guide until a more automated/quantitative process is defined.
When giving feedback, please remember to include positive things that the editor did. Do not simply list all the errors they made. They need to know what they are doing correctly as well as what they are doing wrong. We need editors to have open communication with us and you and not feel afraid or hesitant to ask for feedback (or to start their next assignment in case they get a bad grade/feedback.)
Please try to be considerate about the density and complexity of a specific section/file. Also, check whether there was a script attached. This will give you an idea about why speaker tags might be missing. If they used generic speaker tags, this does not mean it’s a bronze level. Also, check if they're maybe working from a WIP. Use your discretion and don’t be unnecessarily harsh with the grading. The overall purpose is for learning and not demotivation. 🙂
There is also no need to spend a lot of time changing sound cues. The dubbing studio just needs an indication that a sound cue is there. So, do not grade an editor down because of sound cues.
Please also watch this presentation that Alastair gave about QCing. It is helpful to both new QCers and veterans 😄 Comment below if the link doesn't work. https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/8ef23ed1-5094-40f6-b7be-5e84e62198ad
Note: Any file with missing/incorrect:
- speaker tags,
- pertinent OST,
- misspelling of a KNP,
will result in a bronze as those errors, no matter how good the file, result in rejections.
However, for training assignments, please contact the trainers to find out what source/reference materials the trainees had (or if there were any special instructions) as we need to fully maximize the learning opportunities by not being too harsh in the beginning.
Similarly, for all editors, please check what reference materials they had when creating the show. Not having a script or anything and being new to the show is tricky, even for an experienced editor.
- The file was so bad that you basically had to redo the whole thing yourself.
- Many missing or incorrect:
- bad grammar,
- not following the KB/style guide,
- missing or incorrect forced narratives,
- badly annotated.
- The file would have resulted in a rejection had it been submitted as is.
A silver minus:
- The file was good overall but had mistakes such as:
- incorrect grammar (look out for grammar mistakes that change the meaning of a sentence – comma splices, full stop instead of a comma so that the thought is incorrectly separated)
- a few missed sound or ON/OFF cues,
- some stylistic choices that did not adhere to the KB,
- and missed annotations or too many annotations.
- These are mistakes that occurred but not frequently enough to deserve a bronze.
- Not quite a gold, but still very good.
- Hardly any issues, but still some issues such as:
- grammar (look out for grammar mistakes that change the meaning of a sentence – comma splices, full stop instead of a comma so that the thought is incorrectly separated)
- missed sound/directional cues
- missing or incorrectly placed ON/OFF
- a few missed/unnecessary annotations
- You noticed some mistakes, but nothing that took a lot of time to change during QC.
- The file had hardly any issues.
- Perhaps some stylistic choices that you did not agree with, but not anything that would absolutely need to be changed.
- You only had to change something here or there.
- The annotations, grammar, speaker IDs, forced narratives, cues, etc. looked good overall.