The FilmOps Precedent

The Starbucks cup.

If you're paying attention to the Internet in any form or fashion, you know what Starbucks cup I'm referring to. It's that Starbucks cup that snuck into a Game Of Thrones episode (S8, E4). There's no need to rehash what really happened. That was just a silly mistake.

What's interesting to me is how the industry responded. HBO actually removed the Starbucks cup within a day or two - and replaced the file on its streaming service with a corrected version of the episode. It didn't take long for HBO to acknowledge the mistake and then repair it… “doing it live,” so to speak.

…and I think this sets an interesting precedent. I'll call it DevOps for Film - or more specifically, FilmOps.