“Dailies in TV are the raw, unedited footage shot during that day. Sometimes in animation, they can also be called “rushes” or “sweat box sessions.”
Dailies may seem boring or excessively long, and it’s because there are no cuts, and you are watching one, long drawn out performance. Often times, the editor strings together multiple performances of the same scene to get it just right. The director, cinematographer, producers, and actors, watch the dailies in a theatre or screening room, to see how the show is progressing.
They can assess not just the individual performances, but the overall aesthetics and cinematography – Is the lighting what they want? Is the camera in focus and out of focus at the right moments?
Watching dailies before the cuts, allows the filmmakers to figure out what they’re doing right, if they need to reshoot anything, make notes for future shoot days, and determine if they’re on track…”
Season 1 (Click on titles for reel)