Editing Tips – Part One Of Many !

Editing is an art and you need as many tips as well as real time practice to master it. I have to say one MUST READ book is

In the Blink Of an Eye By Walter Murch – You can see reviews of this book at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2141.In_the_Blink_of_an_Eye

Murch takes you on an enjoyable essay of editing, he leaves no stone unturned, continuity, discontinuity , reality and fantasy, digital editing (in the second edition this is covered extensively). Without question if you are a budding filmmaker, buy this book.

Ok onto the tips …

Re-Watch Your Footage Once You Have Done Some Editing

Once you have the footage you are editing in your favourite editing program, get editing after a while stop and watch your footage again, you’re doing this to get a different perspective, to see things from another angle so to speak. It also sparks your creativity, very often you will how the story can progress by further editing, this is the purpose of this tip (credit goes to the book mentioned above for this tip).

Invite People To Watch Your Provisional Edit

Very often we have our own view of how things should look, this however isn’t necessarily the right view for the audience. one great way to get feedback is to let some people view your film, these can be like minded film makers, friends, family, fellow students anyone will do. Here’s why, the more feedback you get, the more creative input you are creating. Very often someone will add a comment which will give you a lightbulb moment in terms of your editing. Again it’s about perspective, it’s not uncommon for blockbuster films to have private pre release screenings for this very purpose, feedback ! If you are doing client work, you can impress your clients at the editing stage by using WIPSTER , Wipster allows your client to post suggested edits in realtime, pretty cool stuff.

Cause and Effect

Cause and effect is a very powerful editing sequence for both film and corporate and explainer video work. One simple example would be a torch, someone is walking in the dark and cannot see where they are going, they switch the torch on and it lets them see the cliff edge they were walking towards. The cause of switching on the torch had the effect of preventing a nasty accident. For feature films this method is used extensively, watch some of your favourite films and you’ll see this method in action, could it be something that could be put into your final edit to enhance the purpose and direction of you film or video ?





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