The Art of Editing

Posted by MikeLA 
Re: The Art of Editing
April 05, 2006 09:25PM
Having gone through film school and seen both good and bad editors in the learning process, I can also say that one of the main killers of beginner editors is that they think only in terms of a final product. If a cut doesn't work, they think the film is tanked. I learned early that "firebombing" an edit, radically changing the structure of a film that isn't working, can be very productive. When you're trying to solve major problems, for example exposition or overall pacing lag, it's often good to recut certain scenes from scratch rather than just change what you already have. That way you kill the preconceptions about how those scenes and that cut. (This approach probably works best for narrative film and documentary, and less so for limited-footage, semi-narrative pieces like commercials.) It's also important not to abandon an idea until you've worked it to its potential.
Re: The Art of Editing
April 06, 2006 03:43AM
I play drums and sing. I used to play brass, but let's not go there...

And I'm going to do good on my promise further up the list and say have a look at this guy whilst thinking about editing. Beautiful.

Re: The Art of Editing
April 06, 2006 04:36AM
That was great, it's morning and I've just read this conversation and I think amazing. Derek Mok is into Gram parsons, Jude Cotter plays the drums, Ben King a guitarist. I'm goona do a shameless plug for my band here - Alan Tyler and the Lost Sons of's London country but it will shock all of you for its purity and beauty.
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