To start an edit like a pro, first you must to acknowledge that real PROS do have a method when they go around an edit but it is not a formula. This means that the method that an editor may use may not always work. That is the real why they are PROS and they edit like a PRO.
Most begginers may find the task very daunting at first but they eventually develop a method. This not a bad thing, in fact this is what pro editors actually do. Method helps to start right away editing without falling in the begginers trap of thinking that you cannot do it because it is too much material to edit, so little time, excuses, excuses and more excuses. (The more time you invest in imagining excuses the more excuses you’ll come up with and the more elaborated they’ll be)
Meanwhile, PROS, by having a method, the second they get the material, they apply their method which is actually like saying fuck-off to all excuses.
That is the real difference between a PRO and an amateur or begginer. It is what separates people who do this for fun and people who build a career in the industry.
For this section of the post we’ll go through one of the most influential film editor of the twentieth century, Walter Murch, and how he goes around an edit of a film.
How does Walter Murch edit his films in Premiere Pro? Read this!
What he does essentially is start the edit by scenes, little chunks and try small pieces out while keeping track of the whole. He usually zooms out of what he is doing if he is lost to remember the emotional impact that that scene in particular has to have. Then when he has edited a scene, he doesn’t judge too strongly if it’s good or bad edited. He leaves that scene for a while, continues with another one and after he has done something different he will usually come back and revise that first scene he did.
When he has repeated this process for a while you end up with multiple options that you, as an editor, could choose from. To solve this problem what he does is:
So, all of this nonsense for what?!
The answer is quite simple.
If you do this, when you come back to edit one of those scenes that you’ve edited but you are not quite sure it is the definitive cut and you want to come back and edit it, by cutting the big video file, you’ll know where have you changed your original edit.
There is a great video, by Walter Murch, where he explains his process and what I have already tried to explain above. Anyway he is a great speaker and illustrates his points with images!
So check it out!
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