Finally Understand What an Editor Does in Less than 2 Minutes
It is still fascinating to me how little people know about editing and how vital this part of the process is. Arguably, every part of the filmmaking process is essential, but editing is one of the stages when everything starts coming together and you can butcher or enhance everybody else’s job. Scary.
I am a self-taught editor, and I feel this skill is the one that allowed me the most to grow as a filmmaker, to change platforms as a storyteller, and to make a living as a freelancer. If you have to pick up one technical skill…
And yet, many people who wants to make films still don’t get what the fuss is all about (check the comment section). To help better understand what hides behind the word EDITOR, Inside The Edit just shared a video that reminds me of the Designed by Apple video, it’s simple, clean and efficient. (With a special kudos to James Locke-Heart for his great work on the sound design)
Inside the Cut is a new online program that will launch this spring and that hopes to to train wanna-be editors or confirmed editors in a new way, focusing on the creative aspect of the craft:
“The Inside The Edit course is the first time that the secrets of the edit suite have been available to the public, as most of our content has never been written down before. Our tutorials are a mix of high end editing theory, footage analysis and timeline demonstration that teach the actual artistic process of creative editing.”
and more specifically, working for this changing narrative medium that is TV:
“Inside The Edit has been specifically created for anyone working or wanting to work in the narrative based television found in high end documentaries, entertainment shows and reality TV.” “The Creative Editing Course from Inside The Edit has 80 tutorials ranging from 5-30 minutes in duration. As you progress through the tutorials you are set creative tasks that replicate the detailed and meticulous process of cutting an hour long documentary. (…) At the end of the course you will have cut a primetime level documentary and will therefore have a pro showreel which you can then use to attract work from production companies and broadcasters.”
Here is a 10 min tutorial on the useful narrative questions you should ask yourself to help you keep your editing focused and tight. The video will give you a good understanding of how detail you can, and the amount of questions you should keep in mind while editing.
Basically, Inside the Edit provides you with 80 online tutorials, ships a hard drive to your place with 500 GB of footage on it so you can learn to cut, gives you access to 2000 tracks from Universal Music to pick from to learn how to add music and gives you in tutor (although I don’t know about the details regarding tutoring).
There is an early bird discount of 3000 pounds, then the price will go up to 4000 pounds that gives you full access for a year. If you want to learn more about it, check Inside The Edit’s website.[Thanks to @schlafendehunde]