Editing ★

Hai guys ♥

Recently I got the chance to do something I haven’t done in quite a while: edit.
Sorry it’s been a while.
I’ve been busy redrafting my script and doing my dissertation.
Only a month until hand-in.
I’m not freaking out.

But I was busy last week editing a short film for one of my classmates.
Well… ‘editing’.
I mean I synced the sound and started a rough cut, ready for the actual editor.
Either way – I loved doing it.
It had been a long time since I edited anything.

I got into editing when I was thirteen.
I just moved to France, was still silently getting over the death of a friend and finally watched a feature film to the end for the first time.
A crazy period in my life, okay?
I turned to YouTube for company.
I didn’t watch vlogs or anything, I actually watched the cut-scenes from my favourite video games. Saved me the whole 15 hours of gameplay I needed to play just to watch my favourite characters go from 2d to 3d for like 30 seconds. .
& I stumbled across this YouTuber called ChaoticStory, who edited video game footage to music; creating these unusual fan-made music videos.
I started finding more and more of these kinds of videos all over YouTube and decided to give it a shot myself.
Fair to say I was pretty bad at them at the beginning.
These videos usually had rhythmic editing, flashy effects and a decent pace – I had no idea how to do anything like that.
So instead of making these videos, I spent hours in the day figuring out how to use the software.

I started on Windows Movie Maker,
then Sony Vegas Platinum until I figured Sony Vegas Pro made life so much easier,
then Adobe Premier Pro,
then finally Final Cut.

I finally managed to start creating half decent fan made music videos and currently have over 150 000 views on Youtube ★

I still do these kind of videos from time to time for fun but… as I got into university I realised I could never really use them in a portfolio.
Copyright issues.
Wrong editing style.
It just wouldn’t work.
I miss doing that kind of editing, but I quickly found a joy in editing my own short films and other’s.

The one big difference I found between editing films and music videos is the transparency of the editing.
In mainstream narrative-based films, editing is supposed to be hidden.
It shouldn’t break the audience’s suspension of disbelief.
It should make the film flow without ever jarring it.
Whereas in music video editing, the editing is usually noticeable. Shots are cut to the beat whilst colours and effects are usually strewn throughout.

& I love that they are different ♥
I love being able to have the best of both worlds.
I love that there’s a different editing craft for different mediums.

All I need to do now is to edit an experimental film and get the whole experience ★

I do miss editing.
I don’t do it so much any more since I seem to constantly be stuck in the writing and prepping stage of filmmaking.
Which is why I was happy that I was approached to help out with post-production last week.
I feel like I only did a small job – but I really enjoyed doing it and can’t wait to do it again soon.

Just need to actually pass my module and get my degree first… no pressure.

Anyway, the film I was helping out with is called Beneath the Surface.
It’s about a woman who is struggling with social anxiety and who uses the ocean as a coping method. It’s still in post-production right now but be sure to check out for updates at @BeneathSurf .

Back to university work now.
Wish me luck ★


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