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  • VannessV
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    Joined: Apr 3rd, 2008, 01:25
    How to become a good film editor ?
    Hi,everybody.Can someone tell me what you know about my question? The first,i think i had a stupid question?But i dont know where to put this question. I learned final cut pro,adobe premier by myself.Try to cut every clip i have.I remember all effect in situation.Tried to keying and watch everything and learn form that.Also,I knew about PAL,NTSC and something else.But my prolemb is i dont know how to assess a good editor.How to take a different when i edit,and the different between edit a short clip and a film. Sorry for my poor of english and thank alot for reading. Best regard, Van
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  • Hisham
    Posts: 70
    Joined: Nov 6th, 2006, 03:47
    Re: How to become a good film editor ?
    Hi there Show your project to people and ask them what they think? Also put some of your work online (if you are allowed to) and invite professional editors to comment. Everyone will surely give a feedback that make you improve everytime. that is how we all become better ... Good Luck.
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  • Rounik Admin
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    Joined: Dec 16th, 2006, 08:13
    Re: How to become a good film editor ?
    Hi, I'd like to add to this discussion what some experienced Apple Certified Trainers in FCP have recommended: The Craft of Editing with Final Cut Pro by Michael Wohl (a Master Trainer here at macprovideo ;) [url]http://www.peachpit.com/store/product.aspx?isbn=032152036X[/url] Cheers Rounik
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  • Cajypiu
    Posts: 400
    Joined: Oct 11th, 2006, 09:48
    Re: How to become a good film editor ?
    Good question van! For my personal take on editing I think there are a few ways to assess a good editor. The book Rounik suggested is full of handy tips and tricks to speed up your workflow and get deeper knowledge in to world of industry standards. This will help you become an efficient editor... i.e. you utilise keyboard shortcuts where appropriate, are good with file management and generally carrying out common editing scenarios quickly and accurately. Editing itself, however, is not just cutting and pasting. I would define that as more rough cutting. The quality of your end product is reliant on the footage you have to work with, therefore your job as an editor is dependent on other people's work, unless you are the camera man as well.... but I would say a good editor is also someone who understands the script/ brief/ style of the story and the director's vision and moreover, is able to compliment it. The speed of the cuts, or how edits are made can radically change the feel of the visual experience and a good editor is someone who uses the right effect, style of cut in the right place at the right time.... and to me, that dips in to digital artist territory. Then there's also the editor on steroids who's an effects/ colour grader specialist and that's a whole other bag of chips!
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  • VannessV
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    Joined: Apr 3rd, 2008, 01:25
    Re: How to become a good film editor ?
    Hi YADJ, Thank you very much.Your answers is so useful for me.I learn more from that. In my country,no where teach me how to cut a film professional skill.I learn it by myself,step by step,i learn form everthing,watching movie,tvc,short clip.Im interested when i cut a film,a music video so good.Im define the way to future,im so young.I have many time to try the best in this workflow. So,thanks forum so much,you teach me more. P/s : where can i post some clip i had been cut to show here ? Post in youtube ? and leave a link here ? Thanks again, Vann
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  • Cajypiu
    Posts: 400
    Joined: Oct 11th, 2006, 09:48
    Re: How to become a good film editor ?
    Hi Vann, no problem. Having a mentor certainly does help speed things up but then I also think about the pioneers of the industries. They did things their way because they had an idea they were trying to realise and I think that's the key. Having a clear mental picture of what it is you are trying to achieve. That way all you are doing as an editor is asking the simple question, is this what I want, yes or no! That and a story board. Sometimes technology does go against us. We have so many options available to us, and it is too easy to go out and just film hours of footage. Film things and then worry about how it will fit together during editing. Your job is a whole lot harder if you do that.... and I'm talking from experience as well. I watched a hitchcock film the other day and I forgot just how clever he was with his editing. If you think about the technology they had in those days, he would have thought about everything he wanted to capture and how it was going to go together before he got anywhere near a camera. Having the foresight to film a man walking past the camera in one scene in order to cut to a door opening or even someone else walking past the camera in another scene is common place now, but was genius back then! Good luck Vann and keep us posted.... and yes, just put something on Youtube and post a link for us to see.
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  • VannessV
    Posts: 15
    Joined: Apr 3rd, 2008, 01:25
    Re: How to become a good film editor ?
    Hi YADJ, Thanks for your advice. Here is the tvc i had been edit. Please leave me a comment after you see it. Thanks, :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdOXY4_rPQE
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  • Cajypiu
    Posts: 400
    Joined: Oct 11th, 2006, 09:48
    Re: How to become a good film editor ?
    Hi Vann... I'm not the best person to comment on adverts from the east but from first impressions, it looks.... authentic! What about your clients? What have they said?
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  • VannessV
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    Joined: Apr 3rd, 2008, 01:25
    Re: How to become a good film editor ?
    ohhh thanks....my clients has been approved it and it on air :) but i think it not perfect.
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  • Cajypiu
    Posts: 400
    Joined: Oct 11th, 2006, 09:48
    Re: How to become a good film editor ?
    Hi Vann, ... now, that would assume that there is such a thing as perfection! If your clients give you the thumbs up, then that's the first place to start! Incidentally, the zooms that you did on the footage, I take it that was through editing rather than on camera?
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