With nearly a decade of experience in film editing, the Walkingstick team knows a thing or two about what can be done in post to turn a good shoot into a great film. We want to share some of our experience with you. Here are four tips to help you in your next editing adventure.
1) You Can Find B-Roll Everywhere – The same way a lunch buffet can bring you a variety of options for your meal, having a ton of b-roll gives you options galore when in the editing process. Learn to scathe your footage with a sense for what you may need down the line. When you get to the end of an edit and realize that you need a few more seconds of filler, you will be glad to have resources at hand. Give yourself a buffet’s worth of b-roll by setting things aside that catch your eye from the first moment you open your project.
2) Choose the Right Take Based on Performance – When sifting through multiple takes of a single scene, we always advise going with the take that has the best performance over the best "shot" so to speak. Story is key, and a good performance will outweigh a little camera shake any day. Make up for it with some clever editing. The best performance will provoke the most emotion from your audience, while a performance without feeling for the sake of a "perfect" shot can stall your story or message.
3) Extra Audio Sources Will Never Hurt – Sound quality can make a big difference when producing film. By using foley, or nat sound effects, you can oftentimes improve on the overall viewing experience. Try to create a soundscape that reflects the scene and the emotion surrounding it. Would there be birds in the trees as the wind blows through them at the park? What about a bicylce, or some laughter from a nearby picnic? Most likely all of that would be present in nature, so if it's pertinate to the mood, go ahead and mix a little of that in. These things help dialogue feel more natural in the scene's composition.
4) Pace Yourself and Your Film – This is storytelling 101. Finding the right pace and tempo for your film will ensure that your message is properly conveyed. Introduce your topic, embellish it, and leave yourself enough time to wrap it all up nice in the end. In addition to pacing your story and visuals, remember to pace yourself! Editing can be tedious and tiresome so don’t forget about the importance of the occasional break. Walking away from an edit for a few minutes can rejuvinate you and more times than not will improve the overall quality and focus of your cut.
Alot of what makes up a good editor is instinct. Be patient and take your time to learn your craft. Practice as much as possible and eventually you will have the instincts and technical knowledge to get everything you want from your editing.
To hire Walkingstick Presentations to edit your next film, give Parker a call at 435-512-1711 today!