Conversations with Indie Filmmakers Second Series: Editing
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The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is the sponsor of a bi-monthly television series titled Conversations with AIFF. The series is an extension of its mission to promote the next generation of filmmakers featuring conversations with directors, editors, and those people in industries that support the making of films, providing a closer look at the range of media to complete a production from photography, audio, writing, and research. Conversations provide a behind the scenes understanding of the art of filmmaking as well as its role as a contributor to the arts. The audience is diverse from those interested in making films to those that are just curious about the process.
The second Conversation was dedicated to the art of editing, featuring filmmaker Alice Bouvrie and editor Bernice Schneider, both extremely accomplished in their fields. Having worked on a couple of films together, they have developed a tight working relationship and have shared their experience of creating successful productions.
Editing generally involves sifting through numerous amounts of footage, sometimes great filming but the job is to identify what footage is necessary and the sequence that will unfold a compelling story. This is the art of editing, communicating the intended message of the filmmaker by setting the mood, the pacing, lighting, music…all elements that assist in setting the stage to tell the story.
This process is often best achieved when an intimate relationship is developed between the filmmaker and the editor. The filmmaker begins with an interest in a story and a goal they would like to achieve. The editor is the artist that is able to bring that goal to fruition, communicating the intended message.
There are several techniques that are used by successful editors. It is suggested to prepare a script for shooting, a storyboard or if it is not a scripted production, an overview of your program. This will be the blueprint for your production. A shooting script lists the action shot by shot, along with proposed camera angles and framing.
A storyboard is prepared by sketching or illustrating each scene. It's a great opportunity to see what will work before you shoot it.
An overview should include the chronology of shots as they will appear in the video, approximate timing for each shot, and information about accompanying audio, and graphics and titles for each scene.
Next, prepare a shot sheet. Make sure it includes every shot listed in your script or overview. Get several shots of each item on the list.
Thank you for your interest and stay tuned to the 3rd Conversation in the series!
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