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  1. Here are some notes:

    1. Watch every frame of raw footage twice. On the second time, take notes. If you don’t do this and try to start developing a scene premature, then it’s a big disservice to yourself and to the director, actors and production crew.

    2. Nurture the relationships with the director. You are the secondary person in the relationship. Be calm and continually offer solutions. Get the main intention of the film as soon as possible from the director.

    3. Organize your media so that you can find any shot instantly.

    4. Factor in extra time for renders, exports, errors and crashes.

    5. Attempt edits and ideas that shouldn’t work. It just might work. Until you do it and watch it, you won’t know. Don’t rule out ideas just because they don’t make sense in your mind.

    6. Spend more time on your audio. It’s the glue of your edit. AUDIO SAVES EVERYTHING. Create fluid and seamless audio under your video.

    7. Make cuts for the scene, but always in context for the whole film. Have a macro and a micro view at all times.

  2. Big question: How do you deal with film directors that hate shooting coverage and have a very specific vision for every single scene in the movie (number of shots, pre-defined actions that indicate where a cut lands, etc)?

  3. These are great. BUT there are countless techniques to be applied. When you examine and organize the content of a feature length movie you better have done this method on a few thousand shorts first! Because you won't know HOW to look at the material and understand what TONE and consistency means. You can only arrive at these seven things by growing into the job. And if you do that, then these seven things will be obvious.

  4. This was a wonderful insight. I’m an editor too who is also doing sound recording and sound editing so I had to laugh at 10:25 when you said “Very cool” because there was a POP in the audio right on the edit. Hahahaha!!! 🤣 Sorry, but it’s in your video to NOT do that 🤦‍♂️

  5. Where are the movie credits for the all the clips you used? And/or what is the Kurt Russell movie used in this video?

  6. I think you searched the comments section looking for these:
    The 7 Laws of Film Editing

    1. THOU SHALT watch every frame of raw footage at least twice, the start.
    (1st time to familiarize, then 2nd time to write notes.)

    2. THOU SHALT nurture the relationship with the director.

    3. THOU SHALT find any shot instantly. Organization is paramount.

    4. THOU SHALT factor extra time for renders, exports, errors & crashes.

    5. THOU SHALT attempt edits that shouldn't work. You'll be surprised.

    6. THOU SHALT spend more time on audio. It's the glue of your edit.

    7. THOU SHALT cut for the scene, but always in the context of the whole film.

    (Macro on a Micro view of the film the whole time)

  7. I'm gonna watch this video 2 times and take notes the second time.. also might watch it again.. two more times.. after that.. for two consequtive days… for the next two weeks… 2… what? Yes.

  8. 8:30 – the two-frame cross dissolve. I have shown more editors that trick than all others combined. It's my default audio transition on all systems. It's a winner!

  9. The first scripted drama I ever cut the director only had 4 weeks in town so wanted to be in edit day 1. He plopped the script supervisor book on my desk and told me to cut those takes, I didn't even get a chance to watch the rushes with him. It was THE MOST FRUSTRATING experience ever. I tried to communicate to him we should watch the rushes and he disregarded it saying he saw them. It's a wonder he even works as a director, but there you have it. The first assembly was terrible by the way. Thankfully I was able to rectify this later on in the weeks as he was overseeing a second episode so my 3rd and 4th weeks were left alone so I could fix what was going so wrong. He walked away saying he learned something which is fine, but wow…cutting by a binder isn't the way to cut at all.

    Great points in this video.

  10. What happens when things are story boarded and are visual effects heavy? Doesn't pre-vis have a template that's hard to alter because of VFX shots?

  11. The 1-2 frame crossfade on sound clips… So many times people have asked me why I so religiously do it on all sound clips. But killing all the clicks, you so notice them when you know how to get rid of them.

    I mean, it is so ubiquitous, that I'm wondering, why is it not applied by default in edit programs? Why is it up to me to make sure that a sound clip doesn't start or end at a non-zero sample? In how many scenario would a non-zero sample start and end actually benefit an editor?

    Ok. I know, some people would point to the meticulous task of editing syllables in speech… But those guys would never accept an NLE's "precision" of 1/24's of a second anyway. So those people need the sample accurate ability of 1/96000 of a second that DAW's provide.

    So why do NLE makers not add such an easy to overlook function?

    It is so strange for me.

  12. Wait, so spend 16 hours a day in a dark cavern of chaos that is a studio apartment in LA, with a director mind you, only for that guy not to know where a particular scene is? Something tells me the director hasn't planned this out very well. I can't imagine the captain of a sail boat at command for very long if he can't tell you what a halyard is or where.

  13. Switched to DaVinci Resolve 6 months ago for my edits – so knowing a Pro is using it means so much to me. I also literally live edit visuals and audio as a performance artist, loving learning more about the craft.

  14. I'm not so sure about watching every take twice. If I'm a shooter/director/editor I usually know I'm using the first or last take always.

  15. This video is awesome. Not just for the information which is vast and amazing. But also for the B-roll hahah love it

  16. Jeebus murphy. That audio pop thing lol. I remember two decades ago when I first came across that as an amateur editor, editing as a hobby, and finally figuring out how to fix it myself, and the solution being the same as they do here. lol. I just assumed my computer was glitching out. I didn't know it happened to the pros too, even today lol

  17. Editors don't get enough credit. Directed by_______!, Produced by________!, Acted by_________! ……. cough then a low whisper as they point to a lonely figure bathed in the glow of a monitor. Edited by this guy.

  18. Beautiful video. Lots of insight. I have question though: In most productions the sound team works "separately" (of course with the director), even with different software and tools (sound dedicated rooms). but in your video you show the video editor doing the sound. How does that work? Does that sound edit gets then send to the sound team or is that audio the final mixdown?

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