Tuesday, 18 January 2011

SKILLS: Introduction to editing

Final Cut Pro is the program we used to edit our film after filming our newspaper thriller clip. Having practiced on the program before while editing the Bait Tutorial clips, we were familiar with the functions of the software and how to do basics such as cut clips/trim clips etc... The whole purpose of editing films is to cut out unwanted footage (which there always is a lot of) and put the clips we do want together into a smooth playing watchable film. We were able to trim clips which were long and bore the audience, and cut them down into short and watchable clips. Some clips had to be long as we did not have sufficient footage to use an alternative clip. We had to make sure the clips were arranged in order (thus telling/showing the story) and to also make sure continuity was perfect. Bad continuity ruins the effect or atmosphere the film disperses, (in this case, suspense) so we had make sure there was no sudden variations from one clip to another in terms of scenery, actions, props, characters etc..  

We experimented with the "Change speed" tool which allowed us to speed up some clips to save time. The "Change speed" tool was an idea we implemented while recording but while editing, it looked unprofessional and illogical which is why we opted to leave the clips as they were. As we did not have sufficient footage, there was slight continuity issues. For example, time was spent waiting for the right moment where the wind blew the newspaper catching the attention of character.
In the next clip, it is noticeable that the wind has completely stopped. This added a sense of unrealism as it is noticeable the two clips were filmed at different times of the day, thus ruining the effect of suspense.

Due to our initial idea not working out as we had hoped due to time issues, we redone our whole end film in a rush to quickly get the work done, ditching our initial finished piece. This benefited us in a way as we learned preparation and planning is a major part of film making in every aspect, from filming to editing. Our end product was still an acceptable piece work, and with the added knowledge of the importance of planning, we learnt a valuable lesson.

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