Magnitude is a digital marketing company with offices in Tucson, Phoenix, and LA. We believe that telling your story begins with high quality media. As a result, we work with clients to produce media assets for successful marketing campaigns. Moreover, our services include editing, film, casting, shot lists, directing, story board, and other steps of production process.
What is Editing, Film?
Film editors are people behind the scenes of a movie whose work often gets a name of “invisible art.” The goal of the editing process is to create a finished product, ready to go on the big screen. The editor’s work is everywhere in the movie. However, the audience is not supposed to see its process, just the result. While years ago editors had actually to cut the footage and glue it back together, now digital editing made things easier.
After shooting the film is over, editing takes place in post-production. The editor joins different shots into entire scenes and then goes on to compile the scenes together to tell a story. Like pieces of a puzzle, shots, and scenes blend into a seamless movie. Moreover, the director’s vision of the film plays a vital role in the work of editors, because they have to take it into account when cutting and putting together materials.
A few tips on editing movies
Not only editing is a lot of work, but it also requires a lot of skill and a good eye for detail. When a film editor begins working on the rough cut, in front of him is a variety of material that he or she needs to put together. Here are a few tips on good editing.
Matching actors’ stage position, eye line, hands position, and the use of props may seem like an obvious thing to do when editing a film. However, not all people do that. Some believe that if the story engages the audience, they will not notice small slips in matched action. Nevertheless, a good editor will make the cuts that move the story along or drive emotions using this technique.
Avoid cutting back to the same angle
As you look through a lot of footage, see if you can find scenes shot from various angles. Do not cut back to the same angle if you have a choice of different ones. Of course, there are some scenes where it’s unavoidable, like dialogues, but if you find different takes shot with different framing, use them.
Usually, an editor works on his or her own when it comes to the first cut. Later, the director works together with the editor to refine it and create a director’s cut. Because you will be doing much editing on your own, you will have to make some decisions when it comes to the footage. Be intuitive and make sure that whatever you choose to include or exclude from the movie will contribute to the story.
How can we help you with editing your movie?
Editing a film requires skills and expertise. That’s why Magnitude is here to help. If you have a movie idea in mind, we can help at every step of film production, including casting, shot lists, storyboards, directing, editing, and distribution. Contact us today and let’s talk about how we can bring your film to the big screen.
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