Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Filmmaking is a collaborative business – and this can be a challenge. We asked professional editors to share advice for directors and producers on what they can do during and after production to make sure the edit goes as smoothly as possible…

Don’t be lazy
First thing’s first. There’s no excuse for slacking off during production because you are assuming that the copious imperfections in your footage will be corrected in the edit. Your editor will hate you for it. And rightly so. Editor Andrij Evans’ list of personal gripes includes: “Filming in near darkness because it can be all done in the grade,” and, “Not using a tripod, steadycam or join for a shot because stabilising software is so good these days.” Equally, it sounds obvious but record decent quality sound. As documentary editor Gordon Hayden says, “The sound is as important as the pictures.”

Get plenty of cutaway shots
Particularly with documentary, where you are likely to have long interviews with people, you need to make sure you get a wide variety of shots for the editor to work with. Otherwise your film risks being visually boring. “Do good covering shots, like cutaways, exteriors of buildings, rather than just the meat of the story,” says Gordon Hayden, adding: “You can never get too many.”

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