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

  2. 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)

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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?

  15. Not bad, the old rule of, you can conceal a bad cut with sound but you can't hide bad sound still applies. And yes it is all about one frame.

  16. This is actually some of the best editing I've seen in an educational video. You turned a phone interview into an engaging, concise lesson. Beautiful demonstration of the topic!

  17. Can someone please explain to me the meaning of workflow? How does it differ from just 'work'? I keep hearing it in videos but have no idea what it's supposed to mean.

  18. Wow, when I saw the commandment "watch every second of raw footage at least twice."

    And then he mentioned putting a dissolve on audio to avoid pops, that really made me wish somebody would let me to do this, because I've never had a legitimate editing job, but I always assumed I would do the first thing, and the second I found myself doing for silly videos that don't mean anything.

  19. I am diggin number 2! How about we expand it to not only the director but any collaborating partner. Especially while "in school".
    Maybe a cool trick is to consider/imagine the partner as if they are the director and the partner also agrees to do the same?!

  20. Im fascinated by results editors and directors can achive. For me.. I'm at the stage I consider it magical. However I can and I have made short 2min clips and most of them took me ~80h to make. But whaching this i feelt good, as if I'm on the right track, sice I can relate to every advice.. It coresponds with my uneducated experiance of story making/telling. Thank you.

  21. LEL, so lucky I'm working in advertising and not cinema. Easy peasy chilly work. None of us would ever shot "hundreds of hours of footage". Dudes, get a life.

  22. What's the relationship between the editors and the visual effects artists? Do you just just communicate with each other during the edits and hand them the final product to add the effects?

    (Edit: and are editors required to make any visual effects? Or just leave notes and what not)?

  23. This was probably the most important thing I’ve ever learned for ever. More people need to watch this. Thank you guys for this!

  24. Absolutely love this video, Enjoyed sooooo much, Thank You. It really is a passion that many won't get… But yet, So many have it in them! Stay focused!

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