In “Visual Storytelling” by Ronald Osgood and M. Joseph Hinshaw it talks about the challenges editors have as well as the tools to become a more professional editor. Editing for a lot of people is just straight up difficult! It requires a lot of time and patience to produce a quality edit. But at the end of the day it’s something that if done right can produce a beautiful picture but if done wrong can be horrendous. In Turning Theory Into Practice it goes on to say: “The challenges for an editor are to maintain believability, keep the story interesting, and develop techniques to advance the story”. Just like all artists tho there work, paints a picture for everyone to enjoy. Editing is different for everyone and there isn’t a set way for everyone to edit but at the end of the day the more time you work on it the better of a result you will have. Here are some tips that will help you editing blossom.
- Rhythm & Pacing: When the pace is fast the editing cut must be real specific to not show flaws. There are many factors when deciding a certain length of the clips. When adding music though the rhythm can be affected if the speed of the music is either fast or slow. “Pacing can be likened to beat in that it sets up a defined rhythm for the audience”.
- Continuity: Can be defined two ways: physical and technical. Both are very important for making sure the store stays consistent from shot to shot. Everything from lights, audio levels and even the sunglasses used can be characterized as continuity.
- Sequence: “The purpose of the sequence is to add interest and sophistication to a scene and provide the viewer with a better understanding of the scene.” An assortment of sequences can paint a bigger picture. They also can be a montage or even part of continuity.
- Transition: Is the most important part of editing it is used to make the change from on shot to another. “It’s the fundamental action that advances a story line from shot to shot and scene to scene”. Different transitions include mixes, wipes, and digital effects and no one transition is the right transition to use always