Mark Hawtin an accomplished editor has agreed to give up some of his valuable time to give us a presentation on The Process of Editing.
He has credits on BAFTA and RTS award-winning and prime-time U.K. television series including “Ross Kemp: Teenage Gangs of South London” (Sky One), “Through Hell and High Water” (BBC1), “Ian Wright’s Excellent Adventure” (Sky One) and “Gold Rush Alaska” (Discovery).
If you have ever edited or want to edit a film or documentary this is a night not to be missed.
So in this talk, he will be sharing three very different real-world challenges, but will be skimming over some of the finer details.
He won’t be teaching you how to use your favourite non-linear editor but the principals he’ll discuss should be useful to anyone editing on a computer.
There should be enough takeaways to make this talk worthwhile to you.
The three topics he’ll be sharing with you will be:-
Section 1 – “Making something from nothing”
“A Practical Introduction to Visual Narrative” and “Holding the viewer’s hand and walking them through”
A 10-minute excerpt from my tutorial session, “How to think like a professional editor in 10 minutes”
A fun interactive introduction into assessing your environment, selecting framing and working with sound, all in 10 minutes. Requires audience participation.
Section 2 – “Creating anything under pressure”
How to overcome anxiety and triple your editing speed and effectiveness in a newsroom environment by recruiting your left hand, using shortcuts on the keyboard and rehearsing your body movement. Knowing 8 keys on a NLE keyboard and optimising them for high-speed use and
Section 3 – “Managing the most complicated editing project”
How to manage your digital files when the workflow for a project would be your most challenging to date
Editing your family history video using 50 years of raw video from formats include 8mm, 16m, VHS, Umatic, Hi8, SP Betacam, Digital Betacam (telecine of 8mm material), Nokia phones, iPhone Original to iPhone8, iPad, Panasonic Lumix, Sony HDCam, GoPro, SJ4000, DVDs, YouTube, Vimeo
- To automate as much as possible
- File management would be the most important
- File sizes would need to be manageable
- Highest possible quality preserved
- With newer material with metadata, to automatically geo-locate files based on GPS
- Automatic generation of astons (date and location on screen with a consistent look)
There is more than one way of doing this. There may be a better way of achieving this. This has worked for me, but I can’t be held responsible for lost media, lost memories etc. Always work with backup files and run tests before batching anything. Go slow and take precautions.