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Editing

The Evolution of On-Location Editing


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Documentary editors are essentially writers, but instead of writing a script in preproduction, they’ll write a story in strict collaboration with a director during post. However, when an editor works in the field during production, the story can become tighter, more streamlined and more accurately told.

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Stock Footage on Demand

stockfootage_footagefirmsfwWhen productions need extra footage to enhance their films, they usually turn to stock footage companies to streamline the process.

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The Editors’ Alliance

Unions are a fact of life in Hollywood, as they protect work conditions and wages for just about every position both in front of and behind the camera. The Motion Picture Editors Guild (MPEG), which is a part of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), represents people in just about every aspect of postproduction for film and television, including picture editors, sound editors, mixers, effects editors, music editors, Foley artists and even story analysts.

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Commercial Cuts

It takes a special breed of talent to edit commercials. Specialty editors in the world of 30-second commercial spots describe it as fun and fast with a turnaround of a few days to a week. “You’re not on something for months; you’re on it for a few days,” says Matthew Wilson, the in-house editor for danAppelcreative in Los Angeles, Calif.

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Editing in 3D

Df-04531_SFWAt Oasis Imagery in Hollywood, Calif., Chief Visionary Officer Scot Barbour has created the setup for the offline and finishing of the Russian 3D film Napoleon. The editor chose Avid Media Composer Nitris DX as his tool, and Barbour reports that he has set two workstations up connected to a Unity.

“There are a few choices to editing 3D,” Barbour explains. “You can cut the project with [Apple] Final Cut Pro (FCP) or Avid. One method is to use the codec CineForm, which is a great workflow when the editor wants to take it home. But you start in CineForm, you have to finish in the CineForm Neo3D codec.” Barbour likes to set up the system so that in the Avid or FCP system monitor the editor has three views: the left eye, the right eye and the combined image. “In the editing application, instead of one picture, you have three pictures to choose from,” he says.

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