Filmmaking Amateur | Video Editing for Dummies (Day Sixteen)
by Scott U
The main reason I like documentaries (or documenting stories) is the travel and adventure aspect of the work. I find that I am mostly excited about taking great photos or shooting great video. I like the going places and gathering the components needed for the story. I like writing too. But what I am most uncomfortable with is video editing.
There are several reasons for this. One reason is that editing requires a lot of sitting and staring at a monitor. Another reason is that I do not have as much experience editing as I do shooting or writing. So, every time I sit down to edit a video, I have to mentally work through this blank space in my head. It can be very frustrating in the beginning because I essentially find myself somewhat randomly throwing together video clips to see if their order makes sense. Plus, there is the huge amount of time needed to "study" my footage so that I know what I have at my disposal to tell the story.
I find myself wondering shortly into the editing process if there is another way to put these video clips together--second guessing myself throughout the process. I learn by failing - like a lot of people. I have had to delete an entire timeline after days of work because the story just wasn't coming together.
All of this leads to my confession for today; I am not a great editor!
Does anyone have a system that they use that has worked for them? Do you have a process or way of organizing that allows you to see the story more easily?
Any and all video editing tips are greatly appreciated!