General Editing

Film editing is a highly evolved and intrinsic element of postproduction. The film editor must creatively work with the story, narrative, dialogue, music, performances, and more to craft a cohesive whole. Often referred to as the "invisible art", the way in which a film is edited can completely change how a viewer perceives what they are seeing.  What the viewer feels affects how they interact with the overall narrative of the film.  Skillful editing can make bad production look good and bad editing can turn a good production into mediocre or even bad.

The average Hollywood feature film often contains between 1000 and 2000 shots.  Each of these shots must be edited together using devices including standard cuts, cross-cuts, jump-cuts, fades, wipes, dissolves and post-produced effects to simulate camera moves including pushes, pulls, zooms and pans.  Hundreds of creative decisions such as these can dramatically affect the look and the feel of a film, and contribute significantly to what we intuitively recognize as a film’s rhythm.

Basic Editing

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Stray Trailer

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Never Alone Title

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A pre-title action sequence is revealed to be a movie being shot.  As the camera pulled back, the director’s intention was to fade the static title over the action.   We suggested he restrict the viewer's horizontal field of vision during the camera pull to create the illusion of a larger film production/crew  for the movie within a movie.  We created the computer-rendered title animation, and alpha composited the animation over the live video footage into a single, final image to achieve this animated title effect.

Post-Produced Camera Moves

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Resignation (Short Film)

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This short film was shot on 16mm and then telecine transferred for editing.  After the edit and post-production process, a cut list for the film was prepared for the assembly of a print for standard 35mm projection.