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This course shows beginning filmmakers how to make a short documentary from footage they have already shot, and walks them from the editing process in Adobe Premiere Elements through uploading a finished movie to platforms like Vimeo or YouTube. Author and producer Jason Osder explains how the footage was shot along the way, illuminating why particular angles were chosen and how the subject matter influences the editing process. The course also covers trimming, editing to music, and adding a title and graphics, and the final chapters result in a polished, color-corrected movie with properly mixed dialog and music.
One thing I like to do in the editing process is work with my interview on the timeline. When I first put these interview clips down, I did it very quick and dirty. I wasn't paying a whole lot attention to the details, just the big picture. But now that I have a few selected pieces on the timeline, I've watched it through a few times, and I've seen where the editorial opportunities are-- in particular, this shot that's now in third position following my guideline. I think this should be the very first interview bite.
Listen to how it starts. (Female speaker:--favorite thing in the world is actually being a participant in this incredibly rare medium.) I think that's going to work nicely and she goes on to talk about being a woman in the business and it's very nice. So, I am going to slide this up to the front. I think I may have to make some room first. So, it's going to slide a little out-of- the-way, just this one to the front of the stack, and now I actually have my beginning.
At the end of this bite... (Female speaker: We're not there. Women aren't in that process. Glass that's 2000 degrees (and it's very heavy on the end of a 5-foot pipe. And we're harnessing that energy and that hot, molten media, medium.) So, obviously that needs a trim-up too. She stumbles over her words. I am just going to zoom-in a little bit, trim this back, give it a listen.
(Female speaker: Medium. Medium. Well, I want the first time she says it. (Female speaker: Molten media. Hot molten media.) So, I am going to continue this process through the whole timeline of listening closely to my interview, deciding how it works best, sometimes swapping pieces, sometimes removing them, and occasionally even finding a piece in the interview clip that I hadn't used but now I think I need.
Let's skip ahead, and I'll show you how it turns out. You can see the whole timeline here. And notice that I've left some spaces in between the interview bites that can be for pacing or could be closed up later. Now, our assembly edit certainly is not finished, and in some ways it actually looks rougher than it did a moment ago. But we do have the interview bites roughly in place where we want them, and the next thing is to work on our cover shots.
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