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This course shows how to build a polished documentary using Avid Media Composer and a few essential editing techniques. Author Ashley Kennedy demonstrates documentary editing in a real-world project, breaking down the process into a series of manageable steps and milestones. Discover how to define a project approach based on a client's creative brief, and then effectively review and organize the footage. Then find out how to use script-based editing methods and a wide variety of scene creation techniques to assemble a rough cut. The course also shows how to use effects to repair and enhance your footage, process client feedback, and add the film's finishing elements.
This course is part of a series that looks at Documentary Editing from the point of view of 3 different editors in 3 different editing applications. For more insight on editing documentary projects, take a look at Documentary Editing with Premiere Pro and Documentary Editing with Final Cut Pro X.
Making a paper edit is often a good idea, because it forces you to comb through your materials and chunk your main ideas into tangible decisive pieces. Then you can begin arranging this not only in your head, but prior to the edit you can start working it out on paper, either with paper and pen or like I like to do on no cards. We'll simulate this process now. Let's just start writing down the main ideas in any order. So, we've got a lot of material on understanding who BD Dautch is and why he thinks local growing is so important.
We were introduced to life on his farm, and we see how he invites classes full of school children on to the farm to learn about sustainability. We get a sense of what it's like to prepare for the farmers market. And we get to see how they transport everything and begin selling the produce. We get a great look at the vitality and vibe of the marketplace. And we get to talk to several customers to see how important local growing is to the community. And finally, we get an intimate look into the relationship between the growers and the local restaurants.
So, let's take some time to start arranging these main ideas in a structured order and see where we end up. Okay, so we know we need a structured intro and conclusion. Then we've got all the rest of these ideas that come into play in some way. First is there anything that doesn't belong, anything that doesn't serve the mission stated within the creative brief. Well, the only thing I think I take out completely right off the bat is the stuff of the kids learning about farming.
It's great stuff, but we don't have much time, and that might take us on too much of a tangent. So, we'll get rid of that. Now, let's figure out how the rest of the materials can now fit together. I think first we need to learn about BD. It will humanize the Farm to Table movement very well. Then I think we need to get to know the farm. This will bring as a back to the importance of agriculture and local growing. Then let's explore the market itself, its vitality, and energy, and its purpose. This is going to be really big.
Finally, we need to hit on the restaurant angle. This will go perfectly at the end, since the chefs shop for their food at the farmers market, and we'll have just covered that. Then we're left over with a few extra topics. I think we can fit these into our main ideas. The importance of local growing has to go with BD, no question. And all of it, it takes to get prepared for the market can go with the explanation of farm life. That does go hand-in-hand. And the market setup and the customer angle should go along with the umbrella topic of the market itself.
Most of this can be accomplished by intelligently combining good sound bites with good B-roll. And then our restaurant bit and then the conclusion. So, while this may have been grossly oversimplified, you will need to go through the process yourself in real time. And as you can see, being able to organize your ideas on paper can be a great way to actually see how a documentary is going to come together. Remember, there can exist literally hundreds or thousands of stories in the raw material of a documentary. It's your job to find the best story.
So, it's important to start out with the best approach.
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