Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video Focusing on the preparatory phase, part of Documentary Editing with Avid Media Composer.
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Because of the nature of documentaries you can often end up with hundreds of hours of…footage and unless the footage was shot with a specific script in mind you're often carving…through all this material to extract and shape the best and clearest story.…Remember, in a documentary thousands of stories can exist, and it's up to you to find the…best story for your purposes.…So in order to set yourself up for the most success you'll need to prepare well.…Let's take a closer look at the preparatory phase.…Early on it's beneficial if you can meet with the producer and director so you can gain…initial insight into the film's flow as well as be available to consult with on topics…relating to the post-production schedule and budget.…
It's good to also be aware of all the assets coming in from the production team and determine…how much you will need to acquire and create on your own.…You'll also need to start planning the distribution requirements.…The research stage is an important part that you should not overlook.…
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.
- Interpreting a creative brief
- Exploring the documentary postproduction process
- Organizing footage and using searching techniques
- Setting up and using digital transcripts
- Building sequences and scenes to form the rough cut
- Adding effects to repair and enhance footage
- Fine-tuning the sequence to reach picture lock
- Receiving feedback
- Finishing the film with titles, color correction, and professional audio