Learn the process for accessing the exercise files for this course.
- [Instructor] If you are a premium member, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this title. These files can be found on the exercise files tab on the main course page and once you unzip the file, you'll see a folder called "Exercise Files". Inside, I've provided several pre-production documents that I've referenced during the first two courses in this series on making the Project RELO film. The "Documentary Video: Planning and Pre-production" course and the "Documentary Video: Production" course. So you are absolutely free to peruse these documents in your own time since we won't actually be going into them in this course but they can help you get up to speed on many of the pre-production steps that we took in getting ready for our documentary shoot.
The best bet is to actually watch these other two courses to really understand the ins and outs of the process up to this point but these documents can certainly offer you some additional insight. Now additionally I did provide you with a small, very compressed collection of media files from the Project RELO shoot that you can use to edit your own small documentary-style project from scratch, if you like. So this means that this is not a "follow along with me" style of training. It's more for just general "getting to know" the footage where you can try your hand at implementing many of the strategies that I cover in this course.
Now, why is that? Well, this equals only a very small portion of the actual documentary media that I used. And the reason that I'm not providing you the entire collection of documentary assets is that my project is absolutely massive. It comprises 35 hours of footage; one and a half terabytes of media. The exercise files download limit that I can provide to you is around two and a half gigabytes. So that's a big difference. It's simply isn't possible to provide you with everything so I gave you a small sample, at a very compressed resolution, of raw, unedited assets.
You do have about a quarter of the interviews that I shot and about 1/10th of the B-roll, plus some music, and photos, and stock material, as well. So my main suggestion is please watch this course and soak in all of the tips and techniques that I cover without step-by-step exercise files to follow along with. I worked hard to provide you some detailed, project-wide, work flow based advice so you'll definitely be able to follow along with me as long as you're a fairly knowledgeable editor. But again, if you would like to work with some of these assets, no problem.
You can go ahead and just import all of these into the software of your choosing and begin editing away. Now, if you are a Premier Pro editor, I have given you a little bit of an extra bonus in the form of a Premier Pro practice project. This is very bare bones, very pared down, okay. But the bonus element is that it actually contains my interviews with my marker and sub-clip metadata which is a huge part of what I actually teach in the organization and editing portions of this course. It doesn't contain the version sequences that I refer to throughout this training but it does have all of these organized assets that can help you get started.
So let me show you what I mean. I'm going to go ahead and just launch this project file. And I should say that I prepped these exercise files in Premier Pro version 2017.1, that's version 11. So if you're running an older version, you'll need to upgrade your software in order to use these files. Okay, and if you get the "Link Media" window, you'll just need to tell Premier were to find that media. It's of course all in this "Media" folder here. So I want to make sure that "Relink others automatically" is chosen. And I'm going to choose "Locate".
And I'm going to look inside of that "Media" folder with an "Exercise Files". And I'll "Search". Okay, and it's gone ahead and found that first file that it's looking for that "CABIN Orientation". You can see that it's right here. So, I'll say "Okay". And it's found all of my media. And now everything is online, okay. So again, this is a little, baby version of the project that I actually work with but the bread and butter of why this is useful is in "Interviews", in "Interviews Full" you can see that you have access to all of this valuable marker metadata, all right.
This is all stuff that we're going to go into in detail in this course but having this can be really useful. Alright, so everybody has this valuable metadata attached to their clips. Not only that but you'll also have the interviews' sound bytes. So everybody's been broken out into these individual sound bytes. And they've been labeled and keyworded so you have these smaller, more manageable sound bytes within these longer, half an hour, 40 minute, hour long interviews. So again, just a little, extra added bonus if you are working in Premier.
There are only five interviews when in my project I have 12 but these are the main characters so you'll definitely be able to construct a meaningful narrative with that. And then of course I also provided you with some nice selects of B-roll as well, so check that out if you'd like to build a sequence from scratch. Alright, and of course, if you don't have access to the exercise files, you can still certainly follow along in the course and learn a lot of valuable information about documentary post-production.
- Reviewing assets
- Post-production workflows
- Organizing the project
- Editing a documentary film
- Building themes and scenes
- Refining the edit
- Working with sound, color, and effects
- Gathering and incorporating feedback
- Finishing the film