Editor as Filmmaker: Post is Not the First Aid Kit

editor as filmmakerEditor as Filmmaker: Post is Not the First Aid Kit

An editor as filmmaker is a very unique situation. Some of the very best filmmakers are editors. You may ask why? To put it simply, because an editor has a better idea on how visuals go together. After all, it is our job.

A short while ago, I was asked to assist an editor friend of mine on a shoot she was working on doubling as Script Supervisor. When I was called in to begin organizing and syncing footage, she pointed out to me that she was unhappy with the way things were going despite the so-called professionals that she was working with. She told me
that the DP had taken charge of the shooting because he was working with a novice director. When I saw the footage, there were clips that had the director in the shot! She challenged the DP on his decision to have the director in the shot. He was there to prompt the actors in the background because they were in a moving vehicle. His response to the challenge by my editor friend was, “We’ll fix it in post.”

Friends, this is not the attitude to take when shooting anything. Johnathan Paul at Premium Beat provides some tips on how to shoot, particularly if you are not an editor. Because in the end, you will want your movie to make sense, won’t you? To reinforce this further, if you are a new director, check out this post The 6 Stages of Editing as a Film Director as well.

–Stu Brown

Tips for Shooting Like an Editor

Discover 7 pro tips for better shooting.

Having worked as a director, cinematographer and editor I learned very quickly how important it is to shoot your film not only for the narrative that you are building in the present, but for the narrative that you, or your editor will build in post. Lucky for us, our friend Caleb Pike with DSLR Video Shooter has provided us with a great set of tips for shooting like an editor.

“If you can think like an editor, and shoot like one while your out filming, you can do yourself a ton of help.”
– Caleb Pike

Here are the listed tips that Caleb goes through in the video:

1. Transitional Shots (00:56)

Utilizing transition shots gives the editor the ability to move from scene to scene without using harsh cuts. As Caleb points out you can find very creative ways to develop and film transition shots without the use of “artificial crossovers and fades”.

2. Slate Your Shots (01:42)

Metadata is pretty important to an editor. It not only helps you, the director, to keep everything organized on set, but it also helps the editor in post. On any film shoot you’re going to go through several takes of multiple scenes, so by slating and cataloging each slate you’ve already begun the metadata collection and organizing for your editor.



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