Youtube for editing and Glitch/Retro/VHS assets in Premier Pro

Guten Morgan!

Something I’m working on at the moment is …. (in case you didn’t read the title of this post) YOUTUBE.

I’ve been on youtube very casually for a few years now. It’s something I’ve always been very interested in but, strangely, never REALLY dedicated myself to, despite very much wanting to.


Maybe this time it will be different.


I’ve started filming for Youtube again, SOLELY as a vehicle to cultivate my editing skills. To be honest, this particular approach has been the most satisfying so far. I’ve been cutting a video PURELY to explore my style as an editor. To see what I can create when I’m not hindered by any external requirement. I’d highly recommend it!


The video I’m working on currently is VERY much styled to be a retro/80’s/vaporwave styled video, leading me to obtain a LOT of cool presets and transitions for Premier Pro. Since I’d like this blog to have atleast some practical value I’ll link them all here, just incase anyone wants to create something paying homage to the good old days. Also, they’re all free!


JARLE’S PRESETS

This is such a great pack of presets which were originally created for the Deadpool movie. There is one effect in the ‘MISC EFFECTS’ folder I’ve been using heavily called ‘Bad TV Reception’.

AUSTIN NEWMAN’S Retro Preset Pack

This is a pack includes 7 great presets, my personal favouorites are ‘VHS Stylize’ and ‘VHS Stylize (Damaged).

ORANGE83 Glitch Transitions

I love these transitions. This pack includes 6 very cool, glitchy transitions. I’ve been using them to ‘enhance’ (ha) the jumpcuts in my video. because is it even a Youtube video without a MASSIVE number of jumpcuts? No.


These have been so much fun to work with. yes I am creating the glitchiest, most broken looking youtube video of all time. It’s the best fun.

Hopefully these links come in handy! If anyone out there uses them I’d love to see what you come up with! Send me a link in the comments!

Glitchingly yours (lol),

Sonja

Story Telling and re-editing No Country For Old Men

Hi blog.

I’ve started writing a short film script. The motivation, initially, was so I would have something to edit. HOWEVER, that’s since evolved (quickly) into what some may refer to as ‘full blown obsession’. I have a problem when it comes to learning new things, I can’t control myself.

So, story-telling.

As per my usual approach to learning something, I’ve been soaking up as much content as humanly possible on the topic and it’s even more fascinating than I could have ever imagined (isn’t everything though? the correct answer is yes).

One video, in particular, has stood out to me in terms of what a great story is:

She outlines a concept I really enjoy which is ‘presenting a situation vs. telling a story’. To awkwardly paraphrase; telling a story is deeply tied to your main character. If the character was removed the entire plot would be different because the motivational forces within the character, positive or negative, are fundamentally tied to the story. If you’re presenting a situation the character could be swapped out for ANY character, and it would change nothing about the experience of the story. Make sense? Great, moving on.

I think another reason I’m so interested in story-telling now is because it is FUNDAMENTAL to approaching an edit. Good (or great) editing is not about making something look good or be emotive, it’s about telling a story. Human beings are driven by story. Look at the greatest works of art through-out history. They tell stories. Whether they tell their own story or they evoke personal stories. It’s how we as people make sense of the world and ourselves within it.


I was going to wrap up that previous section with something more ‘closing’ but no.


Re-cutting No Country For Old Men time!

In my last post I mentioned recutting this film, chosen for a couple of reasons;

a) It has no score so I can add my own music and take it where-ever my imagination desires.
b) It’s relatively slow so I have some nice long shots and well paced dialogue to play with.
c) It’s just a great film in general.

As far as the technical side of recutting something goes; I have NO clue how to best approach this, since I’ve never done anything like this before, but I’ve figured the best place to start is to cut out each scene. Take the entire film apart so I have a lot of elements to play with and I can rebuild it into something new and shiny and cool.

It looks a little something like so.

I’ll then create more folders and re-organise the scenes differently. Like, per character or per location perhaps. To make navigating all the clips easier.

From there I’ll need to find something compelling within the story to focus on since this is going to be a short film version.

I have a lot of work to do.


I don’t know why this post is so serious. Weird.


ANYHOOZIE!!

Until next time!!

Story-tellingly yours,

Sonja Sonja Bo Bonja

I finished the trailer (I guess) and now commencing phase two (of five hundred and seventy-two) of my editing career (which I think now includes writing and directing to some degree how many words can I make this blog title before it starts doing that thing where the letters turn red? I wonder what would happen if I write an entire post in the title. Tune in next time on Sonja doesn’t know what she’s doing.com).

I did it!

My trailer for Editfest is done!

Tadah!

If you like voting you’ll love this link right here! Aw yeah boiiii.


So, my post post thoughts in a blog post;

This was a major learning curve as evidenced by my previous posts that were entirely about trailer and how to cut one.

I’m proud that I a) got something finished and b) don’t hate it BUT honestly it is lacking a lot of elements and finesse. Luckily I am aware of the artistic process and skill development learning curve so I don’t want to fling myself gracefully off a tall building. Just a short building… Or a ledge perhaps.

No, no. I kid. It actually makes me more determined than ever. Now I have a starting point to work from. And that is good. Plus it was extraordinarily fulfilling to do, learning new technical skills (like slightly interesting creative color grading) and working my way around Premier Pro. I think my favourite thing, which has sparked a bit of a new path inside me was finding a story to tell. Then figuring out a way to convey that story idea with some kind of ‘mood’.

Additionally, because this was a more personal project and not a work project, I got to ‘play’ with it which gave me a lot more opportunity to try things out and see if they worked or didn’t work, as well as hone a bit of an artistic voice. This, I think, is something I’ll carry with me into future projects, personal and otherwise. Having a voice as an editor. Very, very important.

This leads in tidily to the second part of my post title.

I’ve begun writing a short film idea. I’d say script but it’s not that advanced yet. It’s still currently in ‘I just threw some alphabet spaghetti on the ground’ phase. But it’s an idea I’m enjoying and, perhaps because I think in vivid imagery, it’s fun to ‘watch’ in my mind. I’m enjoying the process of seeing what the short will look like and how it will be shot and cut and the moments I’ll get to create in it. It’s something I’d like to pursue, even if it’s just as a side project, getting into writing and perhaps directing. Although, I do worry I’m introducing too many learning curves into my life at once. YOLO I guess.

As far as editing goes. My next project I’m creating for myself is to recut No Country For Old Men into a short. I chose that particular movie because it doesn’t have a soundtrack AND I’m curious to see if I can change the mood from something quietly dramatic to something almost awkward and uncomfortable, in a ‘The Office’ kind of way. There’s something quite enjoyable and personally satisfying about mixing unrelated themes (in this case, slightly irreverent humor and scary murder sociopath).

In closing, having a learning curve is fun and deeply gratifying, finishing things (or atleast, submitting things) is confidence boosting, and working on things with a sense of freedom and reverie and discovery is the best feeling in the whole world.

Learning curvingly yours,

Sonja x