Re-hashing the basics of Premier Pro and thinking about movie trailers.

Bonjour and goodmorning!

This post will be covering a little about how I’m approaching my submission for Editfest (check out my last post here to know what I’m talking about!).


To begin;

I’ll be cutting a movie trailer using entirely stock footage from Film Supply and graphics I make in After Effects. I’ve been using the Adobe Suite for a while so it’s all fairly familiar BUT I’d really like to take this opportunity to get into the nitty-gritty of these programs. I’ve never really given myself the time to explore Premier Pro and all it’s features so I’ll be spending a lot of time honing my technical skills while I cut together this trailer.

I’ll be doing so with this free little intro course I found on Udemy:

PREMIER PRO 101

And this mighty 4.5 hour tutorial I found on Youtube:

Learn EVERYTHING about Premiere Pro | TUTORIAL

This should cover all the most basic of basics, which seems tedious but I want tthe software I use to feel like an extension of my body so it’s worth covering EVERYTHING from the ground up. I want to really KNOW Premier Pro. You know?


Regarding actually cutting a trailer, I’ve been using this video as a reference to get started (since I’ve never cut a trailer and I want to fill my brain with as much juice as possible):

The very first point is ‘tell a story’, which seems very ‘well, duh’, but on watching some submissions other people have made to Editfest it is actually quite overlooked! Also, it is kind of fun to just throw a whole smattering of pretty shots together over some pretty music and feel satisfied at the brilliant moody collage of feelings you’ve created. However, that does not a movie trailer make. Alas.

The challenge, for me at this point, is taking stock footage and no actual film script, and building a story to tell.

I think my best approach (which I’ve been working on already) is to take two or three ‘scenes’ from the available footage and formulate a narrative around them. That way there is some coherence between both the footage and the shooting style so it seems to be all connected in some kind of a way. You’ll have to watch the movie to figure out HOW they are connected though… If all goes well the trailer will create that desire!


That’s all for today.

I have editing and learning to do!

Thank you for reading AS ALWAYS.

Editingly yours,

Sonja x

Entering an editing competition and thinking of ways to hone my craft (with evidence).

HELLO.

This is a short and sweet update because I don’t have my in brain today.

I came across an ad on instagram yesterday evening for an editing competition called ‘EDITFEST’. It’s run by a stock footage company called Film Supply who run this competition annually, judged by a panel of industry professionals AND the general public. Scrutiny all round!

CHECK OUT THE EDITFEST DETAILS HERE.

You can rest assured I’ll be putting something together for this, even if it’s just for my own sake of feeling some kind of accomplished for having tried. I have a full week of spending time in my own company leading up to the deadline so I get to spend all my waking hours cutting together something brilliant (or acceptable) to submit. This is going to be a fun challenge!


I’ve also been thinking more about ways I can practice the ‘art of editing’ as a creative endeavour, to refine and cultivate my skills in that arena, and have been thinking it would be fun to cut feature films down into shorts that either tell the story faster OR a completely new story. I love the idea of playing around with time, either elongating or compressing timing of key moments. I must admit, time is one of my favourite subjects of thought so it will be fun to get to manipulate that concept through editing. I’m not sure about the laws around that kind of content but ideally it would be something I can upload onto Vimeo or Youtube (or perhaps just on this website), as a showcase. Perhaps if I throw a filter over the footage it has been changed enough to come under some kind of ‘fair use’ policy… More investigation needed…


That’s all for today. Short and sweet as promised. I would like some more coffee and perhaps a shower now.

Thank you for reading, have a fabulous day and chat soon,

Sonja x