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:


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