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!

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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

Hello I am Sonja and this is my website of career progress.

Hello and welcome! Here I’ll be documenting my steps and progress towards becoming a (great) film editor!

My name is Sonja Gallaher, I’m an Assistant Editor/Assembly Editor from Sydney, Australia. I’ve been working mostly in reality TV (one shiny floor show in the mix for good measure) for the past 3 years and I’m in the process of ramping up my career efforts to become a big time editor on feature films. Cool, huh?

So what’s the plan?

Why, I’m so glad you asked!

It starts with a healthy dose of work hard like my life depends on it. I need to hustle and move like I’ve never hustled and moved before, take projects, make connections and carve out a place for myself in the industry.

This seems obvious but I need to write it down; get good. Editing is an art AND a skill. I need to hone my skills as an editor who can turn scenes into life-changing moments, or hilarious moments, or intense moments. This will be via both practical lessons and practice.

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.”

Plato

There ya go, I nice quote to make this a real blog.

But honestly, this is the beginning. Despite having been in the industry for three years already, this is the first time I’ve truly chosen to turn this into something epic. I’m doing so on a public platform to help ground myself in how far I’ve come, as well as affirm the skills and knowledge and progress I aquire along the way. This will serve as both deeply, personally useful as well as a guide of ‘to do’ and ‘definitely do not do’ for anyone reading. Double helpful, everybody wins.

IN CLOSING

This is where it starts. I’ve no doubt you’ll get to know me more as my website turns into something of value. I’ll share my ups and downs and triumphs and challenges and everything I learn along the way, both practical and personal, as I dive into this ‘new’ endeavour. What a time to be alive.

Thank you for reading.

Yours in editing glory,

Sonja x