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!


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),


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.


Until next time!!

Story-tellingly yours,

Sonja Sonja Bo Bonja

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