Tip Number 10 – Make sure you learn about editing from an expert

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Make sure you learn about editing from an expert

Many filmmakers fall down at the Postproduction Hurdle. They thought it was going to be easy and then find themselves with multiple challenges.

Poorly edited videos and films are the biggest letdown with emerging filmmakers or videomaker’s.

It would be remiss of me to say that Postproduction is easy. It most certainly is not.

A quick reminder on the different areas of editing.

  • Preparing clips and syncing sound
  • Watching your footage scene by scene.
  • Editing the first cut
  • Fine cutting
  • Colouring
  • Sound Editing and Mixing
  • Music
  • Titles

The list is enough to put most people off. But there is a way and a solution to make this work.

Way One.  Learn off an experienced editor and post production person. Learn as much as you can off them and edit your own film.

Way Two. The other way to learn is to enrol on a filmmaking course that teaches you how to edit on Adobe Premiere Pro.There is a huge advantage to learning like this as you are learning off an experienced editor and editing a 10 minute film at the same time.

When you learn how to edit,  make sure you have a professional editing software such as Adobe Premier Pro. Learning how to edit you  own films and videos will save you a fortune. Hiring an experienced editor is not cheap. Enrolling on a film course is definitely the best value solution.

It is so important to learn how to edit, even if you fully intend to hire an experienced editor for your own films and videos. The reason is that you will now  know how to communicate what you want to your experienced editor.

If you are reading this overseas and can not make a three month film course, hire an experienced editor and ask them to teach you how to edit. Make sure that they are motivated to teach you.

If you do decide hiring an experienced editor is your preference,  interview different editors and see their work. Make a decision based on their skills and affability. You will need to work closely with this person, so make sure you like them and admire their work.

If you decide to go solo, it is a great idea to always hire an expert editor when you have your fine cut. Hire him or her for about 4 to 6 hours to spruce up your edit and make your film look and sound even better. This is only necessary when you lack experience in editing.

Make your edits as good as they can be. Work hard on them, as this will seperate your work from the competition.

Colm O’Murchu

Film Director and Producer –  International Film Base 

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Colm O’Murchu is a passionate Indie Filmmaker and owner of the production company, International Film Base. He has directed and produced three successfully released feature films worldwide and one documentary.  

His most recent film Tabernacle 101 has been released in 2019 in the US and will be released in Australia in late 2020 premiering at the Sci Fi Film Festival. He is currently in development on his next feature film Absolute Freedom, an action adventure film set in the outback.

He has spoken at Indie Film Seminars all over the world and created online and offline film courses 

 He lives in the Blue Mountains NSW Australia and loves the outdoors and the mountains.

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