A major benefit of working with experienced crew is seeing their methods to get work done quickly. When making films at school or with inexperienced friends you muddle through learning by trial and error. I cut a film recently and had a lot of trouble with a sequence. I was cutting at home on Adobe Premier Pro.
Everytime I came up with a new solution for the sequence I made a copy of the previous and searched through the bins (stored rushes) looking for clips to find what most appropriately matched what I was trying to do. i.e. at one point I was looking for longer pauses and looks between characters to highlight the growing tension.
I found working this way exhausting. By the time I had gone through the bins and selected what I was looking for, I had wasted so much energy I couldn’t concentrate on what I wanted to do in the first place. I was constantly side tracked and looking through useless clips that had ok sections but also included bad camera work and poor performances.
I found myself loose enthusiasm for the project and waste time with this bad organisation.
I recently watched Billy cut a music video out of work hours on a similar package. For each take he made a new video track and he thoroughly watched through his rushes and cut out any sections no matter how small where he was dubious about performance or camera. This meant from now on he was only dealing with useable footage. Also, having all that information visible on the track doesn’t mean you are looking though the original source material in bins all the time. This makes working that little bit quicker and smoother.
Jill also is very thorough in her selects. Carefully going through rushes and making edits with all her favourite clips. Meaning she can quickly find an alternative shot that is suitable without constantly traipsing through inappropriate footage. This organisation means that she can concentrate on her creative decisions, making her work immediate and less tiring for unnecessary reasons.
It sounds obvious because it is and I probably should have realised lessons like this for myself, as I knew there was a problem with how I was working. The fact is I didn’t know how to fix it and working in the cutting rooms picking up techniques like this make my time here invaluable.