One of the many things I enjoy about the post production community are the blog articles posted. They can be on the industry as a whole or on miscellaneous topics that aid their readers on a specific task. If there is one thing I enjoy about reading from editing bloggers it is how they breakdown their processes on projects and explain the logic behind it. The amount of knowledge you can gain from reading just one breakdown article is amazing. You will not only walk away learning some new tips but you will understand why those tips work as effectively as they do. With that being said, I want to discuss some editing bloggers I have discovered over the last few years that definitely changed how I approach an edit. This is part 1 of a 2 part series.
Shawn Montano (Edit Foundry Blog)
Shawn Montano is a multi-award winning editor and teacher who’s work has been seen across various news stations in Colorado. In 2008, he started the Edit Foundry blog to place an emphasis on the editing process. Using various new stories he has edited over a 20 year career, Shawn illustrates the motivation behind every cut, sound, transition and effect he has used to tell these amazing stories. Reading just one article from the Edit Foundry will provide more insight into the editing process than knowing what button to press on your NLE. What I enjoy most about this blog is the shot by shot breakdowns and how Shawn provides the rationale behind each process. Shawn makes it clear to the reader the purpose behind his editing process story to story because everything is a motivated decision. After you read one of his articles along the attached Youtube video, you leave with a broader understanding on how the editing process can work to your benefit as a storyteller. One of my favorite videos of Shawn’s work is this video below.
Vashi Nedomansky (Vashi Visuals)
Vashi Nedomansky is a film editor with over 15 years experience and has worked with industry greats such as Vince Laforet, Shane Hurlbut, the Bandito Brothers and more. In his blog, Vashi shares lessons he has learned while working on various projects. One of the particular lessons that seems to be very popular is the Pancake Timeline. A technique made famous by film editor Angus Hall, the user would stack 2 timelines on top of each other with the top sequence being selected shots and the bottom sequences being the main sequence for editing. Dragging selected shots from the top sequence would allow the editor quicker access to know what they have to work with instead of having to go through a bin and the source monitor. What I enjoy about this blog is the great illustrations in every article and how Vashi breaks down everything so that any editor, regardless of their level of experience, can pick up something new relatively quickly. He is also one of the top editors advising new users how to use Premiere Pro for television and film workflows. I’ve also been enjoying Vashi’s one sheets of shot lengths, movie grosses and more which you can see for yourself here. The article that made me bookmark him instantly was the 5 tips for Music Videos. In that article, he demonstrated how he was able to give professional quality to a low-no budget music video. Tips like those are the ones that make the filmmaking process much more enjoyable.
In part 2 of this article, I will discuss the blogs of editors Shane Ross, Aaron Williams and Oliver Peters. Just like the editors discussed above, these editors have years experience and knowledge which can help new and seasoned editors gain a greater perspective of the post production process from more than a technical level.
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