February 28, 2015
Sundance

Watch: How An Organized Workflow Can Help You Be A More Creative Editor

Should you be more involved in logging?

Beginning post-production on a feature film is often a tedious process of logging and organizing footage — one that's usually passed off to assistant editors when available.

However, is it possible this step is more crucial to the creative editing process than you might think? A panel of talented editors at the Sundance Film Festival sat down to talk about their craft, and one thing they agreed on: frontloading the organization of media yourself is essential.

The shoe-less No Film School Editor's Roundtable at Sundance 2015 consisted of four talented editors from both narrative and documentary who have also helmed films as directors, producers, and DPs. The discussion above included Sean Gillane (Editor, Advantageous, Man From Reno), Don Swaynos (Producer, Beaver Trilogy Part IV, Editor/Director Pictures of Superheros), Eileen Meyer (Editor, Best of Enemies, The Romance of Loneliness), and Christopher Smith (Assistant Editor, Racing Extinction, Editor/Director, TINY: A Story About Living Small).

What is your workflow? Do you agree about frontloading the organization process to free up creativity?     

Featured image from ' TINY: A Story About Living Small'

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Nofilmschool should really learn how to grade log footage...

February 28, 2015 at 4:53PM

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Nofilmschool should really learn how to grade log footage

February 28, 2015 at 4:54PM

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Nice graphics though...

March 6, 2015 at 10:18AM

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Kayode
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Why is everyone wearing socks?

March 1, 2015 at 6:30AM, Edited March 1, 6:30AM

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Jerry Roe
Indie filmmaker
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You don't wear socks?

March 1, 2015 at 9:35AM

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I think Eileen nails it.

March 2, 2015 at 12:26AM

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Randall Paul
Lead instructor at PFAS ( USA) and AFSA (Italy)
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Well First off for us editing begins with shooting Meaning a detailed shot list and clear detailed slating for each camera. Once all the footage is loaded then we take it and categorize files in accordance to the shot type Scene, CU MCU WS etc and we also give them a number just to keep order. So we have files and sub files before we even switch on the editing program... Vegas Pro 13 in our case. It can get to be a mess and you can spend hours of wasted time if you do not organize first and have a detailed visual plan. Hey Im not a great editor but because of that I need to be organized otherwise I'm lost.

March 2, 2015 at 12:41AM, Edited March 2, 12:41AM

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Randall Paul
Lead instructor at PFAS ( USA) and AFSA (Italy)
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what do you mean by type "scene" ? just wondering...

March 20, 2015 at 1:18PM

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