I've taught several people how to edit and I always say the same thing – that the best way to learn is to jump in at the deep end and start tackling projects, and projects that are bigger than you think you can handle
For the beginner, the complexities of tough edit problems force your brain to grow & adapt in ways you can't imagine until it starts happening. Trust that you can do it, and take the leap :)
I told Adobe 4 years ago that their database had been hacked and that I knew that – because the unique email address that I only used with Adobe was now receiving scores of spam & phishing emails.
I got a grumpy reply from support saying that Adobe can't have been hacked and that I must be mistaken.
I still get junk mail to that email address to this day...
And serious filmmakers don’t call themselves ’content creators’
No Direction Home in London is an excellent collective of filmmakers with some amazing guest talks.
I'm a documentary maker as well, and both of these projects are unique stories that happened mostly by chance. One was discovered by chance and with the other, the filmmaker realised that she was at the heart of a great story.
I've just started on a new project which is also very unique – but I had to wait 8 years since my last major film (a cinema hit) for that to happen. The problem for doc makers is what you do in the years in the middle – when every story you find through exhaustive work isn't quite good enough.
And this is simple math. There are only around 10 great docs each year, and another 20 pretty good ones. But there are thousands of 'documentary filmmakers' looking for those stories..
PS - sorry, I should have started by saying this is a great idea and a really good piece! I was just referring to the small 'detail' of sensor size.