I know anyone reading this won't want to hear it, but #1 should be "Learn to edit on Avid Media Composer". Stop bad habits before they start.
Highly educated? No. Smart? No.
Books that highly UN-educated set-dressers and writers think seem smart? Yes.
Nobody who has an education in philosophy, economics, or history would pick 96% of these books. These are garbage.
Try "A History of Philosophy" by Copleston, or "Economics in One Lesson" or a logic textbook. I guarantee you this list is nearly a total waste of your time. If you actually want to be smart.
If you use an Avid, this is pretty easy. In interviews, I have tons of cuts that nobody can find, simply because of the software I use.
Fluid Morph is magic.
Final Cut users cry when they see it in action. Real tears.
VR is a fad that will disappear from everyone's radar very soon.
As far as the audio foley stuff goes, I'm really wondering what people expect. Anyone who knows anything about video/audio gathering knows that any natural footage worth seeing is done at distances too far away to capture usable audio. So, it's either striking video with no audio at all (awkward silence) or putting the boom operator 4 feet from wild animals. Any criticism of this sort comes only from people who have never held a camera.
The irony is thick. Here's the problem. Liberals are completely shut-off from opposing ideas. I've never met a liberal who could accurately express the conservative point of view. They always, always mis-characterize the opposite position. Their arguments are, without exception, straw-man arguments, and never seek to actually understand. Hollywood is a bubble. A poorly educated bubble. If you have a strongly conservative message and try to get accepted at Sundance, good luck to you. This whole panel was probably one of the most ironic event ever staged by human beings.