Week 10: Edit, cut, snip snip snip!

So, this week’s post is all about the editing process.

Having spent the first 9 weeks of the semester being tortured by Adobe After Effects, I enjoyed being back in the saddle of Adobe Premiere. We had a good amount of footage and had managed to get just about every angle we needed to tell our story in a dynamic fashion. All except one, which was a close up of Bird (the assassin) picking the lock to the apartment. The footage we had made it look like he was opening the door with a key which I felt threw the whole plot into disarray. Having in a previous post alluded to how far away our stars lived from the “film set” (my home) in Footscray, I decided to do what any sensible director would do…reshoot the scene using my own pasty old hands and try to pass them off as Bird’s youthful tanned ones!

You be the judge…did it work?

Close up Bird's hands

Close up of Bird’s hands

Close up imposter's hands

Close up of “imposter’s” hands

Anyway, by the time our weekly lecture came around I had a reasonable cut of the film and was keen to meet the team at uni and see what effects they had come up with. There was a risk they may have added effects to footage that I hadn’t used in the final cut, but I was hopeful that wouldn’t have occurred. Surely fate wouldn’t be so cruel…

WRONG!

Fate is indeed that cruel, and in fact they had cut ALL the effects so far onto bits of footage I hadn’t used so it looked like I would be returning to the drawing board for another round of snip snip snipping…

Here’s a screen grab of what we had so far. The plot was thickening…

First cut of Manhunt. Original titles done in Premiere using an image I shot at dawn one morning...a nice image, but it wouldn't make it to the end of the editing process.

First cut of Manhunt. Original titles done in Premiere using an image I shot at dawn one morning…a nice image, but it wouldn’t make it to the end of the editing process.

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