3 Tips To Edit Your Film Effectively!

By Aditya Savnal. Posted on October 14, 2015

Editing is a process that is as intricate as filmmaking and an editor's contribution to the filmmaking process can never be undermined. An efficient editor understands the director's perspective and helps him to shape the film the way he had envisioned it.

While we have earlier written several features that offer great advice on editing, there has never been a dearth of the same. And the amazing resources on internet and YouTube videos will ensure that you never fall short of it.

So when we came across a video on the YouTube channel IndyMogul, that offers some cool tips on editing, we couldn't help but write about it.

In this video Russell Hassenauer talks about how overcoming certain grey areas can help you to edit a film more efficiently. Though Hassenauer speaks from the perspective of editing videos for YouTube, these tips can be applied for editing films too. One must also note that these tips would be applicable for multi-timeline editing softwares such as Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer.

As always, we have summarized below the best of these tips which you can successfully apply while editing your film.

1. Avoid Overlap of Dialogues

An overlap in dialogues gives your film a stilted quality and hampers its overall impact. Inserting proper cuts between dialogues and scene transitionz will help you to avoid these overlaps and create a better output. While cutting the dialogues, one must also note the scenes should not follow each other in immediate succession. A pause at the right time will help to you achieve this transition effectively and avoid the hiccups.

2. Avoid Interruptions And Delays

Interruptions are bound to surface while transitioning between the scenes. And these interruptions often end up distracting viewers. Avoiding these interruptions will help you to avoid delays, keep the proceedings fast paced and the viewer glued to the screen. The softwares such as Avid and Final Cut Pro will help you to overcome these interruptions and achieve a smooth transition.

3. Get Rid Of The Unwanted Footage

For directors, nothing can be more heartbreaking than editing scenes that are dearest to them. But if these scenes hamper the overall quality of the film, then in the best interests of the film it is advisable to get rid of them. For one cannot let their indulgences hamper the quality of the film.

We do hope that these tips will help you while editing your film. And while you are at it, do read our features on the various types of editing transitions, the evolution of editing and the things every young editor needs to know.


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