[by Jenna Close]
The first video I ever shot went pretty well, or so I thought, until I got into the editing room. Luckily for me it was a personal project. I had shot what felt like a huge amount of footage, including all the necessary wide, medium and close-up shots. I had what I thought was some good b-roll. But it was during the editing process that I discovered a lack of diverse clips needed to fill out the story. What had seemed like an excessive amount of footage turned out to be not enough. I had not left enough time on either side of my clips for seamless editing, and I hadn’t paid enough attention to the story flow. I found myself wanting more b-roll. I thought I had shot good video for the story, but it became obvious that I had missed a lot of opportunities because I didn’t have a clear understanding of the various ways to make edits with good flow or desired impact.
Editing is an art unto itself. A good or bad edit can make or break a project, and much of the power of the final piece comes from the way it’s put together in post. While it’s not a bad idea to hire a skilled editor when possible, you need to spend a good amount of time doing some editing yourself. It’s the best way to learn to shoot video and to learn how to give your future editors every possible advantage to make an excellent final product.
Jenna Close used to hate editing, but that all changed with Buck the Cubicle, which she has been shooting and editing herself. You can check it out here.