The film draft will be submitted in this week. We finished the most of scenes editing, some transition and connection are still in discussing. When we watch a film, most of us have great difficulty in consciously perceiving the editing. Of course we know that every time there is a shift from one image to another, it is an edit, and we know that editing in general has to do with the establishing of rhythm in film. But we are often not sure of the concrete function of editing, and likewise of the contribution the editing process makes to the final film.
When filmmakers hear how theorists describe “the process of film creation,” they are often amused: it always sounds as if every step of the process is carefully planned and constructed. The filmmakers know how accidental or circumstancial filmmaking really is, to say nothing of how unaware most filmmakers are of their reasons for doing what they do, when they work. I think most film editors will recognize Dede Allen’s description of the editing process: When I start cutting a movie, I always cut with ambivalence. I have a definite intention, a definite starting point: the dramatic function of the scene;. the psychology of the characters, etc. But when I become absorbed in the material, I suddenly see all the possibilities the material contains. The unexpected. Intended and unintended possibilities. I can’t help wandering into the material. I milk the material for all the small possibilities I see in it. A look, a smile – after the director has said “cut!”, an unintentional juxtaposition of two images. Afterwards I form a general view again. But it is in the ambivalence, in the collision between the general strategy and the pleasant distractions along the way that constitutes editing as art; the true life of the film. To sum up,the role of editing in the articulation of character, performance and star image provides the focus of chapter three.
Self reflection comes from own practical editing process:
1. capture and logging: it is better start think about what kind of style gonna used in this film, then capture the same scenes and shot into one clip.
2. Although it is a group work, 2 people attend the editing is good, i think over 3 people attend, it is hard to get the idea together and waste time.
3. It is necessary to finish the image editing firstly, them there is a clearly structure for sound editing.
4. Pay attention to the editing sequences.
Anyway, i am not very satisfy with our first editing draft, because it is lack of serious consideration, it just looks time we gather broken pieces together without any sense of beauty. I believe the feedback of this draft will help and fix it up a lot.