Editing A Short Film You Directed… The Annoying Part

November 26, 2010 at 12:21 am

Editing A Short Film You Directed

I have to admit that I haven’t been editing The Climb as much as I should be.

There were so many other projects that I had to wrap up before I could truly focus on the project again.

Now that I’m essentially caught up, I’ve been cutting a ton over the last week or so.  Turns out I really love to edit short films!  Firing up my wonderful copy of Final Cut Pro has always been one of my favorite things to do.  There’s just something about editing that challenges your creativity and problem solving skills that I love.  (That’s probably why I edit for a living too.)

Regardless of the fun I’m having editing the new film, I’ve noticed something incredibly annoying about my directing style.

I don’t shut up!

Since I directed the film, the editor in me decided to go a different way with the pacing of the story.  It was a smart decision as the 3 or 4 minutes I’ve completed move very quickly.  (Or at least, I think they do.  I’ll know more when I show someone else the rough cut.)

The new style has opened up some pretty great uses for shots I never intended to use.  Yet there I am off camera yelling things like:

“Action”

“Go”

“Nice”

“Again”

“Okay”

“Great”

“Sweet”

It’s only a matter of laying in audio from somewhere else but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t annoyed.

My voice found it’s way into so many shots!

It won’t last forever as the dialogue heavy scenes are up next but cutting one montage in particular was incredibly frustrating.

If I do come out of retirement someday, (even though it’s highly unlikely) I have to learn to keep my mouth shut a little more.  At the very least, the editor in me needs to speak up sooner so I know WHEN to keep my mouth shut.

Truthfully, I’m not THAT annoyed.  I just thought it was funny how many times I used a shot with my voice littered throughout.

I can’t stand the sound of my voice right now.

Just saying…

The Climb Short Film 17 West Productions