It's All in the Edit.
Tuesday morning, 9.00am and we set off from West London, to Ashford, in Kent, to visit the edit suite of Mind Your Own Media and editor, Chris Lewis, as we began the process of editing the full versions of the filmed scenes, which were part of the filming project, last term.
Each of the students in our London School will end up with a professionally filmed and edited showreel, which comprises scenes filmed, on industry standard equipment and edited, by a professional editor, to give them an authentic look.
It's already been a very long process, to get to this stage and now the critical work begins.
After and hour of sitting and watching Chris Lewis work, I realise that I don't need to tell him too much. His eye for detail is matched only by his ability to use the footage laid in front of him, to compose a story that draws in an audience.
I have always had great respect for the editing process, but having a keen interest in how these scenes are edited has allowed me an insight into how well good editors can re-tell a moment, with such clarity- it's all in the editing.
This process also highlights areas for me to work on, with our students. They have come a very long way, in a short space of time and their newly acquired skills have given them a great base, upon which to develop their 'on-screen' technique, but it has highlighted a few areas for improvement.
At each new stage of this course, as a creative team, we are re-evaluating the teaching, based on what we think the individual students needs are, at that particular time. Many of them have never acted on screen, before attending the classes and the transformation is remarkable, but in a highly competitive industry, we need to ensure that we take each opportunity to develop the students in the most pertinent areas.
What we have seen over the course of the day has created much excitement amongst the creative team. We have worked in this industry for a combined total of 80 years, between us. We still get excited, as actors when arriving on set, or location to work. Now, seeing our students growing in skill and awareness, we get an even greater sense of fulfilment.
The scenes will be presented at the student's industry showcase day, in July.
This is our company Blog, re-capping previous weeks sessions.