When the credits roll in the cinema, 0.05% of people will sit there and ponder… “I wonder what editing software that film was cut with…”. That statistic is an educated guess. When all is said and done does it really matter? Does it matter to the artist? Should it matter to the artist? From the audience’s perspective, its a simple no, unless the audience have confused terminology between editing and visual effects and are curious about the construction of certain scenes and how they were made, as apposed to “I wonder what software was used to select specific clips and specify their ‘in’ and ‘out’ points”.
This article stands in poetic contradiction to another I wrote last year, exploring how one’s platform of choice does not matter. I actually wrote both articles at the same time. Take that as you will.
Its a lie that the editing system doesn’t matter; depending on the kind of person you are. The editing system you the filmmaker opt for matters very little. I know this seems in contrast to my opening remark. Final Cut’s magnetic timeline, from my experience makes it categorically quicker to move chunks of assets around within the timeline. this makes it categorically quicker to try out different variants inside of FCPX. Now why might this matter? Well if you lack patience and the brainpower to hold onto ideas for longer than two minutes then any other editing platform may impair your creative performance in the edit suite. With the exception of patience, it doesn’t matter.
Except it does. For me, editing film is the closest I come as an artist to making music; something I really wish I was capable of as a human. I lack any sense of metronomic rhythm required to start learning an instrument without loosing focus and becoming disillusioned. But storytelling and visual rhythm; that I can do. When you are hence trying to create a rhythmic piece of moving image, it’s important that you have some kind of symbiotic relationship with your instrument. Maybe this is less important if you are a methodical filmmaker who bullet points performance beats for their actors (never do this!), but if you want your work to, in any way, feel organic, not feeling interrupted or frustrated by the clerical robotic tools at your fingertips, it is important. It matters as part of an emotional experience of creating and telling a story.
Never forget why you ended up in the edit room in the first place. If you spend too much creative time and energy deciding what platform to use then you have perhaps betrayed your cause. But as musicians choose instruments and pitch, we create music of our stories. The moment your editorial tools become apparent, they become intrusive and can frustrate their function and your desires.
This is why, I think, it matters.
I decided to have a bit of fun. I decided to juxtapose my darker-themed content with some more joyous music. I also wanted to do a similar thing as last time, showing extended sequences form my films to give viewers a chance to experience my scene compositions and the tones I have created in several of my films.
Over the past few years I’ve been playing over this bizarre situation in my mind; two assassins who take a little girl for a milkshake.
Fast-forward to 2014 I I’ve just finished principle photography for my 16th Short Film since 2009, ‘Glove Compartment’.
‘Glove Compartment’ is an exciting new thriller which follows two assassins who decide the fate of their targets daughter, over a milkshake.
Long-term hitman Frankie takes untrained killer Jacob under his wing for his latest instruction, but Jacob’s psychotic tendencies lead him to taking the daughter of their targets captive. When Jacob insists on treating the young girl to a milkshake, the whole series of events threaten to unravel Frankie’s humility and psychology barriers, which hold the past at bay and have allowed him to become so successful at his profession.
Just before christmas I started to explore this central situation and question the kinds of characters that would organically evoke such a situation. Having recently read a lot into story structure and character evolution I wanted that to be a key part of my new film; I needed a sense of development for both character and plot.
I thus spent the christmas period writing and re-writing until I got it right.
I was lucky enough that the the script excited Jamie Weston, who Co-Produced my previous short ‘Audition’ and Charlotte Palmer, both whom agreed to come on as Producers for the film.
Actors Jon Campling (Harry Potter, Sleeping Dogs) and Andrew Coppin (Karen’s Room, Four for a Boy) came onboard the project quite early on, both being interested in the project it was great to have two such talented actors involved.
Although not my first time working with children, the incredibly talented Libby was a joy to work with. So natural and precocious, easily slotting into such a dark-themed film.
I’ll be posting lots of behind the scenes pictures on my Facebook page http://facebook.com/danallenfilms
over the coming months. The shoot itself was incredibly tense, as we essentially shot a five-day-shoot into three days; difficult but we made it.
Theres one more scene to shoot for the film with an entirely different cast so we will be attacking it like it is its own production and we are also looking into film, namely super 8 as a shooting medium which will make sense as I share more details eventually.
I’ll have more production updates in the future but in an effort to blog and post more I want to keep these concise, and soon I’ll share the exciting stories such as how the vehicle in the film broke down with one more shot still to film of it…
Trailer coming soon. Post is going swell.
So after a days delay my short film The Karate Kid Complex is finally on YouTube for the whole world to see.
First off I wanted to thank my subscribers for bearing with me over a reform spell of planning future content and developing other projects which don’t generate immediate content.
Lots of great YouTube channels make promises and hit them every week producing great and consistant content. However my channel has always been inexplicably personal to me. Every video is resonant of the kind of thing a I am doing with my life and most videos are a direct result of the projects I am working on, if not they are the projects themselves.
The downside to this is that I may not always appear consistent but every video should be either informative or taking you in a slightly different direction. It’s evolution because if you stand still you die. So rather than go through dramatic and sudden reform I like to evolve my channel over time.
The Karate Kid Complex is a short film I made a year ago for Virgin Media Shorts. Whilst it wasn’t a primary project it was always my pet project and become the work of a great group of people. It isn’t Audition in quality but it’s got heart. For that reason I didn’t want to disregard it because it was old. I want my channel to be reflective of my career so I don’t always want to pick at choose: I want to share.
Humour is subjective and this film may not be your thing but if it is please share it with others you think might like it. You guys are my incredibly valued audience but I make my films for everyone.
Thanks to everyone who has ever watched my videos whether you liked them or not, I’ve said it once and I will say it again. My films are nothing without you, the audience.
Over the last few months I have had the most incredible opportunity to work with producers Glen Murphy and Steve Darts on their film ‘Lost in Italy’.
With them I have been working on a poster and trailer (that I hope to post here soon)! The opportunity has been fantastic and it’s great to be a part of a much bigger production. I did a blog post a while back on my old blog system about working on set for a day on the film so it’s been a great mix of involvement.
I am currently in the airport ready to fly to Italy (Palombaro) for the Italian premiere of the film which looks to be fantastic. The film is great and really unique – it can’t be confined to a single generic genre as it really has a lot to offer. I’ll link this post up to the website shortly (SEE BELOW) and be sure to keep your eyes peeled.
In the mean time, I am finalising Husky and hope for it to be up next weekend x sorry for all the delays and I hope you guys think it’s worth the wait. I’ll also be doing a Husky release competition which I’ll talk about in my next post as well as my new exciting project I have already started planning…
All the best
PS.The picture is of my holiday socks 😀