EDiting an essential Directing Skill

April 15, 2010 by · Comments Off on EDiting an essential Directing Skill 

Editing The Essential Skill
Over the years I have learnt several different Film Making Skills. Many Film Makers are compelled to learn different skills so as to earn a consistant living from Film Making. Five years ago, I was earning most of my living from shooting other peoples films. In other words DOP work. I also had  gigs booming as sometimes it is difficult to find a Boom Swinger. And of course I spent years editing other peoples films. I believe of all the Film Making Skills, this is the essential for good strong Direction
When I first learnt to edit, we used Steenbacks. A Steenback use to be a very cumberson table where you placed your work print and physically cut the film on spools.  You then  spliced it back together with tape. Then after a painstaking cut, the Negative Matchers cut your negative and created prints either from the original or alternatively from  a Dupe Neg. You hoped that the Negative Matcher would get it right and cut your precious negative perfectly........... Scary. So much has changed in the technology and today we have the two most common  editing  professional  applications, Avid and Final Cut Pro.  I know there is a myriad of other editing software but the above two are favoured by professional editors.  Having worked on both old and new, I much prefer today's technology. Before we used to have numerous bins with different Work Prints hanging with labels. Today all my scenes are in Bin Folders on my computer. In the end no matter what the technology is, Editing is a skill that is as old as Motion Picture. It is one of the most important parts of Film Making. The only way to get good at it is to do lots of it. It is separate from knowing how to use a computer as it is in its essence Story Telling. The whole aim is to pull your audience into a scene. That is why I spent six months editing "The Makeover" and about four months on  "A Day in the Life".
As the budget was low on "The Makeover", I did all my own editing.  On a Day in the Life where we had a substantial budget, I had an editor.  When you have a good editor, you can really get the intensity of two people working on the cut. The Director can have a break and come back with a Fresh Eye and the editor can keep working on getting the next cut. In the end editing is very much a collaboration between and Editor and a Director and therefore it pays to learn to be an Editor initially so that you can work with and Editor as a Director later.
It also develops an eye for shots and coverage that is essential to strong Film Direction.
I recommend every emerging director learns how to edit as it will develop your shot choices for your Shot List and Storyboard. If you want to be a Film Maker, Make Films NOW. One of the quickest best ways to achieve this goal is to enroll on one of our Film Schools listed above.
Hope to see you there soon and in the meantime Have a Great Week.
Colm O'Murchu  Director

Cannes Film Festival and Market

April 15, 2010 by · Comments Off on Cannes Film Festival and Market 

It has been a busy time over the last two weeks. Many events have happened in that time.

  • We have completed The Sound Mix and the Colour Grade on "A Day in the Life".
  • We have signed with a New LA Based Film Distributor for "The Makeover"
  • We are off to Cannes, the epicenter of the Film World, in the South of France in May to sell sell sell.
  • On top of all of that "The Makeover" has now been selected into The Cannes Independent Film Festival in Cannes, the epicenter of the Film World
  • This will be our World Premiere Film Festival Screening.
  • The "Day in the Life" will have its Market Premiere in the Palais at the Cannes Marche  which happens at the same time as the Film Festival

Cannes is the number one Film Event in the world. It starts on the 12th May and finishes on  the 22nd May.One has to have the Market Badge and that costs $500. This entitles you to go to all the screenings and all the events. This is my first Cannes visit.  However, I will have two feature films to my name screening at the event. Now that is something to look forward to.

What I have been told is that the day starts with business meetings at the Cannes Market. Some Sales Agents like the Producer to be present at the meetings and some Sales Agents hate the producer being there. In my case, my sales agent wants me to be around. There are seminars screenings and meetings all day long.

Then one moves to the cocktail drinks and networking and then on to the various parties that happen around the town. Hopefully one can fit in a few hours of sleep before the day starts all over again. Also I will get a chance to attend the French Tennis Open for the first time at Roland Garros in Paris.

I will find some time to write a blog from Cannes and let you know first hand about my personal experience.  If you would like to get into the Film World, please attend my two day Film School happening in Melbourne and Sydney. I will tell you everything I know about making low budget feature films and getting them out into the world. The Makeover was made with no budget and cash flowed  with about  $70K  over two years. This is virtually nothing for a 90 minute feature film. During that time I was hired to shoot A Day in the Life on a relatively good budget of $700K