I'm A Big Girl Now!
For the first time ever, I edited my own reel. Boy, was it thrilling.
I’d been lucky in the past to have someone make and edit my reel whenever I pleased (It’s called having a boyfriend who went to film school.)
Well, when the boyfriend is no more and you don’t want to pay someone to do it because you know you’re perfectly capable of doing it, what do you do?
You spend your entire Friday night learning to edit your own reel.
It involved a lot of patience. I had to google a software program that would transfer the DVD to an Mp4 format. Had to wait for that to download, then read the instructions, then sit there and decide which scene to use... Many a potato chip was consumed during this time.
Then when I went back and re-watched my old reel, I realized there were all of these small errors that I had never spoken up about (probably because I was getting a free service and didn’t want to pester.)
But now that I was updating it, I could go back and fix all the mistakes I saw before!
I realized that editing is all about timing and space. Each video clip needed a breath afterwards, so the viewer could process what they saw. Clean and crisp. Such an art to editing. I see why it has a category in the Academy Awards.
I was really proud of myself afterwards. I had learned a new skill all by myself. Now onto learning Photoshop. Slowly but surely. . .